In mid-April, I started seeing posts about this new thing called Kindle Vella in several writer’s Facebook groups I’m in. I didn’t think much of it because I was writing the fourth book in my Posey Falls Series and working on some short story ideas.
But, the more posts I read about Vella, the more interested I became. Kindle Vella is a way for authors to write serials. If you’re familiar with Wattpad or Radish, the format is similar. Writers spin out their stories in easily consumable word counts of between 600 and 5,000 words.
It looked like a fun way to write, and I have to admit to liking the idea of not having to get book covers made for every story I published on Kindle, but none of my story ideas seemed suited to a serial. The idea wasn’t to take a book idea and spit it out in small chunks. The folks at the Zon wanted true serials, similar to TV shows.
So, I left it and went back to my work in progress (WIP).
But I couldn’t let go of the idea of writing a serial. It appealed to my preferred style of writing short stories and I liked having a set schedule of publishing episodes. I was even hoping they’d get more traction than my ebooks since there would be a continual stream of new content.
And that’s when it hit me! I would write a cozy mystery series, starring 26-year old Andie Schubert. Each crime that Andie solved would be the equivalent of a short story (or TV show season) and like a lot of TV shows, I decided to include a parallel mystery that revolves around Andie’s family. In this case, a 200-year-old family secret.
It’s set in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania and I’ve used historical events to make it more interesting.
I already have eighteen episodes written and fifteen are live. Right now I’m posting a new one every Tuesday, but will increase that to twice a week some time in September.
Since they’re different than my Posey Falls Series and other short stories, I decided to use a pen name, Deena Bauer, for my serial.
If you want to check it out, the first three episodes are free. Here’s the link for Andie Schubert Cozy Mysteries.