Thursday, April 18, 2013

Novella Teams by Eileen Key

Writing a novella is an amazing experience. What begins as a kernel of an idea batted around by four individuals often melds into a wonderful pot of stew. However, if the “write” team isn’t careful, one seasoning can ruin a meal.

In our novella, Sundays in Fredericksburg, we read each other’s works, offered suggestions and worked toward a viable timeline. This novel is based on four generations of women, so it was important to weave in the names and years correctly. Margie Vawter, Connie Stevens and Lynette Sowell are strong historical writers, so I gladly picked up the contemporary slot.

The August before our deadline, Connie visited Texas and met with Lynette and I to tour Fredericksburg. (Margie was familiar with the area.) We interviewed ladies at the museums, poked into antique stores, drove around the area and dined on fabulous food. Research can be so taxing! But all of that effort adds “salt and pepper” to the stew. Accuracy. Readers are fond of pointing out incorrect details, so be careful when you write.

The Romancing America series by Barbour contains many stories of love lost/love found. All the books feature the strong element of faith. I hope you enjoy our novella contribution to this wonderful line of books when you read our stories. Let us know what you think! 

Thank you for the visit! 

Dora here. What about you? Have you tackled writing a novella or 
worked together on a joint project? 
Care to share how that worked for you?

Sundays in Fredericksburg ~ Purchase Link
Come down to Fredericksburg, Texas, where four generations of couples encounter romance in Sunday Houses. Having become a schoolteacher to avoid marriage, Amelia Bachman finds her resolve crumbling before a smitten carpenter. Determined not to fall in love, Mildred Zimmermann carefully nurses an army medic crippled in love and war. Somewhat of a homebody, Trudy Meier isn’t sure she has the courage to love a roving reporter. Gwendolyn’s beautiful wildflower field is threatened by a geologist’s search for knowledge. Will these four women risk their hearts for the love a stranger?  

Eileen Key retired after teaching school for thirty years. She is a freelance writer and editor, with two mysteries and three novellas published. Mother of three, grandmother of three, Eileen resides in San Antonio, Texas, where she is an active member of Grace Community Church. Find her on the web at


  1. I worked on a joint project like this . . . I think the key to success comes out in the editing. The authors can (of course) try to keep all the details straight, but the editor's job gets extra hard with multiple authors. I applaud the great Tracy Ruckman for the excellent job she did on our project and this book looks to be a winner too!

  2. I've not worked on a joint project yet, but I can imagine how much cooperation and collaboration must happen between authors.

    Jennifer, editing one work with multiple authors has to be tough. So glad your effort was such a success! Kudos to you and your publisher!

    Thanks, Eileen, for sharing your experience and tips to make a joint project successful!


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