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. :#)
Congratulations I really like the cover. Good luck!
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.
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.
Love it, Jane! Can’t wait to read it!
Wow! This is so very neat! I cannot wait to read it. 🙂