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Why Screen Novellas?

Many readers believe that all well-received stories are made available through print booksellers and that, perhaps, only a handful have slipped through the cracks?

What they don't know is that tens of thousands of screenplays are written each year. Of those, hundreds are lauded by fellow writers, agents, production companies, and other industry professionals. But booksellers haven't made screenplays available to the general reading audience. In contrast, stage plays have been considered a popular literary form for centuries — Shakespeare anyone?

So do all those well-received screenplays receive exposure through a theatrical release? No. Prohibitive production costs mean only a fraction appear in theatres. Television and cable channels create another forum for good stories, but still, too many screenplays go unknown as movies, television productions, or novels. —I once read a screenplay with a style as good as Hemmingway's, but less than thirty people will likely ever read it.

It's time for a change.

The Screen Novella

The internet provides a perfect forum for introducing readers to popular screenplays. While not all well-received screenplays are meant to be Oscar material, they’re all meant to be entertaining. And you've been missing them.

Converting a screenplay to a screen novella adds additional description to the narrative and allows the author to reintroduce deleted scenes. The final story is about a third the size of a novel. Screenplay layout is maintained, but the result is a more familiar reading experience that can be zoomed through in what feels like real time, which can produce a sense of intimate realism. A screen novella's faster read is perfect for a plane ride across country, an evening curled up by the fireplace, when there’s too much on the to do list for a full-length novel, or any other time a reader seeks a full story in a condensed form.

As a bonus, the screen novella is the only literary form that provides readers a new experience upon a second read. Even when readers feel they have the story down pat, they may be surprised by the subtleties they missed. This is probably because the story comes at the reader fast. As a result, the subconscious fills in details since the writer isn't providing every bitty tone, texture, and attitude that a novel provides. So upon a second read, the characters and scenes suddenly lift off the page, and the visuals become more vibrant and intense. It can be a peculiar and interesting experience.

So welcome to the hidden world of the screen novella. It's a literary world filled with mystery, suspense, humor, horror, poetry, romance, light and darkness — and not to be missed.