The revolution in publishing brought two major consequences with it. The first being the fact anyone can publish as much as they can write. The second is, of course, the fact that it is much harder to get discovered and earn money from it. That problem can be solved by marketing your book all by yourself. It does seem that more and more jobs are left to you to do, but that’s more economical after all – and you can always hire someone to do it for you.
But, there is another consequence of e-book publishing that you maybe haven’t considered.
As a writer, your goal is to write novels. Of course it is – it’s the only serious thing for a writer to do. But is it? Do you know how many novels there are that are just plain bad? I have no idea (if you know, please tell me in the comments, I wish I knew).
The problem with many novels that turn out to be just bad is that they are stretched too much. The author maybe had a good idea, they maybe had a great plot but it all faded as the author continued writing just so they could have a novel.
If the author of the mentioned bad novel decided to finish their work in a different form, it could have all been great (note: it’s not necessarily the length that is the problem, this is just for the sake of argument).
That’s where novella comes in!
Novellas have always been popular. A compact story without the subplots that are unnatural (because they are often thrown in just for the sake of the word-count) and that can be read quickly.
The only problem novellas had was the fact the publishers hated novellas because there wasn’t much money to be made after they price it accordingly and share the income.
But, these days are different. We publish our work all by ourselves and share a small portion of it for the services we get. Now, according to Forbes, among others, novellas are booming.
I strongly advise you to consider writing a novella. I will, during the year, conduct an experiment myself, but before that I did my research.
Novellas are shorter than novels, obviously, so less time is needed when writing and rewriting. But the bigger picture is this: you’ll be able to deliver high-quality work that doesn’t suffer from boring subplots just to get the word-count up!
If you are writing novels, that great! No one says you can’t do both. But, if you find yourself loosing the enthusiasm for a novel or even worse, if you find yourself stretching the novel just to make it a novel – stop now! Novella is the way to go.
Novellas will definitely sell just as good as your novels, even better. We are all busy and unfortunately, some people just can’t find the time for reading lengthy novels so do your best to offer them a way to enjoy reading and save time.
As always, keep writing!
Author: Mladen Reljanović
Mladen Reljanović is the founder and lead writer at Writer to Writers. He is the author of Oaktown stories, senior student of communication and a pianist.