Here’s a quick and easy way to reach out to new readers for your published books – or to get constructive feedback for your work-in-progress. Simply post free samples on Wattpad – the hugely popular social media site for readers.
It will take you only a few minutes to open a free account, set up your profile and add your first sample – and you can keep adding as much and as often as you like. And don’t worry, the copyright remains with you.
As with all social media sites, there’s an element of building up followers and friends – but your work will also be discoverable via keywords, so new readers may find you who you might not reach in any other way.
I’ve been a member of Wattpad for a while but have not used it much to date, but as with any of these sites, you don’t have to use it all the time to make it worthwhile. Conversely, the more time you spend on it, the more useful (or not!) it might turn out to be.
- Your ultimate goal, if you’re trying to sell books rather than gain feedback for work-in-progress, is that readers who discover you will like your work so much that they’ll go on to buy your book.
- If you’re simply seeking feedback, then this is a great way of getting beta-reader-style objective responses from strangers.
I know some authors who have had hundreds of thousands of “reads” this way, but even a small number will be worthwhile. If you write in a popular genre – thrillers, scifi, fantasy, romance – you’re more likely to get more readers, but that’s the way of the book world…
For more information and a link to see my work on Wattpad, hop over to the post I’ve just written on my author blog. This is a case study demonstrating me using Wattpad to gain extra attention for my new flash fiction collection, Quick Change, using a topical theme: as it’s a very autumnal day where I live today, I’ve added a story to Wattpad called “Autumn Leaves”.
To start using Wattpad now, head over to www.wattpad.com. Good luck and have fun!
OVER TO YOU
Have you used Wattpad? What did you think of it? If you’re on Wattpad already, let me know and I’ll look you up!
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