7 Things Authors Should Know About Wattpad

The following is an excerpt from BookSparks magazine from Ashley Royer, who has gazillions of reads on her Wattpad books.

Our cover girl Ashley Royer dishes on 7 things all authors should know about Wattpad! Ashley has been publishing her writing on Wattpad since she was thirteen years old, and she has over 30 million combined reads on her stories. Remember to Forget is her first published book (Harper Collins Blink YA, April 2016), based on fan fiction that started on Wattpad.

We always have our eyes on communities and platforms for writers. For those of you that aren’t familiar, Wattpad is a social on the go experience and more than 40 million people around the world have joined Wattpad. In a world of  7 second attention spans the Wattpad community collectively spends 13 billion minutes using Wattpad. Here’s an incredible Wattpad success story from Ashley, in case your wondering if Wattpad is right for you.

  1. Interaction. I believe that the most important part about being an author on Wattpad is interaction.
  1. Updating Frequently. When I first started writing on Wattpad, I thought I had to update every single day in order to keep my readers interested. That is not the case.
  1. Always Something New. Continuing with readers moving onto something new, there are always new stories being put on Wattpad. There are millions of stories in every genre possible, constantly being updated and new ones gaining popularity.
  1. Tags. Tags are very important on Wattpad. A tag is a descriptive keyword that may help a reader find your story by searching for the tags that you choose.
  1. A Numbers Game. I used to be very obsessed with the “numbers.” This means the following count, the amount of reads, how many messages… I correlated large numbers with being more successful or popular. My advice to new authors would be to …
  1. Engaging. I love seeing what my readers have to say about my stories. I read as many comments as possible since there are so many now, and I read all of my messages.
  1. Write What You Love. Write about something that interests you. If you like mystery, write about mystery. If you don’t like vampires, don’t write about vampires, no matter how popular that is!

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    1. Hey Bradley, in the train after a full day meeting on artist residences in Denmark — mostly in performing arts …. yes, found you on wattpad. no idea how to do this over there and if either of us have the stamina / bandwith to engage and drum up ‘real’ audience and followers there. I think worth a discussion about how and what we intent to do there, and how much time we can devote, rather than just dive in, and be all gongho, only to let it fizzle out because, well, it takes time and effort to build something there … and do we ultimately have already audiences other places we could work …. Just a question ?
      xo Lone

      1. I think we need to be strategic about where we put our energy. I’m not always “strategic” about where I put my energy, so that’s why I’m saying that we need to do it! Because I know what it’s like to put energy into something that eventually fizzles into nothing. 🙁

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