As you’ve probably figured out from the title, I just got a WattPad account, which means I’ve got another way to release my written work to the world.

You are probably not wondering why I decided to get a WattPad account. However, you’re reading this post, so I’ll tell you anyway. I’d heard of WattPad before, but only in passing. I wasn’t really sure what it was. And then someone posted on Facebook an article about how this British girl a little younger than me had posted a novel of hers on WattPad, gained 19 million likes, got a publishing contract, and then two books later was put on TIME Magazine’s list of 16 Most Influential Teens. My reaction to that article: “Holy s**t, I’ve got to at least check this WattPad thing out.”

So if you haven’t heard of WattPad before, it’s a website where members can upload stories for free viewing and readers can give comments and feedback. So essentially it’s like a blog for storytellers, in some ways. And apparently some of its most popular stories are uploaded by writers in their teens, so as a writer just barely out of the teens, I think I might have a chance.

Of course, the website has its controversies. Stories uploaded onto WattPad are not copyright protected like a blog post or a story published through a magazine or a publishing company. So anything published on WattPad could potentially be stolen by some nefarious person or persons who might try to make some sort of profit or gather a following using another person’s work.

Still, I want to try and see if I can spread my work to new audiences through WattPad. And I’ve heard some other authors have had some success with the format, including a few friends of mine. If it can potentially help me further my writing career, I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t try it out.

If I publish anything through WattPad, I’ll make sure to post about it here and include a link to the story. I think I’ll start with excerpts from my already published books, and then maybe upload a few original short stories when I have them and when I want to upload them. And with that, I ask of you all one favor: wish me luck as I try to get used to this mew platform for spreading stories and writing and try to utilize it in the best way possible.

Good night, Followers of Fear.

 

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Comments
  1. I hope you get more use out of it than I did. Though I have yet to try to get people to review Whiskey Delta there. Mainly, its just people looking to get people to read their work, and few people looking to read others’.

  2. James Buysen says:

    Good luck!
    I have thought about this but have never known where to start and always worried about copyright. Perhaps it is something I will get on board with as well.

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