Does length really matter (in books)?

December 10, 2014

“Loved it, but it was too short.” I’m thrilled by comments that say readers want more. Those words, along with positive reviews, are some of the nicest things an indie author can hear.  So why do I tend to write more shorter stories than longer ones?

Well, first, I have the attention span of a gnat.  No, really.  I am incapable of focusing on one thing for any length of time. In the course of writing this short post, I’ve accomplished at least ten other things. Seriously.

Secondly, as a working mom, my slices of time for luxuries like reading and writing are limited. Shorter books fit into my personal escape time better, and I figure it’s like that for a lot of us. I tend to get really into a good book, and if I have to repeatedly put it down to go take care of other things it makes it more difficult to truly get lost.

And lastly, I don’t have a lot of patience for books with tons of unnecessary filler just to increase the page count. If my eyes are glazing over or I find myself swiping to get on with it, it’s disappointing. (If the book is really good, though, this isn’t an issue. See #2 above).

So there you have it. Oh, and for those of you asking about the next Callaghan Brothers book (Ian!), I’m hoping for a release next week 🙂

<3 Abbie