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Innocentlenora_rose wrote
on August 29th, 2006 at 07:04 pm

Novellas are considered by the *industry* to be awkward. They take up too much space in a magazine or an anthology, with the corresponding risk that if a reader doesn't like the novella, it's a much greater chunk of the whole that the reader dislikes. They're not long enough to package solo except as special gift books, which tend to sell poorly.

OTOH, readers tend to like them, they work well in single-author collections, limited edition small press books (where you don't expect to sell a lot, so make up for it with quality and prettiness of book and binding), and the internet's only length-limits are really what the individual reader is willing to look at on screen.


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