Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Meeting reminder - Dec. 3

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Note: Our annual holiday party will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17 in lieu of a regular meeting. You are asked to bring a wrapped White Elephant gift; something you already own but don't use/need. The recipient of your gift will use it as a writing prompt, so don't be afraid to be creative or silly! Donuts will be provided but others are welcome to bring a snack.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

WWA Events

Looking for something non-holiday-ish to do next month? Want to support fellow writers? Check out Wisconsin Writers Association Events schedule to find state-wide book signings, workshops and more!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Meeting reminder - Nov. 17

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library

Meetings are free and open to anyone 17 and older. New members welcome!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

It's Happening! A club anthology

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club is creating and self-publishing an anthology of members' works, with a publication date of April 2023. The club's first anthology, "Hearts We Know by Stories" was published in 2007.

If you have attended at least one meeting and would like to participate, the first step is to sign an agreement regarding the terms/conditions, submission guidelines and committee assignments. Forms will be available at our 10 a.m. Nov. 19 meeting or upon request. Requests can be emailed to oawc @ aol . com

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Meeting reminder + more

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Also want to plug Open Mic night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Planet Perk.

Lastly, if you're participating in National Novel Writing Month, Caramel Crisp Corner has a write-in every Wednesday. More info here.

Lots of opportunities for area writers coming up - hope to see you at one or more!

Monday, October 31, 2022

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month is here! The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. You can register with NaNoWriMo here for word trackers, tip sheets and online support. 

Caramel Crisp Corner in Oshkosh hosting meet-ups at 2 p.m. every Wednesday. Details here

Good luck!

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Kindle Vella - A Perspective

Bailey R. Hansen
An Update on Kindle Vella 

I had been thinking about publishing on Kindle Vella before the 2022 Lakefly Writers Conference, but the "Venturing into Vella" presentation by Kendra Griffin cemented my decision to give it a go! Below are some highlights of the platform:

Kindle Vella is Amazon's new (July 2021) serial story platform. Instead of a traditional book, where you buy all of it in one go (and, as authors, you need to have the entire book written before sending it out into the world), Kindle Vella allows readers to buy one episode at a time, and authors to evolve their story as they write it. Think about it like a weekly TV show or story told in multiple sections in a magazine (or Wattpad or Archive of Our Own, if you are already reading serialized fiction online). 

Authors can post episodes of between 600-5000 words (1,500-2000 words were
recommended in the Lakefly presentation) at any interval they would like. The first three episodes are free for readers (though you do need an Amazon account to read past the first episode), and after that readers use tokens to unlock future installments, at a rate of 1 token per 100 words. Each reader also receives 200 free tokens to get them started on the platform. Authors receive 50% of what readers use to buy those tokens. For more information about pricing and royalties, check out the KDP Page introducing it. 

Other neat features of Kindle Vella include:

  •     Readers can give "favs" to their favorite stories to help attract other readers and also follow them for automated updates.
  •     Authors can leave notes at the end of every episode to build community and even include things like polls to get readers engaged.
  •     Once you are done telling the story on Kindle Vella you CAN republish all those episodes in book form (though you CANNOT publish something on Kindle Vella that was previously published elsewhere). 
  •     Like classic authors Dumas and Dickens, you get paid by the word!

Based on my experience with Kindle Vella, it is VERY easy to post, but be aware that advertising and getting people to read your work is going to take a little extra legwork.

The best stories for Kindle Vella are ones that can be posted episodically, and romance, action, and steamier content is generally the most popular. I posted my first installment of Starbound (an LGBT alien space romance with...probably not enough romance) in May 2022 and then took a 3-month break, which was a terrible idea. Ideally, authors post several times per week and on a regular posting schedule so that readers can know when to expect (and read) new installments. I re-started posting in September and have been sticking to a weekly posting schedule since (though I may take a break for Nanowrimo in November...we shall see). 

As far as process goes, I have been working on updating an old, mostly complete manuscript one tiny chapter at a time. This is the same general review and editing process that I've used for several years now with Writers Club, it seems to work very well for my brain, and will hopefully be enjoyable for readers. At least once they know the story exists.

One thing I have yet to do (and definitely need to, based on the analytics available) is advertising. I've wanted to make sure that I could keep up the weekly posting schedule before telling anyone about Starbound, but that also means that absolutely no one knows about it. And I do mean no one. Unlike free episodic reading platforms I've played with in the past, there have been no random people checking out even the first few episodes. I don't know if that's the algorithm, my summary/graphics, or the fact that I posted once and then crapped out for three months. Most probably a combination. If you want to make my week, go ahead and check out Starbound here.

And, if you have questions about my experience with Kindle Vella (limited as it is) please feel free to reach out!