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??