The writing journey is long and unpredictable. Whether you’re just starting out or already knee-deep in your career, the exciting peaks and frustrating valleys are all too familiar to indie authors. You know the work involved in not only telling a story but bringing that story to life, both online and in print. As authorpreneurs, you understand the business of books – how to hustle, how to market, how to sell. But how do you know if you’re doing it right – if you’re maximizing your potential, reaching enough readers, taking the right path?
Wattpad, as a home for 80 million readers and writers, is the platform that can help you answer those questions in real-time. You get instant feedback on your story – whether you’ve plotted it long ago or are writing it on the fly as it comes to you. In a world where readers outnumber writers 26:1, you can truly build a following for not only your stories but you as an author. You can even collaborate (or commiserate) with like-minded writers throughout the process in our Community forums.
But it isn’t always top of mind for indie authors and we know why. While we’ve always had a mix of hobbyist and professional writers (with thousands of stories from Wattpad being published over the years), we understand what might have fuelled misconceptions. For a long time, there wasn’t a way for writers to make money on Wattpad and the path to a successful writing career was unclear. Today, readers can pay for the content they love, we have not only a publishing division but also a studio, and while we’ve retained the teenage userbase we owe so much to, we’ve broadened our appeal to become a home for every kind of story and writer.
For writers interested in earning from their craft Wattpad has many options and is working hard at building more. The Wattpad Paid Stories program, for example, lets readers support writers directly by buying stories in part or whole so they can earn money for their work. Then, there’s Wattpad Books, which publishes the stories our readers have told us they love. And last but not least, Wattpad Studios takes stories to the next level by adapting them into film or television shows – like Hulu’s Light as a Feather or After – the top-performing indie film of the year.