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Check this out: The Last Storyteller by Audrey Kalman, new on Kindle Vella.
I was lucky enough to beta read this a while back, but I wondered why Audrey hadn’t published it since then. It’s a unique dystopian thriller that touches on the coopting of storytelling by government and commercial interests and the consequent loss of creativity.
Here, I’ll let the series blurb say it better than I can:
In the 2050s, storytelling exists only to sell distractions. Juneberry Vergara spins tales rooted in humanity, putting her at odds with the power-hungry guru who has perverted storytelling. When it seems her stories may cure a mysterious illness, a resistance group recruits her to create more. As deaths mount and a government agent closes in, Juneberry strives to claim her intuitive storytelling ability in time to defeat the Story Master and cure the deadly disease.
I’m intrigued that Audrey decided to put the book out as a serial via the new Vella option. When I first heard about Vella, I thought, Here we go: Another platform where my stuff will get buried in the avalanche of genre projects. But Audrey is a highly literary writer, and if her book can find an audience on Vella (and maybe help attract readers to her other books), there could be some potential here.
Every now and then the idea of serialization pops up, but maybe its time has come because of the intense competition for our attention spans. Readers might find it easier, and more engaging, to take in books like between-meal snacks. For now, as I understand it, Vella books are available for reading on iOS devices or on the web, and you pay for them with tokens you buy on Amazon. Authors are paid half the take, the balance going to Amazon. Here’s an article that digs into the deets.
Why not start your Vella experience with Audrey Kalman’s The Last Storyteller? You get your first 200 tokens for free, it looks like, so that ought to get you a good way into the book. Once you’re that far in, though, I’m certain you’ll be hooked.
Any Vella authors out there who want to let us know how it’s worked out so far?