Vella is Amazon’s platform for serialised stories on the Kindle. Last time I looked, in December, it was still only available to authors in the USA, with no indication if or when it would be rolled out to the rest of us. Which is annoying, but could be worse.

I like the idea of telling stories this way, and I’ve done it in the past. I have kicked around a few ideas, and even written notes on some of them, but have not been able to get far with any of them yet.

Here’s a quick list of what I’ve considered-

A series in a genre I’m christening Space Pop- shorter, more limited tales taking place in a Space Opera universe, but without the galaxy spanning repercussions.

Near future detectives. After successive governments turned the Police into political enforcers rather than crime solvers, local communities have taken the job on themselves. Occasionally, though, they need to call on experts for more involved investigations. It would be a sort of ‘cyber-cosy’ mystery series.

One I started ages ago as a Garth Owen nvel, but which faltered part way through- after the accidental summoning of a demon during a live-stream, a small group of academics is trying to track down when and where it happened. Rather than the grand showdown I had planned for the novel, I could see this becoming a series of stories with monster of the week equivalents battled by a (possibly polyamorous) sarcastic Scooby Gang.

I’m still waiting for one of these ideas to shout loud enough to be the one I run with. If you fancy any one in particular, please tell me in the comments.

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