A writer’s holiday

After the goof off weekend, I planned on one more day of writing. It turned out pretty well, but wasn’t a banner day. My iPad battery says it’s time to recharge, so I’m writing this while it’s on the wire.

I have two of three critiques back for Serang, and will wait for the remaining one. Maybe I can address all of them come Saturday.

Today I focused on the unnamed team-up adventure. I stopped doing word counts, but it feels like about 2000. Lizzie and the hat had a small spat, because they always do. They teamed up with Clovis to chase a red herring that revealed a big surprise. Of course he busted some heads along the way, because that’s what he does. He even got to kill a zombie using a sledge hammer. Fun, fun, fun.

Oh, and Lizzie and the hat stole a second upright bass. It was right there, what were they supposed to do?

Lisa and Jason got the last scene, so they faded into the background for this section. Jason is thinking about going home and cutting his losses. Gina and Gupta shared a new development that raised the stakes and anchored everyone until the end.

I have a conundrum with this one. I want it at novel length, but it’s looking like about 50,000 words will wrap it up. I’ve always said a story should be as long as it needs to be, no more – no less. I still believe that.

My problem is that I have enough 99¢ titles out there. If someone needs a stepping stone into my work, there are plenty of options, even a couple of free anthologies. I want to price this one at $2.99 like most of my recent work. I’d like some feedback here, but I won’t pad word count. I have several big scenes, and can’t be completely sure until I wrap it up. What’s your advice on pricing? Would you pay $2.99 for a short novel?

Keep in mind that my publishing desire is Serang before school lets out, then the un-named project around Halloween. I may park the unnamed one, finish Serang, then see if more ideas pop up for the unnamed one during the Spring.

In other news, the experimental bread rose well overnight. Sourdough is slow and you have to be patient. I punched it down before sunrise, but it’s taking its sweet time on the second rise. If I need to nudge it a bit, I’ll place it on a hot pad.

For the rest of the day, I’ll kick back and wait for the black helicopters to land. Why you ask? These are the windows I have open in my browser. It could give you some insight into both stories I’m working on right now.

  • My blog, Entertaining Stories.
  • Yin and Yang comparison.
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fever.
  • Marburg Virus.
  • English to Chinese translator.
  • The Chinese Cobra.
  • Three different tabs for an online convention I’m interested in.
  • A chart about how fast Ebola spreads.
  • A map of the districts in Chicago.
  • Amazon for Voyage of the Lanternfish. (I was checking for new reviews. I need more.)

What’s your browsing history look like?

This afternoon, I have to get on with an interview for Lisa Burton Radio. Interest in these has tapered off, but I’m still doing them. I may use the online convention to push them a bit more.


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42 responses to “A writer’s holiday

  1. harmonykent

    50k isn’t necessarily a short novel. It depends on the genre as to what’s the norm. I would have no qualms about paying $2.99 for a book of that length. Well done on the output today, and good luck with all your projects 😊

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  2. Your browsing history is as bad as mine. I haven’t flown in quite a while, but I sometimes wonder if I’ve been put on the do-not-fly list because of it.

    I know you’re worried about novel length, but 50K is a novel. It’s on the short side of the spectrum, but it is officially the right length to be called a novel without people questioning you. I’d put it at $2.99. Maybe even $3.99, depending on what the prices of your other novels are. But at least $2.99.

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  3. Clovis and zombies? Can’t wait for this, Craig!

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  4. You can price it anywhere you want. I think the quality of your work carries the day

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  5. I agree with everyone else. 50K sounds novel length to me. I guess if you’re that concerned and don’t want to pad (don’t blame you there), you could put a short story or something at the end like a bonus. It’s not the best answer, but extends the book length.

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  6. I’ve paid $2.99 for 50,000 word novels. But if you’re worried, it’s pretty easy for me to add 5,000 words just by adding more emotion or internal dialogue. I tend to write lean and always have to add more when I rewrite. It’s not padding. It always makes the story better.

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  7. 50K is novel length, and I wouldn’t hesitate to pay $2.99 for an author whose works I enjoy.

    Funny about your browser history. You’d be surprised at some of the things I’ve researched.

    Glad you’ve had a productive day.

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  8. For the first time ever, last week I balked at my Google browsing history, I cannot remember what I wanted to search (rural places to stash a dead body?) and I really thought about how bad it would look. And then, of course, I searched it anyway.

    50K is considered a novel, especially in the romance genre–which I know you’re not writing. Point being, it works. I say go for $2.99.

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  9. D.L Finn, Author

    People would worry about me if they saw my browser history…lol. Sounds like you got a lot done and the bread getting closer to being baked.

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  10. My browsing history is … well it’s something. I would hate for anyone to see where I have been. They may think there is something terribly wrong with me.

    I purchase many 50K novels and will pay $2.99. So never think that is a small number. As you say, when it’s done, it’s done.


  11. $2.99 is the new $0.99 these days, and good value for a 50,000-ish word novel. Anything under that and I think you’re selling yourself short. 😀

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  12. S.C. Jensen

    I’m going to go against the popular opinion here and say that 50K is still novella length according to my own criteria. I aim for 70-80K for a novel.

    However, I would still pay $2.99 for a well written 50K length novella. 70K and up, you can get away with pricing higher.

    If these are characters you love, I think you can dig into the story, flesh out scenery, emotions, layer in some symbolic imagery to enhance theme, etc without it being filler.

    I’m having a similar struggle coming back to novel writing after a couple of years focusing on short stories and flash fiction. My writing is so lean now it seems impossible to get into novel-length prose again!

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  13. I have and would pay $2.99 for a book if it is something that appeals to me. That’s not too much to ask.

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  14. At work my browsing history looks like I’m doing a great job at research. At home, it looks so random and bizarre, I wouldn’t want anyone but another writer to see it! lol
    I have paid more for smaller books. I just read Bukowski’s Post Office, lightest read, about the size of The Little Prince, and I paid $6 used. My tipping point is the more than $12 book, because most books are a Sunday for me, and I’m not willing to spend $15, $18, $24 for a Sunday of reading when so much is available and more affordable. I read too quickly to get my money’s worth. Kinda like a matinee at the movies. I’m not up for night time prices. Well, I mean, how many yummy men are in the movie? does Tori Amos sing in it? does it come with complimentary cocktails? I suppose it’s all relative.

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  15. A good weekend, Craig. I think that authors should price their word at a reasonable price as it is massive effort to write a book and underpricing is ruining the market. My browser history is worse than yours. I have how best to commit suicide using a gun, what a dead body looks like post drowning, shooting, hanging, sever burns. I have also looked up the Anglo Boer war concentration camps and what happens if a human contracts rabies. Oh, and how you die from a bee allergy. I sound like a sociopath.

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  16. Loved seeing you browser windows, Craig–a lively list. glad to see you’re prolific as ever, keep it up, buddy. Story writing and sourdough bread require so much patience.

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