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bio website jedoliver.com
location Chico, CA
age 36
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I live in California. I write. I game. I cook. And I'm a Dad.

I'm a journalist by trade, and I've worked for one of the the local papers and a now defunct business journal. I've also worked as a typesetter, a graphic artist and was the production manager for an international trade magazine, so I have a pretty good grasp of the printing industry.

In 2007, I quit my job to be a stay-at-home-father. One thing that I promised myself when I made that decision is that I would use my down time to start writing again. Five years and three kids later, and it looks like I can finally fulfill that promise.

Other "accomplishments" of mine:

  • In Kindergarten I wrote a sentence about raccoons that used the words 'nocturnal' and 'diurnal' correctly without any help from anyone.

  • In the fourth grade, I wrote Doctor Who fan fiction.

  • In the eighth grade, I got published for the first time. My short story "The Day the Earth was Disintegrated" was published by The National Junior High School Writer. I got extra credit in my English class and that Friday the whole class got pizza. Somewhat ironically, the only pizza they bought was 'supreme', which I detest, and therefore did not have any pizza.

  • In high school I was the senior editor of the school paper and the yearbook chief.

  • In college I was the first (and perhaps only) student who, as my major changed, went from the Business Manager of the school newspaper, to the Art Director to the Senior Editor.

  • During the 2008 presidential campaign, my observations were frequently read on air during "The Cafferty File" on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer".

  • To Be Determined


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reviewed Satisfactory Is it unusual for a flashback to have a very long dialogue?
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revised How many words in 350 pages typed and double spaced?
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comment How many words in 350 pages typed and double spaced?
@JSBձոգչ While it is true that most first works probably shouldn't be too much north of 100k in the traditional publishing world, I have also heard tales of first epic fantasy novels that clocked in at 200k and no one batted an eye. At any rate the question is "How long should an epic first novel be?" and not "How long should an epic first novel be and still get published?"
May
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answered How many words in 350 pages typed and double spaced?
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comment How many words in 350 pages typed and double spaced?
My understanding is that there is no industry standard definition of an 'epic' novel, but IMHO it's going to be several hundred thousand words, especially for an epic fantasy novel. 100,000 words is a good round number but that's only about as long as Huckleberry Finn. Compare that to epic fantasy novels and series such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy which clocks in at about 450,000 or your average Game of Thrones book which is about 350,000. Even Harry Potter clocks in at just over 1 million words for the series or about 150k per book with Order of the Phoenix the longest at 257k.
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comment How many words in 350 pages typed and double spaced?
If it's 12-pt Courier double spaced with 1-inch margins (standard manuscript format)‌​, then it's about 250 words per page. Doing maths that comes out to about 87,500 words, which is a good length but hardly 'epic'. That's a little longer than Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (84,799 words) and a little less than The Hobbit (95,022 words) and 1984 (88,942). Source
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