Ripple Loop I awake in darkness. Confused. How did I get here? Who am I? Of these things, I'm uncertain. A voice calls out to me, counting down to what I can only deduce is an inevitable conclusion. It says, "You have twenty-two minutes until the next displacement shift." Episode Titles Episode 1 - ...Until the Next Displacement Shift (free) Episode 2 - ...To Enjoy an Awkward Hot Shower (free) Episode 3 - ...To Avoid Becoming a Tasty Morsel (free) Episode 4 - ...To Prove Yourself a Capable Mommy (35 tokens) Episode 5 - ... Until You Unwittingly Become a Self-Traitor (38 tokens) Episode 6 - ...To Travel Through Ducts to Escape Your Abductors (37 tokens) Episode 7 - ...Until All Your Mistakes Make You a Failure (30 tokens) Episode 8 - ...To Successfully Do It All Over Again (35 tokens) Episode 9 - ...To Be the Creator of Your Origin Story (27 tokens) More to come! Available exclusively on Kindle Vella .
In my last post, I spoke about "The Second Layer" of designing a book cover, which is making sure you title stands out well. Now we head to "The Third Layer". This one probably will seem obvious and it complements "The Second Layer" . It is your author name. It's important that your author name be positioned and sized correctly. There are a few approaches to this. For well known authors—for instance Stephen King or James Patterson—having the author name prominent and big on the cover is good. The reason is, their names are so popular that the author name sells the book more so than the book title sells it. As a self-published author you could use this thought process for your cover to give the impression that you are a popular author. Of course, your mileage will vary with this approach. The other option is to not allow the author name to dominate the content. So you would want it to be smaller than the title. You could even make it barely noticeable
Last week, Amazon announced a new feature coming to Kindle Direct Publishing. It's called Kindle Vella . What's different about this compared to what they already offer? Instead of the more traditional book path, such as novels, Kindle Vella is designed to offer up a story in bite-size chunks of episodic content. This content will range from 600 - 5,000 words long or a few minutes to around 25 minutes to read, if you want to break it up to a timeframe. Some other unique features about Kindle Vella are: The first three episodes of any story are automatically free After episode three, readers pay for the episodes with pre-purchased tokens Episode cost is based on the length of the story and will not cost more than 50 tokens An optional "Author Notes" section is available for the author to speak directly to the reader Episodes a reader likes can be give a Thumbs Up Once a week, readers can mark an episode as a "Fave" . The most faved stories will be featured i