I currently have two web serialized stories published on Kindle Vella:
Tarah died at sea. On the night of her funeral, Uma takes a bottle of rum and her fiddle to the sea. There she plays a song raw with grief. She drinks from the bottle. Uma cries out heaven. She curses the sea. A massive, many-tentacled monster rises from the deep.
Sea Witch Song is a Lovecraft-flavored sci-fi horror story that takes place on a fictional island in the Caribbean on present day Earth.
Torrin promises to protect Dorian. He promises to follow Dorian to the end of the universe. When things go south during their mission, he must make an agonizing choice. Save Dorian’s life and lose his love, or love and let Dorian die.
For the Love of Dorian is a fresh, YA re-write of a clumsy old space opera I wrote several years ago
Wondering what webserials are, in the first place?
Webserials are works of fiction published periodically on mobile apps and websites in installments. Some are short run stories that I personally like to call mini-serials. Some are epic tales that span years in the telling.
Serialized stories have been around for a long, time. They predate the age of the internet and hearken back to the dime novels of the late 1800s.
Naturally, as soon as web serialized fiction platforms began gaining momentum, Amazon joined the fray. This is what Amazon does, right? It’s their modus operandi. The cynical among us might resent them for that. The optimistic among us may rejoice.
I sit firmly on the fence with the skeptics for whom platforms like Wattpad and Royal Road just never quite panned out. We love writing webserial fiction, and we’ll try just about anything creative writing-related at least once. Well, that’s my story…
Amazon Kindle Vella
In any case, somewhere around a month ago, Amazon finally opened up their serialized fiction Kindle Vella platform to readers. Authors, myself included, had already been granted access to submit and update our webserials months in advance.
Kindle Vella, which is only accessible via web browser (and supposedly, an IOS app) at this time, is limited to authors and readers in the USA for the time being.
The first three chapters of every story are free to read. To continue reading each story, readers are required to purchase tokens. Each token is worth 100 words, so the amount a reader might spend on a story depends on the number and length of its chapters.
On the surface, it seems like this should be a great way for readers to support their favorite webserial authors, and for webserial writers to enjoy the monetary fruits of their labors. According to Techradar, the payoff should amount to something like a 50/50 split between the author and Amazon.
I haven’t uploaded enough chapters of my stories yet to earn money/tokens. I’ll go into greater detail on this in a few months after I see exactly how well this works for myself.