So what is wattpad?
Wattpad is a community for readers and writers where one can discover new user-generated stories, spanning across different genres including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spiritual, teen fiction among others.
I mentioned a while ago that I had written a short story on wattpad!
My experience a few years ago was that I found it a fun way to push myself to write. I had people asking for the next chapter!
Some people are quite successful and have gone onto becoming published.
Published authors also put works on wattpad for marketing purposes.
I believe it’s a great way to get your writing read and you never know a publisher may just stumble across your works!
Apparently the trick is to only release a chapter a week. Then get a following of people that will be awaiting each installment.
I didn’t get that many followers or reads!! But I did find it fun!
Here is the link to my profile & my story:
Follow me to read my next wattpad story!
I am planning on uploading a new one shortly!!
Anyone used wattpad? What was your experience?
Please comment below!
I brought the book ‘Self-editing for fiction writers’ by Renni Browne and Dave King after a published author told me it was the best book to help you self-edit your manuscript.
I saw on Rachelle Gardners website a great post in should you hire a freelance editor! It reminded me of this book that I found very helpful!
She lists 5 Things to Do Before Hiring a Freelance Editor. See link below! Great post!
So how do you get published?
What are the things publishers looks for when they read your manuscript?
- Good writing, no errors!
- Great story telling in the genre you are writing.
- Is it marketable? At the end of the day it can be great writing and a good story but can they sell your book?
Let me share some quotes I’ve found from Writers Victoria website.
“Be able to distill the essence of your work so that it connects with others,” says WV tutor Erina Reddan.
“The best way to get published is to write extraordinary writing,” says WV tutor and Inkerman & Blunt publisher Donna Ward.
As the synopsis is the first example of your writing an agent, editor or publisher sees, it’s vital to get it right – if they don’t like your synopsis they might not bother to read your sample chapters says manuscript assessor Clare Allan-Kamil
“It takes one person to write a book, a publisher to have faith in that book, and a whole team to bring it into the world,” says WV tutor Donna Ward from Inkerman & Blunt.
This weblink explains the publishing process simply. I’ve summarised it below. https://www.scribendi.com/advice/navigating_publishing_process.en.html
Four things on publishing a book: editing, submission, publishing & sales & marketing.
Editing: make sure your manuscript has no errors! It’s polished and ready to submit.
Submission: make sure it’s as per publishers set guidelines. Ensure you have spent time on your submission letter and synopsis.
Publishing: choosing a publisher that is right for your manuscript. Be careful with publishers that want you to put money up!
Sales & marketing: after you are published comes the hard work of selling your book! Through social media, book signings and anything else your publisher requires.