Or to put it another way, is the industry afraid of lenghty books? I get the argument that not everyone has the time to read long chapters, books, etc. But does it really matter all that much when you can just put a bookmark in the middle of the chapter with ease. I do not believe that the average reader is so forgetful or inattentive that each chapter needs to be easily enticing and finishable in 10 minutes or less.
Or are the publishers so afraid of how long an author would take to complete such stories? To keep readers invested in a series it has to be pumped out as fast as possible and the story adapted to such a superficial style?
This is partially a rant. But I do want an idea of what publishers and agents think when they see a story with 250k words. Or what does “it’s way too long” really mean when there are books from King, in the Wheel of Time and Malazan series easily above 300k and even more?