Hello everyone! I hope you're doing well!
As I mentioned previously in my Facebook fangroup, I've been working on something behind the scenes to bridge the gap between my next releases. Now that I have the cover, I can reveal that I am going to be serializing a novel on both my Patreon and on Amazon's Kindle Vella program!
Titled The Beast of Settler's Point, this young adult historical horror novel takes place in the mid-1800s, and follows a young woman and her family as they journey across Central Texas to a settlement known as Settler’s Point. What our protagonist, Eleanor Weaver, cannot anticipate is that her new home lies under the threat of a beast that lurks in the hills, and that, as tragedy strikes, it will be up to her to confront the monster that threatens everything she knows and loves.
You might be wondering: how can you read this?
There are two ways you can go about reading The Beast of Settler's Point:
The first is to subscribe to the $5 (Familiar) tier on my Patreon page. By doing this, you will instantly unlock access to a myriad of features on my Patreon, including behind-the-scenes notes and content.
The second is to read it on Amazon's Kindle Vella site. I will (briefly) describe the mechanics below.
What is Kindle Vella?
Described as "Serial stories to read one short episode at a time," Kindle Vella is Amazon.com's serial fiction app, whereupon you can read a number of stories, including The Beast of Settler's Point.
How does it work?
Like other serial fiction apps, Kindle Vella operates on a coin system, wherein you buy "packs" of coins from Amazon and then use them to unlock episodes. The number of coins scales depending on how many hundred words are in a single episode. For The Beast of Settler's Point, chapters, or "episodes," range from anywhere from 1800 to 3000+ words. This means that you would have to spend anywhere from 18 to 30+ coins to read an episode.
How long will The Beast of Settler's Point be on Kindle Vella?
The Beast of Settler's Point will be written and published on Kindle Vella in its entirety (which consists of thirty chapters + an epilogue.) It will then remain there for the required three months (or longer, depending on how well it does on the app.
Can I try Kindle Vella out for free?
Kindle Vella offers three free episodes of each story to allow you as the reader to get a feel for it. As of this posting, you can redeem 200 free coins just by trying out Kindle Vella by clicking or tapping here.
Do you have a preference on how I read?
To be perfectly honest: I think it's up to you, the way you read, and the amount you're willing to spend. One could easily wait until the serial is completed to read it on my Patreon (and pay what I usually charge for an eBook by reading it that way.) However, if you're willing to help boost my rankings in the algorithm on Amazon, and help other readers find it by actively engaging with the serial by "liking" and commenting on the episodes, you could always read it on Kindle Vella. You could theoretically sign up for Kindle Vella, obtain your free coins, then read the number of episodes available to you with your free coins and then jump over and subscribe on my Patreon whenever you feel comfortable. It really depends on what you, as a reader, feel is fair for you personally.
Why are you serializing it instead of just releasing it in eBook format now?
Serializing it on Kindle Vella allows me the opportunity to reach new readers on the platform, and potentially earn bonuses from Amazon based on reader engagement. This also allows me to work on things at a pace that allows me to generate new content for you, my reader. Moving forward, this will be how I release content new content as I am writing it.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I greatly appreciate all of your support, and look forward to hearing more from you if you decide to join me on this venture!