I have a list of fairy tales I want to retell. This list is so long it gets kind of ridiculous. Most of those are being saved for full-length novels, but there are some fairy tales that would be difficult to stretch into a longer book. They deserve their own retellings…explorations if you will, but they just don’t quite qualify for 130K word books.
This got me thinking. Would people really want to read shorter fairy tales? I know some authors, like my friend Melanie Cellier, are doing fantastic jobs with their novellas. But what about my readers? Would they be interested in shorter works when I usually write long ones? So I asked, and to my astonishment, my readers said yes!
I’m not sure how often I’ll be putting the novellas out for publication, but they will continue. Since our son is due in September, my goal is to put the first novella (The Green-Eyed Prince: A Retelling of The Frog Prince) up just before he’s born. I’m also working on a new series, The Autumn Fairy Trilogy, and I have plans then for several more fairy tale retellings after the trilogy is done. So there’s no set date planned for the next one, but I do think it will be enjoyable to be able to put out shorter works between the larger ones as I get the time.
If you’ve got any ideas that you’d love to see turned into a novella (or novel), let me know in the comments section! I’m always looking for new ideas, and hearing what you think helps me make my choices in what I write. As always, you guys are awesome! Also, if you haven’t joined my mailing list yet, you should! You’ll get access to the bonus content that I write for all of my books, such as secret chapters and short stories. As always, you can contact me at BrittanyFichterFiction@gmail.com. (Just know that if I don’t contact you back immediately, it is possible that I’m having a baby. I’ll get back to you eventually…lol.)