Novels vs Novellas with Debra E Marvin

January 25, 2017

I have invited Debra E Marvin to join us today. She is talking about novels vs novellas and I hope you will join me as I welcome her to Books, Faith, & Coffee.

Thank you for hosting me, Heather. I look forward to chatting with your readers!

I’m busy promoting my latest novella, Why Not, and the rest of the boxed set of Valentine Matchmakers Collection from Forget Me Not Publishing.  These are sweet, inspirational stories with a mix of contemporary and historical by nine Christian Authors! Here’s the blurb for Why Not:

Love Puts These Two On the Edge!
Grand Canyon, 1914

Why Not NovellaSociety girl Amber Wynott’s wintry escape to the Grand Canyon provides a chance to pursue her dream and prove she has what it takes to be a successful architect. It doesn’t take long to realize the incredible scenery can’t hide the simmering anger between ‘railroad money’ and the struggling locals.

Which side is master builder Stone Morrison on?

Amber has met her match in the handsome, hard-headed man. He’s been directed to keep an eye on her, but when iron meets iron—oh the sparks! As their unlikely old matchmaker tells them, pride goes before a fall, and this is a bad place to fall. Will danger finally knock some sense into the pair?

Novel vs Novella?

Do you buy and read novellas and novella collections or prefer novels?

Often novellas are limited to 20-30k words and I occasionally hear from readers that they’d like more time with the characters. Novellas have become very popular over the last four or five years, so there’s obviously a market. I hope so, as I have another four or five contracted! Due to the low price of novellas, it’s not practical for most authors to have them available in print—they will almost always be a financial loss. Yet, I would love to be able to give away or sell paperbacks to those who have remained true to printed books. I personally prefer digital, as I can read stories on my Kindle and adjust the font size. (And not be dependent on a reading lamp!)

The world of fiction and publishing seems to be in a constant state of change. While authors now have the ability to work with one or more of the small publishers, they can also self-publish. Gone are the days when the only chance of being a published author was to gain the attention of an agent and then get a manuscript in front of an editor. But that was just the start. The story had to be at the right place at the right time—even a very well-written story might not make it to the publishing board.

But with the freedom of small and indie publishing came a boom in fiction and non-fiction. An estimate five hundred or more books go up on Amazon daily! Writers can become published authors in just a few extra keystrokes! For most of us the reality is that without word-of-mouth and a good marketing plan nothing happens!

Without a large publisher, authors are doing their own marketing. Never before has the relationship between author and reader been more important.  I know Heather encourages you all to read and write reviews. To help authors, you can follow their Amazon page and Goodreads profile. Post reviews, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and sign up for their newsletters. Oh yes, and Pinterest. (The next best thing to quilting is looking at quilts on Pinterest, right?)

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What Do You Think?Novels vs Novellas

So, what do you as readers think about this new phase of publishing?

Let’s chat!

Share your answer about publishing and your thoughts on novels vs novellas in the comments below.

And by the way, I’d love to give away a couple of copies of the Valentine Matchmaker collection.

No surprise, right?

Please let me know in the comments if you’d be interested and leave your email address safely. Remember this is a digital collection only.  I’m doing a promotion for a limited time. The next 50 readers to sign up for my newsletter will be in the drawing for a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card. And, on Feb 13th I’ll be hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway for a quilted table runner. My links are below and I’d be thrilled to have you join me!

About Debra

Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. Her published novellas include, “Alarmingly Charming” in Austen in Austen Vol 1 from WhiteFire Publishing, “Desert Duet”, “Starlight Serenade” and “Why Not” from Forget Me Not Romances, after many unpublished contest successes including two finals for the Daphne DuMaurier award. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends.

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  • Reply Debra E. Marvin January 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Hi Heather! thanks so much for hosting me on your lovely blog! I definitely have my own opinion on this topic, so I’m hoping readers do too, and don’t mind sharing them.

    • Reply Heather Hart January 25, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you so much for being my guest today, Debra. I used to prefer novels because novellas seemed to be too rushed, but as life keeps getting busier, I love a well written novella. They are easier to fit into my schedule.
      Heather Hart recently posted…Jesus and My Birthday Wish

  • Reply Andrea January 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t remember ever reading a novel

  • Reply Terri January 25, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I enjoyed reading this!!great thoights.

    • Reply Debra January 26, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Hi Andrea! you must be enjoying the number of novella collections available if you have access to E books. While it makes for a shorter piece of work for an author, and that can be tempting, I really struggle with writing anything under 30k. But it’s nice to work on it. I can read through and edit a novella in about 3-4 hrs, which is why they make great choices for a reader. They can start and finish a story in one evening!

    • Reply Debra January 26, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Hi Terri! Thanks for visiting, and leaving a comment! I’m not sure I’ve read anywhere as many novellas as novels as they are rather a new trend (new as in 5-10 years!). Do you prefer books over digital? The Barbour collections are certainly popular, but it seems most of the novella collections are digital. That’s just my opinion.

  • Reply Kristi January 25, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I enjoy both novels and novellas! Novellas can be just as rich in content even with less words, if they are well written.

    • Reply Debra January 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      I agree. I certainly hope so! And they can be quite challenging to write (oh but that low word count is nice!).
      I have four novellas published and each one is in a collection. Three from Forget me not (so far, all set in Arizona), and one from Whitefire set in Texas. (Austen in Austin). My next two are contemporary which will be a big change for me. What novellas have you enjoyed recently, Kristi?

  • Reply Mary Alford January 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Hi, Debra. Love you post. So good to see all of our stories together and the idea of using candy heart sayings was brilliant of Cynthia Hickey. I love reading both novels and novellas, but I find myself reading more novellas lately because they are quick reads and satisfying.

    • Reply Debra E. Marvin January 27, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Hi Mary! I think I’m still on the fence, but it’s probably because I read more mysteries than anything else (and I really depend on free or cheap audiobooks!). I hope we find a lot of new fans for this great series!
      Debra E. Marvin recently posted…Speedbo 15k Words in March

  • Reply Kelly Blackwell January 26, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I love novels because I can really dig in and get lost in the story world, BUT I also really enjoy and I would say am growing to love novellas. It is like a brief getaway, and I like that. I would say that I am growing to love them because I have only recently really gotten into them. I’ve read quite a few as part of a collection and that is nice, but I have also bought a lot of novellas on their own. When done well, I prefer a novella when I am short on time, but want to really immerse myself.

    • Reply Debra January 29, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Kelly. That seems to be the consensus. They both have their place! I’m always amazed at the number of novella collections aka boxed sets (even though they are digital–no box involved!). My friend Susanne Dietze has been part of a few Barbour novella collections and they always sell well in the stores.
      thanks so much for commenting!

  • Reply Debra E. Marvin January 27, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Hi Kelly,
    that is certainly the way I like to market them, as a reader can sit and read through a novella in one evening’s sitting–for the most part. The Barbour collections are 20k which is a pretty quick read! WHY NOT is 30k.

    The Valentine Matchmaker collection contains both historical and contemporary. And of course, one other benefit is that if one story doesn’t excite you, you can move on to another and not feel you’ve wasted your money. I wonder if the price of collections will ever increase again.
    Debra E. Marvin recently posted…Speedbo 15k Words in March

  • Reply Debra E. Marvin January 27, 2017 at 11:13 am

    oops. Sorry. I have no idea why that old Speedbo 15k thing is popping up on my post. ARGH!

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