by Maxine Davis
I think I like writing novellas. I’ve “somewhat” written three. By somewhat, I mean they all need serious editing. Two novellas were written a few years ago, and at the time, I referred to them as my short books. I put them away because I felt they were, 1) a finished story, 2) I did not want to add “filler,” and 3) at the time, I thought I would look into publishing … later.
It is now much later, and I have definitely looked into being published. And do you know what? Short books are okay. I remember that I found short books were called novellettes and novellas, depending on the word count. How did I find that information? I looked it up on the computer.
I know we have all looked up the details and prerequisites of being able to call a book, a book, or to be more specific, what guidelines publishers use to call a book, a book, or novella and other labels.
Every once in a while, I will revisit the data even though I have it written down, and even can recall some of it on occasion. It does not hurt to recheck current information.
Two places I looked were:
Just in case you are wondering, the Daring Novelist posted the following information.
Short Story – 1,000 to 7,500 words
Novellette – 7,500 – 20,000 words
Novella – 20,000 – 50,000 words
Novel – 50,000 – 110,000 words
Epics and Sequels – over 110,000
Of course, this is general information. Before approaching a publisher, check their specific guidelines.