Hey everyone. I'm trying to get some opinions on publishing a series of novellas. Yes, I realize the odds are stacked against me in every single way, as you'll read. But, like they say, I'm going for it! I've got a series of novellas that range from (the lowest word count) 25,000 words to (the highest word count) 40,500 (technically a novel), 90 pages to 145 pages. George Lucas has Star Wars, Stan Lee has Spider-Man, Walt Disney has Mickey Mouse, I have this series. I've written and published other things, but this is my opus. I've completed sixteen stories so far, so I've invested a lot of time, effort, and sweat in this series. It has a lot of mileage, and I'm quite proud of what I've accomplished and the little story world I've created. I submitted the first story to an agent a few years ago, which garnered a rejection, but not a form letter. An actual response. The guy seemed really interested in it, but told me he couldn't quite be the guy behind it. So I know the story has traction. I've considered putting the series on the Internet, which spells death in terms of traditional publishing, but I work out of love, not for money. And the bottom line is I want people to see, not necessarily buy it. The reasons I've considered Web publishing are these: I retain 100% control. I can title the series how I want. I can present it how I want. I compromise with no one. I can use whatever cover art I want. I own every right, though I'll have to do some research on international rights. Cons? Obviously money (but I think after getting to story 17 I've proven to myself I've got the endurance to see this into the future without payment). If I get sued (though I don't expect to be), I've got no backing. And those pros can easily, easily work against me if I don't do my research and learn how to do things properly. I'm nervous about submitting it, not because of rejection, but read on and you'll get the idea. I know everything has risk, and I'm prepared to accept it. I also know every place has different terms, and some of those might even be stated in the submission guidelines for some places. There is probably no blanket answer anyone can provide. But discuss away. I know there's a market for novellas, but for a series? What sort of publication would this likely get: in a collection of books, as an e-book, as a standalone publication? What if the first story fails? Can I take the second one elsewhere? Can I put the others up on the Web? Do I own the characters, universe, etc. even if the first publishing house owns rights to the first story? What I'm getting at is who owns what (or whom) if I sell the first. If a publishing house doesn't publish novellas, can I present the first...three...four...whatever as a single publication and make them aware it contains a number of stories? Any thoughts?