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The Return of the Novella, the Original #Longread - Joe Fassler - Entertainment - The Atlantic
Publishers like short stories, and they love novels. But when a writer submits a mid-length work that falls somewhere between two genres, booksellers balk and editors narrow their eyes. This is the domain of the novella, an unfairly neglected literary art form that's been practiced for centuries by celebrated writers--from Charles Dickens to Jane Smiley to Alain Mabanckou--yet faces an ongoing struggle for commercial viability. "For me, the word denotes a lesser genre," literary agent Karolina Sutton told The Guardian in 2011. "If you pitch a book to a bookseller as a novel, you're likely to get more orders than if you call it a novella."


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 24th, 2012 at 05:15:29 PM EST
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E-publishing to the rescue?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed Apr 25th, 2012 at 04:14:50 AM EST
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I should do a diary about that.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 25th, 2012 at 04:48:22 AM EST
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