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It seems that a lot of authors now are writing serial novellas, each one is only around 100-200 words long and they're linked tightly together so the whole series is really one long book.  I recently ended up binge reading the Cora's Choice and Cora's Bond books by VM Black because the first Cora's Choice was free and I didn't pay enough attention.  Around a hundred pages in, it ended in a cliff hanger and I needed to buy the next book at a price of $2.99 for only another 115 pages, which takes me only an hour to read.  Each series had 6 books!  The books were good but by the end of it, I was very angry at myself for starting the series and at the author for doing it that way.  I can't see any reason for it other than dragging the max amount of money out of a reader. 

What do you think about authors who write serial novellas this way?  Do you enjoy it?  What do you think is a fair price?  The other serial novellas I have read were only priced at 99 cents per book, which I felt was a lot more fair for only a hundred pages.

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2015, 05:30:19 PM »
No, I'm not keen on this type of marketing at all. It's just a ploy to extract as much money from the reader as possible.

You're not really buying the book at all - just chapters. If each book in this series had 6 parts then you're looking at a total price of $14.95 - assuming the first book was free.

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2015, 09:26:05 AM »
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No, I'm not keen on this type of marketing at all. It's just a ploy to extract as much money from the reader as possible.

You're not really buying the book at all - just chapters. If each book in this series had 6 parts then you're looking at a total price of $14.95 - assuming the first book was free.

Exactly!  I was annoyed at myself for falling into that trap.  They were great stories with skilled writing and acceptable editing but they were like potato chips, gone in a minute and I couldn't have just one.  I got lucky in that each 6-book series was finished when I found it. 

I have run into a few indy serial authors who started the serial, leaving them on cliffhanger endings...and then didn't actually finish them.  I definitely think that if an author is going to publish this way, they should have the whole series finished before starting the publishing schedule.  Even experienced writers sometimes write themselves into a corner and need to do some serious rewriting to finish.  If the books are already published, they can't really do that rewriting.  And new writers often start stuff that they never finish at all.  As a reader, it really sucks to start reading something and have it never finished. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2015, 12:20:12 AM »
Serial Novellas are an incredibly clever way to earn more money on multiple releases compared to what an author could make on a single, longer release. However, you have to be a pretty strong author in order to make someone purchase multiple smaller novellas, and that's not an easy task by any means.


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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2015, 12:25:39 AM »
I actually didn't have any idea about serial novellas. This is the first time I've heard of it. And no, I don't think I'll be a fan of these mini-books. Just not my thing.

And yeah, it looks like the authors of these serial novellas are just trying to get as much money as possible from their readers.

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2015, 04:16:48 AM »
When I first started reading eBooks about 2 years ago, I didn't know about these novellas and would just click away, only to find that I had what amounted to a chapter or two, which obviously would lead to a cliffhanger (some of which were done terribly). I absolutely hated it, especially as most of these authors don't warn you that the novella is part of a series! What's more, you still have to pay the price of a full length novel. As a rule, I no longer buy those types of "novels". It's a joke! I mean, did they really think they could get away with it? Most people hate them and have stopped buying them, so it's their loss all in the name of greed!!

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2015, 04:20:49 AM »
It's not my thing at all. I like to read with a conclusion and even in a series of books, each one should be able to stand alone.

The aim is money and to build a following, but I do feel it's a lot of work and while they can boast a large number of publications most people will know they are not full length.

As a writer, I would feel I was short changing the reader.

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2015, 05:40:53 AM »
I'm honestly not a big fan of any kind of series. It annoys me to only have half a story, especially when most libraries are missing at least one volume or the author takes a year to write the next bit. I generally try to wait until the whole lot has been released before starting, even if it means waiting years.

I can definitely see the advantages of releasing a free first chapter - it allows your readers to decide if they like your writing enough to buy the rest.

But pay-per-chapter? Hmmm. I think if I liked an author enough for that, I'd rather buy a subscription to their website and get member access to a monthly update or something.

Personally, I'd be too afraid of liking the series and getting trapped into spending stupid amounts of money. I'd rather wait until the book is finished, read the first chapter and decide whether I want to fork out for the rest, with the knowledge of how much it would cost in total.

In all, not something I'll be buying into.

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2015, 05:47:37 AM »
What I find particularly annoying is the fact that some of these authors don't tell you upfront, so that that way you can may make an informed decision on whether or not to buy! These novellas also tend to be quite pricey, costing as much as or more than a regular novel. In most cases, the story can be summed up in one novel, but they just drag it out in a bid to squeeze more and more money out of you. These days, I just don't bother with those.

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2015, 08:30:13 AM »
Yes, that would be a serial novella for you.  I am sorry that you started to read this one got into it, only to find out at the end that it was a serial novella.  Its like being baited into something without knowing what your getting into then getting hooked. I have never read these sort of books myself, but I have heard of them.  I would also never write that kind of story, I do write stuff that kind of continues from book to book, but not with some huge cliffhanger at the end of a book to where the reader feels they just have to find out what's going to happen next.  No, its up to them if they want to go on reading or just leave it where I left off.

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2015, 07:16:48 PM »
I really hate these kinds of books. I understand the author's need to sell books. However, I believe that the author should be up front with readers. I feel like books in a series should be able to stand alone. If you want to sell more books, you should write more books, instead of tricking people into buying chapters of books at a time.

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2015, 04:50:30 PM »
Though sounds quite expensive. I think sometimes authors may do it that way so that they have the readers interest and want to whet their appetite for more. I guess the serial novellas are just another way to make money as the eBook phenomenon seems to have peeked. I haven't read any of these personally. I tend to stick to novels.

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2016, 09:20:03 PM »
I think novellas are a great way to pull in some extra cash if you have  great series that people follow. If yours fans are dying to eat up your work then they will be willing to invest in at least 5 of your series and that's at least $5 a person. Think of it as a way to get people excited about your work and hooked to your writing.

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2016, 12:21:47 AM »
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I think novellas are a great way to pull in some extra cash if you have  great series that people follow. If yours fans are dying to eat up your work then they will be willing to invest in at least 5 of your series and that's at least $5 a person. Think of it as a way to get people excited about your work and hooked to your writing.

If the novellas are 99 cents each, I tend to bookmark the series and buy all of them when the series is finished IF the price for the total series is within what I consider reasonable. I'm a voracious reader (my book budget is higher than my food budget) and I have seen too many indy authors start a series that they never finish writing. That's super frustrating I want there to be a satisfying ending in sight and I read fast so I want all of the parts available. That the price is reasonable is also very important to me. If 5 novellas is approximately the word count and content  of ONE full length novel, I expect them to cost as much as a typical single digital novel - not more than $5.99 total.

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Re: What do you think about the trend of serial-novellas?
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2016, 12:46:50 AM »
No, I don't think I would ever want to buy a serial novella given that I don't really have the time to read books anymore. Of course they would be ingenious and divide the story in many chapters so that they can get more money out of it, that's just plain marketing strategy.

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