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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America gives these ranges: Short story: Fewer than 7500 words. Novelette: 7500 to 17499 words. Novella: 17500 to 39999 words. Novel: 40000 or more words. Note that these are defined in terms of word count, not page count. The number of pages depends greatly on formatting, so is imprecise as measure of story ...


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I don't know about Sweet72's reference to Japanese literature or how that relates to English literary forms. But in common American usage, a "novella" is a shorter work than a "novel". Some give formal definitions, like a novel is over 40,000 words while a novella is 20,000 to 40,000. But I think the real, practical definition is that a novel is a story ...


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Novellas and short stories don't sell well. Even short story collections with big names don't sell well. That is why publishing houses don't look out for novellas and short stories. But: this novella might be a good exercise and might help you grow as a writer it might be a perfect marketing instrument. As you said: a sample work. there might be another ...


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Outlines vary in how much text they cover; some people might write a multi-page outline for the same content for which another would write: Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy goes to mad-scientist school and builds a new girl. So the only way to know how your outlines map to word count is to take samples. Compare your previous outlines to word ...


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You may be interested in this competition link for a novella. http://griffithreview.com/the-novella-project-2-call-for-submissions


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Just go directly to ebook through amazon. You can freely market it through FB by all of the various free FB apps. Self publish, it will result in a lot fewer rejection letters.


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As per Wikipedia's Light Novel article: A light novel is a style of Japanese novel primarily targeting middle and high school students. [...] They are typically not more than 40,000–50,000 words long (the shorter ones being equivalent to a novella in US publishing terms), rarely exceed 200 pages, often have dense publishing schedules, are usually ...


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A novella may do better as a self-pub or a e-book than a trade paperback. Or you could write a few novellas and combine them into one larger format, like Stephen King did with Different Seasons. No way to tell until it's written and edited and you start shopping it around to agents, who will give you more market-relevant feedback.


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The problem with trying to define what a Light Novel is has to do with a whole lot of cultural baggage that is hard to transmit over to a Western idea of Literature. So it seems to be a medium that is focused on word-count, like a novella, but that isn't a proper definition. Likewise it also seems to be attached to a certain light, popular, and easy-to-read ...


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You have an ability to write screenplays that even you are forced to describe as "pretty spectacular." Given this, and your dislike of descriptive writing, I can't for the life of me understand why you want to make the transition to books. Focus on your screenwriting. A screenplay will typically make you much more money a novel. Current WGA rates start at ...


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Obvious answer is to read more novels. At the same time, don't worry about your previous skill set; novels are as much about dialogue as they are prose. Try and have a strong grasp of figurative language while still remaining clear in your description of events. Otherwise I recommend learning to slow the pacing of the story quite a lot. You have time to be ...


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I'd force myself to spend 20 or so minutes on only describing one scene or only going through a single character's internal monologue. Stop yourself from going ahead and only work on describing/monologue. Good luck!


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I understand why you have reservations about self-publishing, but the market for novellas has always been thin. If none of the outlets you find through Duotrope et al. suit your story, and you don’t want to just publish it directly, your best bet might be to build up your professional portfolio with shorter stories, and then publish an anthology that ...



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