Death at Bethesda Falls – 34,500
Pain Wears No Mask * - 96,000
Last Chance Saloon – 40,000
The Prague Manuscript * - 84,000
Blind Justice at Wedlock – 38,400
The Tehran Transmission * - 90,900
The $300 Man – 40.018
Assignment Kilimanjaro – 80,900
Bullets for a Ballot – 31,900
Old Guns – 37,250
Death is Another Life * - 81,200
Odd Shoes and Medals (biog) – 38,300
Write a Western in 30 Days (nonfic) – 49,700
When the Flowers are in Bloom (anthology) * - 39,900
Blood of the Dragon Trees – 79,800
Spanish Eye - 51,900
Sudden Vengeance – 58,500
The Magnificent Mendozas – 40,500
Wings of the Overlord (due September) – 106,600
Catalyst (due December) – 54,700
[* = out-of-print]
Total word-count, 1 million, 174 thousand, 950 words – since 2007. That’s not a lot by the standards of many prolific authors. James Reasoner usually aims to write that many words per year!
They’re my published words in book format, of course. The actual word-count of books produced (including those discarded, and those not published [yet]) will doubtless add to another million.
A writer some years back commented that you really need to write a million words before you reach competency as an author. The search for the writer who said that is an intriguing one, and may have been Ray Bradbury or John D. McDonald; see this interesting article on the subject:
Naturally, in the above list I haven’t counted A Fistful of Legends (which I edited). One day, I’ll do a word-count of the published short stories, perhaps.
For interest, the three books that are works in progress (Catacomb, To Be King and The Khyber Chronicle), they clock up another 46,900 words!