A few years ago, when I was trying to find an audience for my first book, Sugar & Spies, I was turned on to the web-based platform, Wattpad.
What is Wattpad?From what I'd heard, it was a place for teenagers to write for other teenagers, but it had grown that people truly wanting to find their audience put their stories up in serial form to find an audience. The audience votes on your chapters, and the more votes it gets, the more exposure it gets from the site. Wattpad's whole aim is to make the solitary art of writing into a social art.
Don't you want to publish to make money?
Wattpad doesn't hold the rights to your work, so you can publish it anywhere you want. Wattpad's aim is to find you an audience. I'm sorely lacking an audience, and to be completely honest, I'd really love to find my love of writing, and make it less of a chore. If I'm writing and getting immediate feedback, then it might reignite my passion.
Do people really do well on Wattpad?
Some really do. They have great success stories, and it'd be so cool to be one of them.
How do you promote your work on Wattpad?
Since they're a social platform, it's encouraged that you get really involved, read stories, comment, and take part in the social group they've got on the site, as well.
What are you going to do on Wattpad?
I've had these short stories swimming around in my head that take place in the same universe as a bigger mystery series, and I'd like to advertise for my series by writing these smaller stories about people you'll meet in the main stories. I'm hoping it fleshes out my universe into something great.
Have you written anything on Wattpad yet?
Yes, I have! It was something I'd written awhile back, but I uploaded it this afternoon, and even used Canva, as well as a some royalty-free photos to create a book cover.
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How can I publish on Wattpad?
Easy Peasy. Here are instructions taken from The Writer's Circle.
See? It's really pretty simple. Plus, there's a free app you can download to your device to read stories, or write stories anywhere!
If you're wanting to give writing a try, and want to check out some free stories, Wattpad is a great resource! If you want to follow me, my username is martinbeks.
Have a great weekend!