Originally Posted by anamardoll
Wikipedia states that anything over 40k is "novel" length.
I actually prefer 40-80k novels, for both reading and writing. Nothing makes my heart sink more than a 100+k novel, because that usually means a time commitment I don't have. So it's really a subjective, "different strokes for different folks" kind of thing.
anamardoll - yes, I think you have hit the target - depends on the market. I have noticed 'chick-lit' is generally shorter, maybe because of the time commitment you mention - ideal to settle down with a coffee have and it polished off in maybe 2 - 3 sittings.
Then there's the folks who like to pass a whole week on a single book.
My target market is young adults - so I'm thinking it may be the 80k - 100k mark. Unless anyone else knows better!