What is Wattpad?
How about the “world’s largest community of readers and writers.” According to Wattpad there are 35 millions “wattpaders” reading 75 million stories, spending 9 billion minutes on Wattpad every month. According to Wikipedia over 1000 stories are being uploaded every day. The Wattpad website describes itself as “a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer.” This is a unique relationship in real-time between the author and his or her readers.
Ashleigh Gardner, the Head of Content at Wattpad.com, describes Wattpad as “a very popular site for teens 13-18, but 35% of the site is 18-30. If you write YA or New Adult, you should be on Wattpad! Romance and sci-fi communities are very large. Without the gatekeepers, new trends and genres are also emerging. Urban fiction is a flourishing example. Fan fiction is hugely popular e.g. anything with One Direction.”
No matter what you write, this might be biggest well kept secret that no one knows about. Wattpad is kind of like Facebook, but without the minute by minute descriptions of meaningless dribble. Not to be dissing Facebook; there is definitely a place in your author platform for Facebook. Wattpad, on the other hand, is a platform that is used by readers. Ninety percent of the 35 million people who use Wattpad are readers. That means that only one out of ten people visiting Wattpad for those 9 billion minutes are readers. The average time spent on Wattpad is 30 minutes. There is plenty of room for writers.
It’s a simple process and free to join. As a writer, you can upload your writing as you write or upload installments of your writing. Readers find your writing and follow you, much like other social networks. After following the readers receive notifications whenever a new chapter of a story is posted. Many writers share their work serially: posting stories one chapter at a time, so readers keep coming back.
I’m going to give it a try with my first novel, The Checkbook.
Keep on writing!
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