You asked several times in the comments why the deleted scenes were deleted. We cut scenes to make sure that the book has a good forward momentum. As a general rule, if you can take a scene out of the manuscript and not have to do a rewrite after, it probably shouldn’t be in there. Even if it’s a character developing scene, it still needs to inch the plot forward.
We cut a lot during the course of writing a manuscript. Here is a screenshot of current cuts:
As you can see on the bottom, we cut roughly 41, 300 words.
Why don’t you put all this stuff back in?
Because some of it sucks. Some of it, like the deleted scenes with Saiman, simply didn’t fit neatly into the plot. Some is just not good writing. The characters are doing something out of character, the mood is wrong, the voice is wrong and so on. The voice issues are the most time consuming to fix because the issue isn’t what the characters are doing but how they are thinking about it, and it’s easier to just scrap the scene.
Some of it might come back in like the shooting scene where Andrea shines. We like the scene, we just don’t know how to plug it into the plot. Some cut scenes would ruin people’s perception of their favorite characters, because we went off on a tangent. They are cut because they needed to go.
Generally our editor no longer suggest cuts that are motivated by length as we earned relaxed length standards. She mostly says things like, “It’s too slow in the beginning. You need to cut somewhere.” It so happened that Saiman rescue was a good chunk to cut.
I know that people get a book and immediately have a reaction to length, but longer isn’t necessarily better. :)