After a few book events, I realized I had quite a few people tell me that they don't have much time to read anymore. I started thinking about what if I wrote shorter stories and marketed these to potential readers? In my children's line, I have chapter books for early readers that fits between picture books and YA. Their word total is less than 10,000.
So, I started thinking about creating a series with novellas. I've never written a novella before. But before our writers' group did two anthologies, I've never written short stories, either (other than in school). With the anthologies, I dreamed up the story of a girl that has no magic in a world where everyone has magic. I liked the characters so much, I decided I would flesh out their story in the novella world.
|Magic Today series Book ONE: Green on Magic|
The novella can run between 7,000 and 14,000 words. That gives me enough space to set up some background installation without being super involved. My full-length novels take me about a year or so to complete (between 70,000 to 80,000 words). These novellas are a fresh breeze through my life. Action and fast pacing keeps the story line moving.
I have a plan for 3 books in this series, but if people seem to like it, I definitely am open to more stories from the main characters, Wren and Darian. Book one is now available on Amazon and I'm waiting to have in-person stock for book events after Christmas. I'm really looking forward to seeing if I can entice more people into my fantasy book world with these novellas.
Time will tell!