Cutting a Book in Half
Historical romances typically run anywhere from 75,000 words long to 100,000 words. As originally written, The Earl Next Door, sprawled to an eye-watering 160,000 words long.
I look back now and marvel that my first editor took a chance on such an over-written book and worked with me to cut it down.
Besides the rookie mistake of simply being over-written, the book contained two full love stories: Piety + Trevor as the main hero and heroine, but also Jocelyn Breedlowe + a carpenter who was axed in revisions.