3.21.2006

Novella

"Who is buying novellas" challenged a Snarkling after my comment that novellas are making a comeback.

Herewith the most recent sales lifted directly from Publishers Marketplace, the source of all yummy things.

Sisterchicks series author Robin Jones Gunn's FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, a novella about a young American woman who spends Christmas in the Cotswolds where she reads the words of Christina Rossetti about fathers and how to find the childlike faith to trust once again, to Warner Faith



Eden Bradley's THE DARK GARDEN, about the emotional and physical jouney of a woman who makes the transition from dominance to submission and unexpectedly finds love along the way, as well as a three-novella anthology, THE BONDS OF LOVE, THE LAIR, and LOVE AND DISCIPLINE, to Bantam Dell



Anastasia Day's BODICE RIPPERS, a look at those politically incorrect romances of the 1980s with a kinkier spin in three novellas, and LOVE BITES, with vampires and a little bondage, to Berkley Heat




Marvin Kaye, ed.'s WIZARDS, an anthology of novellas, to Bookspan



Bonnie Edwards's THIGH HIGH, a collection of erotic romance novellas linked by underwear to Aphrodisia

Sylvia Day's contemporary erotic novella, A FAMILIAR KIND OF MAGIC, about a rogue Familiar and the warlock who tames her, to Avon. (Deidre sold this one)

14 comments:

Dana Y. T. Lin said...

Thank goodness. I thought my idea for a novella was gonna have to be shelved. But if Miss Snark says it's selling, then who am I to question that?

*still reeling from the presence of her royal Snarkiness*

kitty said...

THANK YOU! :-)

Brady Westwater said...

Christmas - and sex. Perfect stocking stuffers!

December Quinn said...

Oh yeah, novellas are pretty big in erotics-there are quite a few more markets for them, almost every publisher accepts shorter works. Apparently shorter is a new trend for romance anyway-I believe I just read Harlequin's lowered word counts for all of its lines.

alexandra said...

So does this mean I can send you mine, dear Snark Goddess of the slushpile?

No?

*sniff*

Bernita said...

Hope this continues, if it's a trend.
Have only one done, need two more.

yossarian said...

I betcha FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN was novella length. That book was physically tiny, thin, had loads of white space on every page, and had big type.

Anyone know how many words that was?

Word verification is Oypra. Yiddish talk show host?

Sal said...

yossarian said...

I betcha FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN was novella length. That book was physically tiny, thin, had loads of white space on every page, and had big type.

Anyone know how many words that was?


According to Amazon.com's word stats: 41,108 wds.

Anonymous said...

Yossarian,

According to Amazon.com's text stats, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is 41,018 words. So yeah, it's in the ballpark you were thinking. At 208 pages, it averages just under 200 words per page.

BuffySquirrel said...

According to Amazon, 41,018 words.

Stephen said...

Anyone know how many words that was?

According to Amazon, Five People You Meet... is 41,000 words long, which feels more like novella than a novel to me.

The Bridges of Madison County is even shorter - fewer than 36,000 words - and that sold OK too.

The grandaddy of all these mawkish tracts, Jonathan Livingston Seagull was probably no more than 25,000 words (Amazon is silent, but Bach's later effort, Illusions is of that sort of length.

Anonymous said...

this is like a message sent from heaven! Australian readers (if there are any out there) may also know Delia Falconer's 'Lost Thoughts of Soldiers', a novella which has been doing very well.

yossarian said...

Learned something new today. I didn't know Amazon listed actual word count. Nifty. Thanks.

Eden Bradley said...

Yes-novella's are making a comeback, particularly in erotic fiction. Miss Snark doesn't lie! And neither does my contract with Bantam.:)
Eden Bradley