[LMB] truth in labeling puzzle

markus baur baur at chello.at
Wed Oct 19 17:15:59 BST 2016

i would stay with novella (perhaps tucking the short explanation "why" 
below somewhere into an epilogue?)



Am 19.10.2016 um 16:05 schrieb Lois McMaster Bujold:
> So, as has been indicated here, the new Penric novella is done,
> undergoing final tidying.  (A goal with moving posts, always.)
> Soon, I am going to have to figure out what to put on the cover besides
> my name and the story's title.  The prior two entries in what is
> developing into this series-in-miniature were labeled "A novella in the
> world of the five gods", but... this one came out at 45,000 words.
> Technically, a novella is capped at 40,000 words.  45k words isn't even
> half the current market weight for a novel.  The thing was certainly
> written with the _intent_ to be a novella, and should read and be read
> like one.  But it now falls between two stools.
> So _technically_ it maybe should be labeled "A short novel in the world
> of the five gods", but I wonder if readers not up on the nuances of
> literary length labels would be misled.  I had trouble enough the last
> two times out with complaints from readers who went blasting carelessly
> into the tales expecting a novel, either because they paid no attention
> to the subtitling or because they didn't know what the term "novella"
> meant, which a lot of people don't.  On the other hand, that audience
> may be becoming trained by now.
> Putting the word count out prominently won't help with the careless,
> because they normally think of books in page count if they think at
> all.  (Most people not in the trade don't think in terms of word counts
> enough to translate them into reading expectations.)
> So my options are
> A novella in the world of the five gods  (incorrect)
> A short novel in the world of the five gods  (correct but confusing)
> A story in the world of the five gods  (ducking the issue)
> Other
> Thoughts?
> Ta, L.
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