You may have noticed that Broken Penguin entries have been a little sparse this week. That’s because I’ve been busy attending sessions for Social Media Week Toronto! That, and because my bf and I had to hit up our favourite burger joint for Valentine’s Day. ‘Cause we classy like that.
In my Social Media Week adventures, I met the team at Wattpad. If you haven’t heard of Wattpad, you should check out their website and download their app. It’s free!
Wattpad lets authors share their stories with the 3 million Wattpad users who read, comment and share (not unlike us book bloggers!). It truly takes reading stories to a whole new interactive level. The co-founder of Wattpad says that 5,000 stories were shared in the last 12 hours. Unlike traditional publishers like Penguin, Wattpad is not about exclusivity. Anyone and everyone can post a story.
When I shared the concept on Twitter, I immediately received questions about how these authors make money. The answer is: it’s not about the money. Usually.
From what I understand, a select few Wattpad authors who are very marketing-savvy have managed to attract a following and secure book deals. But the majority of Wattpad authors just want to share their stories for fun.
The only real problem for me is that Wattpad has so many stories, it’s difficult to know what to read first. Every genre you can think of is available at Wattpad. While some authors publish a whole book at once, some publish chapter by chapter to keep readers coming back.
And along with the countless great stories, there are many more not-so-great stories. It truly is the wild west of stories. So how to filter out the bad cowboys? Wattpad says they’re looking for new ways to help people find the stories they want to read.
I hope to read some of these stories and tell you about them in the next few weeks. What do you think of Wattpad?