Outside the Box: Discover Wattpad

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Founded in 2006, Wattpad is a free app that lets people discover and share stories about the things they love. More than 40 million people around the world turn to Wattpad to find entertainment that matches their interests and fits their schedules. Wattpad stories are serialized and the entire community participates in the storytelling process through comments, messages, and multimedia. The app offers stories in over 50 languages and works on mobile and web. The company is proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Learn more at www.wattpad.com.

Wattpad is a crowd-publishing platform that offers its writers the opportunity to post their stories in scene or chapter-sized chunks. Their readers have the ability to comment, favorite, and even read from their phones on the Wattpad app.

Finding an audience is one of the largest challenges facing authors today. The number of published stories is growing every year. Having an amazing story isn’t enough to prevent getting lost in the noise.

Crowd publishing gives writers the opportunity to begin receiving feedback on their writing. They can also begin building their audience with very little risk. Compared to a blog, it is more focused and doesn’t require brainstorming topics to write about. Plus, Wattpad handles sending out notifications to your followers when you post updates. Readers on crowd publishing sites like Wattpad know what to expect, and misspelled words or forgotten commas will more often earn a comment about the mistake rather than abandoning the story. Also, it’s interactive. When your readers leave comments, writers can comment back.

Wattpad recommends:

  • Have cover art. Stories are much more appealing with a cover and having one will help convince readers to make that first click.
  • Create a profile. This lets readers find you elsewhere on social media, like twitter and facebook, and includes information such as a little bit of what you’re all about.
  • Post regularly. Regular posts mean you don’t keep your readers waiting because they’re always going to want to know what happens next.
  • All stories are welcome. However, you should look over their prohibited content list before you post. https://support.wattpad.com/hc/en-us/articles/200774334

Anyone can write and publish on Wattpad, and everything you write still belongs to you. There’s no exclusivity or claims to copyright. You’re also welcome to link to where readers can buy your stories, but everything on Wattpad is always free.

What are your thoughts on crowd publishing? Have you used Wattpad to publish? Do you use it to read? The comments are always open.

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