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Deminkspot
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I’m writting using 10 point Verdana font, single spaced.

…first, it’s ‘writing’ [only 1 ‘t’]… second, font must be 12 pt and courier new is the most universally acceptable font… and ms must be double-spaced…

I have it in my head that 10,000 words, or 16 pages (in Word or Open Office) is about the right length for a chapter.

…there is no ‘right’ length for a chapter… best-selling author james patterson’s chapters usually run 1-3 pages… and other successful novelists love subjecting their readers to nearly endless ones… your chapters should be only as long as they need to be and they should not all be the same length…

I’m figuring that one Word page is two paperback pages.

…never think in pages!… ms are ‘sized’ by word count only… and why would you assume your book will be published as a paperback, not in hard cover?…

What I’d like to see is if any publisher has charted this out, per their requirements for fiction stories.

…’fiction stories’ is an oxymoron really, as a ‘story’ is assumed to be fiction, unless it’s specified as a ‘true’ story… you seem to be referring to a ‘novel’ and should learn the proper terms used in the publishing world, if you don’t want to be seen as a clueless amateur, when you query agents and/or publishers… and both will make their preferences known in their submission guidelines…

I finished my book, and it rang in at just over 30,000 words. how many pages in a paperback would that be?

…that’s nowhere near enough, if it’s for the adult market… it’s only 1/3 as long as a first adult market novel should be… and again, why are you asking about paperbacks?… if you use the proper font/pt size, double-space with 1″ margins all around on letter sized paper, you’ll be averaging 250 words per page of your ms… and adult novels by new writers should be 80-100k to have the best chances of being published…