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 Dear fanauthor,

I love your story. It is glorious. I love the AU, I love your interpretation of the characters, I love the prose.

But. BUT.

Your chapters are too goddamn long [for me]. Six chapters containing a story currently clocking in at a little over 90,000 words equals more than 15,000 words a chapter. This is OK for the (very) occasional gigantic oneshot, but coddamn does it get tiring working my way through[ ]15k word chapters without being able to mark my place like I could if this was a meatspace hunk of reading material.

Chapters are your friends. They create a good stopping point. If there are too few of them, [some] readers will get bored and wander off. Okay, it's not like you're exactly in danger of running out of readers, but. But you could totally have more[, especially since anyone who does like really long chapters can hit AO3's 'entire work' button and not have to deal with the pesky 'next chapter' button at all]. Just... chapters. Shorten them. Please?

Sincerely,
Advocate for the Society for Chapter Awareness

EDIT: And, in the truest tradition of dashing off rants in a minute or two, I made a couple sweeping generalizations and forgot aspace. Edits enclosed inside [STRONG square brackets].
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