This is probably the last post on the subject, I’ll be rounding up some data that I’ve extracted from all my bits and pieces. Some surprising, others less surprising.
I’ll also be pulling data from all the previous posts and create the most “standard” novel and projection I can find for you. Which might be interesting and fun.
Preliminary results Rankings, box/books, Series vs stand alone, Point of view, Price, Print size, page count. Also explains about Average, Modal and Median.
60 books had chapters, the rest were either box sets or didn’t have chapters listed at the front of the book. I would assume all the other books do have chapters, just not listed where I can find them. Anyway, here is the data:
Minimum: 10 chapters
Maximum: 57 chapters
Average: 27.2 chapters
Median: 27 chapters
Modus: 30 chapters
This graph is kind of funny, it has two peaks, one in the 10-20 range and the other in the 30-40 range.
10-20 wins, though.
As an author the length of chapters is something that interests me a more since it will give me a better idea of what readers are used to. Some people hate short chapters and others hate longer chapters. The conclusion is not surprising. I’ll list the amount of pages and between brackets the estimated wordcount for those page counts, amount of words is calculated by multiplying the page count with 250.
Minimum: 5.44 pages (1360 words)
Maximum: 28.28 pages (7070 words)
Average: 11.82 pages (2955 words)
As you can see most books have between 1875 and 3125 words per chapter, or 7.5 to 12.5 pages. Though there are also quite a few who write in the 1250 to 1875 range.
I usually try to write 1250 words per chapter, it seems I might have to raise that word count if I want to conform to the standard.
Price per 100 pages
We can talk about length and price and stuff like that for as long as we like, a real show of hands comes from comparing the price over a standardised measurement. I chose 100 pages since counting per 1 page came up with really low and silly numbers, 100 pages are easier to understand (100 pages is about 25.000 words).
That is a shocking $3.04 difference between the highest and the lowest price per 100 pages. Comparing it to the other 3 it seems that the low is underselling and the high is over selling itself. (I’m not judging, just looking at the facts, you can do what you want, I don’t have influence on it.)
Pricing your book between $1 and $1.50 per 100 pages seems like a pretty good guess for a good pricing range. Of course, Amazon prefers prices that end in .99, so you might not be able to exactly follow this idea.
I divided the books into 11 blocks. The blocks are based on the page counts from the first post. Here are the block numbers and their page counts and word counts. It is easier to work with these than to use the page counts or word counts when I’m explaining things. (Word counts are only given with their upper limit.)
|# of books||3||14||3||15||15||21||12||4|
I was curious about how the length influenced the price, stars for reviews and reviews per day. I compared how the length of the book was influenced by the fact if the book belonged to a series or not in a previous post.
Blocks and Price
Pricing for a book is something that is asked about a lot. How much should they price, what about length, what about this, or that, or anything.
Here is a table with min price, max price and average price for each length.
Yeah, the 11th column is weird because there is only 1 book in it, but I’m including it because it is part of the data.
Most blocks have a minimum price of 0.99, no matter if they are 25.000 words or 137.500 words long. This is the minimum price and I don’t know if it’s a promotional or a regular price for these books.
Now you can choose what to price your book both with the 100 page calculations or the above table.
I also compared the average review stars per length and found about a 0.3 difference between the highest and lowest average. I they were all between 4.4 and 4.7 on average, not that exiting.
When looking per block at what the average reviews per day were I found that block 4 had the lowest average with only 5.89 reviews per day and block 9 the highest with 99 reviews per day. The others were all over the place and there wasn’t much info that was more interesting than the first time I talked about this.
Soooo, here comes the most interesting part, what is the MOST AVERAGE data for a novel in the New Adult top 100?
I’m doing this in two parts, one is the REAL average, meaning I’m using the average that I calculated for everything. The other part is the SHOWN average, using the numbers from the graphs and the tables and using the highest numbers on them.
Length: 270 pages for series (282 pages for non-series)
Price (regular): $3.12
Price (100 pages): $3.38 (270 pages * $1.25 per 100 pages)
Time in top 100: 74 days
Reviews per day: 12.45
Average pages per chapter: 12 (3000 words)
(for graphs that have ranges, I’m taking the middle)
Length: 125 pages for series (325 for non-series) [you can find out why this looks so weird in the first post]
Price (regular): $2.99
Price (100 pages): $1.56 (125 pages * $1.25 per 100 pages)
Time in top 100: less than a month
Reviews per day: 1.75
Average pages per chapter: 10 (2500 words) [yeah, both the 7.5-10 and the 10-12.5 have equal numbers, so 10 is the middle]
And that, people, is why you need real numbers with your graphs! Look at some of the differences between the two. One is the real average that is calculated and the other is the most common according to my tables and graphs.
That’s it! Unless there are people who still want some graphs and numbers and other things that I haven’t looked at, this is the last post.
Thanks for the ride!
P.S. I might put the file that I used to calculate these stats online if people are interested in it. I will of course take out the names of the books and clean it up a bit more, that way people can use the file for other times or other genres. Or just look at the data I collected.
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