I am currently writing a teen novel in google docs. Right now, I'm considering a page single spaced. What is the industry standard for what a page is considered?


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Generally, a page is anywhere from 250-400 words. Sometimes less, sometimes more. 300 words is a good number if you're trying to estimate how many physical pages your printed novel will be (but keep in mind, physical page count is affected by the size of the page, the size of the text, etc.).

In Google Docs, highlight your text (ctrl+a highlights everything) and click ctrl+shift+c to see your word count. Divide that number by 300 to get, roughly, your page count.

Word count is definitely the "industry standard".


Industry standard is not to count pages but words. Also, when submitting a manuscript to publishers, industry standard is to double space your work.

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  • Word count is the industry standard in almost all settings, sorry.
    – Stu W
    Commented Mar 27, 2016 at 2:41
  • Ah... yeah, you're right. I fixated on the single spaced comment and didn't actually answer the question. Editing to fix.
    – DoWhileNot
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 3:19

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