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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