Thursday, June 29, 2006

No-squinting zone

One other thing I meant to mention about the EOC galleys: the print is large enough to read. Hey, there's a concept.

When I saw on Amazon that the book would be 480 pages, I blanched. I hadn't realized it was that long. More than one "beta" reader (you know who y'all are) said they finished it in less than a day. What's going on here? I wondered.

Now I know. While it might be more pages than today's average novel, some of that size is due to the typeface.

I'm thrilled. Not only is it comfortable to read, but it gives the illusion of being a fast-paced novel. After finishing it, people will go,
Wow, I just read a 500-page book in a day! It must have been really good.
I love short books, The Historian notwithstanding. Lately I've indulged in several young adult novels, which give me a feeling of accomplishment after I polish one off in a few hours.

For instance, I've been reading Jeff Mariotte's Witch Season series. Though it took me over a week to read Summer (it was a little slow at parts), Monday night I read the second half of Fall and all of Winter, then read all of Spring the following day (I have a cold, which is the best excuse to do nothing but read).

Anyway, kudos to Luna for the decent-sized print. They could have saved a lot of money by shrinking the typeface and the margins, but they chose to be kind to readers instead.

Apologies to the trees, though. I read an article about an author who planted a certain number of trees to negate the impact of his or her books. It's saved somewhere in the forest of my e-mail folders. I'll be sure to do the same, especially since trees are an integral part of my story.



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Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 6/29/2006 11:40 AM

You should print that email out and mail it to everyone you know.

I've only read Mariotte's comics work (that first Desperados book was terrific), so I'm glad to hear that his novels are so entertaining.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 6/29/2006 11:41 AM

I, for one, am EXTREMLY grateful for the large type. And, as you know, I'm very pro-tree.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 6/29/2006 1:28 PM

Thanks for reading the Witch Season books, Jeri! I'll keep an eye out for EOC--sounds terrific.

And Rob, there's a new Desperadoes miniseries in the works, launching in January.


Posted by: Blogger Jeff Mariotte at 7/08/2006 3:49 PM

Well, Jeff, as a matter of fact, just today I sent an ARC of EOC to Maryelizabeth Hart at your store, so keep an eye out.

And thanks for a great series--I've been telling my friends all about Witch Season and how gutsy it is.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/08/2006 7:21 PM

That's great news, Jeff -- I hadn't heard that. I'll keep an eye out for it.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 7/09/2006 3:16 AM

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