Length… explained

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No! Not that kind of length—get your mind out of the gutter!

I’m talking about book length. One of my publishers (Evernight) has a novelette line called Romance on the Go, and I’ve noticed that a lot of readers are confused about length and word count.

There are a bunch of different opinions on how long a novel should be, as well as a short story or novella, but generally speaking, here is a short cheat sheet you can use so you know what you’re getting:

  • Short Short Story = up to 7,500 words
  • Short Story/Novelette (Romance on the Go titles) = 8,000 to 12,000 words
  • Novella = 20,000 to 40,000 or 50,000 words
  • Novel = 40,000 or 50,000 words and up
  • Epic OMG this is going to take forever to read = 100,000 words and up

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For some comparison shopping, here is some more info:

little-dove Little Dove is 10,850 words

Kiss Is A Four-Letter Word Kiss Is A Four-Letter word is 40,600 words

Appassionato released! Appassionato is 64,657 words

something-shifty Something Shifty is 40,680 words (releases Thursday!)

Less than two weeks ’til Something Shifty releases – new teaser!

Less than two weeks until my MM shifter romance releases! I can’t wait for you to meet Seth and Dex. To contain my ridiculous excitement, I’m letting a little bit of the pressure out and posting another teaser excerpt below. Enjoy!

Evernight Coming Soon

Something Shifty

Coming March28, 2013

Description:

Professor Seth Dustin thinks he’s alone in the world, but when he meets another shifter, he’s forced to reevaluate his whole life. Dex Connor is gorgeous, talented, and male—everything Seth had no idea he wanted.

However, when Seth discovers Dex is keeping dangerous secrets from him, he must decide if he can forgive the man who has become his closest friend, the man who stole his heart. Seth never expected to find himself in the midst of a territorial fight with a rival clan. He doesn’t know how to deal with the jealous hostility of a woman who wants Dex for herself. Love is unexpectedly complicated, but is being alone better?

Rocker, shifter, mate: Dex is all of these, and more. Professor, shifter, loner: Seth wants more. When two shifters meet, instinct takes over.

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Here’s a new teaser for you!

“Seth! Hey, I was wondering when we’d meet again.”

He stood up, trying not to stare at the man following on her heels. He had tousled brown hair tucked under a baseball cap. He wore sunglasses, which was just…bizarre. Seth glanced at the windows. Yup. Dark out. It was nearly 9 pm. Even as he frowned, wondering what was going on, the man took off his glasses, revealing the most intense brown eyes Seth had ever seen. He stared, struck by another man’s looks for the first time in his life. Damn, he’s pretty, Seth thought, somewhat embarrassed by the direction of his thoughts. The man hung back a bit, his expression resigned.

“Delia, hey. You’re in my library.” He yanked his attention off her companion and smiled at her.

“Can’t I go check out some books now and again?” she said, laughing. “Or is this a private library?”

Seth grinned. “No, no, make yourself at home in the most disorganized library on Earth.” He waved his arm expansively. “Be my guest.”

She snorted and turned to the man still lagging behind her. “Dex, didn’t I tell you hiding in here would be a good idea?”

The man sighed and stepped forward. “You have yet to convince me.”

Seth blinked. The man’s voice was butter-smooth and had a bit of a rasp that did weird things to his gut.

“Dex, this is Seth, the guy I met when I went for a run in the woods the other week.”

Seth raised his eyebrows. She’d made it sound as if they’d been running, as if for exercise rather than gallivanting around in non-human form.

“Seth, this is my, uh, friend, Dex.” She bit her lip, looking at him with a hint of worry on her face.

Seth mentally shrugged. He didn’t know her well enough to understand why she was acting so oddly. Maybe she didn’t want him to meet her boyfriend? He held out his arm. “Pleased to meet you.”

The man looked at Delia, then at Seth for a long moment, before slowly grasping his hand. His grip was firm and Seth felt a spark of heat run down his spine, as if he was about to shift, but then the man smiled and it was gone. “Likewise.”

Seth took back his hand and tried to resist the urge to shove it in his pocket. What was wrong with him? He didn’t usually react this way to people. “So, she dragged you in here, of all places? Were you looking for a book to read?”

Delia had a confused look on her face again. “We were trying to get away from the crowd of students. We were supposed to pick up the niece of a friend of mine, and we kind of got caught up in the crowd.”

Seth laughed. “Oh, yeah, it can get kind of crazy out there on Monday nights.” He rolled his eyes. “Not.” He waved to the seats in front of him. “Probably they were having some kind of movie night at the theatre. They do that occasionally. Sorry you had to shove your way through them. Did you want to sit? You can always tell her to meet you here.” He didn’t want them to go. Delia was the only other shifter he’d ever met, so he’d have been happy to talk to her regardless of who else she had with her. And, too, he wondered if the man was also a shifter. Stop staring, you idiot. You’re not going to find out by mooning over him, he told himself.

Something Shifty release date – March 28, 2013!

Evernight Coming Soon

Something Shifty — To read an excerpt –> CLICK HERE.

Coming March 28, 2013

Description:

Professor Seth Dustin thinks he’s alone in the world, but when he meets another shifter, he’s forced to reevaluate his whole life. Dex Connor is gorgeous, talented, and male—everything Seth had no idea he wanted.

However, when Seth discovers Dex is keeping dangerous secrets from him, he must decide if he can forgive the man who has become his closest friend, the man who stole his heart. Seth never expected to find himself in the midst of a territorial fight with a rival clan. He doesn’t know how to deal with the jealous hostility of a woman who wants Dex for herself. Love is unexpectedly complicated, but is being alone better?

Rocker, shifter, mate: Dex is all of these, and more. Professor, shifter, loner: Seth wants more. When two shifters meet, instinct takes over.

Something Shifty – excerpt!

Evernight Coming Soon

Something Shifty — To read an excerpt –> CLICK HERE.

Coming March 2013

Description:

Professor Seth Dustin thinks he’s alone in the world, but when he meets another shifter, he’s forced to reevaluate his whole life. Dex Connor is gorgeous, talented, and male—everything Seth had no idea he wanted.

However, when Seth discovers Dex is keeping dangerous secrets from him, he must decide if he can forgive the man who has become his closest friend, the man who stole his heart. Seth never expected to find himself in the midst of a territorial fight with a rival clan. He doesn’t know how to deal with the jealous hostility of a woman who wants Dex for herself. Love is unexpectedly complicated, but is being alone better?

Rocker, shifter, mate: Dex is all of these, and more. Professor, shifter, loner: Seth wants more. When two shifters meet, instinct takes over.