Novella draft 2 is finished; it's with a beta right now and hopefully, I can ask a few other people to read it over as well.
I've said before that I think this novella is bound for self-publishing, for a few reasons:
1. It's 29,000 words. When was the last time you saw a 29,000-word book on a shelf in your local bookstore?
2. It's historical fiction, but it doesn't feature any royalty or historical figures or events, really. It just takes place in the past with very outdated notions of society.
3. It has a pretty clear and relatively simple plot: Pearl wants to find her long-lost brother.
Here's what I know about self-publishing:
1. I'll want to find an editor and a cover artist. I think I'd like to try the formatting on my own, but we'll see.
2. There are options to go only through Amazon's KindleDirect, since the Kindle seems to be The Big E-Reader. But then there's also Kobo and GoogleBooks and the Nook, which are different formats from the Kindle.
3. Once it's ready and up...you get to market it.
4. Traditionally published authors sometimes write novellas and self-pub in between full-length novels.