Last week we tackled Comics and Web Comics as possible vehicles to deliver your story to your readers.  Picking the right vehicle can turn those readers into the fans you want!  Today we’re getting into different types of novels, using the same comparison criteria we used before.  Here’s a quick recap:

A Reader starts off by looking for a few key things first:

Affordability: The product must have a fair price

Storyline:  The story needs to be told in a creative and entertaining manner

Immersion:  There must be enough of the story presented for satisfaction to be received

All of these come at a cost and gain to the creator:

The Cost:

Money: Amount invested

Energy: Effort invested

Time: time invested

The Gain:

Money – profit

Fame: general awareness for your product

Power: The fan following for your product (aka Product Loyalty)

So let’s talk about novels shall we?

Graphic Novels

  • Affordability: Poor. Often filters out customers.
  • Storyline: EXTREME. Gives the ability to visual deliver a complete story arc.
  • Immersion: Medium to low. Because of the visual aspect, a Reader can complete it within an hour or less. They usually depend on rereads.


  • Money: EXTREME. Per page art and cover art are the highest.
  • Energy: High.
  • Time: High.


  • Profit: Strong. Graphic novel profits peak high on release and have the sharpest drop of all the other products over time.
  • Fame: Low to medium. The profit margin isn’t strong enough to present a hard marketing campaign.
  • Power: VERY HIGH.


Illustrated Novels

  • Affordability: Poor. Often filters out customers.
  • Storyline: EXTREME. Gives the ability to deliver a story using visuals, as well as word-craft.
  • Immersion: HIGH. A reader gains the best of both worlds while receiving premade visuals of images closest to the creators thoughts.


  • Money: Medium to high, based upon the amount of images and complexity of them.
  • Energy: High.
  • Time: High.


  • Profit: Low to Medium. Profit margin is slow building because it is a product of both art and word-craft, which increases the risk of acceptance.
  • Fame: High. It is easier to market because the art already exists.
  • Power: EXTREME. Key images burn into the reader’s memories when combined with powerful word-craft.


Full Novels

  • Affordability :Somewhat
  • Storyline: EXTREME.
  • Immersion: EXTREME. Unlike Illustrated Novels, the writer uses word-craft to allow the reader to create their own detailed images of the world presented.


  • Money: Low to Medium.
  • Energy: Medium to high, mostly due to research.
  • Time: Low to Medium. This based on dedication versus procrastination.


  • Profit: Low. Has the longest profit life of all the presented products.
  • Fame: Low to medium. One of the most difficult to market.
  • Power: EXTREME. Fans follow everything to do with the storyline, book, and author.

What are your thoughts?  What type of novel fit your story best?

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