Tuesday, 16 October 2012

What is Wattpad - and should you use it?

What is wattpad?

Those of you who read my guest post at Self Publish Or Die in August, already know. For those of you who didn’t, I’m going to explain to you.

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Wattpad is a writing platform that started in 2006. It allows users to sign up for free and upload their writing. Other members can leave feedback, vote for stories, add them to one of their virtual reading lists and fan the writers. Genres range from horror and action to teen fiction and vampire. The site receives its revenue from advertisements, so members have an all access pass free of charge. What’s more, you don’t even have to be a member to read people’s work. (If you want to leave feedback or vote you have to sign up.)

In the past it has been blamed for allowing book piracy, but Wattpad has a strict ‘no copyright infringement’ rule. They also have the ‘Authors In Charge’ programme which allows published authors – or representatives – to identify and directly remove infringing content from the site.

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So, why am I writing an article about Wattpad?

I’m recommending it to you – my readers. There are a lot of great stories on the site. Sure, you have to do some digging sometimes (some members need lessons on basic spelling and grammar) but there are fantastic reads waiting to be discovered by you. Or maybe, you want to upload your own work? Do it; I use Wattpad and it’s a fantastic tool.

Are you not quite convinced? Well, read this article by Margaret Atwood (yes, THE Margaret Atwood) and see if it changes your mind.

Have you had any Wattpad experiences? If not, what is stopping you?

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