I love writing short stories and novellas, so when I first started putting my work online, I wrote short stuff while I waited for my agent to look at the books I sent her. I wasn’t sure if she’d like the books, so I wrote about completely different characters and settings. Probably not the most brilliant idea I’ve come up with, but I had a wonderful time and ended up with 31 different stories with a cover for each one of them. When Lauren looked at my list of work on Amazon, she said, “Enough already!” Maybe I’d indulged in too much of a good thing?
To cut back on the chaos of choices, I decided to bundle novellas with the same characters into collections. I put up the Death & Loralei collection first, then Gorgons and Gargoyles, Emerald Hills, and Babet & Prosper. This coming week, the last of the 5 bundles should go online. I added 2 new stories to the Christian and Brina collection, making a total of 6 stories in the bundle. Everything’s ready to go, but then I realized that most people, (unless they’re fans of witches, dragons, and castles and buy the thing) will only get to see the main cover when they go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, etc. Now, I admit I’m prejudiced, but I’m equally in love with the covers for each of the novellas.
The thing is, once I thought about it, I’ve accumulated a LOT of covers for my fun flight of short fiction writing–one for each collection and one for each novella inside the bundle. Thank heavens Michael Prete, who made them all, charges reasonable prices, or I’d have to sell a child to afford so many. Anyway, here are the new ones for Christian and Brina.
All of the covers in my other bundles are on my webpage: http://www.judithpostswritingmusings.com/series-of-novellas.html. But it’s something to consider if you get a little too enthusiastic about writing short stories or novellas to share. If you do it the way I did, you’ll need lots of images:)