Sunday, August 13, 2023

Kindle Vella - Grant's Crossing Family & Friends

Starting this week, I'm going to start introducing you to some of the friends and family we'll start seeing in my Heroes of Grant's Crossing series. Wayward Guilt - Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 1 has been out for a month, and Safe Now, Book 2, will be out in early 2024. 

In the meantime, I'd like you to get to know some of the characters you'll meet in that novel. 

Amazon has something called Kindle Vella, which allows authors to tease our readers by telling stories one chapter or one scene at a time. 

For my part, I'll be introducing characters with my Grant's Crossing Family & Friends series on Kindle Vella, starting with Tara Bailey. Born and raised in Grant's Crossing, Ohio, Tara is one of Ken and Helen Bailey. One of four siblings, all with names that start with T (I couldn't resist!), she's a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she roomed with her best friend, Celeste, whom you'll also get to know.

The story starts with Tara living and working in Chicago, IL, for an organization that helps rescue and revitalize small, family-owned businesses, much like the bookstore her parents own back in Grant's Crossing.

Click the picture above to be taken to Tara's story and while you're there, please click the follow button. 

In the meantime, while you're mind is trying to grasp what I mean by episodes, let me tell you about Kindle Vella. 

Kindle Vella is a platform where authors who don't wish to publish an entire novel at once. It's meant to be episodic, much like Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories he originally published in the Strand Magazine back in the day. Don't get me wrong, there's no way I'm comparing my stories to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's, but hey - the format is the same. 

I plan to post Episodes 2-3 days per week - once I figure out how far in advance I have to do that. I'm still figuring that out, to be honest. I'll drop several in the first week to get you all started. 

Click here to check out Kindle Vella.

Here are the basics:

  • Authors publish stories made up of a varying number of episodes. 
  • Each episode is 500-6000 words. That's 2-20 pages each, more or less. 
  • The first 3 episodes are free. 
  • After that, readers unlock episodes using tokens they buy via Amazon. Prices range from $1.99 for 200 tokens and up. The number of tokens required per episode is driven by word count.
  • Give or take, my episodes for Tara Bailey's story will range from 600-2000 words. 
  • Most episodes end with a quick poll to allow for interaction between authors and readers.

This is a screenshot of my token count. When you visit Kindle Vella for the first time, you start with a handful of tokens. (I can't remember the exact amount). There are also occasions where you can claim additional tokens, which is what I've done. I'll try to keep you posted as that happens, but I currently have 700 tokens, and so far, they've all been free. I've only read a handful of stories so far, so I'll keep you posted on that as well! 

As an author new to Kindle Vella, I don't know how this is going to work out, but I like the idea, especially for secondary characters whose stories don't always get told. I like it for deleted scenes, much like a printed version of deleted scenes you see on DVDs. I like it for short stories with a handful of characters I plan to include in every book, but who might cause shenanigans over in Vella. 

(Ahem... the Tres Widows. Good ol' Berneta, Lizzie, and Abigail. They were mentioned in Wayward Guilt, but you'll meet them in earnest in Safe Now! Heh. Heh. Heh.)

Please try out my Grant's Crossing Family & Friends on Kindle Vella. My first episodes drop on Tuesday, August 15. For those of you who have tried Vella already, what do you think? 

That's it for today! Please follow me online and pick up your copy of Wayward Guilt - Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 1. Links are all below. 

Thanks, and as always - Happy Reading! 
- Heather
WAYWARD GUILT is the first book in my HEROES OF GRANT'S CROSSING series and is available at your favorite online booksellers in digital and paperback. 

AMAZON (Print and eBook)

BARNES & NOBLE (Print and eBook)

KOBO/KOBO PLUS

APPLE BOOKS

SMASHWORDS

OVERDRIVE - Ask your local library to carry Wayward Guilt 

My companion novel to Wayward Guilt, Safe Now - Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 2, is available for pre-order on Amazon.   




Thursday, August 10, 2023

Libraries Rock!

 Hey there Leaux Cay Readers! 

LIBRARIES ROCK! 
I'm excited because Wayward Guilt is now available in Wisconsin Public Libraries, the Columbus, Ohio Metro Libraries, and the Westerville, Ohio Library will soon have copies of Wayward Guilt on their shelves. I know there are more, but I won't know who bought print copies until I get my month-end report. I just want it to be available to everyone. 
I have requests out to these libraries so far around Ohio: 
  • Dayton
  • Marysville
  • Delaware
  • Athens
  • Bexley
  • Upper Arlington
I'm working on adding more and more so... 
Questions of the day:
  1. What's your local library? 
  2. When's the last time you checked out a book from the library or availed yourself of their services? (eBook, Print book, Audio - it doesn't matter) 
Thanks and as always - Happy Reading! 
- Heather

WAYWARD GUILT is the first book in my HEROES OF GRANT'S CROSSING series and is available at your favorite online booksellers in digital and paperback. 

AMAZON (Print and eBook)

BARNES & NOBLE (Print and eBook)

KOBO/KOBO PLUS

APPLE BOOKS

SMASHWORDS

OVERDRIVE - Ask your local library to carry Wayward Guilt 

My companion novel to Wayward Guilt, Safe Now - Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 2, is available for pre-order on Amazon. 

Monday, August 7, 2023

I'm a Published Author!

I'm officially a published author as of three weeks ago today! :-) 
Three years of writing, and Wayward Guilt - Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 1, is finally out in the wild. 
⭐️ Small town
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Friendship
⭐️ Service 
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Loss & Grief
⭐️ First loves
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Family
⭐️ MM love story
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Honor 

I published wide, and while most of my sales so far (thanks especially to pre-orders) are on Amazon, I'm seeing sales elsewhere, too, such as BN, Apple, Kobo/Kobo Plus. I'm on Smashwords, Overdrive and a handful of other places via Draft2Digital, but also now on Ingram Spark. All my LINKS are posted at the end of this blog post.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a book fair at the main library here in Columbus and spoke to several libraries (We have a lot in the area) who let me know how to contact them to get my book on their shelves. They said that making my book available on Ingram was a huge help. Same with Overdrive. So now I'm making a list, checking it twice, and working my way through Emailing libraries - something I'm sure will be a constant, ongoing marketing process!

My book is already available in the Wisconsin Public Libraries. And as of Friday, I learned that Wayward Guilt will become available in the Westerville, Ohio library. They've just ordered my book and will add it to their collection. I've contacted other libraries in the area, such as Upper Arlington, Grandview, Columbus, Bexley, and Cleveland, and am working on more. 

If you're a fan of libraries, please request my book! It's in Overdrive, which means you can see it in the Libby App. Please click the NOTIFY ME button to let your library know you're interested in my book. (And don't you love how my search resulted in Wayward Guilt AND Shakespeare?!) 
As for bookstores, my local Barnes & Noble said that they'd order a small handful of my books because they love supporting local authors. They especially love supporting local authors who live in their neighborhood, as I do for one of them. They also said that they'd set up a signing where they'd order a case of books to support me, and I could sign them as folks buy them. That's just one store (and hopefully a second since I know a manager at another one in town), but it's a great start and gets me excited!

In the meantime, I'm working on Safe Now, Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 2, which I plan to publish in March. Holy cow! I can't believe I wrote a book! 

Thanks to all of you for your continued support! 

Happy reading, everyone!

 - Heather


WAYWARD GUILT is the first book in my HEROES OF GRANT'S CROSSING series and is available at your favorite online booksellers in digital and paperback. 

AMAZON (Print and eBook)

BARNES & NOBLE (Print and eBook)

KOBO/KOBO PLUS

APPLE BOOKS

SMASHWORDS

OVERDRIVE - Ask your local library to carry Wayward Guilt 

My companion novel to Wayward Guilt, Safe Now - Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 2, is available for pre-order on Amazon. 

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