Ruthie’s Reality – Truly on Wattpad, yeah it’s cool
Watt? An Introduction to Wattpad
A week ago Monday, I began serializing my novel Truly on Wattpad.
The first seven chapters went up on September 3, and another five joined them a few days ago. The serialization will continue with several more chapters every Monday until the entire forty-six-chapter book is up and available for free to the public in early November. Then, at some point after it’s completely live, it will be pulled and will sink under the waves of the Internet … or something … until it reappears in a published version in August 2014.
Yay! Free Ruthie Knox book!
It was funny the first few times, but . . . yeah. You know how this goes.
He acts all innocent, because until I began planning for this serialization with the team at Random House, he’d never heard of Wattpad — and neither had I.
And one thing that’s become clear to me since the serialization of Truly began is that a lot of you guys had never heard of Wattpad, either.
So let me be your tour guide! I like tour guides, particularly the tan ones who say “dude” and “back in the day” a lot as they tell me about pineapple plantations while driving me to secluded Maui beaches where we will go sea kayaking together and look for turtles.
I’m not that sort of tour guide, unfortunately. But I’ll do my best.
Right. So, like, Wattpad is an online community for writers and readers. It allows writers to post free, original content. As a form of “social media,” Wattpad encourages conversation. Participants are encouraged to comment on stories at the end of every “part” (think “chapter”), as well as to “vote” for their favorite stories and chapters. Readers can browse available stories by category and “shelve” stories in their libraries, where new content automatically appears. There’s also a Wattpad app for iOS and Android devices, which means you can read Wattpad content on your smartphone or tablet device if you have one.
Back in the day, Wattpad had a lot of out-of-copyright stories from Project Guttenberg, but these days things are a lot more lively and contemporary at the site. Which is to say, dude — Wattpad now has 16 million users who spend 6.6 billion minutes on the site each month. Over the same period of time, the site gets 2 million new uploads and 8 million new comments. That’s a lot of stories and a lot of conversation! Wattpad also hosts its own awards, the “Wattys,” where users vote for their favorite content.
But, you ask, what does that mean for romance readers? Wattpad users tend to skew female, and they really love their romance! Which means that as you’re waiting impatiently for Truly to update each week, you might check out stories by some of Wattpad’s “homegrown stars”:
- Kirsty Moseley, a self-published writer who got her start on Wattpad and is now continuously placing in the top ten bestsellers on the iTunes store;
- Tara Sampson, who was the first Wattpad member to take part in the Fan Funding experiment (and was successful in achieving her goal);
- and Gabriela Cabezut, whose ongoing work Prince with Benefits is one of the most read non-teen fiction romance books on Wattpad, with over 20 million reads.
And then follow me on Wattpad, drop me a line, and tell me what you’re enjoying! I’ve been having a lot of fun trolling around for great reads, and I’m always interested in hearing about great books. Which is, I think, the whole point of Wattpad — finding and sharing stories!