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post by Michelle Griep
Most savvy readers know what a novella is, and Novel Rocket readers are not only savvy but good looking. Still, just so we’re all on the same page, here’s a great definition by Ian McEwan:
- The story can be read in one sitting, so your reader will connect strongly to the main characters. This means the characters and story will live on in their memory. And that, my friends, makes for a ready market for your next book.
- Readers using e-book devices love short stories. Not many download War and Peace or Atlas Shrugged simply because of the massive size of the read.
- A novella is a great way for a newbie writer to get his foot in the publishing door.
- When a potential buyer picks up a novella collection, their eyes automatically scan to find a big name. Most often if they don’t see one they know, they’ll put the book down. If you’re in a collection with newbie authors or those who don’t have a huge following, sales numbers can be a struggle.
- The author must balance on a thin line between keeping the action moving and character development. There’s not much time for either.
- Every word counts. If the writing isn’t tight, the story melts into a muddy puddle of words no one cares about.
- As much honor as it may be, the first story in the collection bears the most pressure. If the opening tale isn’t stellar, that can ruin the chances for a sale.
- Times are tough in the publishing industry. New contracts are hard to come by, regardless if it’s for a full-length novel or short stories.
PLOT POINT III
EMMALINE LARSON is no stranger to loss. Living in a land as wild as the natives who roam it, she’s lost her father, her betrothed, and when DR. JAMES CLARK crashes into her world, she loses the last thing left to her — her heart.