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What’s in a name?  A novella or novelette is just a short story that is rather long and falls short of a full-length novel right?  Well according to my research, this is only partly correct.

Length or word count, is the key to what defines a short story, a novelette, a novella and of course a novel.  I admit I was rather surprised to see that there was a difference between a novella and a novelette.  I always presumed they were just interchangeable terms for the same kind of extremely long short story.

Why was I even interested in finding out about all this in the first place you may be asking yourself.  Well I’ll tell you.  If you hadn’t heard already, I decided to do a short story that involved my vampyre character Nathaniel Steward (who will be getting his first full-length novel around October 2015) and several of my characters from my first novel “The Bridge”.  I did this because I was hearing from more and more readers about how they’d missed Veronica, her boss Roy and a few others who did not appear in my 2nd novel “The Ship”.

Now I had already been thinking about doing a short story for Nathan, to help fill my ongoing short tales involving him over at my other blog “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition.”   The entire purpose of that blog is to build an audience for Nathan in advance so I could hopefully have a large group of people eagerly awaiting the release of his first novel.  After all, unless you have a name like Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, or J. K. Rowling, you really have to work to get your name and novels known to more people.

So then it occurred to me that since Veronica and company live in Connecticut, it gets awfully snowy up there which would be a great setting for a Christmas tale.  However, I realized I had to be careful not to let any short story interfere with the current storyline running between “The Bridge”, “The Ship” (my second novel), and my upcoming novel “The Door” which I hope to release in May 2015.  So how could I do a crossover with these characters?

The answer was simple.  Since Nathan is already over a hundred and fifty years old, he has a lot of room for past history.  Whereas Veronica, and her boss Roy Petersen, are 45 and 60 respectively, in the novels.  So of course they also had room for untold encounters with various people.  So there was plenty of room for these three to have met some time int he past… and thus my story was born.

So I set my story to take place in 1999, which allowed me to bring back another beloved character Jason Cloudfoot, as well as his niece Julie De Luca-Cloudfoot who continues to play a major roll in the novels.  Only in this tale, we would get to meet Julie as a little girl who is just starting to demonstrate some of the shamanic powers that define her today.

Now I  had my cast, a setting, a time frame and an idea.  What happened next is what always happens to me when I write.  My short story kept growing and growing.  I kept getting more twists and turns to throw in and the ideas kept flowing.  Before long my word count grew and grew.  When I finally finished my ‘short story’ was weighing in at 13,700 words, which came out to be twenty-five single spaced pages.

I really had to sit back and wonder at that.  Had I actually created a novella instead of a short story?  So I did my research and learned the average length of a short story was considered to be around 7,000 words.

Obviously I had almost double that number so I checked further.  This was when I learned that a novelette was not the same as a novella.  The word count for a novelette ranged between 7000 and 20,000 words (which is where my tale fell into).  Looking ahead I discovered that a novella averaged in 20,000-50,000 words.  Anything beyond that was of course considered a full-length novel.

So why does any of this matter?  So what if I wrote a novelette instead of a short story?  Simple, the difference comes in when you try to publish the piece and market it to your readers.  Tell people you’re offering a short story and they say, “Oh how nice… and you want how much for it?  It’s just a short story.  I want to get my money’s worth…”

But once you tell them its small novel of sorts, then they might become more willing to spend a bit more to read your tale.  I’ve seen people offering short stories that are less than a 1,000 words long for $2.99 or $3.99, and wonder why they’re not getting many takers.

You have to offer the audience substance and value for their money.  So labeling your work properly is very important.

Well, that’s all I have for you today.  If anyone would like to see what a ‘novelette’ looks like here are the links to all the installments of my winter holiday tale below.  I broke it up into six parts so more people could enjoy the story without needing an e-reader:

“Home For Christmas: A Para-Earth Holiday Tale”

Part 1: http://thevampyreblogs.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/home-for-christmas-a-para-earth-holiday-tale-part-one/

Part 2: http://thevampyreblogs.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/home-for-christmas-a-para-earth-holiday-tale-part-two/

Part 3: http://thevampyreblogs.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/home-for-christmas-a-para-earth-holiday-tale-part-three/

Part 4: http://thevampyreblogs.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/home-for-christmas-a-para-earth-holiday-tale-part-four/

Part 5: http://thevampyreblogs.wordpress.com/2014/12/25/home-for-christmas-a-para-earth-holiday-tale-part-five/

Part 6: http://thevampyreblogs.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/home-for-christmas-a-para-earth-holiday-tale-part-six/

Until next time my friends, enjoy the holidays and keep writing…

When I recently did my sale, I looked around at various websites to find places where I could promote. Imagine my surprise when I found a number of places insisted that the “bargain price” for a book had to be no more than $2.99.






At that moment I paused and thought to myself, “Wait a minute, that’s the regular asking price for one of my e-books. Are you telling me I’ve been offering my book at a ‘bargain price’ this whole time?” Now, taking a step back for a moment, let me explain how I’ve priced my books.

Number 1 – I’m still a newbie in the book world. I don’t have a huge following.

Number 2 – I had gotten the impression that lower prices would help promote sales.

Number 3 – I’ve been down a path where finances are tight for the last seven years, so I’m rather sympathetic to people having a hard time. So I try not to price my books out of people’s reach.

Now both my books weigh in at over 100,000 words a piece. Yet I am seeing more and more novels that are much shorter (down to under 10,000 words) being priced at $3.99, $4.99 and even $5.99. Now many of these are being done by Indie Authors like myself and are hitting Amazon, Smashwords and other bestseller lists.




So then I checked to see if this phenomenon was due to what kind of genres the authors were working in, to see if that was a determining factor. The results were that this was happening across the board, and not just an isolated genre.

At this point I started noticing articles talking about how lower priced books were not really being worth trying unless they’re an ‘impulse’ buy.   “If they’re so cheap, they can’t be all that good…” being the usual argument.  The “You get what you paid for…” mentality seems to be in effect here as well, leading people to think they have to spend a lot of money to get a decent story to read.

So that brings me to my main question. Is there a stigma attached to bargain-priced e-books? Do they not sell as well or seem as attractive to prospective buyers because of a low price?

I have no clue on this one so I’m hoping to hear back from all of you for your comments and opinions. Please leave them in the comment section below. Remember, the purpose of this blog is to pool and share knowledge so everyone can learn from mistakes or successful ideas. I know I for one will be reading the replies with great interest.

So until next time when I talk about “Genres and what defines them these days”, take care and keep writing.


Good News…  My $0.99 Cent sale is over.


Now the Bad News: I’m still going to talk about it today….  


Now don’t panic, the sale is over and done with and I won’t be promoting it today.  Instead I’d like to share some insights and the results with you all and get some feedback.

First off, how well did a week-long sale like this do?  Well all together I sold 15 copies, 10 of “THE SHIP”, and 5 of “THE BRIDGE”.  How do I feel about that?   It wasn’t bad to be honest, but I’m not sure an entire week was necessary.  Almost 2/3rd’s of the sales happened on the weekend when I first announced the sale.  For most of the week itself, there were only one or two days where anything happened.  Then when I announced this last weekend that the sale was coming to an end, there another 4-5 copies sold.  So quite frankly, doing an entire week-long sale didn’t yield all that much for my efforts.

Where did I publicize the sale?  Facebook, Twitter, Google +, both my blogs (which average over 1600 views a month from around the world), Goodreads.com, LinkedIn and a few other places as well as friends sharing and spreading the word.  So I really tried to get the word out.

Right now, I’m not certain how I feel about the results.  I’d like to hear from some of you authors reading this blog and hear your thoughts.  Was 15 a good result, mediocre or what?  Were there other places I could have posted to spread the word?  Myself and other readers of this blog would love to hear what the voices of experience have to say.  Part of the purpose of this blog is to share my experiences and learn from those who read this blog, so please leave some comments in the section below.  We’re all in this together and the more we pool our knowledge, the more we all benefit gang.

That’s all for this entry.  I’ll be discussing Pricing your work in the next discussion, and then we’ll be discussing what genre your work might fit in.  That can be tough to figure out at times especially if you’re like me and wind up crossing several genres at once.

Until next time, take care and keep writing…

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