Welcome again to our Saturday Discussion! Today, I want to talk about something that it’s my head for quite some time already.
Did you also catch that there are more and more and more Novella’s are coming out? And, I am not just talking about “normal” Novellas – meaning stories that stand on their own or a series of Novella’s.
No, I much more want to talk about those Novellas that are PreQuels and or MiQuels (my term for in between novella’s – is there an official term for these? I’d love to know)
PreQuels and MiQuels
There are tons of series out there where you can read a prequel either for free or for a small amount of money (coming to that point later.. and I have a big point to make here). HarperTeen even created an Imprint: HarperTeenImpulse just to push this trend even further!
Just yesterday I shared an Excerpt for UNDONE from Elizabeth Norris which is set between Unraveling and Unbreakable.
Here are a few more examples:
And .. this is just a selection, you all probably know that there are tons and tons more!!
Why do we need to read them?
Of course to tease us before an official release! It’s exciting when you are waiting desperately for a book to come out when there is a prequel that we can read. It also might be a good chance to see if we actually will like the story.
But, not just this – miquels (Novella’s in-between books) are meant to keep us hooked! Especially when there is often a year in between. I bet so many of us have already experience the same: We love a story and right when we finished we are desperate to read the sequel, then a year passes and we have to decide if our love is strong enough to read the sequel. Maybe miquels help here. They get us back into the story and gets us excited all over again.
So, I definitely see the value from a promotional POV.
However, this doesn’t mean I truly love this recent trend.
and now, I admit that I haven’t read a single published Novella prequel or miquel even not from my favorite series like “Unearthly”, “Angelfire” or “The Iron Druid Chronicles”. (Oh wait! I was wrong, I did read “Stopping Time” from the Wicked Lovely Series! 😉 )
..and I have a weird way of thinking: If these stories are truly so important than they would be in the real Novel.
Is that a weird way of thinking? I am not sure.. Are they crucial for the series? And then.. going further are we then “forced” to read and buy them in order to keep track on our favorite series?
This brings me to the next point..
Novella Pricing … $1.99 – seriously?
Most of the Novella’s range between 0.99 and 1.99 and .. I am honestly think that $1.99 is too much. I mean, I know that the author needs to get paid, the marketing team, the publisher etcetc.
BUT, those Novella’s are meant to keep us hooked, or get us started so that we end up buying the full length Novels. So, I personally think that this pricing range is too much. Even for a standalone Novel like “Flirting with Maybe” from Wendy Higgins is $1.99 in my eyes too expensive. And don’t get me wrong, I actually bought “Flirting with Maybe” because I love Wendy and because the story sounded cute. I also ended up loving this book so so sooo much but was frustrated that it wasn’t a full length novel.. ;(
What do you think? Do you read all these Novellas from your favorite series? Did you ever started a series because you read the prequel? Do you usually read miquels? What do you think about this new promotional idea and .. the price range those novellas are sold!
P.S.: I know I didn’t reply to all of your recent comments. But.. I was insanely busy so I wanted to apologize. Today, I have all the time in the world and will be here today answering your comments! Thanks for understanding! I appreciate all of your comments so much! *hugs*