Yes, my friends, the Kindle Vella stories are going live. However, I’m not sure that’s official. I’m happy to announce that as of today, (July 13, 2021) many Vella authors are announcing their work. Myself included.
In my last post, I talked about the release of this new platform and hoping it would be the next step in self-publishing. I was thinking about doing one myself, if for no other reason than to see if I could do it. And if I did, would I even like it? Well, I did it.
Introducing my very first Kindle Vella, The Immortal Warrior Queen.
Now, that being said, let me express the fact that “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING.” Okay, I know how to write the episodes and all that, but I totally suck at this whole promotion thing. The above image is like my 3rd attempt at making a graphic for my story. I’m kinda proud of it, not too bad, but not super great.
As of right now, there are only 2 episodes live and one scheduled for tomorrow. I have a fourth ready to go and will be adding a new episode tonight. So what does that mean? I’m not sure, but here’s my take. The first 3 episodes are free to read. After that, readers have to purchase tokens to gain access to more episodes. I like that. Kind of a “try it before you buy it” stance. I’m cool with that.
Then, it depends on how many words are posted per episode as to how many tokens it takes to gain access. According to Amazon, it’s 1 token for every 100 words. Each episode has to have at least 600 words, but no more than 5,000. My first episode is a little over 600 words, but most of mine will be in the 1,000 to 2,000 range.
So, how do those tokens add up to dollar signs? Yea, that’s an algorithm I’m not even going to try and crack. I’ve read the basics of it about a hundred times and it still makes no sense to me. It has to do with how many tokens are purchased and word count and the number of reads and that’s all way above my pay grade. So, no I’m not expecting to make my fortune at this, but it’s worth it just to see what happens.
I’ve also noticed 2 classes of book authors. Those that are looking at this as a way to put their novels out there and those who are doing this in episodes much like a podcast or television show. That’s the group I see myself in, to a degree. I’m looking at it as though writing one of my blogs. One post at a time in a fictional setting. Thing is, I’ve actually done this and am doing it as I write this post.
As someone who’s written as a fictional character in a multi-writer, roleplay blog setting, for me it’s pretty much the same thing. Each of my episodes is another adventure in my character’s long life. Some authors already have their entire stories planned out and have a solid ending to their pieces. I don’t. I have no clue how my story will end or when it will end. I’ll let my character decide that. I do have a couple of episodes planned out for when I come to that point, but I have to figure out all the stuff in between.
I’m pretty excited about my new venture. I just hope I can stick with it and make it worth reading. Wish me luck. And if you get the Kindle Vella app, look me up. I’m sure this won’t be my only Vella, as I do have ideas for more.
Are you working on a Kindle Vella of your own? Let me know and I’ll sing your praises to the Heavens above.