This will be a brief post, but I hope it will lead to some lengthier discussion. I simply have a couple of questions.
1. As a reader picking up a book from an author you've never heard of, how likely are you to pick up a book the size of a phone book? And I'm not saying from the library. How willing are you to purchase an epic tome if you know nothing of the author and they don't have any previous titles under their name?
2. What length would you find "acceptable" for you to consider purchasing a book, regardless of reviews, recommendations from friends, or even a personal relationship with the author?