What I’ve Learned writing on wattpad

Wattpad is THE social media platform for writers. Over time, it has even published its own works and offered a paid program for writers. However, the platform itself is tricky to learn especially because there aren’t a lot of people that talk about wattpad.

Wattpad tends to gear towards a younger audience. A lot of the writing on there is fanfiction, even launching the career of Anna Todd, who famously wrote the After series which was about Harry Styles.

One of the things I struggled with in understanding the platform was ranking. One day, I would be number 4 in like deception and then the next number 138 in suspense just as examples. The way Wattpad ranking works is it shows the most impressive ranking out of the tag that has the most stories in it.

So say there are 6,000 stories in comedic romance but you’ve also tagged your story as comedy and there’s only like 2,000 in there it will show where you are ranking higher. Complicated, right? It took me a while to figure out but just something to think about if you start writing on Wattpad.

Also, the more active you are, the higher you’ll rank. So if you’ve only got one book on there, you might not see much activity. But if you’ve got like 5 or more, then you’ll see more activity. Wattpad, like any other social media platform, is all about CONTENT.

Fandom is also a great way to get readers. So if you do write fanfiction, maybe try posting some on there and then post some original work. It’s a great way to actually get an audience especially if you are a beginning writer.

Plus, it’s totally normal now for fanfiction to actually get published by normal publishers. Also, it’s a great way to teach yourself to write novel-length fiction if you haven’t done it before.

Oh—-and don’t be afraid to check out my free, New Adult Contemporary Romance on there, “Finding Serenity”.

Writing on Wattpad

I have mixed feelings about wattpad.

One, I feel it’s oversaturated by fanfic and kind of hard to make a name for yourself as a writer on there.

Two, despite being a platform for writers it took forever for them to offer a monetization process for them. And they still treat it by the old industry standards.

Three, there’s this misconception that if you write online instead of publishing fiction you aren’t a real author. Which is so far from the truth. But if you, like me, grew up just as technology was on the rise and the print medium was still popular, it’s sometimes a hard thing to get over.

I’ve never really seriously published something on there. I’ve put things up and then taken it down. But recently, I’ve decided to try publishing a contemporary romance there which is big on the platform. It’s called Finding Serenity.

I’m doing this because I read about an author that managed to monetize her writing by writing a free novel, and then publishing the rest through Patreon or kindle. She makes a full-time income doing this. I want to try to see if I can achieve the same results.

I’m all about serial publishing and publishing alternatives. And I feel like this a good experiment. So, if you want to follow along, I am windermerepoets13 on wattpad.

Also going to be talking about my experience on here.

Dealing with Bugs and Backup Plans

So if you recall, a few weeks ago I had A THIRTYSOMETHINGLIFE CRISIS freak out and I registered for a google certificate class through Coursera. I’m at the point in my life where I work full time in customer service and I am desperate for a career change. While I hope that change will be to a full time writer, I’m also looking at alternatives.

As a kid, I used to build websites with html and spend hours doing it. I didn’t know what the internet was going to be or that it would be an actual job so I never really did anything with it. I was way too focused on my writing. I knew what I wanted to be and nothing was going to change my mind.

In my time as an internet user, a constant frustration for me has been the lack of a platform for fiction writers to monetize. There have been a few attempts.

Wattpad, which only just recently started paying its authors and only if you are part of their special program where you’ve got to have a BUNCH of followers. Joinsequel.com, which is new and I’m not sure about. Webnovel, Dreame, and Kindle Vella. Radish, which you have to submit to.

So far, Dreame is the one that functions best. It is easy for writers with no following to get a start. They go through a submission process, get paid, and then can start earning royalties as they gain followers. The most a story has to have is 500 to be entered into their pay-to-read program. And they also have a contract for full time writers. I’ve got 12 stories with them currently.

That said, each platform has its own difficulties. Wattpad I feel like has become more of a fanfiction website, which isn’t a bad thing it’s just it is VERY hard to get original works noticed on there. Joinsequel.com has not changed their website layout in over a year since I found out about them. They also do not have an app as far as I know. Or anyway for writers and readers to connect.

Dreame has a comments section, and people can follow writers. But: Dreame’s comments have to be read on the Starry writer app, the publisher that runs Dreame. And they often disappear or don’t show at all or they direct you to old comments. I told them about this, and their response was to use the app instead of the website. And it did the same thing. It makes connecting with readers hard and there is still no direct way to contact people. It’s a bug I’ve been dealing with and its a pain.

I spent this past week trying to get through the second Coursera class. If I can’t be a writer the traditional way, I am determined to make a writing career possible for everyone that wants to be. That’s why I’m dedicated to this class and learning how to build the app.

Self-publishing isn’t a radical concept the way that it once was. Legitimate authors have come from self-publishing. Colleen Hoover and Amanda Hocking, to name a few. However, there are costs associated with self-publishing that make people afraid of it.

If we have a platform that makes self-publishing universal, where writers can interact with readers and other writers and gain a following, it will be a complete game changer. Publishing is an intimidating business for a lot of reasons. There’s a lot of rejection.

An app like this would put the power of picking the next literary stars in the power of the people, rather than the power of the publishers. In talking about the way content is made, I feel this is something that has been a long time coming. There just hasn’t been the right person to do that.

I’m hoping by finishing this class, I’m that person. There are so many stories out there the world hasn’t been told yet. And I want to hear them all.

So, even though I’ve been taking and retaking the same quiz over for a week all while trying NOT to hit my head against the wall learning UX, I’m going to keep on doing it. Because I feel like this is the key to making literature accessible to everyone.

The internet was made for writers. It just hasn’t created a space for us yet. And so, I’m going to make one. Even if it drives me insane doing it.

Summers With You available for free on Wattpad

I wanted to try my hand at writing a contemporary romance, and have decided to post it on wattpad.

Summers With You is a New Adult romance inspired by the Life and Death brigade in Gilmore Girls.

Gemma Grant is the daughter of Elizabeth Grant, a former rich girl who was kicked out of her parents house for getting pregnant at sixteen.

When Gemma gets a perfect score on her PSATS, she starts looking at a future possibly involving the Ivy League. To help her daughter, Gemma’s Mom reaches out to her grandparents for the first time in years asking to give Gemma the trust fund she never got to use for her own college experience. Reluctantly, the Grandparents agree, but on one condition: Gemma must marry the heir to Hawthorne Media, who Gemma’s mom was supposed to marry years ago and cost the family a considerable business deal.

To encourage the relationship, Gemma must spend summers with Charon Hawthorne, at the family’s summer home at a place called Sunflower Island. At first, Gemma thinks Charon’s aversion is to marrying the poor rich girl. But as Gemma gets to spend more time with him, she finds out the truth. The marriage isn’t about money. It’s about avoiding a scandal. With a secret society, a girl in a coma, and a sex tape.

Everyone has a price. And Gemma must decide what she’s willing to burn for or not.