The Wonderful World Of Kindle Vella Part Deux

I already caved and decided to upload Blood and Lies onto it. The serial format is the best way to tell that story, and I just don’t have it in me to fool with a Patreon right now. It also frees me up to work on my other books stress-free because editing a heavier Fantasy series all at once just messes with my brain.

So here’s the first few chapters of Knightmages Book 1: Blood and Lies that will be updated on a nearly daily basis.

“Loyalty is the only thing that matters in the Burroughs family who make a living summoning demons for tyrants. When Alex’s father, Nicholas Burroughs, betrays them by not sacrificing his firstborn to summon a demon, they execute him. Shunned as a ‘living crime’ among his family, Alex grows to hate everything about them, including the knowledge that his only future will be helping to bring more misery into the world.

This drives Alex to spite his family in a way no one else has dared before – he escapes from them. Now Alex must train to become the best mage or just like his father, he’ll die a traitor too.”

I will also add content warning for child abuse, and there’s a baby sacrifice in the prologue where the ritual leading up to it is shown but the actual act is off-screen.

Here’s some Kindle Vella tips though for readers and writers:

  • You receive 200 free tokens for now
  • If you have a specific book link, you’re able to easily go to that book and read it
  • Finding new authors is a crapshoot because the tagging system is wonky. Essentially, you’ll mainly find stories from authors who already have readers. It pretty much looks like a beta test for now.
  • I don’t think this is actually on the Kindle for now. You can read Kindle Vella stories from Amazon’s site or iOS app I believe.

The Wonderful World Of Kindle Vella

You may or may not have heard that Amazon is dropping a new serial reading app next week(Amazon is being cagey about an exact date). Some writers are on the fence, and some are looking at it as a second chance to boost their career. I’m one of the latter. For the past year, even after getting my health back to a manageable level, years of being unable to write consistently has definitely damaged my wallet. So I’ve been spending about 75% of my energy doing online surveys to pay my bills, and 25% on writing.

This has been killer on my ability to edit because I can’t just sit down for days or weeks on end figuring out plot problems like with earlier books. I have to stop my work to go make reliable money. Sure I could do Patreon, but honestly, I’m still not at the point healthwise where I can make any promises.

So this is where Kindle Vella comes in. My body is whack, but I can write 800 words to a thousand off and on, and edit them in a reasonable time frame. What also helps me do this is that I’ll be writing these stories anonymously. Other than relaxed editing time, I’ve also been missing the old days of writing off the wall stuff for fun. I’d given Wattpad a go, but after the boards were taken down, my enthusiasm fizzled out.

Being paid for easy work at my own pace with little pressure is the best case scenario to help jumpstart my career again. So we’ll see how this goes.

Almost forgot to add that Veiled Dancer is back on sale for $0.99 until July 13th.

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