September Book News

Susan Purvis’s memoir “Go Find” has been honored with a Notable Book Award by the Upper Michigan Book Society. She gave a powerpoint presentation on Zoom for the group on August 12, revealing how her childhood in Marquette, Michigan prepared her to become a world adventurer, survivalist, ski patroller, teacher of wilderness medicine, and eventually avalanche dog trainer.

Barbara Schiffman shares: I’ve been learning to use Kindle Vella – Amazon’s new “serial story” platform – to self-publish my new non-fiction book READY SET NEXT: Moving Forward by Embracing Your Past & Empowering Your Future.”

Note: See Claudette Young’s blog post of August 23 about kindle Vella! 

Each chapter (aka “episode” in Kindle Vella lingo) gives a step in the process which includes journaling exercises, NLP timeline meditations, and personal reflection to create an energetic clean-slate. Whether it’s your birthday, an anniversary, a new year, or you just need a “fresh start” — like easing into COVID’s “new normal” — this process is supportive and invigorating. 

Read the first 3 chapters of “Ready Set Next” for free via Kindle Vella on any computer, tablet or smartphone. Purchase more episodes one at a time with Amazon “tokens.” To start, Amazon gives you 200 tokens for free, then you can buy more as needed (only $1.99 for 200 tokens). Episodes are priced by word-count — ex: an 836-word episode costs only 8 tokens (think 8-cents).

This can be cost-effective for readers and also profitable for writers who could earn more per full book than if it were published as an ebook, depending on the length and number of chapters! You can also create a short story collection, like my husband Glenn is doing with his Kindle Vella anthology “Vanishing Points.” Let me know what you think. Check out “Ready Set Next” at:

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