Bind-ups, collections of previously published short fiction, novellas, and the like, is being viewed in a new way. Before, publishers released collections as an afterthought, mostly as a way to enhance sales or increase revenue using items from their existing catalogues.
Now, publishers are realizing that ebooks are offering new ways to engage with books. Waterbrook Multnomah is releasing three novellas in a single book as an experiment. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is revamping a series by releasing a series specifically under this format. A Year of Weddings will come out every three months with seasonal themes; each release will bind together three novellas.
Publishers are reaching into new arenas by recasting old ideas. They aren’t dead yet…not by a long shot.
You would think with the shorter attention span, people would prefer to read novellas.
Actually, novellas are seeing a surge of new interest these days. I’ve posted on this trend before. Generally publishers are more open to novellas these days than ever before. Not all publishers, of course, but a growing number. So don’t give up if you’re working on one!