Wattpad has about 20 million monthly users, both amateur and professional (including Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale who joined about a year and a half ago). Writers retain all rights, and upload anything from short stories to full e-books. A story is uploaded every second, with users from 200 countries posting in 30 languages.
Anyone can access Wattpad via a phone, tablet or computer and it is used by all sorts of people. Relativity Media used Wattpad to promote the release of the film Romeo & Juliet, serializing script excerpts online. Publisher Harlequin used Wattpad to host a new adult genre writing contest. Boy band Emblem3 has even used the platform to connect with fans through stories about teenage issues.
I first decided to try out this site after watching a news item about Lily Carmine who began sharing her novel, The Lost Boys, on Wattpad in February 2010. It clocked up over 33 million reads and became the platform’s most read book. Her publishing deal with Random House UK came from an editor who’d read her work on Wattpad. As a result, Lily secured a deal to publish three books in The Lost Boys series. Continue reading “Wattpad for Writers”
Greetings, my fellow indies. I’m one of the new kids on the chopping block. I’ve been a fan of IU for some time now, and I finally have something to contribute. There’s a social site on the web that is an amazing resource for exposure. I’ve been messing around with it for a little over a year, and trying to figure out how to use it to my advantage. (Yeah, I’m slow. I get it.)
These are my “tips and hints” on how to use experienceproject.com as a tool for authors and bloggers alike. I haven’t told many of you about this place yet for a reason. It can make you, or break your little heart rather quickly. Follow my guidelines, and you’ll go far. If you try to rush into selling your books or blogs, you’ll be shunned like a leper, and it’ll be over as quickly as it started. I’ve been working it for a long time now, and I’m finally, after careful planning and cunning, starting to gain book sales, and even reviews. This is a site on the web that has one of the largest gatherings of people I have ever seen. There is an endless amount of groups, and within each group you can find anywhere between a few hundred or a few hundred thousand people. I have been toying with this place since October of last year. I’m not the most online savvy guy you ever met, so yeah, it took me almost a year to finally start to make use of it. I’ll give you a step by step instruction on how to get started, but be warned, this is a place where if you’re not careful, you’ll be eaten alive and left for the crows. DO NOT start off spamming, or you’ll be cyber-killed in a minute. There is a low tolerance here for such. Read this before you start; Continue reading “Using ExperienceProject.com”
I’m sorry but I’ve hit the wall. I’m tired of it. I don’t want to be asked to “like” your product page or check out your website or buy your book. The fact that we follow each other on Twitter or are brand new Facebook friends just isn’t enough. We might get to the point where we talk about each other’s work and I may be interested in buying your book at some point but it can’t be the first thing you ask me to do. It absolutely has to stop. Continue reading “BUY/LIKE MY BOOK/PAGE/WEBSITE”
It was one of those things: a chance encounter filled with intrigue and temptation. He had intense, dark eyes with a powerful passion smoldering just below the surface. I was drawn to him. Next thing I knew, we were standing face-to-face, and he was saying things to me in French that made me swoon. Of course I kept my cool. I didn’t want Mr. Tall, Dark and Dangerous to know that he’d gotten under my skin.