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

PressThis: Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book | Jane Friedman #MondayBlogs #selfpublishing


Hello everyone. I hope your weekend went well. Today’s post is for anyone who is looking to get into the self-publishing world. Getting straight to the point because I don’t take up too much of your time, the links below will take you straight to it. Or, if you like, you can click or tap the Source link to read the article in its entirety.

It’s very informative and I find the article to be helpful especially with more in-depth additional links inside the article. I’m not an expert on self-publishing nor have I started yet, though the article is long but has tools you’ll need to help you through the publishing process.

Take a look and check it out. I hope it can help you. Anyone who would like to add in the comments and/or links to additional resources, please do so. Have a safe day.


This is an introductory guide to the major self-publishing options available to authors today, and how to choose the right service for you.

Just as traditional publishing has transformed due to the rise of ebooks, today’s self-publishing market has transformed as well. Most self-published authors earn the bulk of their money from ebook sales. Furthermore, 85% or more of all US ebook sales happen through a single online retailer, Amazon. Anyone can make their ebook and print book available for sale in the most important market—Amazon—without paying a cent upfront.

That means the full-service POD publishers that used to make a killing are now largely irrelevant to most self-publishing success, even though you’ll find them advertising against Google search results for “self-publishing.” Don’t be immediately lured in; first understand your options, explained below…

  1. A Quick History of Self-Publishing
  2. The Most Common Ways to Self-Publish Today
  3. Self-Publishing: The DIY Approach I Recommend
  4. How Ebook Self-Publishing Services Work
  5. Creating Ebook Files
  6. How to Self-Publish a Print Book
  7. Investing in a Print Run: Yes or No?
  8. Print-on-Demand Recommendations
  9. Maximizing Your Book Sales
  10. More Resources

Source: Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book | Jane Friedman

PressThis: The 5 Major Things You Must Realize Before You Can Transform Into Better Versions Of Yourself


Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone! I hope you all are well. And for those that celebrates Memorial Day, Happy Memorial Day to you! A special one of thanks and gratitude to the military family and friends I know. Thank you for your service.

Today’s post is about transformation from an article I read and since it hit close to what I was planning on blogging about, I decided to share it.

What does transformation means to you, and have you ever went through one? How have it affected you?

Transformation is so important in our lives, for our well-being, and most of all for us spiritually. When there is an area or two (or more) in our life that we need to work on, we don’t sit back and hope it will one day work out on its own. No, we work on those area(s) ourselves so we can heal and grow spiritually. And in most cases, mentally, emotionally, sexually, etc.

This article hadn’t touched all the bases I want to talk about; however, I will one day come back to elaborate more. Though, below are the five things we must realize if we want to transform into a better us I had added to give you some insight on what the article entailed. And what I took from each one. You can read the entire article by clicking the link below. I do hope it helps someone.

Take care of yourself from the inside out.

–Pamela


“Change is inevitable, but transformation is by conscious choice.” — Heather Ash Amara

When you hear people talking about becoming better versions of themselves you probably imagine a Disney transformation. In real life transformation happens differently. If you want to know how differently ask the butterfly that transforms from a caterpillar. The truth is, transformation is not a smooth path. It means facing everything within you that you run away from, staying within that inner goo until you are done.

And by done, I mean until you are ready to break out of your cocoon and face the real world.

Here are the five things you must realize if you want to transform into better and truer version of yourself:

1. You must let go of the pain from your past. (Before you can transform into a better version, you must let go of this pain because it will keep holding you down, even in the most perfect reality you can imagine.)

2. There is no alternative. (We want to change but we don’t want to leave our comfort zone. Well sorry, it can’t be done like that. The sooner you embrace this fact and take action, the better.)

3. Stop trying to be yourself. (Stop trying, and BE!)

4. Transformation is now. (Real freedom is now, it’s in your choices this moment. Knowing what to do will not serve you anything if you don’t do something right now. If you want to change your life, you don’t plan, you do it in this right exact moment. You stop reading and you call the person you want to call to tell them what you wanted.)

5. Learn to surf. (The most powerful way is to learn how to use the force of the stream in your favor, not as something you fight. This means you go with the current but you surf it to your favor.)

Source: The 5 Major Things You Must Realize Before You Can Transform Into Better Versions Of Yourself

PressThis: How to Become a Travel Writer (seriously)


For a little over a year, I have thought about traveling since it’s something that I love to do but don’t get a chance to… hardly. I always wanted to explore the world, nationally and internationally since I was a young girl.

For those of you who have been following me a while, you know I love to write. Writing is a lifelong passion of mines and a way of life. Anyway, although I am working hard on my craft, to get my content, stories, etc out there, I’m not giving up. Some things been going on and I won’t speak negative on them.

I am, though, considering other ways, just haven’t started, though I am sharing what I researched for anyone who may be thinking about trying travel writing out.

I’ve included a preview below on tips for becoming a travel writer. You can click on the link to learn more. Hope this helps anyone.


How to become a travel writer.
1. Read.

Start reading and don’t stop.

Read all the “greats,” but don’t skip the more obscure writers. Read magazines. Get yourself a library card if you don’t have one, and if you can’t do that, check Google Books and Google Magazines.

The idea isn’t to imitate, but to simply know what — what genres, what styles, what writers — came before you, as well as who your contemporaries are.

2. Redefine the genre of travel writing.

“Travel writing” includes hotel reviews and destination guides, published in guidebooks and in glossy travel magazines. But travel writing’s more than service pieces.

Check out this genre-busting, long-format narrative by Porter Fox. Or this blog postu by multi-genre writer Elizabeth Eslami, which I’d categorize as “place-based writing.”

In a way, all movement and all settling is travel, and so the stories we tell about these experiences are “travel writing” in the broadest sense of the word. Even if some editors don’t see it that way.

3. Start a blog.

In the not-so-distant past, a writer had to have a decent portfolio of publication credits to be considered a “travel writer,” and certainly to be published in a glossy mag.

Not so anymore.

Thousands of writers have published their writing primarily or exclusively on their blogs. Some have gotten book deals. Some have gotten print gigs. Some get offers of free travel. And some get nothing more than the recognition that their writing means something to a random reader who stumbled across their blog doing a Google search.

Not sure how to get started? Check out Matador’s stockpile of blogging tips.

4. Develop your online presence.

Use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms to connect with other writers, editors, and readers.

5. Build a network, online and off.

Start your blog, set up a Facebook and Twitter account, but make sure you get offline, too. Stories and relationships don’t develop best through a screen. That only happens at ground level.

MatadorU hosts frequent workshops and events around the world.

6. Travel. But not just to “exotic” places.

You’ve got a 9-5’er. You’ve got kids. You’ve got debt. You’ve got no money. You’ve got an expired passport.

What you’ve got are excuses. A walk beyond your front door is travel. The only thing you need for a trip is curiosity.

Click the link below to read 22 tips for becoming a travel writer.

Source: How to become a travel writer (seriously)

PressThis: Amazon KDP Select: Is It Worthwhile for Authors? by CJ Lyons #NaNoWriMo2018 


As we write our novels, short stories, poems whether we’re participating in NaNoWriMo or not, we all have it in our minds what we planning on doing next with them. You can be thinking about going the traditional route – finding an agent or a publisher. But what about if you are interested in self-publishing your work.

This article is very informative and useful. It shines the light on what KDP Select is and whether you may or may think it’s the best choice for you. It covered topics on:

  • 90 days exclusivity
  • Income from lending
  • Five free days
  • Income vs. Exposure

For those of you who are thinking about doing this- publishing it yourself, have you thought about where or what programs to go with? It could be KDP Select (going exclusive with Amazon.) Or, CreateSpace and IngramSpark.

For those of you who already self-published, which route(s) have you taken? Let us know in the comments. Thanks in advance.


Should authors take advantage of the Amazon KDP Select program? A comprehensive discussion of who the program is well-suited for, plus best strategies.

Source: Amazon KDP Select: Is It Worthwhile for Authors? by CJ Lyons