Long novels aren't dead yet. Hopefully H.K. Rowlings, George R.R. Martin, and Stephen King have given Christian Writers a chance to present longer works as well with hopes of being published. But in the background are statistics that most publishers are all too aware of these days, such as: The average attention span in 2015 8.25 seconds The average attention span in 2000 12 seconds The average attention span of a gold fish 9 seconds and: Percent of page views that last less than 4 seconds 17 % Percent of page views that lasted more than 10 minutes 4 % Percent of words read on web pages with 111 words or less 49 % Percent of words read on an average (593 words) web page 28 % Users spend only 4.4 seconds more for each additional 100 words Source: Harald Weinreich, Hartmut Obendorf, Eelco Herder, and Matthias Mayer: “Not Quite the Average: An Empirical Study of Web Use,” in the ACM Transactions on the Web, vol. 2, no. 1 (February 2008), article #5. So how long will the next book you're writing be? More than 100,000 words? Ouch. Better be good. More than 200,000 words? Keep the defibrillator handy. What do you think?