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

March Writing Challenge- Day 28: Do You Have A Morning Ritual?


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To be honest with you, I am not a morning person at all. I get up around 6:45 now to get ready for work. The commute is very short because I work from home. Before I log on around 7:40, I usually get a little cleaning done, like dishes. I hate dishes in the sink. And I do the laundry. Anything else can wait until during my breaks or after my shift.

Some mornings I’ll eat an early breakfast or I’ll wait for late morning. I got to have my coffee. It’s a must. A tall mug of coffee, that is.

On days I am off, I plan to do more in the morning if I can shake the tiredness and/or the fact that morning isn’t my thing. After cooking breakfast and grabbing my mug, I normally check emails, read blog posts and other forms of reading, because you know reading is fundamental. 😁

I also try to get some meditation and music in if I can before I start my day, but that only seems to happened on days off.

I don’t do the same thing every morning unless it’s a work day. After housework, I would brainstorm on what I want to write and blog about. Someday, I just may be able to get a whole lot done in the mornings and not wait to the afternoon to accomplish that.

What is your morning routine?

Thanks for reading.

March Writing Challenge- Day 27: Would You Rather Have A Live-In Massage Therapist, Or A Live-In Chef?


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I would rather have a live-in chef than a live-in massage therapist because I love to eat and don’t want to have someone touching me. Then again, I hope to really trust the chef and not have him/her mad at me so I won’t get get poisoned.

In another world, I might have a female live-in chef and a male live-in massage therapist. I hope we would to get along since we’re to live together. (Wiggles eyebrows.)

So, would you rather have a live-in chef or live-in massage therapist.

Thanks for reading.

March Writing Challenge- Day 26: Would You Consider Yourself An Introvert, Extrovert, Or Ambivert?


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Just in case you might not know already, I consider myself an introvert. Yes, I know, shocking isn’t it. 😀

I have been an introvert my entire life. I love being by myself and get overwhelmed being around so many people, unless they are people I can connect with. At one point I thought maybe I was ambivert, then when I checked my surroundings, I had noticed it was people who are authentic and on the same level as me.

So, I believe—I am sure that I am just an introvert. Sometimes, I get awkward when I first meet them. Then, when I get to know them, then I can decide whether this person is someone I can be around or not. And if they choose not to be around me, then that’s okay too.

There was a time (or two) I was sitting at home in my own little world, and the person I was living with went to a family cookout that was across the street. One of their relatives walked over to ask me why didn’t I come over and kept trying to convince me I would have a good time. And every time I would tell them that I was okay and wanted to be by myself. Whether they thought it was weird of not, was their problem, but the person I was living with did bring me over a plate a food over. And kept saying how everyone wanted me to come over.

I always felt content being in my company, and I now choose wisely who I let into my space. I don’t like not being myself around people. And if I feel like I have to be anything else, then I can’t be around them.

I don’t care to stand in front of people to talk. I rather write it down and let them read it. I don’t like when people try to put me under a microscope to see what is wrong me. I am just like this. I can go out and be around people even though I don’t like crowds, but it doesn’t bother me too much. But, I don’t want to hang out with a group if I don’t have to, so I don’t see how these Real Housewives of these cities do it.

Are you an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert?

Thanks for reading.

March Writing Challenge- Day 25: Where And When Do You Get Your Best Ideas?


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I don’t know when I would get my ideas unless you count “at the strangest times.”

I normally get them, for writing, listening to music while sitting on couch after work or days I’m not working while letting the TV watch me. I had always said there was something therapeutic about music and the way it makes me feel. I can sometimes feel the creative juices flowing as I feel this jolt of energy coursing through me. Or when I’m watching a movie trailer or a movie itself.

Oftentimes, crystals and stones help center me and helps with the spiritual aspects of things. But, there are times I can be doing nothing at all and a scene or idea of sorts would pop up in my mind.

I’m sure this may happen to others, but I tried to have something to write those ideas down because they can pop up one minute and disappear the next.

When and where do you get your best ideas?

Thanks for reading.