Anny spends most of her time on a quest of self improvement. She writes about her own experiences that she hopes can be useful to others.
What is Wattpad?
Wattpad is a global platform that brings together millions of readers and writers. It is an online social networking site and app that allows both novice and professional writers to publish their books for their avid readers. Founded in 2006, Wattpad has been growing rapidly ever since.
Approximately 87% of the total users on the platform are teenagers, from the age gap of thirteen to eighteen, but there are some as young as eight. Needless to say, even with a myriad of genres, the most popular ones are teen fiction and fan-fiction.
Should I publish my story on Wattpad?
The answer to that question would depend on your goal. If you are a professional writer with a good deal of experience, Wattpad might be less than ideal. However, if you are a new writer looking to improve your work, then the platform might be a place for you.
In Wattpad, people can leave comments about your work after each chapter and can even message you, hence why they also call it a social networking site. This allows fellow writers and readers to leave some constructive criticism on your story- if that is what you’re looking for. Even though you might come across some readers who would leave a simple ‘I love it!’ or ‘Keep updating!’, there are people out there who would be willing to give you constructive criticism that can help you grow as a writer. If you have the right mindset, you will be able to join a supportive writer’s community.
Publishing a book or two on there can help you build a fanbase, and hopefully some die-hard fans. These people will keep supporting the next works that you publish, whether on the site or in print. However, there is no guarantee that your book will be published in print by Wattpad after posting it. This would depend on your story, genre and the general appeal to the public.
And no, your story does not belong to Wattpad after posting it on there. You can choose to hand in your manuscript to other publishing companies or self-publish after posting it on the platform, but be sure to remember to fill in the copyright before posting the book on the site.
How do I make my story successful on Wattpad?
The level of success would depend on an array of factors.
There is something you need to understand before diving head first into the site. A large portion of the stories on Wattpad are fanfictions, ranging from the boyband One Direction or about a certain wizard that attends Hogwarts- and these are successful. In the beginning, you cannot compare your story’s success to those of theirs. These fan-fictions have a head-start due to the popularity of the original people or story the book is written after, and due to the large fan base that follows them. You need some time for your story to grow within the community.
First, your story needs a good plot and a decent writing worthy of your readers’ time. These two factors do ensure you have a good start. Unfortunately, however, they are not enough. As mentioned above, Wattpad is a social networking platform, so you would need to socialize with other people. This does not simply mean you slide into random people’s private messages and say ‘Hey! Can you please give my story a read?’. This means that you take the time to read other people’s stories, of similar genre if it is your specialty, and give them constructive criticism if they ask for one. This allows you to have exposure to other members of the community.
When you post your story, make sure you have a regular updating schedule, preferably once or twice a week. If you are updating every Monday and Thursday, put that on your story’s description and stick to it so that your readers know when to look forward to your updates. Your story should be around thirty to fifty chapters, as this will help increase the number of reads that will appear on the front cover.
Another important factor is your genre. If the genre of your book is teen fiction, fantasy or sci-fi, these are guaranteed to be more popular than the other niche ones. However, the algorithm of Wattpad has changed recently, and there have been plenty of thriller or historical fiction rising to fame as of late. So ask yourself if your story appeals to the general public of Wattpad or not, and if it will be worth your time.
Can I get paid writing stories on Wattpad?
The answer is yes. Yes, you can.
Starting from 2019, there is a Wattpad Paid Stories Program. Stories in the program will have a little dollar sign on the cover, and readers have to pay their coins to get access to some chapters.
How do I become part of the Paid Stories Program?
Firstly, you need to be a Wattpad Star. This is the criteria:
- Have at least two original narrative stories with over 50,000 words that are marked as complete (genre can be anything but fanfiction, non-fiction, random, poetry or classics)
- Started one story the past 365 days
- Revised or updated one of the stories over the past three months
- Logged in to Wattpad over the past sixty days
After you have fulfilled the criteria, you can apply for the title by filling out a form. This form will be reviewed by Wattpad staff, and only those selected will be contacted.
Once you become a Wattpad star, you’ll get access to resources and tools to improve your writing skills, a community of fellow Wattpad stars, and the Wattpad Paid Stories Program.
If you are interested in the Wattpad Paid Stories Program, there is another form you would have to fill for your story to be considered. Your story would need to have:
- good storytelling and plot
- decent writing quality
How you conduct yourself on Wattpad also plays a pivotal role. You need to be consistent when posting your work, no hiatuses when your stories are not yet completed, and you need to set a good example and show that you are dedicated to Wattpad.
Those are all the things you need to know before deciding whether you want to publish your book on Wattpad or not. Wishing you all the best of luck on your publishing journey!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Anny Taylor