"Big long books that are pretty good but would've been better
as shorter novels."
As some of the novelists on this list know, editors believe
the public wants books of 400 words or more. As a result
editors and agents encourage authors to write longer
This, of course, extends past the crime genre. I recently
read WICKED! THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE
WEST. The book is about 403 pages. I haven't talked to anyone
who read the book that thinks the first seventy pages were
pointless which made about twenty pages toward the end
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