No, not THOSE. Get your mind out of the gutter. I mean story lengths.
You know the requirements for the Hot Summer Daze series is 18,000-39,999. This is considered novella and extended novella for Amber Quill. Since I began to write for AQ I have never been able to get it to extended novella or novel.
I have a story in the works (I'm guessing at this point it won't be out until next year) involving cop partners/friends trying to solve murders of senior citizens that might finally get me into the extended novella/novel area, but that's probably it at this point.
So I thought to myself when I first thought of the idea for The Beach House that perhaps I could make this one on the longer side of novellas or even push it into extended novella. I am aware certain readers want longer lengths. I've seen plenty of comments that say "I wish it had been longer" or "it was too short."
But I've come to the conclusion I'm stuck on shorter lengths. I don't think The Beach House will be much longer than 18,000 words. It may top out at 20,000 or so. Maybe. The longest novella I've written was Most Likely to Succeed and I think that one was 26,000. Everything else has been shorter than that.
Two of the stories I get "it was too short" the most are Pulling Away and The Best Gift. And yup, they are short. I deliberately set out to write short stories with each of those, not even novellas. Pulling Away was written in four days to fill a desperate shortage of stories AQ had at the time. I didn't have time to spend weeks on it and get it longer even if I had wanted to. And The Best Gift was just supposed to be a short little Christmas thing.
I searched my own mental archives and realized I used to be able to write novels. My first completed story was 90,000 words or so. It took me years to write it. Yuck. I don't want to take years to write something. After that my novels each got smaller. I've got three out there that are between 60,000 and 80,000. Sinful, the medieval, paranormal, fantasy that I am intending to convert is just over 50,000. So you can see I've steadily crept down over the years even with the novels.
Anyway, while I appreciate those clamoring for longer stories from me or even...gasp...a novel, we'll see if I can ever manage it. As those who know me best know, I'm always itching to have something released and out to the reading public. I can't see myself as the sort who releases one story a year, a novel.