Book Length Guide

Guidelines for novel length

The Inca Project

We are a free resource for Indie Authors who have already published and those of you who have written – or are in the process of writing - a book, but are not sure how to enter the world of publishing.

Whilst perusing some of the wonderful, yet unsigned works on Amazon, we wondered why the big name publishers hadn’t picked up on these literary gems. Was it because the writers hadn’t approached the publishers / agents properly? Or maybe these wordsmiths had been turned down due to marketability? Or could it be that such works were too advanced and didn’t ‘fit’ into the perceived literary genres.

The INCA ideal is simple. We want to gather a group of like-minded authors who meet the criterion as set down by the late Oscar Wilde, who said, and I paraphrase here, "There are no such things as bad books. They are well written or badly written, that is all."
So, we want to see your work. We can help you as we help each other at INCA. Genre is not important to us but standards are (see Oscar above). If you become an INCA you will be a part of a community that is there for you, and is making significant inroads to the mainstream. But please remember that we have standards, and don’t be downhearted if – at first – we decline your request to join our merry band of writers, for we will help you in any way we can with edits and suggestions and all for FREE. Incorporating No Conventional Authors. We look forward to hearing from you.

And the works themselves?

We agree that writing is an individual taste, but ask why are some books still unread on your shelf, washing machine or micro hadron collider. Are they difficult to get started? Is the writing confusing? Are there long boring introductions or prologues, or is it something else? There are so many works out there so worth reading, and there simply isn't time to go through them all before we shuffle off our mortals. Why plough through 150 pages of dross before the story takes off (if it ever does), when you can be reading something that gives you a buzz straightaway? Back to top of page

The Inca Project is collecting works that grab you from the beginning so that you can't put the book down. It doesn’t even matter what genre you write in; even management and instruction books can be made interesting if the writer has the talent. These are the people we are looking for and we want to help!
The only thing we ask in return is that you give the existing Inca works a look, read one if you fancy it from the 'look inside' option (no obligation) and recommend to your friends and relations (again, only if you like what you've read). Review them on Amazon if you think they deserve 5 stars. If not, keep quiet - negative reviews are your own personal taste and we like to encourage writers in the Inca community, not put them down. Writing is hard work, and to produce 80,000 words takes time and dedication. There are few other jobs that take so much commitment for so little reward, so our authors are a dedicated group. Try to encourage them.

For reference, the real Incas didn't use money; everything was transferred by exchange and barter, and that worked fine until capitalists arrived. We won't let that happen!

What we are doing is probably not what you studied in your writing course, but as always, if you 'follow the flow' you can only ever aspire to be average. Be brave and be different, and there is a chance you will be noticed. That is what we are trying to do here, Incorporating No Conventional Authors...

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." Pablo Picasso is blamed for this quote.


Inca Leaders

Current project leaders include:

James Court - Latter day humour, intrigue and formatting - Society link
Callaghan Grant - Erotic Gothic Romance - Twitter and blog
Jeanette Taylor Ford - Romance, Supernatural, Children's - Facebook page
Rob Gregson - Comic Fantasy - Rob's blog, the Null Room
Catherine Lenderi - Proof reading and editing - Facebook Page
Darius Stransky - Historical Intrigue - Darius' blog about Edward I
Robert Wingfield - Sci-fi, Gothic, Children’s, Travel, Satire - The author's site