The picture below is my first novel, working title,"A Rose for Ruth" and represents ten years of work.
Printed at 1.5 line spacing on A4 paper there are 547 pages and 150,881 words.
The first ten years were the easy part, I am now working on reducing the size of the MSS down to sub 120,000 words.
The real work will be to make what's left well punctuated, have no spelling mistakes and most importantly of all, be a good read.
Last week I visited with The No. 1 Writers' Publishing Agency. Kay advised me that most action adventure stories run up to 120,000 words. A quick press of the button on my computer revealed that my story had 150,881. What to do I wondered, especially since writers such as Jane Austin had used some of those very words, though not necessarily in the same order or quantity.