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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Rough Draft Word Count, Heart Books

I usually keep a running tally, but couldn't find it, so I went back and looked at all the ROUGH DRAFTS.

HeartMate: 113351
Heart Thief: 110456
Heart Duel: 108363
Heart Choice: 108567
Heart Quest: 103863
Heart Dance: 109937
Heart Fate: 117442
Heart Change: 114542
Heart Journey: 126071

That's not at all what the final counts were, and someday I may look at those. The Luna books were a whole lot more. I prefer the Heart books to be 500 pages, a ream of paper...though I am not printing them out anymore.

May you enjoy looking back on the past today.


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8:01 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

Hi Robin,

You do write long GFY, but have you ever had an editor tell you to shorten an ms?


1:37 AM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Oh, yes, I get requests to cut all the time, even when I already have. The word count limit is understood, and it comes down to paper cost and dollars and cents. If I don't cut, they will. My editor cut Heart Change, and my Luna editors cut most of the books.


9:00 AM  
Blogger Tannun said...


When they re released Echoes earlier this year, did they consider adding back cut scenes to get those of us that already purchased the books to re purchase? :)

12:04 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

Did it break your heart that they cut your baby?

Or are you not that sentimental about your books?


11:47 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Of course I get upset when I cut or others cut, all that work...that's why I originally put up the WORLDs page (now cut scenes are going on the READS page), that rather reconciles me.

I had a WONDERFUL scene in Heart Journey that I loved and cut last week.

An editor's job IS to cut, to tighten to keep scenes that really don't move the story forward from being in the book. Some I cut weren't necessary. Fun, but not necessary.

As for Echoes in the Dark, the scenes that I cut and the thread that I cut was the deeper character development of Luthan and more of the romance with Jikata. The amount that I put in just didn't work, so I it was cut. I would have to rewrite the book to make it work and I can't see myself doing that at this point. The story is told. THANKS!

8:40 AM  
Blogger Janice said...

Thanks, Robin, for answering my questions.


2:28 AM  

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