A new story platform

Amazon has a new platform in beta-testing called Vella. It is a throwback to the way Charles Dickens and others used to write, publishing each chapter of a book in a newspaper in serial format. Throw in a social media layer—readers can “favorite” stories, which earns the writer extra income—and you have the platform in a nutshell.

Unfortunately for writers, you cannot “repurpose” the content by publishing it in book form on its completion, and it’s not clear whether a successful writer could sell the screen rights.

I haven’t decided whether to jump in, but I’m keeping my eye on it.

By James H Lewis

Pittsburgh, PA author, writer, and nonprofit consultant

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