Wednesday, October 6, 2021

New Release Spotlight/GIVEAWAY: Love Over KPop

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will award a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

What is Vella? A Rundown of the New Platform for Readers

What is Vella? It’s a new reading platform by Amazon available through their website or the Kindle iOS app. It works very similar to other online serial platforms like Wattpad and Radish, with a coin or token pay system to unlock episodes. Each story has 3 FREE episodes to get the flavor of the story, and then can be unlocked further after purchasing tokens. The tokens can be purchased in different packages, with more given for the more expensive bundles.

Paid episodes are priced by word count. For example, 3500 words in an episode would be 35 tokens. The word limit on Vella per episode is 600 to 5,000 words. So, no episode can be more than 50 tokens or at the very least, 6 tokens. When logging into Amazon’s website or through the iOS app, you can get 200 free tokens to start reading. You can follow stories and like individual episodes. After purchasing your first bundle of tokens, you are awarded a weekly “Fav” which you can bestow on your favorite story you’ve read that week. The likes, favs and follows all help stories become more visible in the system like many other platforms.

The fastest and easiest way to find stories are to follow direct links to them. Each story is assigned an ASIN, but I have found that search abilities on Vella can be hard to isolate. The easiest way to find Vella stories by your favorite author is by doing a search with their author name, a combination of their story title and their author name, or just the story name. Seaching for just Vella doesn’t seem to bring up much yet. But the system is still new, and things are being sorted out daily as the platform gets more use.

To find “Love Over Kpop” by Marilyn Vix:

• Search for Marilyn Vix, Love Over Kpop Marilyn Vix, or Love Over Kpop
• Use the direct story link
• Pick up your 200 FREE TOKENS!
• Follow and “Fav” to stay on top of new episodes posted weekly.

-Marilyn Vix


Trish Russo has just started a job at an agency in LA that is paired with a Korean agency to help with managing the band, Friends5, in the States. But the finicky Woo In-ho won’t come out of his trailer to film the current music video. Trish is asked, as the new assistant, to talk to him. She tries to talk to him like a regular person. He responds to the normal treatment, but on one condition. She needs to help out and be in the video. What is a girl to do when a gorgeous K-pop Idol asks you to be in his video? Then, she reads the scene she is to appear in. There’s a scripted kiss. Will it all just be acting? Or will she let her feelings get entangled with In-ho threatening her new career?

About the Author:

Marilyn is a paranormal romance novelist. She enjoys the characters that just don't fit in. From witches to time traveling researchers, she is letting her imagination soar to explore new worlds and write all the details down. Marilyn has traveled to Paris, London, Sydney, and Munich. She loves to include these in her settings as much as can allow. Best of all is letting her reader enjoy them through the perspective of a character. Here love for K-pop has produced her current rock star/K-pop romance project, Love Over Kpop, available on Kindle Vella. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and cat. The cat, of course, is the center of attention.



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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Anonymous said...

Why did you choose to release the book on the Amazon Vella platform, as opposed to just releasing the whole book as a traditional book on Amazon? I hope my question makes sense.

Marilyn Vix said...

It is a good question. So, I'm happy to answer. I've written a novel online before, on Wattpad, and it's still available there. This manuscript needed some more editing and I needed a way to motivate myself to get through the rewrites. I find breaking things down into episodes/chapters helps with the rewriting phase for me. With the pandemic, I was also having really bad writer's block. Putting the story onto Vella helped unblock me, and I'm making my way through the rewrites too, revitalizing the story. Vella does allow for the whole novel to be published in the end after it's done, but there is some time you have to allow to leave it up after completion, and then the whole thing would have to be taken down. It will be at least another year until that can happen. Maybe 6-8 months, depending on how I can get through the rewrites. Some of my readers might not want to wait all that time. It is a way for someone to see the process of a book being completed too. I'm also really enjoying writing and editing as a serial form right now too. It's helping me as a writer, and I also wanted to give this new format a try. So far, I can go at my own speed. Also, with people waiting for episodes, it does motivate me to keep going. The reason I chose Vella over Wattpad was because there is a money earning component to Vella. That helps pay bills, which with being an author, helps when you're writing a book. I also thought a Kpop/idol romance would do well on in this serial format, and it's different than many of my paranormal romances. So, it's a different than what I normally write. I did have a fan say they'd read whatever I write at a readers/writers conference before the pandemic hit. So, remembering that, I wanted to let all my readers know about the new format and they could read this new manuscript now instead of waiting another year. So, a lot of thinking went into choosing this platform. I hope that answers your question. ;-)

pippirose said...

The book sounds very interesting. I love the colourful cover.

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