Showing posts from July, 2021

Vella Could Change Everything

From July 17, 2021: Well, not everything, of course. But it may change the self-publishing landscape significantly. Hi, packmates. Time for my middle-of-the-month blog update. After months and months of hype, this week Amazon finally launched Kindle Vella, a platform where readers can read episodes of serialized stories without having to purchase or borrow an entire book. It might change the way authors write, especially indie writers like myself. In fact, I’ve already revised my writing schedule and goals for 2021 and 2022. I wanted to be a published author most of my life. One of the stumbling blocks I could never overcome was the specter of endless submissions to (and rejections from) publishers that most writers go through for years before any of their work gets in front of actual readers. When digital platforms like Amazon KDP surfaced in the first decade of this century, that specter was gone. It was relatively simple to get what you had written formatted, even printed,

Newsletter Volume 4: Kindle Vella Project Reveal

From July 2, 2021 Hi, packmates. It’s that time again. Time for the monthly Red Wolf newsletter! First of all, let me wish everyone a happy 4th of July. Next, congratulations to the winner of our June giveaway, Debi Z. Debi will soon be receiving a complete boxed set of Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series. Debi, I hope you enjoy Georgina half as much as I have. Finally, the big news for July: On June 15, Amazon announced that its Kindle Vella program is set to launch in mid-to-late July. That’s this month! If you haven’t heard, Kindle Vella allows people to read episodic stories on the Kindle iOS app and without having to purchase or “borrow” an entire book. Readers can get the first three episodes of a story for free, then use pre-paid ‘tokens’ to buy more episodes if they like what they’ve read. Episodes are 600 - 5,000 words in length and are priced based on word count. Authors can leave notes about each episode and readers can leave comments about what th