I've been thinking today about the length of books so I'm going to ask you. Angela, Kelly, Heather and whoever else strolls by.
All of Charles Dickens' books were written as installments and serialized in the newspapers of the day. Only later were they put together in a book. Book length has fluctuated over the years. Books weren't as long 50 years ago. Then artificially, dictated by the financial needs of the publishers as well as the cost of shipping a box of books around the country, publishers realized they made more money on longer books. Writers were forced to pad stories and readers became accustomed to really long books that could prop a door open.
But that's old technology. We don't have to be bound to follow rules that don't apply to digital publishing.
What I'm asking is: would a shorter length be acceptable if you knew you would get the first piece more quickly and there was more to follow?
Post a comment or email me so I know how you feel.