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Jan. 4th, 2017 02:40 pm
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Does anyone in these parts use Wattpad?

It's been around since '06, but I only recently heard about it through my ACOTAR Facebook group and a subsequent Wikipedia article.

It looks like you have to sign in before you can use it, which kind of annoys me because I don't know if I want to commit to an account, but it piqued some curiosity.

Date: 2017-01-05 11:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renegadefolkhero
Margaret Atwood, famous Non-Science Fiction writer, has used it.

*clutches fist to chest, stares at heavens, eyes brimming with unshed tears*

margaret atwood man

Wattpad is the only writing platform I know of that seems to provide decent traffic for original fiction. Sites like FictionPress seem to get comparably little traffic. When I last read about it, some were using Wattpad as a testing ground/hook for YA. Like, post early chapters for free on Wattpad and then drop the ebook. It did seem like the readership skewed young.

At the time, I thought it might be a good platform if one wanted to write free, episodic fiction and have a shot at reader interaction.

Looking at it now, they updated the site so it's cleaner and easier to read the stories. The comments before seemed universally unhelpful. Now I'm seeing a bit of a better range, kinda--I bet it depends a lot on the genre. Science Fiction actually seemed *finger wavey* but Romance was, predictably, a cf. I saw one story where it appeared people were able to comment on paragraphs as well as at the end. I personally find that horrifying but YMMV.

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