Novellas

Two years ago, I was horrified when the first draft of my third novel sat at a mere 24,000 words. That was back when my life’s dream was to get an agent. I thought at the time that all the energy I put into a story I really had written from the heart was all for nothing unless I added a whopping 50K or 60K more words. The thing is, the skeleton of the story was good the way it was. Sure, it needed some work. With some editing, I have added more depth to the story but it still only sits at just over the 30K mark.

Some stories are just meant to be novellas. With Amazon and smaller presses, it is far easier to publish a short story. I am comfortable that this third book will never be a full length novel.

Now the question is, how marketable/desirable are novellas these days? I have been thinking about this with every edit.

I came across an article about novellas whole doing a Google search. It’s two years old now, but it is an interesting take on the step child of books. Apparently, they are no longer considered the “ugly duckling of the literary world”. Woot!

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/08/04/the-novella-is-making-a-comeback.html

A lot of people might enjoy a quick yet intense read. Others may feel cheated and wish there was more. Or, maybe some people that wouldn’t normally read might pick up a book if they noticed it wasn’t super thick.

I am curious to hear your opinion about novellas. Would you purchase one? Have you? Do you like reading shorter stories?

Random Acts of Kindness Blitz Tour

A smile. An encouraging word. A thoughtful gesture. Each day people interact with us, help, and make our day a bit brighter and full. This is especially true in the writing community.

Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and keeps you strong when times are tough. The author who generously offers council, advice, and inspiration when asked.

So many people take the time to make us feel special, don’t they? They comment on our blogs, re-tweet our posts, chat with us on forums, and post reviews on Amazon/Goodreads.

I want to follow the lead of other kind bloggers and participate in this blitz today. :)

I want to thank each and every one of you for following my blog and offering insightful and encouraging comments along the way. Your support means THE WORLD to me.

Of note, I want to mention Lauren Waters. She has been a great writing friend from basically the beginning of my blog, offering great writing advice and help with my publishing questions. Her writing success is inspiring.

To thank you all for your support, I want to do another contest.

I will be giving away a $10.00 Amazon gift card to two random commenters. The contest closes June 11, 2012.

Just answer the question: Do you enjoy reading horror/supernatural thriller novels? What is that you like/dislike about the horror genre?

xoxoxox

Beautiful Blogger Award

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I have been awarded The Beautiful Blogger Award from the lovely and creative Vikki from The View Outside. Thank you very much!  :)

If you have not been to Vikki’s blog yet, definitely check it out. I love her passion for writing and blogging.

It’s funny, but I always feel all bashful whenever someone gives me a blogging award, but I thought it was high time to accept one and bring attention to some beautiful bloggers.

The rules are:

The Beautiful Blogger Award is for those blogs that are creative, original and add to the blogging community. You’re supposed to bestow it on seven people and here’s the “rules:” I say, no worries if you’re a rule-breaker, then just put the award on your blog.

Link to the creative, beautiful genius that bestowed it upon you. (see above) List seven random things about yourself. (see below) Send said award to seven (or how ever many you want) other creative, beautiful geniuses. (see below after the random things). Tell those lucky people that you’ve done this and give em’ the rules.

First, here are 7 random things about me:

1. I am a country girl living in the city (For now).

2. I know a lot about animals. I’ve been watching wildlife shows since I was about six.

3. I will NOT leave the house without eyeliner…

4. …But give me rubber boots and a fish net, and I will explore a pond for hours.

5. My room is painted blue.

6. I usually listen to metal and hard rock to get inspired for writing.

7. I love the rain.

Here Are My Beautiful Bloggers.

(I couldn’t keep the list to just seven.) :)

The beautiful Lauren Waters with an equally beautiful gift of story telling. She is the published author of Infinite Sacrifice and Infinite Devotion.

The lovely Kitty Hietala is an aspiring writer who also likes to blog about YA books.

Ermilia has a pretty, whimsical blog theme and I love her writing challenges.

Beautiful inside and out, the blogger over at Riedel Fascination loves to talk about her favourite works of fiction and she is also passionate about animal rights.

Pretty Naomi over at Writing Between the Lines is a talented photographer as well as a great blogger.

Laura Stanfill’s cheery, unique blog is always a pleasure to visit.

Robin Coyle is yet another example of beauty and brains as she helps writers with weekly writing advice.

Follow the literary journey of the gorgeous Kimberly on her blog called I Make Stuff Up.

Lovely Whitney and her dreamy blog A Serendipitous Happenstance is all about her passion for writing and good books.

Writerlicious blogger Erin blogs about her love of YA fiction and I have become addicted to her blog these days. She even posts up new literary agents! ;)

Your Summer Writing Goals

Right now I am working on the edit of my second novel done by my (very affordable – yay!) editor. After that I am having a good writing friend do a beta read for good measure. I plan to have it published in early-mid June. The title is called Followed.

After that, it is on to editing and re-working the third novel (Currently named Ice), which I hope to have out in November since it has a wintery theme.

I am curious to know about all of your writing (or publishing) goals for the summer. Do share!

Before ending this post, I thought it would be fun to share some neat writing quotes for inspiration and smiles:

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schitzophrenia.” – E.L. Doctorow

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.” – Stephen King

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” – G.K. Chesterton

“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists either of writing or thinking about writing.” – Eugene Ionesco

“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.”  – E.L. Doctorow

Happy writing!