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Help us preserve the future of the Great American Novel and end the emergence of novellas—pocket-sized works of "literary fiction."
Help us preserve the future of the Great American Novel and end the emergence of novellas—pocket-sized works of "literary fiction."
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Will You Stand With or Shut Down Nouvella?
The Great American Novel Demands an Answer.

At Globo Books, we believe in the power of big books and the importance of the Great American Novel. Size matters, and the growing trend towards smaller and sleeker design are a blight on the publishing industry.

As publishers, we aspire to three essential principles:

  • Size Matters: Long books are serious books.
  • Tradition Prevails: A novel about a struggling writer who cheats on his wife in/around New York works every time.
  • Risk is Risky: Don’t take chances on weird ideas or untested authors.

Nouvella Upholds None of Our Values

They are the worst offenders in the industry. They exclusively publish pocket-size works of fiction between 10k-40k words, with unpredictable stories from a diverse group of authors.

  • Small Books: They fit in your back pocket, for pete's sake!
  • Non-Traditional: The company appears to be run by women.
  • Risk Embracers: They publish new authors, weirdos, and established authors whose agents gave up on these stunted manuscripts.

So which do you choose, dear reader? Will you side with the literary giants who toiled long hours to publish massive tomes? Or will you side with the kale-chewing indie?

Help us KickSTOP Nouvella

How? It’s easy! 

  • BUY as many of their books as we can (with your funds!)
  • DESTROY them all on November 14 (with your help!)

This will prevent mass distribution of their titles, and publicly shame them into oblivion.

November 14: The Day of Reckoning

The funds raised will help us send you their novellas.

Then, it’s time to choose:

Will You DESTROY them? (#ShutDownNouvella)

On November 14, 2015 (the anniversary of the U.S. publication of Moby Dick!), you'll share photos and videos on social media of how you plan to destroy your novellas.

Or Will You ENJOY them? (#StandWithNouvella)

The Nouvella team has responded to our campaign by encouraging their supporters to fund this Kickstarter and participate in what they’re calling “Stand With Nouvella Day”—conveniently, also on November 14, 2015.

It’s up to you to choose your side. We count on your support.

The mug is our favorite
The mug is our favorite

Kickstarter-Exclusive Rewards

In addition to copies of the two newest Nouvella titles, ripe for disposal, you may receive a number of other rewards:

  • Stickers
  • Matches
  • Mugs to impress
  • Postcards to share
  • More books to destroy
  • Personal interactions with Nouvella authors/staff

These rewards will never be available anywhere else. 

Those matches will come in super handy, trust us
Those matches will come in super handy, trust us

Let's Destroy These Titles:

It sounds extremely foreign:

Ugh. Dramatic AND boring.
Ugh. Dramatic AND boring.

Also This Abomination:

Seems very "artsy":

Wow. Highfalutin snoooooozefest.
Wow. Highfalutin snoooooozefest.

More About Nouvella

As if you needed any more reasons to destroy these misguided miscreants, just take a look at their pretentiously hipster About page:

No, we DON'T know.
No, we DON'T know.

Where Your Cash Is Headed

  • Buy up the entire run of Ciao, Suerte by Annie McGreevy: $10,000 
  • Buy up the entire run of One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide by Christian Kiefer: $10,000
  • Kickstarter + processing fees: $2,100
  • Reward production + shipping: $3,000

The hope that Nouvella goes away forever: priceless.

But What Of The Criticism That The Publishing Industry Is Stagnating And Needs Indies Like Nouvella To Push The Boundaries Of What Is Possible For Contemporary Literature?

Yes, we’re aware of recent discussion about the publishing industry. Many claim that it is: 

  • Hobbled by sexism
  • Held back by an unwillingness to adapt
  • Hampered by a lack of cultural diversity

Many also declare that, in fact, there is no such thing as the “Great American Novel.” 

To which our illustrious CEO, Robert Bosworth, says:
"Go Faulkner yourself"

Together, we can ShutDownNouvella.com on Shut Down Nouvella Day, November 14, 2015!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this for real?

Is that a real question? 

But if you buy all their books, won't they just make a bunch of money and make more books, even if you “destroy them”?

We believe in the incredible power of public shaming. Once the Nouvella team sees this wildly successful campaign, followed by a social-media destruction of their so-called "literature," they will likely quit and go work for a non-profit or something.

What is Shut Down Nouvella Day on November 14?

November 14, 2015 is the anniversary of the U.S. publication of Moby Dick.

On that day, you’ll submit photos and videos of creative ways to destroy these novellas (and any others). Submissions will be featured on ShutDownNouvella.com, and the best will even have opportunities to win additional rewards!

Risks and challenges

As a leading publisher of bonafide American literature, we are quite confident in our ability to print the necessary content and ship it in a timely fashion after the successful campaign. Unforeseen production issues with our suppliers of certain promotional items may cause delays.

Our main concern is the possibility that certain backers may actually READ the novellas upon arrival, instead of simply destroying them as requested. We acknowledge that it is quite possible this campaign will accidentally result in additional success for these renegade purveyors of these wimpy books.

But that's really up to you, dear reader, isn't it?

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    Updates from us here at Globo Books, reactions from the Nouvella renegades, the whole soap opera.

    (And, of course, you'll be invited to participate in Shut Down Nouvella Day on November 14, 2015. You'll just have to provide your own novellas.)

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    TWO NEW E-BOOKS

    Short books belong on an e-reader, which won't make your hands look abnormally large. We're fine with e-novellas.

    Backers receive e-books of the two newest Nouvella titles: CIAO, SUERTE by Annie McGreevy and ONE DAY SOON TIME WILL HAVE NO PLACE LEFT TO HIDE by Christian Kiefer (released November 2015).

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    DESTROY "CIAO, SUERTE"

    A copy of CIAO, SUERTE by Annie McGreevy will be sent to you for you to destroy.

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    DESTROY "ONE DAY SOON"

    A copy of ONE DAY SOON TIME WILL HAVE NO PLACE LEFT TO HIDE by Christian Kiefer will be shipped to you for you to destroy as you see fit.

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    HANDWRITTEN HERO PACKAGE

    A limited-edition version of the Regular Hero package below—with signed books and handwritten apologies!

    [***NOTE: Everything listed here is automatically included in all reward tiers $75 and up***]

    — Handwritten notes from Annie and Christian, apologizing for writing such short books
    — SIGNED copy of Ciao, Suerte by Annie McGreevy
    — SIGNED copy of One Day Soon by Christian Kiefer
    — A special book of Globo Books matches. For book burning.
    — An instructional pamphlet titled "How to Locate and Destroy Novels of an Inappropriate Length From Your Collection"
    — "I Belong in a Big Book" bookmark
    — "I Only Read Long and Arduous Novels" sticker
    — Both the new ebooks
    — Get listed as a True Hero on ShutDownNouvella.com
    — Get all the backer updates

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    REGULAR HERO PACKAGE

    You're a regular hero, sir. You'll receive ALL of the following:

    — A copy of Ciao, Suerte by Annie McGreevy
    — A copy of One Day Soon by Christian Kiefer
    — A special book of matches (for burning things, namely books)
    — A copy of instructional pamphlet "How to Locate and Destroy Novels of an Inappropriate Length From Your Collection"
    — "I Belong in a Big Book" bookmark
    — "I Only Read Long and Arduous Novels" sticker
    — Both the new ebooks
    — Get listed as a Hero on ShutDownNouvella.com
    — Get all the backer updates

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    POSTCARD PACKAGE

    Get everything from Regular Hero Package, plus:

    — 6 postcards to spread the good word about using lots of words. 3 copies of 2 designs.

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    SMUG MUG PACKAGE

    Everything from Handwritten Hero & Postcard Packages, plus:

    An importantly large mug to go with your importantly large books. Inscription: "Go Faulkner Yourself"

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    DIGITAL BUNDLE

    Everything from Handwritten Hero & Postcard Packages, plus:

    Everything Nouvella has ever committed to a digital format.

    — YOUR RIGHTFUL HOME by Alyssa Knickerbocker
    — IF YOU'RE NOT YET LIKE ME by Edan Lepucki
    — THE LAST REPATRIATE by Matthew Salesses
    — THE SENSUALIST by Daniel Torday
    — A FAMILIAR BEAST by Panio Gianopoulos
    — HOW TO SHAKE THE OTHER MAN by Derek Palacio
    — ON THE ISLAND AT THE CENTER OF THE CENTER OF THE WORLD by Elizabeth Kadetsky
    — CIAO, SUERTE by Annie McGreevy
    — ONE DAY SOON TIME WILL HAVE NO PLACE LEFT TO HIDE by Christian Kiefer (October 2015)

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    THE ALYSSA KNICKERBOCKER FOUGHT A PACK OF RACCOONS TO REPENT PACKAGE

    To make up for the fact that she wrote YOUR RIGHTFUL HOME, Alyssa has made some plum jam, the plums for which she had to face down a pack of feral raccoons in her backyard. She will send you some and it will blow your mind.

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    Everything from HANDWRITTEN HERO & POSTCARD PACKAGE.

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    THE SUPER-COMMITTED-TO-DESTROYING-NOVELLAS PACKAGE

    Everything from Handwritten Hero & Postcard Packages, plus:

    — A physical copy of every Nouvella title in print (all titles in the e-book bundle, minus YOUR RIGHTFUL HOME and THE LAST REPATRIATE, which are thankfully out of print).

    What better way to show your true commitment to the properly-lengthed novel, than by ordering and destroying everything Nouvella's ever done?

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    THE *SIGNED* SUPER-COMMITTED-TO-DESTROYING-NOVELLAS PACKAGE

    Everything from Handwritten Hero & Postcard Packages, plus:

    — SIGNED copies of every Nouvella title in print (all titles in the e-book bundle, minus YOUR RIGHTFUL HOME and THE LAST REPATRIATE, which are thankfully out of print).

    What better way to show your true commitment to the properly-lengthed novel, than by ordering and destroying everything Nouvella's ever done?

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    THE GIVE-DEENA-A-PIECE-OF-YOUR-MIND PACKAGE

    Everything from Handwritten Hero & Postcard Packages, plus:

    — The opportunity to sit down virtually or in person with the founder of Nouvella, Deena Drewis, and tell her precisely what you think of her weird, non-traditional project.

    She'll probably treat it like a book club and try to talk about literature with you. Don't be fooled by the depth of her knowledge or her disarming personality. She is a WOLF, I tell you.

    (In-person meetings must take place in Los Angeles and backer is responsible for travel and lodging. Otherwise, it will be conducted via Skype or Facetime).

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    EMMA-STRAUB-THE-NOVELIST PACKAGE

    After Emma published her novella FLY-OVER STATE, she corrected her ways and went on to publish two novels with Riverhead.

    One backer will get to show his or her approval of her post-novella decisions. In return, he or she will receive signed copies of her two novels, LAURA LAMONT'S LIFE IN PICTURES and THE VACATIONERS.

    PLUS:

    — Emma will name a character after you in a future piece of fiction.

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    DANIEL-TORDAY-THE-NOVELIST PACKAGE

    After Dan published THE SENSUALIST (and weirdly won a National Jewish Book Award for it), he sold his debut novel THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST to St. Martin's. George Saunders and Michiko Kakutani loved it and so should you. Backer will receive a signed copy.

    PLUS:

    — Dan will sing & play you a bluegrass tune on the mandolin via Skype and curate a music playlist for you

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    Everything from HANDWRITTEN HERO & POSTCARD PACKAGE.

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    ELIZABETH-KADETSKY-THE-MEMOIRIST PACKAGE

    Elizabeth published her memoir, FIRST THERE IS A MOUNTAIN, with Little Brown and then proceeded to publish ON THE ISLAND with Nouvella.

    Doesn't really make sense to us either, but anyhow, a backer will receive a signed copy of her memoir plus a signed copy of THE POISON THAT PURIFIES YOU, a short story collection that is also a respectable length.

    PLUS:

    — Elizabeth will curate a reading list for you based off some of your favorite books

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    — She will play Boggle with you at AWP 2016

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    CHRISTIAN-KIEFER-THE-NOVELIST PACKAGE

    Christian published TWO novels with big houses (THE INFINITE TIDES and THE ANIMALS) before publishing with Nouvella. We disapprove of this thoroughly, but he appears to be a novelist at heart. Backers can reinforce his good behaviors and receive signed copies of both novels PLUS:

    — Christian will curate a list of books for you

    OR:

    — A list of art-house films you've almost surely never seen

    OR:

    — A music playlist

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    Everything from HANDWRITTEN HERO & POSTCARD PACKAGE.

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    SAVE-ANNIE-MCGREEVY-FROM-HERSELF PACKAGE

    Annie's novella CIAO, SUERTE is her first book, which is a waste of a debut, to be sure. Let her know she needs to work on her stamina and help her with a future project. One backer will get to:

    -Help Annie name the bedbug protagonist in a short story she is currently writing about a bedbug

    AND

    -Annie will curate a music playlist for you (likely featuring the Wu Tang Clan)

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    MATTHEW-SALESSES-THE-NOVELIST-PACKAGE

    -Matthew's reputation survived the publication of his novella and will be presently celebrating the release of his debut novel THE HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD, out September 1 from Little A. Backers will receive a signed copy of said novel PLUS:

    -Matthew will write you a letter, which includes a curated reading list

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    EDAN-LEPUCKI-THE-NOVELIST-PACKAGE

    The good news: Edan wrote a novel called CALIFORNIA that hit #3 on the New York Times Bestseller's List and she was on that show The Colbert Report talking about it. The bad news: A few years before that, she made the mistake of writing a novella with these yahoos. No matter! Two lucky backers will receive signed copies of her novel PLUS:

    -Edan will give you a serious confidence boost. She will write you an enthusiastic card about how great you are, create a Tumblr post about how great you are, and call you on the phone to give you a pep talk.

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    DEREK-PALACIO-THE-NOVELIST-PACKAGE

    Like so many Nouvella survivors, Derek too saw the light: He recently sold his debut novel to the Crown Publishing Group. One lucky backer will receive a signed copy (release date still TBD) PLUS:

    -Derek will send you a postcard from his upcoming trip to Cuba next year!

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    FREE LUNCH PACKAGE

    Everything from Handwritten Hero & Postcard Packages, plus:

    — The opportunity to eat lunch with all Nouvella authors and staff in attendance at the next AWP Conference in Los Angeles from March 30-April 2, 2016.

    Your mission: berate, rebuke, admonish, and reprimand to your heart's content. You're on the front lines, hero. Deep in enemy territory. Keep it together.

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    THE MANUSCRIPT PACKAGE

    Everything from Handwritten Hero & Postcard Package, plus:

    You can send your manuscript to Nouvella (up to 80K words) and get actual thoughtful notes back.

    And if they like it, presto! You know it's time to completely re-write it from scratch.

    Make it longer!

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