PressThis: Kindle Vella: Description, Features, and Tips for Authors #MondayBlogs #kindlevella


Lately, I have been having so much going on that I pretty much almost abandon my blog. I have been busy working, editing my novel, and other things I will post about soon, and I can’t believe how much time have passed since I done the March Writing Challenge. I’m not trying to make excuses, just being honest.

Well, on to what this post is about. I have learned about a month ago about the existence of Kindle Vella that I am sure some of you are aware of.

Kindle Vella is something new Amazon is trying out that authors can be a part of. The thing with it is the stories, novels, or what have you, are broken down into episodes as the chapters of the stories. The works have to be stories that haven’t been published before, free or paid.

Authors can make money off it when readers read their episodes. I don’t want to repeat what is already being said below in the article, but I believe this may be helpful for writers/authors looking to get their work out there and to reach a broader audience.

Tell me what you think about Kindle Vella. And please feel free to click the link to read the full article.


Amazon continues to push its own boundaries in the reader market, this time spreading into a micro-industry that has been gaining traction elsewhere, resulting in an exciting leap forward for Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and potentially for authors as well.

The product is the newly announced Kindle Vella, a new Kindle platform created as a “mobile-first” approach to serialized storytelling.

In it, authors will have the chance to engage with readers in a new way, “one short episode at a time”.

So let’s take a deeper dive into this new platform.

In this article, you will learn:

  1. What Kindle Vella is
  2. How it works
  3. Its potential benefits to authors
  4. The step-by-step process to publish using Kindle Vella
  5. Additional tips and strategies to use

What is Kindle Vella?

Kindle Vella is a new platform from KDP, built specifically for serialized stories. On the platform, it will allow you to publish short episodes of your story, which will then be available to readers on mobile devices and online.

Features

Kindle Vella Interface

There’s a lot to unpack in the above video and on KDP’s pages on the subject, but let’s break down a few of the core features:

  • Episodes will be between 600-5,000 words long
  • It is currently only available to those in the U.S.
  • It will be available to readers in “the next few months”
  • At launch, it will only be available in the Kindle iOS app and on Amazon.com
  • Authors will receive 50% of royalties
  • Readers will spend their money on “Tokens” that will be used to unlock the story, episode by episode
  • You can publish, update, or delete an episode at any time
  • Readers will have the opportunity to engage with their stories using the following
    • Follow: readers will be able to follow the stories they want to read
    • Fave: readers can mark the stories they like the most, and the stories with the most Faves will be featured in a leaderboard
    • Thumbs Up: readers can give a thumbs up to any episode, letting the author and other readers know which installments they liked the most
  • Episodes will have space for an “Author’s Note” section, allowing the author to talk to the reader directly with each episode
  • The first three episodes of every story will be free

Is This New?

Kindle Vella is Amazon’s response to a number of similar platforms that have sprung up over the years, such as Radish, WebNovel, and Wattpad.

Each of these platforms feature bite-sized serialization, and while monetization differs from one platform to another, popularity of this format is seeing more and more attention.

For example, bite-sized serialization platforms have been hugely popular in international markets, such as China, South Korea, and Japan.

It’s no wonder, therefore, that Amazon has thrown their hat into the ring.

Source: Kindle Vella: Description, Features, and Tips for Authors

The Feathers Collector/What Does A Feather Symbolize |


Photo taken by me a year ago. (2019)

Hi lovelies! I ended up doing two posts in one because it was basically about the same thing. First one is Wordless Wednesday, except with words. Lol. Second, well, it’s a post I wanted to share. 

I started collecting feathers two years ago without first planning to do so. It just so happened. I didn’t realize I was doing this until I was cleaning out my purse one day and saw a ziploc bag of a few feathers. This would occur whenever I am out walking, something I love doing. But, you knew that already.

Since then, whenever I come across a feather or two, (or more) I would gather them. And give thanks to whatever bird who lost its feather(s). I don’t always pick up every single feather I see; only when I feel like I should (spiritually.)

Now, as you can see in the photo above, I have collected quite a lot. Fifty, I believe.

I plan on holding on them and probably use them in some way.


Note: Each culture has different feather meanings. And each color of a feather has its own meaning. Below, I have included an article from Woot and Hammy’s website for reference, because they pretty sum it up better than I could. Feel free to click on the link to lead you to their website. 

what do feathers mean

Finding feathers

Finding a feather can be an uplifting, spiritual experience, especially when you find one in an unexpected place such as in your house or in your purse, where there isn’t an easy way to explain its presence.

Any feather can be a sign, but the meaning of finding a feather in an unusual place or having one suddenly float across your path can especially seem to be a sign from the angels or from a loved one who has passed to the other side.

You may wonder, “what is the meaning of finding a feather?” Because it is a very personal experience, the meaning will be different for each person.

To get a clearer understanding of the significance of the feather, you might try to remember if you were thinking about anything when the feather appeared. You might also ask yourself if there is some issue or question you have lately been pondering in your life. 

The feather may be a validation of your intuition or a hunch you had been feeling to follow one path or another. Feathers may also appear in you dreams in which it would be helpful to ask yourself similar questions. 

It’s important to remember that a feather sign is the most important when it is personally meaningful to you. The most important question is to ask always, “What does this mean to me?”

A sign or symbol is only as important as it is to the person who is experiencing it – what does it mean to you personally or how does it fit into what you are currently going through in your life?

The spiritual meaning of feathers

As a symbol across many cultures, feathers have always represented a connection to spiritual realms and to divinity. And because of their connection to birds, they have always been a symbol of flight and freedom, not just physically, but also in a mental or spiritual sense, and communication.

Like a bird that soars through the boundless sky and has a view of all things from high above, feathers symbolize the ability to transcend and move beyond your mental barriers and limitations – to see the larger picture and understand what really matters.

bird feather meaning

They represent the freedom of your mind and heart and your ability to travel, change and move through life freely…

SourceWhat Does A Feather Symbolize?

 

What do feathers mean to you? And have you ever found any feathers? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you for reading.

–Pamela