Monthly Archives: January 2014

A Secret Site Chock-Full of Hungry Readers Begging to be Fed!

 

Wattpad

24 Million Readers Around the Globe are Waiting for You!

Riddle: Where Can You Find 24 Million Hungry Readers in search of Writers? Tweet this.

Answer: Wattpad.com

Many authors virtually ignore this site, while readers are beating their doors down. I’m as guilty as the rest. Readers need stories to read. We can, and should oblige them. We also should be developing our writer’s community to find our tribe of readers. This site is the perfect place to begin.

Authors need readers.

Readers need writers.

We can help each other.

A marriage made in heaven.

I attended a very informative webinar on Wednesday evening, sponsored by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This webinar featured Ashleigh Gardner, Head of Content of Publishing for Wattpad. She was a wealth of information and I couldn’t scribble fast enough.

This site could be an oasis for frustrated authors to find their avid fan base. Tweet this.

If you’re fed up with all the social media noise and feel like you’re alone in your quest for readers, check out Wattpad. I know the stats will blow you away, as they did me.

The Readers

  •  24 MILLION USERS on this site
  • They flock to the site to read.
  • 80% are on mobile phones and tablets
  • Most are reading with downloadable APP
  • ½  are using their web interface
  • 9:00 PM is the most popular time for reading
  • Older demographic – 40% in 18-30 age group
  • YA (Young Adult) – Core group of teens on site
  • The most popular books in the Philippines are read on Wattpad
  • Not everyone wants to publish
  • Readers turn into purchasers!

 The Writers

  • Self-publishers: Post a variety of writing
  • Collect raw data in real time
  • Keep mobile readers in mind as you are posting
  • ½ of writers are posting from mobile devices
  • Shorter chapters are more popular
  • Short book descriptions are more popular
  • Put a “call to action” at the end of each chapter (i.e., Come back next week for the next chapter! or visit (website)
  • Books are placed into a category (romance, sci-fi, etc.) for searching
  • Tag book with good themes and keywords
  • Genre fiction does really well.
  • Literary fiction does well
  • Writers can critique other stories in the forums
  • Create eye-catching “thumbnail” book covers 

Genres (Choose one and get started!)

Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Historical Fiction, Fan Fiction, Short Story, Chick-Lit, Vampire, Spiritual, Classics, Science Fiction, Humor, Mystery/Thriller, Adventure, Teen Fiction, Poetry, Non-Teen Fiction, Action, Werewolf, Non-Fiction, Other

 Advantages for Writers

  • Publishers have offered contracts to popular authors who have a following
  • *NEW Feature* Get feedback from “in-line” commenting on your work.
  • Built-in “critique” as you post your novel.
  • Your readers can talk right inside the story (how cool is that?)
  • Authors can feed off those comments and edit the story
  • Instantaneous feedback to see what appeals and what doesn’t
  • Audience provides motivation boost to the author.
  • Authors don’t want to disappoint readers, so they show up with new material
  • Readers cannot copy or paste or download chapters, so work is protected.
  • Wattpad sends out 2.5 million push notifications each day!
    Where can you get that much free publicity each and every day for your work?
     

How Authors Can Get Started

There are only a few things for newcomers to keep in mind when getting started with Wattpad. It’s simple.

  • Find new people
  • Follow them
  • Read their book chapters
  • Scan community message board
  • Get involved and post a chapter
  • Look for similar stories to yours
  • Link up with other authors

Tips & Tricks 

  • Don’t post as an island.
  • Go “native.”
  • Cross promote.
  • Let people know you’re there.
  • Your Audience has an audience

Fun Facts

Beth Reekles, 17, is an author on the site. The then-15-year-old used story-sharing site Wattpad to release her novel, The Kissing Booth, which earned more than 19 million views and caught the attention of Random House Children’s Publishers U.K. She was named Times Magazine most influencial teenager. Famous Authors Margaret Atwood, Amanda Hocking, and Paulo Coelho have profiles on the site. They may share deleted scenes, short stories, or entire stories with their fans.

INSIDER TIP: Dedicate your work to a high profile user and it will appear on their page. Wattpad makes it super easy to get started. Click on over to Wattpad, set up your user profile and password. Start browsing around to get a feel for the site. Post some short stories or parts of your exciting and suspenseful novel, and watch your community grow! Oh, and start out by connecting with me http://Wattpad.com/PenelopeSilvers and share your comments as I post my novel. I would really appreciate the feedback.

What are your feelings about using a story-sharing site such as Wattpad? Does it excite you or scare you?
 

 Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.

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Scrap the Resolutions —Pick One Word for 2014

One Word 2014 - PhilosBooks

What will your ONE word be for 2014?

It’s the New Year

Does this sound familiar?

Oh no! It’s January 1, Fill in the blank year.

Anxiety ensues.

Stress hormones release.

Brain engages.

Thoughts of living life anew and with zest begin their yearly torment of zipping, zigging and zagging around in your head like a boomerang.

Thoughts such as:

 “Time’s a’wastin. I must sit down now with my notebook and write down all my dreams and goals for the new year.”

“I’ll just write them all down in my big ‘ole book here, rub it three times, believe on them, and they will manifest themselves. Okay, here goes: I must lose weight, run a marathon, learn to cook, learn to invest, plant a garden, eat organic, stop drinking sodas, buy a house, write a book, start a website, get a dog, get a cat, save the whales, clean out the garage, clean out the house, clean out the junk drawer…..”

Oh, don’t forget to make sure that (according to fill in the blank expert):

“Each goal has its own page.”

“Break down each of the goals into smaller tasks.”

“Figure out how many days each will take to reach.”

“Break it down into hours, minutes, seconds.”

“Set a start date.”

“Set a finish date.”

“Work in tiny increments toward said goal.”

Finish.

Or Not.

Let’s stop the madness!

Why do we all do the same things every year?

We’re all on the New Year’s resolution hamster wheel. Tweet this. 

Year in and year out we make resolutions that never get completed.

We get discouraged and give up.

What if we did something different this year?

I read a post recently that really resonated with me. That is, forget the resolutions but pick just one word that will define your new year and live by that word. We’re not talking losing weight and learning to cook.

This is a word that will give you peace, not angst.

Here is the original article, “What is my One Word?” By Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen

Read the article here.

My One Word

I decided on my word. ABIDE.

Why?

My husband, Ron, had a massive stroke in November. After almost two months things are finally calming down just a bit where I can take a breath. Know what I learned?

I don’t control much of anything.

You don’t either.

We think we do.

We go along swimmingly until a major health or financial crises makes us halt in our tracks and in anguish cry out, “Why? Why did this happen to me? I was doing everything right. God, I thought you were taking care of me—us! What did I do wrong?”

I need rest now.

I need rest for the rest of this year.

And beyond.

ABIDE.

Abiding will allow me to rest in the fact that I know my heavenly Father loves me and wants the best for me.

I will rest in that fact.

I will control what I can, and let go of the rest.

He is taking care of Ron—and me.

The Dark Days

In the hospital, the team of doctors swarmed around and in low tones had a serious talk with me. The head neurosurgeon told me that Ron had more clots that were breaking off and if they didn’t give him a blood thinner, he would have another stroke. That could prove fatal. I had to make several life and death decisions within just a week’s time.

When things were touch and go for a couple of days, I prayed for God to bring my husband back to me. He honored that request. We are home and things are definitely different now. We are living a completely new life with a completely new daily agenda.

My major thoughts are not with writing and jumping on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. My main thoughts are now taking care of him and making sure that he eats properly, takes his medication on time, and works his brain every day to help him with his Aphasia.

If you don’t know what Wernicke’s Aphasia is, here is a very touching three minute video that sets me to crying every time I watch.

Aphasia Video by Marc Black

ABIDE.

Along with my one word, here are my new “resolutions” for 2014:

  • I will give myself grace. I am human and I fail frequently.
  • I will devote my energy to the things that matter. I only have so much energy.
  • I will give my all to the important people in my life. People matter.
  • I will give all my love and energy to my husband as I don’t know how long we will be together on this earth. Love is free. Love matters.
  • I will contact the ones I love and tell them so. Relationships matter.

Job 23:10 When He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

If you could pick just one word for the new year, what would your one word be?   Pick a word that brings you peace—not anxiety.
 

 Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.

 

 

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