My so-called “next” book was sent to beta readers in December.
I wanted to up my game, refine my craft, make it better.
Also, and here’s where the nerves start, to make it longer, because I am (or was) convinced it’s just not long enough.
I am not aiming for scifi tomery. I’ve ready Lord of the Rings 13 times and Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy nearly that many. I don’t want to write that; not yet.
My other three mysteries are each about 60,000 words, short already, and this one is only 45,000.
So How Long IS a Book?
How many minutes do you stay on the bus?
“Minutes” is the wrong measurement. You stay on the bus until you get where you’re going.
You stay in a book until the story is told.
I’ve told a compelling story with characters I care about.
But in this age of “extra-large is our smallest size” I struggle to get past the idea that if my book looks thin when it arrives in the mail, a reader will feel cheated. (For digital versions, I can adjust the price by a buck and feel just fine.)
I want this book to be the best it can be. I’m truly not sure, at this moment, if adding a subplot, telling more of the story, will make it better or just longer.