Word Count

We all know there are different formulas for counting words and ‘words’ in a document, book or project. I am after the word count that a standard agent or publisher will be using, for a novel of the historical fiction variety.

I started this project using the Scrivener template for a novel and have not changed any settings regarding character or word count, what type of word count I seeing in the search bar when I’ve selected the main manuscript folder (in which I have only my chapters)?

Using one chapter as an example, not including the title, Scrivener tells me it is 8,299 words, the site wordcounttools.com tells me it is 8,356 words.

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I just pasted a similar sized block of text into both Pages and wordcounttools.com and got the same figure. Most publishers or agents only want to know a figure rounded to the nearest hundred or thousand anyway so any small difference in formula isn’t that vital.

There is a thread here that you may also find helpful:
https://forum.literatureandlatte.com/t/approximate-word-count/7898/1