In Defense of the Novella #amwriting #writetip #eroticromance

My debut book is a novella. 

I love my book. I have been working on it since December 2013 and at some points, it took over my life completely. I have put so much of myself into it, and in August 2015 it was finally complete. D-O-N-E.

Regardless of how proud I am of it, however, the reaction I have gotten from potential publishers so far has been...nonexistent. 

I recently learned through a conversation on Twitter and some feedback from agents/judges/other writers that one major reason my submission has been ignored by the publishing world -- note that we are talking small publishers, not the big ones -- is because I wrote a novella. 

It turns out, novellas don't sell well unless you're an established romance writer already.

Huh. Who knew.

When I set out to publish Invisible Ink, I knew absolutely nothing about the publishing world, the romance world, my "genre." NOTHING. I just knew I had a story that I wanted to tell and it turned out that story was 36,000 words.

And it's D-O-N-E.

Several people have told me recently that because of the feedback that "no one wants a novella," I should expand the story or continue it to make it a full-length book.

Others have said I should just put it out as it is.

Right now, I'm planning to self-publish it as it is because I feel that to add to it just for the sake of adding words to the word count would compromise the story.

I hope I'm right.

I would love to hear from other novella writers about this predicament. If you have anything to advise me about, PLEASE tweet me! 

To 36,000 words,

Elisabeth.