Rachel Reuben, who blogs at writingbytheseatofmypants.com/, has a great blog for tips on social media, different writing sites, and anything else you want to know about the indie author market. I found where when searching randomly about Wattpad, a free story posting site apparently populated by girls and women 15-25 (Average Wattpad age is 20) who like romance, vampire love stories and Harry Potter fan-fic.
I sent Rachel an e-mail a couple of weeks ago asking about her thoughts Wattpad since she didn’t appear to have any good experiences using it, even though she writes in the most same genres as Wattpad’s audience likes to read. Here’s what she wrote back:
However, if you’re an indie author with a book to sell, it’s probably not worth the time. I don’t know of any indie authors who can trace any boost in sales to Wattpad. If you want sales, you’ll have to advertise and borrow the platforms of other influencers in your genre. Wattpad makes it difficult to sell a book on its site because the buy buttons are nearly invisible. I had a reader ask me to post the rest of my book on the site (I posted only the first 3 chapters). I told her it was available on Amazon and all she had to do was click the buy button. This caused a bit of confusion because she had no idea there even was a buy button. Yes, it’s that tiny! But Wattpad does this in order to keep readers on their site and not send them off to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. It’s a wise move on their part, but it sucks for us indie authors looking to sell a book. So no, I don’t believe this site is ideal.
It’s a smart move because these days, we have to maximize our time and that means staying away from things that don’t work and Wattpad just doesn’t seem to work when it comes to sales.”
- Wattpad stories are free which means you could reach millions of readers but have zero to little sales. If you have a site where people expect a free story, then asking them to buy it is a problem.
- If you don’t write primarily for teenage girls or young women, you probably can’t get noticed since your writing likely won’t interest the typical reader.
- they apparently are allowing bigger names like Margaret Atwood to post on the site, which will make discovery for new writers even more of a challenge.