I recently finished my latest murder/investigation story, "In The Marsh." It tells the story of a woman who left a New Year's Eve party, and was never seen alive again. It is currently available in ebook format and in paperback. The five + hour Audible version is almost done.
I'm more than a little miffed about a low rating that title received. I contacted Amazon and they verified that the clown that gave the story a low rating never bought the story, but they won't remove it. Life goes on.
I’m 32,000 words into a story titled, “I Hate My Mother.” It’s going to be a tough read for some people. The title is one that may shock you, but for most of my life, it was the truth. My mom heavily abused me as a child, and this story, currently only available as a Vella project, is as true as I can make it.
It is being well received on Vella, and after taking eleven months to get it going, it is pouring itself onto the pages every day. I genuinely hope to rid myself of the things I have kept locked up for decades and leave everything on the pages.
Vella? Well, Vella to You, Too!
I’ve discovered a new way to bring my writing to my readers in a faster, steadier format. I started posting a single story in January 2021 on a then brand-new platform. My writing time hadn’t yet fallen into a steady rhythm after I moved to Florida. I had heard of the new program, but there was very little information or people with any experience to guide newbies.
Curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out. I have an extensive background in HTML and many of my old websites were JOOMLA! based, so I was sure I could figure it out. I’m the first to criticize the “Big A” for a lot of stuff, but they got it right with Vella. The publishing interface is very easy to use and requires no special knowledge or expertise.
Specifically designed to be used on your cellphone, Kindle, or even your laptop or desk computer, Amazon’s new publishing service is becoming THE way to go for the independent writer. It acts just like the weekly and monthly magazines used to do. Everything goes up in “episode” format of 600 to 5000 words each. This allows readers who don’t have a lot of time to catch up on your story at their leisure.
It’s easy to get started. All you do is visit this page to find your genre. The first few weeks, content was limited. Today? If you want to read it, you can find it in a Vella format. The first three episodes of every Vella story are free. You just find a title that interests you, and click on it. It costs you nothing until you get to the fourth episode of the story. By that time, you should have a good idea if the story is something you are going to want to keep reading.
Starting with the fourth episode, you must buy “credits” from Amazon. If you are an occasional reader, you can buy as few as 200 credits, which are currently selling for $1.99. They also come as a pack of 525 credits for $4.99, 1100 credits for $9.99, or if you are a serious reader, grab the pack of 1700 credits for a mere $14.99! You can buy the credits here. From there on out, you find a story you like and get some place comfy to read.
For the Writers
In case you are wondering, “Do I need to be an accomplished author to do this?” Nope. Hey, they let me use it, so why not you?