Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Celebrity Endosements!

I am thrilled to share these celebrity comments!

5-Stars! “Cynthia Ainsworthe’s writing is fun, sexy and exciting. She uses her creativity and femaleness and turns it into pure sex. They are well-written reads. Once you start to read one, you won’t want to put it down because you know you’re in for a juicy ride.” ~~ Terri Garber, renowned actor of screen and television. Quote by Terri Garber used with her permission.

Ms. Garber portrayed feisty Ashton Main opposite Patrick Swayze in the television miniseries adapted from John Jakes’ novels North and South, Book 1, 2, and 3, as well her role as Leslie Carrington in Dynasty; roles in As the Word Turns; Sporting Chance; Law and Order; Cold Case, and innumerable other credits. Terri Garber IMDb

5 Stars! “I have read thousands of works from amateurs to Bestsellers that are looking to be adapted to film. Cynthia's writing is a perfect example of the quality that I look for in such a novel. The elegance of dialog and titillating description fits in nicely with those of the Bestsellers and transitions beautifully to the screen.” ~~ Scott C. Brown, renowned Hollywood Screenwriter & Producer of screen and television.
Mr. Scott C. Brown is known for Andre Norton: The Grand Dame of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2016), Temecula Uncorked and Superman vs Doomsday (2017). Scott C Brown IMDb

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Page Count vs Word Count in Fiction Books

Page Count vs Word Count in Fiction Books

During several book signings, one question frequently asked of me has been, “How many pages is the book?” I always explain that the novel is over 90,000 words. The person’s expression, tells me that I might as well have been speaking a foreign language.

I have no idea why the publishing industry has not educated the reading public that word count determines the length of a novel and not the number of pages, and that  a 70,000-word book can have more printed pages than a 90,000-word novel.

There are several reasons for this that are useful to the publisher:
·       Font style and size: A font style and size will either increase or decrease the number of characters per page. Times New Roman font delivers fewer characters per page than Garamond. The industry standard for size is from 10 point to 13 point, with 11 point being the average.

·       Margins: The size of the margins and space allowed for the gutter (margin at spine) can manipulate the page count. 

·         Space between lines affects the number of characters on a page.

·       Depth of drop on chapter title page: This is another tool to increase the page count, or in the case of a fatter book, to decrease the number of pages.

·       Trim size: That is the finished size of the book. Obviously, the larger the book, the more words that will fit into it. Often, publishers will use a larger trim size to accommodate the large print editions for those readers seeking a more comfortable font size.

Publishers have various reasons to manipulate the final page count. If the work is a bit lean in a traditional mass market size of 5 x 8 inches, then a larger font size, larger margins, etc will give the appearance of length and therefore value for the price.

If the book is meaty in length, that would necessitate the use of a smaller font size, more narrow margins, shallow drop on each chapter title page, slightly larger trim size, etc. Publishers want to make a profit on each book sold. Manipulating formats for a particularly long book allows for fewer pages, and thus lower production costs.

I’m not suggesting that word count determines the worth of a book in literary terms. The worth of a book lies with the reader, whether it is a novella or a tome. I just wanted to shine some insight onto why page count is not a valid ruler to novel length.