Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The What’s What of Wattpad

This weekend I discovered a pretty cool website called wattpad. Here’s the description from Wikipedia…

Wattpad describes itself as “the best place to discover and share stories.” It's a YouTube for electronic text stories. The content includes work by undiscovered and published writers. Delivery emphasizes the mobile phone platform, using the free Freda ebook reader. According to Wattpad founder and CEO Ivan Yuen, "marketers can currently upload material for reading by mobile users at no charge".

About nine in 10 users are readers rather than writers. Around four in ten users are U.S. based; traffic also comes from the U.K., Canada, the Philippines, Australia, and more. Approximately 75 percent of users access the site through their mobile device.

Basically, it’s a way for writers to share their work whether or not they are planning on publishing it. I did (with my publisher’s permission) upload the first chapter of Canvas Bound: Book One of the Captive Art Series and read through a few other posts that sounded interesting.

The site is divided into categories, Teen Fiction, Romance, Humor, Mystery, etc. and within each category are sub-categories. So if you only want to read Paranormal Teen Fiction, it makes it easier to find those choices. You can also sort by Popularity, Comments, Hotness, etc.

What I like best about this site is that you can upload all, or portions, of your story and others can go in, read, vote, and comment on what you’ve written. They also have something called The Watty Awards that are given away to the most popular posts of the year, overall and by category. Another great feature is the Cast of Characters where you can type in the name of a celebrity that most resembles your characters and it will list this for you next to your story. You can also upload a book trailer and dedicate sections of your story to different wattpad members.

I’ve had a lot of fun perusing the site and finding some authors I’ll keep an eye on to see where they go with their stories. I highly recommend checking it out, even if you only have a minute to read some Fan Fiction or Short Stories.

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