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HT Elkins

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Should I describe a story as a short story, long short story or novelette?
Posted: Oct 20, 2015 7:39 PM
 
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Hi! With a 7,500 word story, is it better to describe it as a short story, a long short story or a novelette (just barely squeaking past the threshold for the novelette category). Just want to describe it in a way that readers would consider to be honest, so they know what they are getting for their money.
Diana Persaud

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Posted: Oct 20, 2015 7:53 PM   in response to: HT Elkins in response to: HT Elkins
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Short story.

You get more visibility with KU. But the payment is horrible for short stories.

None of my shorts are in KU.
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Re: Should I describe a story as a short story, long short story or novelette?
Posted: Oct 20, 2015 7:57 PM   in response to: HT Elkins in response to: HT Elkins
 
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Is there plot and subplot? Does it take place over several days? If so, I'd call it a novelette. Otherwise, just call it a short story (don't worry about "long" short story). You might want to put the word count in the description.

If it isn't available anywhere else, you can experiment with Select for 3 months and see how you do. Do you have other stories available? Often the value of Select (even at a big 11c a borrow) is that it drives readers to your other titles. Good luck!
HT Elkins

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Re: Should I describe a story as a short story, long short story or novelette?
Posted: Oct 20, 2015 8:07 PM   in response to: Diana Persaud in response to: Diana Persaud
 
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Thanks!
CARLOS

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Posted: Oct 20, 2015 8:27 PM   in response to: HT Elkins in response to: HT Elkins
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Classification Word count
Novel over 40,000 words
Novella 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short story under 7,500 words

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_count
R. C. Butler

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Re: Should I describe a story as a short story, long short story or novelette?
Posted: Oct 20, 2015 10:30 PM   in response to: CARLOS in response to: CARLOS
 
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Not sure were wiki is getting this classification as they do not align with those used in submission guidelines at any publishing house I know. Even nanowrimo gets blasted for classing 50k a novel as this is not long enough for traditional publishing in 95% of genre.

The definitions tend to be genre specific but I'd label the OPs work as a short story in any marketing. Readership doesn't really know or care about all the different classifications and the nuances of each. Since this is who you target with marketing you need to ensure you do so in a format that matters to them
Tracy

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Re: Should I describe a story as a short story, long short story or novelette?
Posted: Oct 21, 2015 1:38 AM   in response to: HT Elkins in response to: HT Elkins
 
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Another advantage for publishing a short in KU is you can use it to build a mailing list.
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Posted: Oct 21, 2015 3:04 AM   in response to: HT Elkins in response to: HT Elkins
 
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villagoise

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Re: Should I describe a story as a short story, long short story or novelette?
Posted: Oct 21, 2015 3:32 AM   in response to: R. C. Butler in response to: R. C. Butler
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R. C. Butler wrote:
Not sure were wiki is getting this classification
I would say this is a better guide:
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/questions-and-quandaries/marketing/novel-and-short-story-word-counts

I have a 12K story on Amazon that I call a short story.
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