Is Wattpad a platform worth pursuing?
So I’m new to WordPress, freelance writing via websites like Upwork, and self-publishing via KDP. These are all concepts I’m about to leap into (or have leapt into already) in order to see my dream come to fruition, and I’m sure I don’t need to spell out the dream to you…
Today through a series of random events, I stumbled upon a platform called Wattpad. Now, this platform is apparently big mojo and has been around for quite some time. Apparently I’ve just been living under a rock (hey, I am Australian after all).
I did my research, read and read and read and… can’t figure out if this is something worth looking into.
I’m finding some reviews and comments screaming not to go near Wattpad unless you’re a thirteen year old girl in love with sparkly vampires. But there have been other reviews that proclaim a writer can get a near cult following, millions of ‘reads’ and the dangling hook of publishers ready to sign these writers up with a squeal worthy of a fan girl.
So I ask you, intrepid and knowledgeable elders-of-the-internet, should the aspiring writer give a few books away on Wattpad in the hopes of notoriety? Or should she stay well clear of it?
I’d love to hear from you on this!