One question that’s coming up often enough to qualify as a FAQ is a matter of size. “How long will Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox be?” And on a related note, are the chapters drabble-length? (Hey, I do have a reputation in that department.)
And let’s face it… I posted pictures of physical copies, but they don’t offer much scale. For all you know, they could be itty-bitty … and hardly worth the price tag. Now, if you read the fine print on most book sale venues, they’ll give dimensions (some sites even list the weight), but that’s never stopped anyone from margin-abuse. ::nods wisely::
So! I have prepared a simple fandom-friendly framework to give you a better sense of size. (Photos included!) Wanna reassure yourself?
Word Count. In fandom, we can choose our length. A quick glance at a fic’s word count, and we know if we can finish it in one sitting … or if we’ll be sacrificing sleep for three nights. Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox has 450+ pages, but what does that mean?! In fandom terms, that means 96,000~ words.
Show of hands! Who can conquer that in a day?
Chapter Length. No, the chapters are not drabble-sized. Their length varies in typical ways, switching when the scene changes or when the perspective shifts. (**Warning: Every Single One has an ebil cliff-hanger designed to keep you from putting the book down, so please allow enough time for the entire 96,000~ words in one sitting.)
Okay. I may be exaggerating.
Book Size. This is easy. Grab your nearest manga. No, seriously. This is the most universal frame of reference a fangirl can offer. Look…
Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (5×8″) is not as big as a VIZBIG manga (3-in-1 omnibus edition), and it’s just a little taller than your old-school standard manga volume. The width is about the same … so the hand-feel is downright comfy.
Width is on file as 1″ … which again puts Tsumiko at a happy medium. But I will say that while the paper they print manga on is light and pillowy by comparison, my book’s got some serious heft. I choose to believe this means the Amaranthine Saga has SUBSTANCE. Even though we all know about forthy and fluff. (I have a reputation in that department, as well.)
So there you have it! Because size matters. ::twinkle::