Novellas and Novelettes vs. full-length Novels

Forums 1. General Discussion Novellas and Novelettes vs. full-length Novels

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    Jeani Rector
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    I have always felt that novellas and novelettes do not sell nearly as well as full-length novels. I feel that readers are more inclined to spend their money on a novel to feel they are getting “their money’s worth.”

    I am interested in knowing (if you have published a novel or novelette) what your experience was.

    Just for the record, the Nebula Awards given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America define a novella as having a word count of between 17,500 and 40,000 words. A novelette is defined as having a word count between 7,500 and 17,500 words.

    So, set me straight. Am I right or wrong that only full-length novels sell well?

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    Amber Fallon
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    Personally, I find that novellas sell very well as long as they are appropriately priced. A lot of people don’t have time for reading a full length novel but want something more substantial than a short story. Novellas fill that spot well.

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      Jeani Rector
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      So Amber, I am interested. As I said, I have always believed that novellas and novelettes just don’t sell. What do you consider priced right? Because I feel it is human nature to want to “get your money’s worth.” Unless you are a really big name, like Stephen King, who could probably sell his grocery list.

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