I’ve been writing a series of novellas that I really enjoy. I don’t know if I chose the wrong covers for them or if I’m marketing them wrong, but they just aren’t catching on. If you have ideas, I’d be happy to hear them. If you don’t, that’s fine, too, because I’m guessing that mixing medieval times with supernaturals wasn’t my best idea. But it’s possible that I don’t care.
Short fiction, in general, isn’t as popular as novels. Most of my novellas go up in the rankings for a while, and then fall for a while, bouncing up and down. Not wonderful, but something I can live with.
I’ve learned from experience. I intend to spend more time concentrating on novels and less time churning out novellas. But novellas, for me, are like a piece of chocolate. Instant gratification. In a week or less, I have a finished product that I like. Michael creates a wonderful cover for my 40 pages, and I’m a happy girl. It’s like opening a small box that you know will have something wonderful inside.
I wrote short stories for AGES. They’re my first love, but when markets started drying up for them, I had to concede that longer was the rule of the literary land. One of my friends–whose writing I deeply admire–Ed Bryant, wasn’t so happy when I devoted my time to novels over short fiction. He’s made a distinguished career with short fiction, but let’s face it. I’m no Ed Bryant. And markets aren’t the same as they used to be. So now, when I write short, it’s almost an indulgence, paying homage to an art form I love. (And boy, was I happy when Canadian writer, Alice Munro–a short story writer–won the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature–a short story writer!!! Hooray!)
Anyway, some of my novellas do better than others. But my Christian/Brina series is doing dismally. So you’d think I’d write a wrap-up novella, bundle the stories, and call it a day, wouldn’t you? And I intended to. Until I found a cover for a story that I thought would work perfectly in that series. And then, wouldn’t you know it? I found another cover for Christian and Brina that I liked. So I’m torn. And I kind of think Christian and Brina are going to stay as part of my mental landscape when story ideas dart through my brain.
For one thing, I’ve been grown-up for a long, long time, but I still fantasize about castles. Not real castles, mind you. Those can be cold and drafty…and smelly, too. But FICTION castles. And my stories are only as factual as my story ideas want to make them. And then, I have a thing for magic and Merlin. And Harry Potter. So witches had to populate my fictitious serfdom–because that made me happy. And then the witches had to battle something–so why not choose all of the leftover mythological creatures that I haven’t used before? A match made in my idea of writing heaven. Castles, witches, vampires, evil lords, and a Greek mythological creature or two.
I doubt my rankings will ever soar on this series. But maybe for this series, I don’t care. Maybe this series is for ME. So there’ll be a new Christian/Brina novella out later in November. And I might even lose money on it. But once in a while, I write for myself. http://www.judithpostswritingmusings.com/series-of-novellas.html