A few weeks ago, Amazon invited me to Seattle to be a panelist in a Kindle Worlds webinar. I joined another (and far more successful) indie author named J.R. Rain as well as Philip Patrick, the publisher of Kindle Worlds. Both J.R. and I were there to share our own experiences writing and publishing stories in Kindle Worlds – Greatfall for me, and the Vampire Diaries novella Bound by Blood for him.
Today Amazon published the webinar video for all to enjoy:
I had a terrific time. Philip talked about Kindle Worlds itself – what it is, what it means to write in a World, about future Worlds – and after J.R. and I shared our own experiences, the three of us answered questions from the authors who were watching the webinar live.
What was most interesting for me, I think, was knowing that one of the people watching the webinar was Hugh Howey, the author of Wool, the world in which I wrote Greatfall. (I'm fairly sure this was the first he'd heard about my installing elevators in the silos that he specifically built without elevators.)
But the best part of this little day trip for me was what came after the webinar. The Amazon team treated J.R. and me to a fancy Seattle lunch, and then I traveled back to the Amazon Publishing offices, where I met editors (of multiple flavors – senior editors, acquisitions editors), book production people, analytics folks, and even the man responsible for building the Kindle Direct Publishing empire. (He's a very nice person.) Everyone I met was excited about the webinar, genuinely happy to meet me (even though I'm sure they meet far more successful and notable authors all the time), and they all asked one question: "What are you writing now?"
"Eleanor," I answered.
"Magical realism," I answered. "Or maybe a modern day bit of myth and fable? I'm not sure. Something like that."
"Are we publishing it?" they would ask. And by we, I quickly discovered that they were referring not to KDP, but to one of Amazon's publishing imprints.
At which point I would tell them that I'd sent the novel to the editors at 47 North, Amazon's science fiction and fantasy imprint. (Which I've done, though I genuinely don't expect them to pick it up.)
All in all, it was a really wonderful day. If you ever have the opportunity to meet the people behind the curtains at Amazon, I highly recommend it. There's nothing mysterious about them. They're just good people who love books, and the people who write them.
Oh, and if you're thinking about writing in Kindle Worlds – do it!