So I have this time travel novella, You Died on Tuesday, that I wrote four years ago and almost had published. It’s at the low end of the scale for a novella, at about 18,000 words. To make it novel length, I need to add at least 22,000 words, to bring it up to a total of 40,000 words, the lowest word count that qualifies as a novel.
Originally, I had planned to write another novella about the events that occurred after the end of You Died on Tuesday. It would be long enough that when I combine the two novellas, I should have something of novel length. So that’s the current plan. But I’m starting to have doubts. Maybe I should go back to the original plan, publishing the two novellas separately. I’m wondering what other authors would do. If you had a novella written and were working on a follow-up novella, would you publish them separately, or combine them into a short novel?
I’m looking at this question from a couple different angles. There’s the most important question of which approach would get me the most readers. There’s the question of which approach might earn me the most money. While I don’t have any delusions of striking it rich from writing 40,000 words (ha ha), I could use any little penny I might earn right now.
What other angles should I consider?
Am I thinking about this too much? Does anyone have any suggestions for me, some sagely words of wisdom, or even just opinions? All comments welcome!
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- Novella Month – Definition by Deena Drewis (emergingwriters.typepad.com)