Friday, November 19, 2010

How Long is a Piece of String?

I used to ask way too many questions as a child, though surely not as many as my own children. My Gran would silence me by saying "'Cause y's not z," and my Granddad would ask, "How long's a piece of string?"

I'm hosting a Second Wind Publishing discussion on Facebook and Goodreads where I ask how long's a novel, novella, novelette, short story, etc... and invite you to to wonder where dribbles and drabbles and chapters and  blurbs fit in. I think my biggest conclusion so far is I'm still not sure if my e-book's a short story or a novella, but I'm convinced I'd find it harder to sell as a short story. Somehow short, and pay real money for it, don't quite fit together. But what do you think?

4 comments:

bearman said...

It's about 12 inches

maryrussel said...

Interesting discussion on Goodreads. All of the books I am currently working on started out as novellas and I have added to them but they are still under 100 pages. "The Steamer Trunk" is planned as a full blown novel.It'll be interesting to see what happens with that when I finally get back to work on it. Currently, I am at 100 pages with 4 generations to go. I haven't done any editing on it yet.

Cold As Heaven said...

I don't know how long a novel is, but I think many novels are too long. Most novels of 500+ pages would have been better if shorter >:)

Cold As Heaven

sarah said...

a story that leaves you with a punch...and hits its mark...is the best place to end..I think too some go on too long and some not long enough