The Boys Upstairs has a cover

I just wanted to share with you guys that The Boys Upstairs now has a cover. What do you think?

I think it catches the spirit of the book.  There’s also a promotional page for it over at MuseItUp. I’ve had a sneak-peak at the super-secret bookstore (set to open in October) so I know the release date (12/1/10) and the cover price ($4.50) and that it will be available in four formats. But don’t tell anyone I said that.

I’ve been asked what a novella is. It’s a short novel. Most books at Barnes & Noble are about 80,000 to 100,000 words; a Harlequin or other category romance would be about 50,000 to 60,000 words. A short story in a magazine probably tops out at 3,000 words, although most are shorter than that. A novella inhabits the space between, generally between 20,000 and 35,000 words. The Boys Upstairs is 29,000 words, or about a third as long as a typical novel. (Hence the lower price.)

Right now it’s in edits, a process I usually find a lot of fun, and after that it goes through line editing and formatting, and sometime after that, it’s an ebook.

Quite cool. I really hope you guys love reading it as much as I loved writing it. :#)


  1. Illya

    Congratulations I really like the cover. Good luck!

  2. Cricket

    Congrats! It’s great to see that length becoming more acceptable, rather than an awkward length that’s too small for a stand-alone but too long to squeeze in with other stories. It’s a nice length to read.

    1. philangelus

      With ebooks, length doesn’t matter because no one’s managing shelf-space. Each story can work out to the right length for that particular story’s needs.

  3. Normandie

    Love it, Jane! Can’t wait to read it!

  4. Liz

    Wow! This is so very neat! I cannot wait to read it. 🙂

  5. Lucy