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    Warren's mention of writing a novella prompted this question -- is there any kind of online market for novellas currently?

    I've got a horror/fairy tale that runs ~25K length; I knew before starting that the print market for such things is effectively dead, but I'd assumed that online markets would be more flexible on length since printing costs were not a factor. As is often the case with such assumptions, I was surprised to find that submission guidelines for online publications (even ones that are exclusively online) are almost exactly the same as print. I'm not sure why -- my best guess is that it's a matter of attention-bandwidth on either the part of the editor or intended reader.

    At this point I've been forced to conclude that my best bet is going to be giving the story away for free online as a loss leader for other writing projects, or solicit stories from friends and just set up my own online mag for novellas ("we will accept no story less than 15K in length and microfiction can piss right off").

    If anyone does know of online markets for stories of this length, though, I'd certainly appreciate a heads-up and a nod in the right direction. Thanks!
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2008
    Conventional wisdom says nobody has that sort of attention spam for online stuffs. That said, I'm sure you'll get a solid number of submissions because nobody else seems to be doing it and some people just write novellas naturally.

    GUD is one of the few mags that take pieces _up_ to 15k. 25k is out of our range.

    Though plugging in "25000 words" and "electronic publication" results in 20 matches on duotrope... I presume some of those are erroneous (" We do not recommend searching for a specific LENGTH because many publishers do not list their length restrictions.") -- but the ones I spot-checked do seem to specifically take novellas at 15000 - 40000 words.
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2008
    I prefer a novella over an actual novel sometimes, it's a light, easy read. Like Aetheric Mechanics and Crecy, they aren't huge graphic novels, but they're bigger then a normal comic and a good light read.
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    Thanks for the link to duotrope -- that's actually a new one to me, and looks like a great resource.

    And GUD was one of the places I had looked into earlier -- particularly because they seemed like a good fit for my rather strange hybrid of a story -- so I'm keeping them in mind for the future.

    I agree that the attention span argument seems like the best explanation, particularly if someone is sitting at a computer, but given the prevalence of mobile devices I'd think that there should be a market for longer, portable electronic fiction. For example, I've got Steven Brust's "Firefly" novel loaded up on my smartphone for whenever I get trapped somewhere without reading material. I could even imagine that once e-paper readers become more common that the whole concept of word length might get pitched out the window...