WHAT IS KINDLE VELLA?
Kindle Vella (or KV, or Vella) is a new service from Amazon that allows anyone to go online and start reading a book IMMEDIATELY! The books are all serialized. They may release one chapter per week, or even a chapter daily. The first three chapters/episodes of any book are free.
For now, Vella is only available to reader in the USA, while Amazon tries out this pilot program. DPP is in on it, and we are even beta-testers for the comments and polls functions. So, some of our stories have comments, and some have polls, and some have both.
FREE AND NOT FREE:
All series (books) being serialized have the first three episodes as free.
For episodes after that, you have to buy them.
You buy them by buying tokens. Most chapters/episodes average out at about six cents/episode.
You cannot currently give tokens as gifts, or buy tokens with gift cards, and you cannot buy someone a Vella story to read, like, “I’ll get this for my friend!” Nope, not now you won’t. But maybe in the future!
And hopefully in the future more countries will be able to get it too.
IS IT GREAT?
DPP’s jury is still out on this one. We’re trying it, and we like how we can put in notes for our readers, and get comments back. As authors it is nice to have connection with readers, because otherwise we never do, and we want to know what readers think. But, it so restricted at the moment with the USA-only tie that we’re not sure how we feel about it. Certainly since we have worked to edit people to are writing their entire novels on their phones, it is appealing to those of us who love our small hand-held devices.
ONE BENEFIT: the reviews a book gets there go with it when it goes into paperback.
ARE YOU THE BETA READER TYPE? ARE YOU JUST INTERESTED IN THE LATEST THING? DPP IS LOOKING FOR YOU!
We’d love to have some folks try out our Vellas and then take a survey on the experience so we can find out what readers think.
Contact us if you want to join in the fun and give us your honest feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
What do we have on Vella currently?
PICK A READ! ANY READ!
THE PUMPKIN KING AND OTHER TALES OF TERROR
GRAVELIGHT PRESS PRESENTS:
Do you desire to make your spine tingle, your hair curl, and your blood run cold? If so, dare to partake of the dark sacrament of this forbidden tome. Within these arcane pages you will encounter an organist who can summon the dead, trade lives using the currency of the damned, meet a college professor with a very creepy teaching assistant, and experience a night of Trick-or-Treating like no other. Enter if you dare! This story is complete and heading to print Halloween 2023!
Written by master story tell R. David Fulcher
JUST A HOUSECLEANER
When Patsy finds her friend and client has passed away in her living room, Patsy’s only thought is how to take care of her friend’s dog and estate, but someone in her friend’s life has other ideas. Can Patsy, still grieving the loss of her friend, help save her friend’s estate?
Written by Amy Willard, a real-life housecleaner!
CAPES AND MASKS:
David Yurkovich, acclaimed author/illustrator of the graphic novels LESS THAN HEROES, ALTERCATIONS, and DEATH BY CHOCOLATE presents a collection of short stories spotlighting the heroes and villains of Combustible. Featuring the tales, “The Vocalist,” “The Confectioneer,” “Mid-Life Crisis,” “…as a Mad Immortal Man,” “The Night it Rained Rembrandt,” and more, CAPES AND MASKS expands the realm of superhuman stories beyond the norm.
HIBERNACULUM, an original sci-fi novel by Anthony Doyle set in the not-too-distant-future, will take you to a world where human hibernation has become a common occurrence. For the affluent: it’s the equivalent of a luxury holiday, or a way to sleep through cosmetic surgery. For the sick: it’s a place to rest and wait for a cure. For the activists: it’s a way to decrease their carbon footprint. For the rest it’s a means of surviving in a world that has grown too costly. Would you hibernate?
NEW SANTA/CRIMSON RED
Santa and Mrs. Claus are dead, both victims of tragic, but separate, accidents. Now, The Order of the Beard – a septet of immortals representing the seven continents – must appoint worthy successors. But not even The Order is perfect. They have no idea of the raw carnage that’s about to unfold as the Claus’ marriage begins to unravel. Will New Santa be the last of a long lineage? Award-winning author David Yurkovich presents an all-new black comedy for anti-Christmas enthusiasts everywhere.
Mob boss Filiberto “Bear” Zappia made his bones maiming his victims before killing them. Now, a squeal has emerged who can send Bear to prison. He needs his best hitman, Angel, known as Ice, to find and whack the squeal. Ice has special ways of torturing his victims. Bear wants Ice to send a message to the squeal and all future rats. But something is wrong… with Ice. His mother, Simona, made a deal with God to trick the mob and save Angel from Hell. But what happens when God changes the deal?
Those fantastic Vella titles will soon be joined by:
Noir collection: HARDBOILED And LOADED WITH SIN
Check this blog for links and announcements.
Thanks for all you do to help DPP keep-on keeping-on. We’re getting more late-bloomers published this year than ever before because you read our books!
WHAT IS OUR MOST POPULAR VELLA SO FAR?
Well, a mother never has favorites, but readers do. So far, in the number one spot for readers is NEW SANTA. I guess folks just love Christmas! (Or hate it!)
When you read a DPP book, it means everything!