Baby Got Books
by Jim C. Hines
(with apologies to Sir Mixalot)
I like big books and I cannot lie.
You other readers can’t deny
That when a kid walks in with The Name of the Wind
Like a hardbound brick of win.
Wanna swipe that thing
Cause you see that boy is speeding
Right through the book he’s reading.
I’m hooked and I can’t stop pleading.
Wanna curl up with that for ages,
All thousand pages.
Reviewers tried to warn me.
But with that plot you hooked
Me like Bradley.
Ooh, crack that fat spine.
You know I wanna make you mine.
This book is stella ’cause it ain’t some quick novella.
And now, I whine. I whine because I deliberately wrote a book, the first in an epic fantasy trilogy, that is a Big Book. 240,000 words long. I knew it would be a tough sale so I kept that in mind when editing, and got it down to a svelte 200,000 words. Now I’m going in again and even though I was advised by an agent that I’d really love to work with that I should cut it the word count in half, I can see that it’s not happening. Beginning next Tuesday, January 3, 2011, I will be diving into a new edit/rewrite. I can make the story clearer and sharper. I can improve and tighten the prose. These things I acknowledge. But it will not end up half the length, and I recognize that I simply don’t want it to. I plotted a complex story that will take three volumes to tell, even at this length. And I’m not willing to start cutting subplots and characters, because that is not the tale I want to tell.
So I’m glad there are still people who love big books. I hope that mine will be some of them that make it into print. If not, they will end up ebooks and in that case word count won’t matter.
Big fat books. What’s not to love?
I like big books and I cannot lie...
And you? Do you have any big books you love? Do you still read big books or are you much more likely to buy shorter ones? Does size matter?
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