Currently raging through the blogosphere of romance readers and authors, is actually a theft of a few comments from Diana Peterfreund’s blog on the subject. She wrote a fantastic rant (which was actually a clear explanation of the matter) and made the lightbulb go on for many of us about the whole thing. I’m not going to re-cap the entire discussion, because if you don’t know what I’m talking about by now, you’re probably not the intended audience 😉 But may I just say, Julie Leto is my new hero!!

The set-up;

In her blog, Diana says: My first novel is 75,000 words according to the Word Count feature of Microsoft Word. This is how Bantam Dell figures it. However, my manuscript, in Courier 12, is 88,500 words.

The comments:

Anonymous: My first novel is 75,000 words according to the Word Count feature of Microsoft Word. This is how Bantam Dell figures it. However, my manuscript, in Courier 12, is 88,500 words.

Wow. I’ve never heard of anyone coming in this way. You must write a lot of dense prose and little dialogue. Usually it’s the opposite.

Shannon and Alison rush to Diana’s defense with factual proof of her statement…

Shannon: On my blog I broke down three different manuscripts, and the page count is always higher than computer word count…unless you write dense prose and little dialogue.

Alison Kent: Hmm. I just broke down three of my own manuscripts this way on my blog – and I write a LOT of dialogue – and everyone of them came up with a higher page count and a lower computer word count.

A page with a lot of dialogue might only be 180 actual words, but I would be counting it as 250. So, my actual word count would be lower, my page count higher.

But Julie Leto delivers the killing blow…

Julie Leto: Personally, I think anyone who posts Anonymously, especially with a passive-aggressive insult, is denser than any prose.

Ahahaha…^5 Julie. I’m going to check out Dirty Little Secrets from Downtown Press because anyone with that kind of wit, deserves a book sale and a little promo!

My kind of humor, my kind of book!

When Marisela Morales sets out to stop her ex-boyfriend Francisco Vega from skipping out on bail, she has a secret agenda: revenge. She hasn’t seen Frankie in ten years, and back then, he broke her heart, choosing his gang over his girl. So when she tracks him down in their old haunt, a hot dance club in Tampa, she sets about seducing him into her trap.

Frankie has a secret agenda, too, and Marisela soon faces a tough choice: continue drifting through her twentysomething life — hitting the same town with the same girlfriends every weekend while struggling to find a job and pay the rent — or dive headfirst into danger with her ex. Frankie operates in a treacherous underworld full of arms dealers, assassins, and sinister agendas — a world overrun with people keeping dirty little secrets — and only Marisela has the cojones to fight her way to the truth.

Sexy, sultry, and action-packed, Dirty Little Secrets is a thrilling adventure in manhunting of the most dangerous kind.

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