Read: May 17, 2015
Writing Trends: Are indie stories getting shorter?
What's with all the novella serials?
Lately, I have the feeling that many books I add to my tbr only have around 200 pages (60k words) -- and not around 300 pages (100k words) and more, like novels used to be. Especially self-published works, I think. Am I imagining things? Or are more of you noticing this? I don't think it's likely that all writers are suddenly more down to the point in style, so how come? I can't quite explain it.
What actually bothers me about it is the labelling. I buy an indie book that says novel on it, or is not explicitly labelled a novella, and only get 200 pages for it. Err... I don't feel like 60k words are a novel, sorry. I'm not saying you can't tell a good story in 60k words, you can!, but I feel a little cheated. And Seller 101 says, you don't want the people who pay good money for your product -- who you want to continue spending money on your products! -- feel cheated. Just saying.
Furthermore, I keep getting novellas that piece together a whole novel, instead of being intallments in a series. What's up with that? I get it if it'd otherwise be an overlength novel, like 500 and more pages. In the new age of self- and digital publishing, that's a good strategy, and it also makes sense if maybe the ending isn't written yet. Example: Snapped by Ketley Allison. But to do it just because the option is accessable? A full story, torn in parts, that are then published only a week apart (Example: The Other Fighter by Hawkeye & Stokes)? I don't get that at all, sorry. Does anyone want to clue me in?
It actually hurts me to see a perfectly fine story torn to pieces, not to mention that it annoys me to no end having to search for the next file on my eReader. I made a seperate folder for Snapped, and even added a text file with the reading order, so I wouldn't have to look it up on the web every time I finished one. Not what I call user-friendly! Is this bothering anyone else, too? Or is it just me, because I only organize in big labels like TBR - r2r - Paranormal - NA contemp - Adult? Either way, it's annoying me, and I wish it'd trend back to all-in-one-go-file stories to save me some nerves. Pretty please??
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Author: Clarissa Wild
Expected Publication: June 16, 2015
Fuck me once, I'll fuck you twice... then I'll bury you.
No prison can keep me from seeking revenge. Especially when it comes to her.
She, the woman who put me in jail.
I swore that I’d come for her, to claim what belongs to me: Her life.
I’m not a good man. On the contrary, I love to be bad. It’s in my veins. Just like it’s in my veins to ruin her.
She’s an actress, pretending to be a saint, but we both know that isn’t true. One way or another, she’ll pay for what she did.
I will hunt for her. Make her fear me. Make her body mine.
Bad deeds never go unpunished… And I always go out with a bang.
18+ WARNING: This book is a dark romance stand alone - it has a non-conventional ending. This isn't rainbow sprinkles & unicorn fluff. It's a dark, thrilling journey of two people clashing over love, lust, and hatred. Heed the warning. Contains graphic violence, alcohol, drugs & other disturbing content.
Why I am lurking on this: I had seen this before last week, but somehow failed to put it on my watchlist -- for whatever reason, I have no idea, because it's beyond me why I wouldn't be all, "OMG OMG OMG I NEED THIS NOW". Yeah... you get my drift.