Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Book Length

I haven't written a book, but I'm lucky enough to know some talented people who have.

I am, however, what might be called an "avid" reader. My family sometimes calls me a fanatical reader.

So I enjoyed this discussion about book editing (which I do have some experience doing) and the optimal length for various kinds of books.


  1. What did you think about the title? Hard to move past that one--

  2. "Does Size Matter?"

    Interesting article. She makes some good points. I hadn't put my finger on why some books are fine at length and some aren't. She mentioned Emma Donoghue’s “Room,” which, though the writing was fine, I put down after 25 unbearable pages. Yet longer books (like her George R.R. Martin example), with expansive worlds, a variety of characters, etc., have "room" for the reader's mind.

  3. Yes I thought her analysis was really interesting.

    I agree, there's only so much one can take of a certain dark snark, you know?