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