I thought somewhere like this was only on the internet in my imagination. In turns out such a place really exists. It is called Wattpad.
Wattpad is the Youtube of the writing world and I can't help wondering as a writer trying to build a platform if this is something I should be doing.
I realized a years ago that putting my work on my blog here (aka my "writer's website") simply didn't generate enough exposure. I've tried using Facebook to promote myself. This worked really well until a few years ago when Facebook started limited the reach of posts. Since then Facebook has been a complete disaster. I've liked Twitter but I always thought there had to be something more. Is Wattpad the miracle I've been looking for?
I had to do some research. Here's what I found:
6 Things Every Author Needs to Know About Wattpad gives the pros and cons of posting your work on Wattpad but the benefits are plenty.
How to Get More Out of Wattpad: 6 Authors Share Their Best Practices is a collection of actual authors experiences and how they have benefited from Wattpad.
11 Killer Wattpad Tips to Help You Find an Audience What I like about this article is that it goes completely against the "spend money to make money" concept. It basically says give readers something free and they buyers will follow. Which is a great segue to...
How Authors Can Use Wattpad to Sell Books and Earn Money which has tips on generating readers who will go on to purchase your writing.
Self Publishing on Wattpad This author says getting on Wattpad was the smartest thing she's ever done.
Why You Should Put Your Book on Wattpad ASAP This article is about the success this author had with Wattpad that she didn't have self publishing.
After reading these articles the answer is resounding yes. Yes I should be on Wattpad. I probably should have been on there like yesterday. And by "yesterday" I mean two years ago.
So I visited the site and discovered I didn't even have to create a profile. I was able to connect my Facebook right away and Wattpad made a profile for me. My user profile https://www.wattpad.com/user/JulieCornewell has been created.
So now what? I needed some advice on how to get started.
Getting Started on Wattpad is by an author who shares my sentiment that getting started on Wattpad is a bit overwhelming. She gives step by step instructions.
How to Win Followers and Influence Readers on Wattpad has tips for gaining popularity on Wattpad.
How to Get Featured on Wattpad is a more reserved article about Wattpad. While all the articles I've linked to so far have enthusiastically raved about Wattpad this article is one that says "it's good but..."
Wattpad for Authors: 14 Tips for Making the Most of the World’s Largest Community of Readers and Writers gives great advice on what to do along with posting your work. It's a social media site so that means networking.