They’re novelettes. According to one of the first links suggested by Google, a novelette is:
What Is a Novelette?
7,500 – 17,000 Words
A novelette is also a narrative fictional prose. Back in the day, the term “novelette” referred to a story that was romantic or sentimental in character. To be honest, in modern times, the term is rarely used, and novelettes are rarely published singly.
A novelette is longer than a short story, but shorter than a novella. The word count is usually between 7,500 words to 17,500 words.
Well it’s not back in the day anymore. In fact, it’s the day, and here we are, Open Pen, announcing a series of novelettes. Beautiful little paperbacks for just £4.99 that you can fit in your (larger) pockets. We have five novelettes coming up in quick succession. You can buy them as a bundle here for just £20. The first three to be released:
Shitstorm – Fernando Sdrigotti
Dr Walter Turner is a wealthy nobody until he accidentally slays a protected lion on the plains of Africa. This niche fallout spirals out of control when global news agencies latch onto the story and celebrity outcry coupled with public uproar cultivates the perfect social media shitstorm.
Will Dr Walter Turner ride this one out? Will he face a public execution? Will tomorrow’s fresh shitstorm save his pants?
One thing’s certain: no one is coming out of this clean.
One Thing – Xanthi Barker
The one thing Len wants back is his wife, but today is her funeral, they divorced decades ago, and besides, he’s not invited. So equipped with a screwdriver, bad memories and a fixing of desperation, Len sets about reclaiming the one part of her that’s still his. It won’t be easy. But then nothing has been easy for Len.
One Thing is a novelette and working class tale of regret, loss, and the hope of redemption.
The Prick – Mazin Saleem
Holidaying with his girlfriend, Will has the fortunate misfortune of having his life saved by Roland, a giant prick. Falling into a friendship with his rescuer, Will is consumed by how irritating he finds Roland. At the cost of everything else, perhaps, Will is hellbent on working out exactly what makes Roland not just a giant prick, but The Prick.
#4 and #5 in the series to be announced soon.