I’ve been continuing to work on the noir detective story I was writing about a few weeks ago. We are in over 40,000 words, so now we have entered the “Twilight Zone.” Typically, novellas are 30,000 words and novels are 60,000 words. So anywhere in between is what I refer to as the “Twilight Zone.”
This is difficult for a potential publisher for a couple of reasons: first, it’s difficult to label. Is it a novella? A novel? Someone wanting a novel doesn’t want 35,000 words. They want 60k. Secondly, there is price. Does it get the $20 price of a novel? Or $10 of a novella? Somewhere in between?
I suspect that I will fall short of 60,000 words, at least for now. The story is winding down and seems to be getting to a natural climax and ending. Therefore, it’s likely that a lot will be culled in the editing process and I will be closer to 30k.
Also, just a quick reminder that I will be reading poetry from my new poetry collection, Threshold, at City Lights bookstore in Sylva, NC.
The event is Saturday, July 29th at 3 p.m.
Threshold is a poetry collection that explores the relationships between people, the relationships between humanity and the natural world, and tries to identify the messages we can learn from all of this.
To reserve copies of Threshold please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
A link to the event page is located at http://www.citylightsnc.com/event/tyler-auffhammer-poetry-reading
Copies can also be purchased via Lulu.com at http://www.lulu.com/shop/tt-auffhammer/threshold/paperback/product-23174638.html