By Lori DeBoer
I’ve been watching Wattpad with interest the past couple of years. This new platform is an exciting up-and-comer in crowdsourced publishing and, while it is brimming with the works of aspiring authors there’s a number of works worth reading there. Best of all, it’s free to both readers and writers.
One of the draws of Wattpad is that it offers a great way to connect with readers and writers, especially for those of us writing Young Adult novels. The community on Wattpad is fierce and passionate and many writers are getting great feedback on their stories, which they are posting chapter by chapter as they write them.
Does that mean that Wattpad is only for amateurs? Not at all. In fact, one of the authors I admire, Margaret Atwood, collaborated with a younger writer, Naomi Alderman, on a serialized zombie book, The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home. If you like humor and horror, you’ll love this book.
Many authors have lan pudedblishing contracts through their Wattpad books, including Amanda Hocking who went on to be traditionally published by St. Martin’s but still puts books up on Wattpad. Her bestselling Trylle Trilogy—Switched, Torn and Ascend—has been optioned by Paramount.
The list of publishers who have picked up Wattpad books include Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Scholastic, Macmillan, Bloomsbury Publishing, Harlequin and more. That’s not a shabby list and you can see that Wattpad is really a force to be reckoned with in today’s complicated publishing world.
I find Wattpad so exciting that I wanted to get involved. The story I decided to share with this community is “25 Random Things About Me,” which was a finalist in the prestigious Glimmer Train Fiction Open in 2010. It is part of a longer collection of stories, All the Love in the World, which explore the fictions of grief and loss.
You can read the story HERE. I ask that you do me a favor and leave a comment or vote, as that is the metric Wattpad uses to decide which writers to feature on their website.
One of the engaging features of Wattpad is the ability to put author’s notes in for the readers, as well as an introduction that gives authors a chance to give some context to their writing. In my introduction, I am able to explain the real-life event that gave me the inspiration for the story.
It was also fun doing the cover. I have a background in design and used to layout magazines, brochures, ads and more, back in the days when I did public relations for colleges and universities. I wanted a cover that matched the tone of the story—haunted—and the voice of the main character. My 14-year-old son, Max, gave me the idea to do the typeface in a graduated color. I’m looking forward to putting up more work on Wattpad, simply because it’s such a great venue for creativity.
Please let me know what you think of the story and cover If you are publishing on Wattpad, please e-mail me your information or post it in the comments below and I’ll come look for you there.