Why You Should Post a Story on Wattpad

20814-1Okay, if you have been following my Wattpad experience at all, you know I am still new to the site, but I have been chronicling my experience for anyone out there who is on Wattpad or is considering using the site.

Last time, I talked about how to build a readership on Wattpad.

Now, I am going to talk about why Wattpad is worth your time as a writer, and how you can hopefully get the most out of it.

But first, an update on my personal progress.

I have been posting twice a week for about 4 months now, and the momentum continues to build. If you’re a person who cares about stats (and Wattpaders tend to watch their stats pretty religiously), here are mine: my fantasy novel, THE SHADOW WATCH, has reached 8.3K reads and 1030 votes. The first couple months brought me to about 2.5K reads, the next month saw that many in one month, and now I am averaging about 100 reads per day (all-time high was 250 about a week ago, which was fun). I am also typically ranked in the top 200 in Wattpad Fantasy (high of #88 a couple weeks ago)

A few factors that [may or may not] have helped along with a steady increase in dedicated readers:

  1. THE SHADOW WATCH got added to a list on Wattpad’s Fantasy profile, which has led to a lot of users adding my story to their reading lists. I didn’t request the add, but apparently some HQ person discovered it and liked it.
  2. TSW also did well in several contests (I would highly recommend submitting your story to some contests! It is a great way to meet other writers, and to make your story more visible to more people. And it’s just fun!)
  3. I also got had a couple interview questionnaire thingies posted in preparation for the 2016 Watty Awards, which I did have to submit.

Possible factors that [may or may not] have detracted from further progress:

  1. I’ve had a busy summer and, while I have found time to keep at my writing every day (nearly), I have not been as active on forums and interacting with other users, outside of readers and a few writers I’ve connected with. In other words, I am not very actively networking and building online relationships right now.
  2. I’ve also not been reading as much on Wattpad, for the same busyness reason. How much that has affected things, I don’t know, but Wattpad is a social network and the more interaction, the better, I think.

So I want to get better about both of those.

So there you go, you can now discredit me as an amateur and move on to another blog, if you wish. If not, then read on, my friend.

As you’ve gathered, I am not a Wattpad star. Just another writer figuring out what writing looks like in the digital age. I think Wattpad is a fantastic tool for writers in that age. And I will tell you why…

But first of all, you should know that Wattpad is not a likely track toward publication.

What I mean is that you have probably read about the stars, and you’re right, it could happen to you. Your story could garner millions of reads and lead to an instant publication contract. But it probably won’t. In fact, some of the best writing on the site will not go viral, simply because it is not OneDirection fan fiction.

Most of the writers I have met on Wattpad (some of them being the top fantasy writers on the site) are going through the normal channels: write a book, query it, (hopefully) land an agent, and then follow the traditional publication path. In other words, the agents aren’t calling them at 2am, begging to represent it because they saw it went hot on Wattpad.

But that shouldn’t discourage you. Because Wattpad has lots of things to offer writers:

  1. Building readership — agents and publishers are asking about this more and more these days. Can you market yourself? Can you build a readership? If you write a good book and post it on Wattpad wisely, you can have thousands of people who are following you and care about your stories. That’s thousands more than the person who wrote a book in the closet and hasn’t even let their mom read it.
  2. Testing Grounds for your Book — Some people will tell you that Wattpad is not the spot to find beta readers. I would say that’s not true, but that you have to pay attention to who you listen to. There are lots of book clubs on Wattpad where writers will essentially trade feedback. Some of them are high-profile writers and Wattpad Ambassadors. Probably better than most beta readers I will find in my small town, and I can know who they are. On most beta sites, it is all anonymous, but on Wattpad, you can know who they are and determine how credible they are by reading their stuff and seeing the quality of their own writing. Normal readers will often leave reaction and feedback as they read, which can also be very useful. You can see things readers like and dislike about the plot. Was something too far-fetched? Too predictable? Was a scene confusing? They will often tell you.
  3. In-Line Comments — You can get real-time feedback from real readers of your genre. My novel, THE SHADOW WATCH, is teen fantasy. I am able to interact with teen readers, see what they like, what they hope will happen next, etc. I often have readers shipping (a term I learned from readers, which means they hope they end up together, in case your out of touch like me) different characters. This doesn’t change the plot, but may remind me not to forget about my romantic subplots, because readers like a little romance in fantasy. I also have readers who catch typos. I proofread quite a bit, but I still am human, and I miss things. Pretty helpful to have hundreds of eyes on your work.
  4. Connecting with other Writers — Writing can be a lonely endeavor. But the community of writers on Wattpad is typically very kind and sincere. I had several major Wattpad fantasy writers who welcomed me gladly as a newb to the site. Writers often trade feedback and encourage each other regularly. It’s not a narcissistic site. Obviously, we all want to succeed, but on Wattpad, writers are rooting for one another. They also often shout-out other writer’s works to their followers. Pay it forward, folks! Writers are also keen to help each other out with plotting and ideas. When I wrote a large scale battle scene (my first attempt at it), I asked some writers in the forums for time period information, battle strategies, and weaponry, and received wonderful tips and information. That scene turned out infinitely better the first time around as a result. Writers are also supportive of endeavors beyond Wattpad, and are keen to share their experiences with agents, self-publishing, querying, etc. It is great to have a network of writers who are so helpful and supportive. Go be part of it 🙂

 

All right, I know that’s not exhaustive, but it is all for now.

Are you a Wattpader? What do you love about the site? Why do YOU think it is a useful site?

LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

 

 

If you want to check out my story you can follow the image link below: 65367089-368-k310254

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Why You Should Post a Story on Wattpad

  1. I have so many questions! I’m working on self-publishing my first book, and I’ve been debating about going on WattPad for months now to help me build readership, but… should I be posting my book on there? Short stories? Other stories? I’m not sure of the best course of action.

    Thank you for this post, by the way.

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    • You’re welcome, and thanks for commenting. I have a friend who released her first three books on Wattpad, and has now transitioned to self-publishing. She kept the first book up on Wattpad, but left only excerpts of the second and third books. That way Wattpad can get people hooked with the first book and then they have to buy the other two. So that is one way I’ve seen it done…

      Ultimately, it comes down to what you want from it. Some writers also just publish an excerpt to Wattpad and tell readers where they can go to rad the rest.

      Short stories can be good, but novels are definitely more popular on the site for the most part, in my opinion.

      If you do post your book, be sure to do it gradually, maybe 2-3 chapters per week. This give your book the most opportunity to rise in ranks and be noticed.

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  2. I found this blog to be very helpful. I’m on WattPad and I don’t update regularly. So that doesn’t help with my reads at all. Recently, I decided to update regularly since writing is what I want to do and this is the third time I’ve heard about updating regularly. I’ll be sure to step my game up in that department.

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  3. You are being too modest. Isn’t 8.3k a good number in just 4 months and that too for something which you very insightfully pointed out is not one direction fan fic;-)?
    I am doing a bit of research before I start posting a fantasy book there as well,hopefully this week. I go by the name of confabler there as well and posted a bit about the book on my blog today. If you have the time would you mind giving your opinion regarding it?
    I’ll real TSW surely. 😊 but I must warn you I’m a binge reader.

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    • Hi there! Thanks for writing! I have been meaning to write a new post for sometime to talk about the points where the reads really start to increase for my book (but my life has been crazy haha). TSW saw a tipping point in reads around the 10K mark, back in August. Almost instantly, the number of daily reads went from around a hundred per day, to several. It now has 106K reads, and is averaging about 1K reads everyday, which is pretty crazy. I would highly recommend giving Wattpad a try. I have found it to be an awesome resource. Tons of cool people there, a great way to connect with other writers, find readers, and get a feel for how readers respond to your writing. I’ll be happy to check out your post, and best of luck to you 🙂

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      • That cool! Congratulations on your success! You must be so happy.
        There have been mixed reviews about the use of Wattpad but it’s better than writing in the closet and hoping that a publisher will scry your extraordinary talent with their magic. So I’ll definitely give it a try. Thanks for responding. 😊
        How would you suggest a beginner start getting people to notice her without any visibility of their works available?
        Thank you.😊 to you too. – Jia

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      • I think it has its advantages and disadvantages. I agree, it is much better than writing in a closet. It lets you put it out there, and helps build confidence. IMO it is not all that valuable as a path to publication. Most of the writers I know that are successful have not seen it bring a publication contract. It happens, but is not the norm…. As far as getting readers, here’s a link to a post I wrote on the subject as I was trying to build my own readership: https://wordpress.com/stats/insights/stephenandrewbooks.wordpress.com

        After awhile, once you reach a certain level of visibility on the site, the readers just come to you. But it was slow going for me for many months. These things seemed to help me though. Hope it helps!

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      • I agree with that.
        What I meant, aside from the obvious dreams of becoming a celebrity there, was that when you put a query to the publishers and agents you will have a proof of an already established audience and establishing your ability to attract readers. But a girl can dream!
        Don’t worry. Maybe a publication is just around the corner.
        Thanks for the link. I’ll consult it.
        The challenge would be to promote my work until the snowballing starts.
        You were of immense help. Thank you.

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