Friday, September 2, 2016

Cradle Rock Cover Reveal, Plus Novellas!

Tara Tyler's latest book, Cradle Rock, is celebrating a cover reveal this week! The artwork for it is amazing, so you'll definitely want to scroll down to check it out. First, though, Tara's sharing her thoughts on novellas! (An incredibly fun, but underrated, form of storytelling, in my opinion.) Enjoy!


Thanks, for helping me with my cover reveal, Heather! You have an amazing artistic talent. I love seeing what you create!

Writing is a full time passion. I'm always working on my next books -- outlining one, editing another, promoting a release, etc! And what do I do to take a break from all that madness? Write some more!


Short stories and novellas are a great way to get out a complete story in a shorter sitting. Sometimes, you get an idea for a story and you don't have enough time to develop it because you want to finish the big one you're working on. But taking a break to write a draft of something shiny and new can be very beneficial!
My first novella in my
Unconventional Princess series
  • New ideas spark brain cells that might be tired from working on one story
  • Taking a break when you're stuck on a scene that you can't seem to fix will jump start your creativity and give you confidence back
  • When you do return to your big WIP, you're fresh and ready and full of enthusiasm!
  • If you finish your novella or short story, there are always sights looking to publish for cash! Why not submit it?!
  • And maybe you can turn your novella into something you can sell with self-publishing!
Here are some thoughts from a pro at novellas...CHRISTINE RAINS

"I love writing novellas because they give me the opportunity to write stories that are hard-and-fast, ones with deep plots and a few subplots with all the lovely twists and turns.

  1. They're easier to write more a year than novels. 
  2. They make great companion stories to novels.
  3. The author won't get tired of writing in that world.
  4. Giving away a free novella to hook readers isn't as painful as giving away a novel!
  5. Serials are extremely popular. 
  6. It's challenging to write a standalone story for each novella and to link it all to the overall plot. (And that is a pro because I love it!)
  1. Readers sometimes want more and complain the books are too short.
  2. You have to hook the reader right away because you need them invested quick.
  3. Pricing is lower than novels.
  4. Most publishers don't accept novellas, and some venues won't advertise or review them.
  5. If readers don't like the first book in a series, they won't buy the rest."
Have you ever written a novella? What do you think about short stories?

by Tara Tyler
Publication Date: December 1, 2016

Welcome to the forest.

Gabe and his girlfriend Ona are headed in opposite directions for Spring Break. After finding out humans might be a real part of their history, Ona is determined to dig up evidence of them in the mysterious mountains at Camp Cradle Rock. Being a logical goblin, Gabe tries to talk her out of it, but there's just no reasoning with a stubborn ogress.

When Ona goes missing, Gabe and his friends fly to Cradle Rock to search for her and discover a village of trouble, igniting an age old war. His physical skills may be lacking, but Gabe won't give up. With the help of his diverse group of friends, he will find a way to save his girl and maybe all beastkind. Humans, bah!

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And here's the book trailer! With sketches from my super fantastic inside illustrator, Laura Kramer.

Tara Tyler is a math teacher and writer who loves to help and inspire others. Her problem solving skills mesh with her vivid imagination to teach math in new ways and overflows into her productions of exciting action-adventure stories in a variety of media. Pop Travel is the techno-thriller series that started it all and Beast World invites a younger audience to join the fun!


  1. Great cover, Tara!
    The story I'm working on right now won't be long enough for a novel but it's a good length for a novella.

    1. that sounds great! can't wait to hear more about it!

  2. Tara's cover is awesome!! I'm dying to write novellas. I keep trying, but they grow like the proverbial beanstalk. What I think will take me 35k to write, ends up at 60k+. I'm hopeless....

    1. i know how you feel - i always start small, but then go nuts! but the words just keep coming, right? keep writing them!

  3. I think a lot of people enjoy the slightly shorter style of a novella. Congratulations, Tara.

    1. thanks - i agree, i think many people these days may think they don't have time to read a long novel.

  4. Yay, Tara!! And I did enjoy writing my one novella, it was a fun experience. Christine is definitely a pro!

  5. hi julie! glad you stopped by here today too!

  6. heather - thanks so much for hosting me today! i really enjoy your whimsical and wry cartoons! I need to come up with the perfect story to have you draw a few pics for me... what do you think of trolls???

    1. No problem, Tara! I'm more than happy to help spread the word about your work... :)

      And aw, thanks so much for the kind words! I'm honored you think my art is good enough for one of your stories. Trolls sound fun!

  7. Sounds like a fun read. Love the cover.

    Have a great weekend, Heather.

  8. This is a nice piece on why novellas might be a writer's alternative or preferred choice. I wish Tara the best of success!

  9. Congrats again, Tara! This book looks like a fun read for kids and me, too!

  10. Cradle Rock has an awesome cover! Congratulations on another book, Tara!