Amazon will be introducing a new platform for writers and readers called Kindle Vella. If you are familiar with WattPad, it is very similar, allowing the author to release episodes one at a time, while interacting with their readers. This methodology has proven very effective for new writers on WattPad, including me, but add to this, the robust Kindle authoring platform of Amazon.
The idea is this: The author can release one episode at a time , from 500 – 6,000 words, of a Work In Progress (WIP) and add notes to the end of the episode, facilitating early feedback. The reader gets an early adoption of works by authors they follow. Sounds like a win-win. There is a catch (Being Amazon). The reader can read the first three episodes for free, but to unlock additional episodes, the reader is required to purchase a pack of tokens. The token packs seem pretty incidental
- 140 tokens (2+ episodes) for $1.99
- 368 tokens (7+ episodes) for $4.99
- 770 tokens (15+ episodes) for $9.99
I have not figured out the significance of those numbers, but I’m sure a gazillion was spent on the research of big data and captured user content to arrive at those magic click baits.
There will be an IOS application coming out on Amazon in the upcoming months (as of this writing: 4/21/2021) it is not yet available)
I have already uploaded my first short story (Mylar) under the series title: “End Of Days.” Come back here and look for updates when this becomes available to all.
This is the first story in a series that got me thinking. How would my family and friends feel about their last day on Earth? Would their last day be as complacent and torturous as mine? That I can’t help.. I love a twist to a good ending. Would they be angry or have regrets? Would they feel compassion, love? Would they have a sense of being cheated or fulfilled in life? Could I make this into a series of shorts? So I asked them: Where would you like to be? Who would you like to be with? How do you think you would feel? But there was one catch–– I choose what takes them out.
Yes, I saw it that way too. Wattpad was a good practice platform for me, but honestly, it didn’t lend any useful tools other than practice at writing. I will watch the Amazon platform to see how it plays out though. maybe it will benefit the novelists by pulling attention of short story writer out of the mainstream Kindle arena. Giving back the attention of the readers we had back in 2013-2016.