A little history first! Ok, so, I’ve always loved books and writing, since about fifteen years of age and I did a short story based on a cut-out from a magazine, I considered what it would be like to actually be an author and published. Obviously, I was no teen prodigy, but the seed was sown and after years of flitting between different genres for reading, having kids, getting married, and all that regular life stuff, I began writing what wouldf be the basis for Wolf Born in about 2004. It went through many drafts and titles before I sent off pages of my manuscript to various agents and recieved a few rejection slips in the process.
It can be disheartening to have strangers tell you they’re not interested in representing you and due to health issues and a third child my writing plummeted and fell away into the abyss. I didn’t start writing seriously until a couple of years ago and that’s when I set up a profile on Wattpad.
This was for a variety of reasons:
- I wanted to put out a few stories and get feedback.
- I wanted to write something other than my novel project.
- I also published older works in order to gain feedback, but also to show the difference between then and now.
- I wanted to explore the world of Wolf Born and other ideas before publishing.
- And finally, I wanted to see whether anyone would read my work.
This leads me to another side of Wattpad. I’ve come to realise that the reader/writer community love to have a serial story as opposed to a short or an excerpt of future works. This shows through to the stats and I’ll use my own work as a reference for this example:
- Tick! Tock! 104 reads
- Asarl’s Order 103 reads
- Wolf Born Sample 35 reads
- Elemental 195 reads
- House of Sept 2.2k reads
- House of Sept Edited Version 359 reads
- Oath of God Draft 735 reads
As you can see, there is a big difference between the two and House of Sept has been my most successful story so far. Although, it is a first draft and the revised edition naturally didn’t have as many views. I would advise a word of caution, however. Just because you get a huge readership doesn’t mean that will translate into sales for a published work. Or at least that is my experience. I will say Wattpad helped me regain the confidence to keep on writing and self-publish my short story and novella.
Perhaps this will be helpful or not…? I just thought I’d share. 🙂