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#1 Fitz

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 04:58 PM

I've written a pretty solid Novella. It is 10,824 words. I am curious to know if agents work with novellas or if they cast them aside due to their length. Anyone happen to know?

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 05:30 PM

It might work better grouped with short stories to equal a collection. Or be very forward-thinking and publish it yourself as an e-book. I don't remember seeing any agents looking for novellas in 3 years of reading guidelines.
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Posted 16 November 2010 - 06:22 PM

That's on the very low end of novella length and on the high end for a short story.

There is very little market for a stand-alone novella. Or even a self-contained anthology of shorts.

PD's suggestion is worth considering. You can upload it to Smashwords for free.
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Posted 16 November 2010 - 08:01 PM

I agree with Peter, this is VERY short for a novella. I have a couple of short stories near that length.

Another thing you might try, though, is to go to duotrope.com. You can search for markets based on length and genre and you might find an anthology or two looking for submissions. I'm pretty sure that 10K will still be in the short story range for many markets.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 01:02 PM

http://www.flatmancr....com/newnovella I found this link and thought of your novella. It's not an agent but it is a good journal


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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:20 PM

I second the suggestion for searching Duotrope to see what comes up. You might need to shorten it just a bit and market it as a short story, or beef it up for a novella. If you do go with it as a novella, I'm sure you can find some smaller publishers that will take unsolicited, unagented submissions. A friend of mine has a novella coming out soon with Rebel Satori press and he didn't need an agent for that.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 07:19 PM

Thank you all for your input and suggestions!! Very much appreciated!




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