Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Do you like it long or short?


Well, do you like it long or short? You may be scratching your head and saying, well that’s it, she’s finally lost what’s left of her brain. What I mean is reading. Do you like a long novel or a short easy read?

I was reading a post yesterday about a study done on how many actually finish a long novel. It intrigued me. I started thinking about all the books that I’ve started and they were good up to a point, then about 100 or so pages in I lost track of where the book was going. But then later I pick it up and finish it on a rainy day.

I’ve written long and short books, but I get the better response from the short ones. Amazingly enough a lot of people prefer a short, easy read that get’s to the heart of the story quickly and keeps them enthralled for a couple of hours. Several publishing sites actually have a special segment of publishing call short reads or lunch time reads.

When I was younger the craze was the long novel and now it seems the shorter the better. I was going through some new books on the other day and over half of them were less than 10000 words. Amazing.

I guess that’s why my shorter novels sell better. Funny isn’t it. We’ve gotten to such a busy way of life that we’ve even shortened our reading time. Oh, we still make time for reading, but we want to do it in record time so we can go out and get busy again. Oh well, I’ll just write what I feel like I need to get my stories across and hope it passes the test. 

So, let me ask again, Do you like it long or short? See I told you it wasn’t a crazy question…

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

Author: stephaniehurt

Stephanie Payne Hurt has been writing stories since she was a teenager, but only started publishing her work in 2012, 30 years later. The romance genre drew her in at an early age. Since 2012 she's published over 50 Romance novels/novellas. Stephanie is a busy lady. She's a Children's Minister, Accountant, wife and mother along with a blogger and writer, along with starting a publishing service called Horseshoe Publishing alongside her publisher. It's been an exciting ride and she looks forward to what the future holds for her writing. Currently she writes romance ranging from Christian, Contemporary, Suspense and Cowboy. Her work is available at many online retailers, on her website and in a bookstore in Zebulon, Georgia near her home. Come by and visit her at and subscribe to get updates and release dates, also her monthly newsletter! Don't forget to join her Street Team for all the new updates and to get free chapters of upcoming books and lots of other prizes.

4 thoughts on “Do you like it long or short?

  1. I think I like shorter books too.

  2. How short are we talking? Because I believe a story has to be at least 50k words to be considered a novel. In that case … you know, I do like short reads from time to time, but on the whole I think I prefer longer reads. And that’s purely because once I find a story and a world that I’m invested in, I want the experience to last as long as possible. Shorter novels are fun and quick, but I just don’t get as INTO them as a long novel, know what I mean?

    • I totally understand. It’s a place and time thing for me. If I’m on a vacation I really get into longer novels and sometimes I just want to read a shorter maybe 10 to 20k words.

  3. I’m in the short camp. When I was younger, I enjoyed long reads. I savored the story and surroundings and hated to see a book end. I don’t have the attention span I used to, I guess. 🙂 I wanted my books to be considered a novel rather than a novella, so I definitely went to 50k words. It was lucky for me that that they all seemed to fall naturally into that range.

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