Today's challenge is to explore the new site, Wattpad, and determine whether it could work for you.
Wattpad is a social site dedicated to storytelling. Authors, both emerging and already published, write stories on this site which are free for readers. The readership here is huge, and readers can and do discuss with the authors and with other readers the stories they are reading.
Authors can benefit from using Wattpad in three ways:
- They gain a huge beta readership for a new project and can use the feedback they receive to refine their book before publishing it elsewhere for pay.
- They can attract new readers by writing short stories which involve the characters in an already published book or by offering free on Wattpad the first part of a series.
- They can increase current readers' commitment to them by participating in the direct social connection with their fans that Wattpad offers.
For detailed instructions on setting up a Wattpad account, check out:
Or just go to http://www.wattpad.com/writers and look around.
Caveat: Be aware that any time you offer a manuscript publicly for strangers to read, you are opening yourself to piracy. I don't know whether or not it happens on this site, but it does happen.