What Wattpad Can Do For You Now

I’m not usually an early adopter when new social media, software and other services hit the public. I like to sit back and see how well it works and let the kinks get worked out.

WattpadThat being said, I recently joined Wattpad – finally – and found that it’s been very beneficial. I know, a writer not on a form of social media designed to share writing. But there are several reasons why you should be on Wattpad, including it’s partnership with Smashwords to feature existing authors.

Reasons I Joined Now

1. With the release of The Bow of Destiny I wanted to share related, pre-release short stories as well as what I’ll be working on in the future.

2. I wanted to interact more with other authors. Let’s face it, writing is a solitary process so the chance to give and receive input from other authors is important.

3. I wanted to expose my fiction to reader response to improve the final drafts before release.

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Why You Should Join Now

For all the reasons above, plus one additional reason – join early in your writing career to build your following. By building your following you want to gain trust for your writing. The sooner you begin this process the more you establish your writing brand. Personally, I wish I had started much sooner than I have. My mistake was viewing this purely as a development platform rather than one which is social as well as constructive.

But this isn’t all. As you may have read from the link above, Smashwords teamed with Wattpad to feature works by 72 romance authors, covering 74 books – all of which have been on Smashwords. All of the books featured were free, giving the authors exposure to millions of readers in such a way that their brands gained more visibility as a result. I haven’t seen much on the results but you can bet that this will be done again using authors from romance, fantasy, science fiction and other genres.

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So far, I’ve found Wattpad unresponsive with IE 11. However, it works well with Chrome though I haven’t tried it with Firefox yet. I like the format though the editor is rather difficult at times. I do like being able to save it as a draft and then go public as well as withdraw content as necessary.

Over all, I’m happy to be on Wattpad, sharing content and writing insights with other writers. I currently have What Is Needed out for pre-release and feedback until it’s out on Kindle, Smashwords, etc, for September. I’ll have another short story for August up on Wattpad within a week for pre-release before it’s posted on retail sites for free. Everyone’s welcome to read what’s out there and comment- I’m happy to receive feedback to improve the story before it’s released.

080916_1940_AWildNightR1.jpgInterested in more of my writing? After checking me out on Wattpad, check out The Bow of Destiny.

Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.

Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he’s not sure it’s real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what’s worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn’t always sure what’s real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.

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IMG_4154-EditAbout the Author

P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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  1. Nice info PH. Thanks for sharing. I hope to get into to using Wattpad after my first book gets published this fall.

    1. Great, pleased to provide some help. I hope to really use it more and more over the next few months as I build toward the release of The Bow of Destiny on 9/28.

  2. Do you know if they will take small press writers who have a publisher but not really for purposes of marketing and promoting. I have been thinking of trying them for a while now. Thanks for the info.

    1. Yes, it’s basically an open forum for writers and you can keep works private or make them public. You can also interact mainly as a reader too.

  3. I didn’t realise you could share short stories on Wattpad. I have a few that I’m writing at the moment for #BlogBattle testing out ideas for a second novel, possibly these would be good to share to gauge interest, get feedback?

    1. Sure, but it is a writing social media so you must gain followers as well. There are also groups where you can post blurbs about your stories but read the rules on those when you find the right one. Some post once a week and if you have multiple posts it’s good to get them all in a single entry for that week.

  4. I’m glad you are liking Wattpad so far. One of the greatest things about it ( after getting 500 views or reads of a story) you can see some basic demographics of what kind of people are reading your work. I posted my permafree book on Wattpad and was really excited to see the breakdowns of what countries, age brackets, and gender my readers tended to be!

  5. I’ve wondered about Wattpad. I posted a couple of chapters of my first book there yonks ago and then did nothing with it. Not surprisingly, nothing happened. But I understand it might be a great place for finding a YA audience. I really must check it out properly.

  6. I’ve been reading on Wattpad recently. Posted a few chapters on it but they did nothing and I already my book posting to two other places on the web. I’m interested in trying again, but concerned about investing that much time into a free reading site and not making the conversion. Thinking it may be something to do later, or much earlier in the process. Also, loving author notes on Wattpadd. Some authors literally put themselves in another category over there with witty and on brand author notes. I’ll definitely be sticking around. Thanks for this post.

    1. Thanks for commenting & reading today. I think of it as a way to gain more interest. I offer enough of paid content to attract the reader – perhaps. I think it’s also a good way to attract beta readers.

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