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Tip Tuesday #78

Tip Tuesday is a recurring feature where readers send in tips for fellow writers. If you'd like to send in a tip e-mail me at agentspotlight(at)gmail(dot)com. Today's tip was sent in by Julie Hedlund and it's a good one! Please visit Julie at her blog, Write Up My Life.

I've been using this resource for a while and figured it was time to share. There's a feature on the Renaissance Learning website that allows you to quickly find the word count of almost any children's book. It also provides the book's publication history - by year and by publisher. If you follow this link: http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home.asp?c=MA+21%3A72%3A9+1102%2F8%2F2, it will take you to a page where you can search for books by title, author, ISBN, etc. In less than five minutes, I found the word counts for these popular books:

A Sick Day for Amos McGee: 441
Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same: 887
Clementine: 12,706
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate: 80,972
Mockingjay: 100,269
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 198,227

This is a great tool for comparing your own word counts to other popular books in your genre. I hope everyone finds it as useful as I have.
Julie Hedlund

16 comments:

Stephanie said...

This is an amazing resource! I've always just had to guess before. Thanks for this!

Andrea Mack said...

I've been using this resource for a while. It is really useful!!

Ishta Mercurio said...

You know, I came across this a couple of years ago, loved it, lost track of the link, and have been searching for it ever since. THANK YOU!

Jennifer said...

Thank you! I was looking for a site like this the other day - definitely bookmarking.

Jennifer said...

Thank you! I was looking for a site like this the other day - definitely bookmarking.

Alexandra said...

Just bookmarked it, thanks so much!

Annie said...

This is such a fantastic resource. Thanks so much for sharing!

Sarah Kiely said...

This is great. Thanks!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great resource. Casey posted a link to a site--maybe this one--that I bookmarked to check word counts when that's an issue in my manuscript. It beats hand counting. Thanks.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

This is awesome! I'm definitely going to use this. Thanks for sharing.

Julie Hedlund said...

Glad you guys are finding it useful. Thanks to Casey for posting!

Tatum Flynn said...

Ohhh... I can see this is going to be a timesuck :) Seriously, thank you, super useful tool to have.

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Lisa Nowak said...

I can't remember where I stumbled upon The Renaissance Learning website, but it's very cool.

Priscilla Mizell said...

What an amazing link--thanks for sharing, Julie and Casey!

Brittany said...

Looks like a great site! Another site that I use to find the word count of books is Permabound: http://www.perma-bound.com/

When you find a book, just click the "Reading Information" tab on the book's page.