Does size matter?
BTW If you’re here because of the blog title, propel your mind onto the right track now. I’m talking about the length of romance books.
With the popularity of self-publishing I see book reviews at places like Amazon that say, “This book was too short. If I’d known how short the book was I wouldn’t have purchased it.”
My personal preference is for a longer read. The only exception to this is if a friend has written the book, because I like to support my writing buddies. When I say longer read, I mean around 45K to 60K at a minimum. A manuscript around the length of 80K is perfect. Just like Goldilocks’ porridge, it’s not too short or too long but just right.
This is my manuscript measurement scale
15K = short
30 – 40K = novella
45 – 60K = novel
60 – 100K = long novel
Generally when I’m looking for books to add to my to-read pile, I purchase novels and long novels. I might download a shorter story if it’s free, and if I enjoy the book, I’ll purchase one of the author’s longer novels, but that’s usually the only time I’ll consider short stories. As an aside one plus for the shorter length is when I’m extra busy yet yearn for some reading time. A shorter length book makes me feel as if I’m not missing out.
What about you? Which length of romance is your comfort level? Do you purchase shorter lengths, and if so why?
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