A self-published author's diary, kindle vella

My Kindle Vella story lost its crown…

My Kindle Vella story lost its crown. Yesterday, I was telling you all about the words every romance author wants to hear and today… well, it’s more about the ups and downs of self-publishing.

And in case you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about when I say that my Vella story lost its crown…

What is Kindle Vella?

Kindle Vella brings you stories released one short episode at a time, available on the web at http://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella and in the Kindle app. The first few episodes of every story are always free–after that, purchase Tokens  and redeem them to unlock episodes. The first few episodes of every story are always free — after that, readers can purchase Tokens and redeem them to unlock episodes. As readers, you can follow the stories you like to keep up with, give an episode a Thumbs up, and when you unlock episodes, you receive one Fave a week you can award to the story you’re enjoying most that week.

Adapted from: Introducing Kindle Vella – Amazon

One of the drawbacks is that it’s only available in the US right now (both for readers and for authors).

One of the upsides is that Amazon is currently awarding bonuses to writers who publish on the platform. But the system is not the most transparent.

All authors are eligible for a bonus based on customer activity such as redemption of free and paid Tokens, Faves, and Follows.

Source: KDP – Kindle Vella

My experience with Kindle Vella so far…

I started publishing on Kindle Vella under a pen name in March (“Why I decided to try Kindle Vella as a self-published author”) and I got a surprisingly high bonus, especially as I didn’t have a lot of episodes and not a whole lot of people were reading my story.

I do not know yet what my bonus will be for April 2022 as there’s always a delay between the month when the reads happen and the announcement of the bonus.

Near the 20th of each month, we’ll post the previous month’s bonus amount in your Kindle Vella Dashboard. We will pay your bonus with your total KDP payments approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which the bonus was earned. For example, if you earned a bonus in July, it will be paid with your September payments.

Source: KDP – Kindle Vella

I am thoroughly enjoying writing serialized fiction. Publishing every week is fun for me. And having that schedule is giving me more consistency in the way I write. Plus, I think it’s helping me write in a different way: I’m raising the stakes faster, digging deep into the characters and I am definitely learning how to write very strong endings for each episodes.

And I love love love knowing people are reading my work. The thumbs up? The polls at the end of each episode? It’s a plus for me.

And you know what else was a plus?

Having one of my story with a crown…

I am currently publishing two stories under my pen name and one of them had a crown for three weeks. It took me totally by surprise and when the crown stayed days after days, week after week, I was stoked.

First, that means readers are loving the story. They only have one crown to give and they chose my story? Awwww!

I have no idea who reads my story (except maybe one wonderful reader who got the link from my newsletter). I do videos on TikTok (flip pages) and that’s it. Since it’s a pen name, I don’t post about in Kindle Vella Authors Readers groups. I don’t share the link on this website. I don’t talk about it on my other social media.

And yet… Yet, people who have never read my other books are finding them and giving them thumbs up and crowns?

For three weeks!!!

How many crowns? I have no idea because the Kindle Vella dashboard doesn’t show that info… (and yet it’s used in the calculation of the bonus. Hmmm).

Those crowns should help my May bonus (which I will only find out about next month).

But… today…. today, I checked to make sure the latest episode was published.

And the crown is gone!

I mean I know there are hundreds and hundreds of stories readers can choose from. And maybe they fell more in love with another story last week. Or maybe I didn’t release enough episodes. Or maybe the episode wasn’t their favorite ones.

I am thinking of releasing another episode tomorrow as I ended the last one on a pretty big cliffhanger.

And the latest episode is getting a lot of thumbs up, so I think the story is going in the right direction.

And who knows? Maybe releasing that episode on Sunday (or at the beginning of the week) might keep the story fresh in their mind as they decide on which story to give the crown to.

I’ll keep you updated.

Make sure you subscribe to my podcast: “A Self-Published Author’s Diary” to find out if I get a crown back. 🙂 And about the bonus.

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Trying out a new book review strategy and SO MANY emotions about the release of #SweetsForLove A self-published author's diary

Today, I share with you my new (to me) strategy to get advance book reviews, using TikTok, Instagram (and relying on my newsletter which I've always done) and contacting readers from Netgalley who have reviewed a previous book in the series and who mentioned they'd be interested in contacting with me. The first #SweetsForLove reviews are raving! 🙂 Oh and you can get your own copy here: https://books2read.com/u/3Gwzpa In addition, I have created a #SweetsForLove Bingo 🙂 (bit.ly/SweetsForLoveBingo) and I have a #SweetsForLove Team (Facebook group and discord channel). And I'm also explaining why this release week is *very* emotional (in a lot of ways). I'm pretty calm about the release itself but knowing my book touches readers and makes them smile is … an amazing feeling. And I may be slightly reflective right now. As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)  Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary   Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com   I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary Buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Become a monthly a podcast supporter (starting at $0.99 per month): https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Trying out a new book review strategy and SO MANY emotions about the release of #SweetsForLove
  2. Announcements: Summer Break and Self-Publishing/Writing Ask Me Anything
  3. Self-publishing reflection: planning and goals (Vella, novellas, marketing and more…)
  4. REPLAY – How my self-published book A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER became a success…
  5. Ep. 62 – The ups and downs of self-publishing (including the words every romance author wants to hear…)
  6. Ep. 61 – My BargainBooksy and AudioThicket recap, the "need" to write and more…
  7. Ep. 60 – Writing process, the writing craft and advice from TikTok (Thank you so much!)…
  8. Ep. 59 – April book sales breakdown and did posting every day on TikTok help my sales? (and the lines that stay with you)
  9. Ep. 58 – The one with the Kindle Vella Bonus, writing with Pomodoro and audiobook excerpt…
  10. Ep. 57 – My self-publishing March recap: my sales data, Kindle Vella, audiobook and more
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The one with the Kindle Vella Bonus, writing with Pomodoro and audiobook excerpt…

Listen to the full episode now…Choose you favorite platform here or listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, StitcherAmazon MusicAudible, OvercastBreaker and more…

Episode 58

I am back from holidays. A bit jetlagged. Very grateful for the time spent with loved ones in Germany and in France and getting back into a writing routine (and podcasting routine).

For the first time, I recorded this episode live on TikTok (before editing it for the podcast). Today, I talk about writing using the Pomodoro method again, my Kindle Vella bonus (more than I expected). Plus, I share an excerpt of the audiobook of Trust Me, Trust Me More and more…

Mentioned in this episode: 

Ways to help Ukraine

Do you have any questions about self-publishing/writing?

How to support this podcast?

Thank you so much for listening!

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Trying out a new book review strategy and SO MANY emotions about the release of #SweetsForLove A self-published author's diary

Today, I share with you my new (to me) strategy to get advance book reviews, using TikTok, Instagram (and relying on my newsletter which I've always done) and contacting readers from Netgalley who have reviewed a previous book in the series and who mentioned they'd be interested in contacting with me. The first #SweetsForLove reviews are raving! 🙂 Oh and you can get your own copy here: https://books2read.com/u/3Gwzpa In addition, I have created a #SweetsForLove Bingo 🙂 (bit.ly/SweetsForLoveBingo) and I have a #SweetsForLove Team (Facebook group and discord channel). And I'm also explaining why this release week is *very* emotional (in a lot of ways). I'm pretty calm about the release itself but knowing my book touches readers and makes them smile is … an amazing feeling. And I may be slightly reflective right now. As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)  Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary   Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com   I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary Buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Become a monthly a podcast supporter (starting at $0.99 per month): https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Trying out a new book review strategy and SO MANY emotions about the release of #SweetsForLove
  2. Announcements: Summer Break and Self-Publishing/Writing Ask Me Anything
  3. Self-publishing reflection: planning and goals (Vella, novellas, marketing and more…)
  4. REPLAY – How my self-published book A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER became a success…
  5. Ep. 62 – The ups and downs of self-publishing (including the words every romance author wants to hear…)
  6. Ep. 61 – My BargainBooksy and AudioThicket recap, the "need" to write and more…
  7. Ep. 60 – Writing process, the writing craft and advice from TikTok (Thank you so much!)…
  8. Ep. 59 – April book sales breakdown and did posting every day on TikTok help my sales? (and the lines that stay with you)
  9. Ep. 58 – The one with the Kindle Vella Bonus, writing with Pomodoro and audiobook excerpt…
  10. Ep. 57 – My self-publishing March recap: my sales data, Kindle Vella, audiobook and more
A self-published author's diary, podcast

Why I decided to try out Kindle Vella as a self-published author and my first days on the platform…

Listen to the full episode now…Choose you favorite platform here or listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, StitcherAmazon MusicAudible, OvercastBreaker and more…

Episode 56

Today, I share the four reasons I decided to try Kindle Vella as an author and what my experience has been so far. I also share some resources that I’ve been finding helpful and some events I’m looking forward to.

Mentioned in this episode: 

Ways to help Ukraine

Do you have any questions about self-publishing/writing?

How to support this podcast?

Thank you so much for listening!

Follow me on Instagram – Bookbub – Facebook – Twitter – Goodreads – TikTok

Trying out a new book review strategy and SO MANY emotions about the release of #SweetsForLove A self-published author's diary

Today, I share with you my new (to me) strategy to get advance book reviews, using TikTok, Instagram (and relying on my newsletter which I've always done) and contacting readers from Netgalley who have reviewed a previous book in the series and who mentioned they'd be interested in contacting with me. The first #SweetsForLove reviews are raving! 🙂 Oh and you can get your own copy here: https://books2read.com/u/3Gwzpa In addition, I have created a #SweetsForLove Bingo 🙂 (bit.ly/SweetsForLoveBingo) and I have a #SweetsForLove Team (Facebook group and discord channel). And I'm also explaining why this release week is *very* emotional (in a lot of ways). I'm pretty calm about the release itself but knowing my book touches readers and makes them smile is … an amazing feeling. And I may be slightly reflective right now. As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)  Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary   Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com   I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary Buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary Become a monthly a podcast supporter (starting at $0.99 per month): https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Trying out a new book review strategy and SO MANY emotions about the release of #SweetsForLove
  2. Announcements: Summer Break and Self-Publishing/Writing Ask Me Anything
  3. Self-publishing reflection: planning and goals (Vella, novellas, marketing and more…)
  4. REPLAY – How my self-published book A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER became a success…
  5. Ep. 62 – The ups and downs of self-publishing (including the words every romance author wants to hear…)
  6. Ep. 61 – My BargainBooksy and AudioThicket recap, the "need" to write and more…
  7. Ep. 60 – Writing process, the writing craft and advice from TikTok (Thank you so much!)…
  8. Ep. 59 – April book sales breakdown and did posting every day on TikTok help my sales? (and the lines that stay with you)
  9. Ep. 58 – The one with the Kindle Vella Bonus, writing with Pomodoro and audiobook excerpt…
  10. Ep. 57 – My self-publishing March recap: my sales data, Kindle Vella, audiobook and more