And it’s finally here! The newest Alex Verus novella, Gardens, is available on Amazon as of today!
While my last novella, Favours, was a “fill-in-the-gaps” piece that acted as character backstory, Gardens is more of a mini-sequel or extra epilogue to the main storyline. It’s recommended for anyone who’s curious about how things turned out for some of the main characters in the Alex Verus series. It’s also quite a bit longer than Favours, coming in at more than one and a half times the word count.
Now, the bad news: since some people have asked, no, this story isn’t currently available in audio or paper format. My novellas are all self-published and I have to do all of the admin myself, which limits how many formats I can make it available in. Admin is also the main reason that I’m only releasing it on Amazon this time – I made Favours available on this site, but my total personal sales were dwarfed by my Amazon ones, so this time I’m releasing it only on Amazon in order to take advantage of their Kindle Unlimited promotions. I know this does limit the options available to my readers, which I’m sorry about, but I only have so many hours in a day, and setting up and maintaining a full set of distribution channels actually takes a fair amount of time away from my writing. Publishers can do this sort of thing much more easily, but that’s because they have staff who do it as a full-time job. So for the moment, I’m publishing these novellas in such a way that it takes as little attention away from my novel-writing as possible.
That said, this might change in the future! The last novella was fairly successful, so if I keep on writing these and they keep on proving reasonably popular, I might eventually collect them into a book, at which point it’d probably be worth it to do an audio and paper edition. My Alex Verus novels usually come in at 90,000 to 100,000 words, and Favours and Gardens together come to a bit over 50,000, so probably 2-3 more short stories/novellas would add up to a big enough wordcount to justify calling it a book. That’s still far off in the future, though, and very speculative.
Anyway, I hope you all enjoy Gardens! I think it’s one of the better-written things I’ve put out so far, and for those of you who are fans of the Alex Verus series, it’ll probably answer some of the lingering questions that you might have had about the state of play at the end of Risen.