The Necromancer’s Daughter, and initial thoughts about Vella

I decided to give Vella a try.

In a nutshell, Amazon’s latest program (beta in the US for now) allows authors to publish new stories in serial episodes that readers can access though tokens. (The first three episodes of every serial are free — no fiddling with the tokens required). Readers can “thumbs up” episodes they enjoy and thereby push them up in visibility.

For authors who have published their episodic writing on programs like Wattpad, this is a great way to leverage their fanbase and earn revenue. Over a thousand fantasy stories showed up on Vella on the first day, and one had over a thousand “thumbs up.”

It wasn’t mine. Lol.

The Necromancer’s Daughter Blurb

The mechanics of setting up a Vella story, posting episodes, and editing them is easy… because there aren’t a lot of options. I don’t mind that, though some authors seem to want more formatting flexibility.

The cost per episode to the reader (after the first free ones) is pennies, and as far as I can tell, the author’s accumulated revenue after 80k words, is about the same as a kindle sale.

I’m undecided about whether Vella and I are a good fit, but I’m committed. Writing and publishing in episodes is nerve-wracking and instantly gratifying for those adrenaline junkies who enjoy hitting the Publish button with every “chapter.”

And when the serial story is finished, authors can always delete it and republish it as a book. In that regard, no effort is wasted. And who knows, we might pick up a few new readers along the way.

If you have the time and want to see what this is all about… (Update 9/17/21. I deleted the story! For reasons my check out my post: Why I deleted my Vella story. )

You can also check out the Serial-Pro Teagan Geneviene’s story: Pride and Flowers, Prejudice and Dirigibles.

Have you considered Vella as an author or reader? Any first impressions?

If you have a Vella story in the works, feel free to share the link.

208 thoughts on “The Necromancer’s Daughter, and initial thoughts about Vella

  1. henhouselady says:

    This method of publishing sounds interesting. Can other genres besides fantasy publish that way?

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  2. Sarah says:

    I’ve never heard of Vella before, Diana but it sounds fascinating and reminds me very much on how Charles Dickens published his stories in newspapers. I think I’m going to do a bit more research on this one. 😉 In the meantime wishing you a huge success trying it out!!! ❤

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    • At this point its a beta in the US only, Sarah, but I suspect it will expand to other countries as Amazon works out the kinks. I’m trying to post one chapter a week, and so far that’s working out. I suspect that I’ll turn it into a regular old book in the end. 🙂 Thanks for taking a peek at the post! <2

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  3. Adele Marie says:

    Is this just in the USA for now Diana? xxx

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  4. Great to hear about first and positive reactions to this new Amazon invention. Will start to read yours tomorrow, Diana. Now its 2 p.m., because yesterday i had another procrastination tour. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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    • LOL. If you give it a try, I hope you enjoy it, Michael. It’s still a beta program in the US (for now) but I suspect it will branch out to the rest of the world once the kinks are worked out. Thanks for taking a look at the post! Happy Reading.


    • Thanks for sharing, Michael. This is all very new and different. It will be interesting to see where it goes and whether Amazon will tweak the program. Have a wonderful day, my friend. 😀


  5. Mary Smith says:

    It’s an interesting idea and I look forward t hearing how it all works out. I tried to read your first episode but Amazon asked if I had moved! I knew only people in the US could take part but hadn’t realised the rest of the world can’t read the stories.

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    • Thanks for trying, Mary. Just US for now while the program is in beta. It’s very different, and I’m sure they want to work out the kinks first. I imagine that a lot of authors will drop out or never finish their stories, which can be frustrating for readers. The beta period will work through some of those challenges too. I’m still undecided if this is for me, but I’ll keep going and finish this one book. Thanks for the visit and be well. Hugs.

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  7. it’s still somewhat confusing to me Diana … I’ll have to look at this again closure.. thanks💖💖💖

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    • It is confusing, Cindy. I didn’t really explain how it all works, just some first impressions. I was inundated by Amazon with posts about it’s launch and didn’t realize that the rest of humanity wasn’t also getting them. Lol. There are other posts in blogland that explain how it works with some great graphics. We’ll see how this works out… I’m still on the fence, but there isn’t really any risk, so why not? Have a lovely week and Happy August!

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      • oh good to know and I think you did fine Diana.
        I’m just learning the ropes of all of these but it takes total sense to try something new. I think you explained it fIne and it’s a good experiment. Exactly…why not❣️❣️
        You do the same💖

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  8. alexcraigie says:

    This is the second mention of Vella I’ve come across and it’s interesting to hear of someone actually giving it a go. I did click on the link – just in case it wouldn’t realise I wasn’t in the US – but it knew.
    Your blurb is deliciously enticing – and that cover? Fabulous! I’m looking forward to the Kindle version when it’s ready. xx

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    • Thanks so much for taking a look, Trish. I figured why not give it a try since there isn’t too much risk in the long run. It will be an interesting adventure at least. And thanks for the comment on the cover and blurb. 🙂 I’m glad it caught your attention! Hugs.

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  9. Sounds like an interesting concept Diana.. my one concern is that there is already 20,000 kindle books being uploaded every week and is this going to make it even harder to get books noticed? Like all new developments they take a while to filter through and it may well be the future of publishing at some point… Great to try it out for us all and look forward to more updates as it unfolds.. hugsxx

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    • These books are a whole different beast, Sally, and they’re geared toward a different audience (mostly writers who have been “posting as they go” stories on platforms like Wattpad. Right now, there’s a huge surge of stories entering the system, but my guess is that many authors and serials will fade away as the novelty wears off. I also think most of these stories aren’t professionally edited and therefore (just my guess) book-readers wouldn’t find them as satisfying. It will be interesting to see what happens. Thanks for taking a look. I have a feeling I’ll finish the serial I started and then probably turn it into a book at the end. 🙂

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  10. dgkaye says:

    Thanks for the introduction to Vella, Diana. I like that we can take it down and then put out as a book. ❤

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  11. Silent Hour says:

    It sounds very interesting, this kind of publishing. There used to be writers who published on a weekly basis in newspapers, and I am curious to see how this works with a modern twist.

    I am certain you can tackle Vella!

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  12. Thanks for trying out Vella and explaining it to us here. I’ve been quite confused about what it is. I hit your link and am following your story — I think — but it came through on my computer. Does it go into the Kindle? Computer reading doesn’t work for me long. Hopefully I’ll figure this out….

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    • No worries, Pam. It doesn’t go to kindle. It’s a mobile thingy meant to be read on phones (or pc, I guess). I should have said that, but I’m still figuring it out. Yeesh. Thanks so much for kindly taking a peek at the story and following, but really don’t worry about it. Trust me, I’m not a computer-screen reader either.

      I have no idea how this Vella experiment is going to turn out, and there’s a good chance that I’ll covert the serial into a book in the end. It’s just fun to try something new since there isn’t much risk. Thanks for the visit and I hope I didn’t leave you more confused! 😀 😀 Hugs.

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  14. This is really cool! It’s the first I’ve heard about it, and it looks pretty interesting — I think I might give it a shot, myself! I just followed your story and look forward to reading the episodes! 🙂

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