Guest blogger Stephanie Osborn on “Things They Don’t Tell You In Author’s School - Part #2.” (When I invited fellow writers and book lovers to submit guest posts, Stephanie was the first to climb aboard – with not one but eight Tip O’Day suggestions. I thought it might be interesting to revisit those early posts from the third week in January, 2011.)
Thing Two: It IS possible to have a novel that’s TOO LONG. It seems there’s some alchemy mixed into publishing. There’s an arcane formula publishers use to transmute word count into page count. Page count, in turn, converts to shelf space. Use up too much shelf space on one book, and the publisher suddenly can’t display as many books. So your wonderful, two hundred thousand plus word count book that spewed out of you like water from a fire hose probably isn’t usable, unless you can find a way to cut it down into two or three books.
Due to software problems, I've been unable to blog the past few weeks, but hopefully all is now well. Once I finish with Stephanie's delightful tips, I'll repeat some of the previous posts that were not formatted as well as I'd wished.