Return of the Novella

The Novella has been making a comeback the last several years and part of that has to do with the advent of self-publishing and the e-readers that many people use for reading their favorite books these days. What is a Novella, you may ask? Well, a novella is a book with anywhere from 20,000 words to 40,000 words. Anything more than that would be considered a novel and anything less than that would be considered a short story. The origin goes all the way back to the mid-1300s during the Italian Renaissance and continued through the 19th century. Novellas are considered too long for journals and magazine articles.

What are the benefits of reading a novella over a novel? A novella can be read in one or two sittings whereas a full-blown novel may take a week or more to read. They are usually cheaper to buy, feature fewer conflicts in the story line and can be read on a train ride into work, or while taking a lunch break. What are some examples of novellas, you might ask? Here are some famous ones that you may not have thought of as a novella:

  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell was 140 pages
  2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was 80 pages
  3. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevens 65 pages
  4. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells 84 pages

These are just a few and the latter three were also made into movies. My books are considered novellas and range anywhere from 20-to 30,000 words. They make for a quick read and are exciting to read and don’t have all of the added details and tangents that a full-blown novel might have. I have received mostly wonderful reviews of my books and the Polish Dragon P. I. series such as this one, Zimcosky is a gifted, well-established author whose Polish Dragon P.I. series keeps his readers begging for more.

So if you’re in the mood for an exciting read check out my Polish Dragon P. I. series at:

Until next time, be safe and Good Reading!