By: Delilah S. Dawson @DelilahSDawson
When I sold my first book to Pocket in 2011, it sold in a three-book series. Shortly after that, they requested three e-novellas. I'd never written a novella before, but I jumped at the chance. Here's what I learned about telling an exciting story in 40,000 words or less using my first novella, The Mysterious Madam Morpho, as the example.
1. A novella is not a book, so keep your ideas smaller.
Novellas run between 20k to 40k, which means you have less than half a book to tell a complete story. It's best to begin with a rock-solid premise that won't require too many twists and turns to be exciting. Example: A mysterious woman with a dangerous past joins the traveling circus and falls in love with a reclusive clockwork inventor.
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