I got curious last night as to exactly how my stories stacked up to standard mass-market paperbacks for length. It turns out that the pages dimensions I’ve been using so far are much larger than what the authors I look up to are using. So, to derive the settings below, I actually typed in a page from a Baen novel and adjusted my settings until the page I’d typed in was lined up almost exactly the way it was in the paperback.
So when I use these settings in my word processor, the page count reflects about how many pages they’d be if printed in a conventional paperback format:
- 10-point Roman font
- A6 paper size (4.13″ x 5.83″)
- Left / right margins 0.25″
- Top / bottom margins 0.39″
So, using these settings, here are the lengths of the stories I’ve written:
- Morgan’s Curse would be 82 pages complete.
- Progenitor: Origin is presently 142 pages, and is about 70% complete.
- Merlin’s Magic Wang is 23 pages complete.
In other news, if I were to go by word count, it turns out that the page I checked had 275 words on it.