Wattpad may be the best social app for writers and readers out there, but don’t be discouraged or surprised if you find your works aren’t being read and as popularized as others.
I have learned quite a bit about Watppad within the last year and even though I really enjoy the app, it is not something that is working for me at the time. Perhaps you are thinking of posting up free stories on there too and so hopefully this quick guide can help.
Published or Unpublished, Unleash it on Wattpad
One of the first stories I published on Wattpad is Weight and See. I began it sometime around February 2016 or March?
By the end of June 2016-roughly three months, I had at least 800+ reads and quite a few comments. From one reader.
It was not a story I published previously, just one I wrote off the top of my head and I uploaded it weekly. Finally, I took it down and published it on Smashwords where currently it has 1,071 downloads.
What was the secret?
After not even getting a burp on Wattpad, I finally decided to tag my book properly. It was a teen fiction first and foremost, that happened to have romance in it. Also, I tagged it according to location, serious matters, and as general fiction. That may have helped.
Either way, I was jealous of teen writers with 1.5k reads and likes…
One Wattpader decided to upload an already published novel for free and she grabbed more fans that way.
Teen Fiction Rules in that Domain
Are just two of many who have made their debut on Wattpad and are now publishing mavens with agents.
Both are in high school.
Some Wattpaders who are adults, write teen fiction and if they achieve the right voice and audience, make it big.
My favorite Wattpad author(including the gifted ones above) is LD Crichton, who writes new adult and teen fiction.
Not into writing for the much younger, pubescent audience? That is quite alright. Wattpad has many categories you can sift your writing chops into, just take note that right now Wattpad is dominated by the teen fiction category.
My opinion is that when Wattpad first began, teens took to it more and faster.
It is social media after all and you read free books all day long. Even I like that idea. You can literally type a whole book on your phone and upload it right after.
The Wattpad App, Technicalities
Yes. Wattpad is great.
The app is proclaimed as magical.
Yet there are some bugs Wattpad need to fix.
First of all, I was working on a teen fiction the other day and decided, “Let me write this on my mobile phone. For a new writing experience. Should be fun.”
And it was.
For a day.
Next thing I knew, I published my chapters and one was missing.
Wattpad warns you to never delete a story or even part of it because you cannot undo it.
So I did the “unpublished” then “re-publish” thing. Still not working.
I copied my chapter on my Android phone, and deleted the story. That way I can just copy to a new empty chapter- start over right?
Nothing worked, nothing showed up. I deleted part of my story. I will never see it again.
Wattpad needs to fix this. Allowing Wattpaders to delete their story while giving a few days before a story is deleted permanently, is a better solution.
What Writing Platform is Working for Me?
Right now, Smashwords is awesome for me. I complete the manuscript, edit and upload it and the readers pour in faster than on Wattpad.
Just like Smashwords, Wattpad has an algorithm. You must use proper keywords, tags, update regularly(Smashwords prefer you post multiple books if you want to see great results), and an awesome cover and blurb.
I may use Wattpad again one day, I will definitely read stories on there now. But it is definitely too “loud” to be heard. Even with their writing contests, it has been rumored that those who are already popular on Wattpad may get chosen over you.
My advice? Try them all out. See what works best for you.
Patience is also the key, which is why perhaps I should have kept my teen fiction on there, seeing as people have requested a part 2 now.
Good luck to you all and let me know of your experience!
Intended audience: Bookworms, book reviewers, suicide survivors, teens, young adults, librarians, Trish Marie Dawson fans
This book was delicious, sincere, enlightening and whatever good and wise adjective you can come up with. I really have been enjoying the Station Series by Trish Marie Dawson this summer and feel I have learned a great deal.
After Piper Willow dies, she finds herself at the station as a Volunteer, helping the living by inhabiting their consciousness and encouraging them to make the right decisions.
In the midst of her helping, she finds out she has an interesting gift as a Seer and by the end of Book 2, she leaves Sloan and Niles to go with the dangerously beautiful Andurush, to receive training and also to learn a bit more about Andurush’s(Rush’s) world.
And this is where Dying to Return, picks up. Piper experiences many emotions all at once and even finds herself confused as to whom she should love, because while her heart is with Sloan back at the Station, she feels it being tugged in another direction…
And this part as well as other parts of the story is what will keep you up at night reading.
All of Trish’s books so far have helped me to understand more about people and their choices and why the Station is created. As Piper learns eventually,
The Station…it’s a place that moves us from one way of living to another. That’s all.”(location 1788 of eBook)
It is not just a place where the dead goes.
This book tugged on my tear ducts. The beauty of the writing and the character of Andurush grew on me. I did not like him in the second book because I was unsure of what he was and he did come off as pompous.
But the banter between him and Piper lights up the page and his interaction with his family softened me up a bit towards him.
The description of his home planet is plain gorgeous. Movie worthy.
Now, the issue of dying and suicide plays a big role in The Station Series. I like how Trish used her imagination and research together to create memorable moments and thought provoking ones.
A few unlikely reunions happens in this book that shocked me, and the book made me miss my father and mother in law who passed away some time ago. Not from suicide, but reading The Station gives me hope that they are somewhere else, still “living” but in a new way.
Love isn’t meant to be easy. Even after you die.”(Location 1696 in eBook)
IMPORTANT Side Bar Note and FYI:
Trish Marie Dawson has a lot of fans and great reviews of her books. But one of her blog posts caught my attention last night. A reviewer thought that Trish was glorifying suicide in her books and I’d like say that if you read all of her books in The Station series, that is far from the truth.
The Station series has not glorified suicide AT ALL. If anything, the hard childhoods of many of the characters and the difficult choices and pain they faced leading up to their suicide, creates a big heartbreak after killing themselves.
Her young mind had no idea one little bullet would steal her away from the short life she was given-forever.”(quote from Dying to Return)
Trish’s books have taught me to empathize with people when they are going through.
And if you want to know the key themes that stick out in Book 3, it is Love and Forgiveness(Redemption). Those are very powerful ideas.
In sum, this is a wonderful series and I will be getting Book 4, Dying to Know really soon!
Please share this post and/or discuss it. I’d love to hear from other bookworms and the general audience on this topic!
What an amazing story! Before I gush about this book with face flushed from the constant swooning, let me tell you the story…
Melissa Malinowski always had a crush on the hottest of guys at Glen Heights High School. It is 1984 and the only time she gets close to Joel effing Miller…
Is when he runs over her with his truck.
The accident shakes both of them up but other things get shaken up too when Joel starts caring for her by walking her to class, picking her up from home and taking her back home. Like, how awesome is it to have the hottest football player, the cutest boy on earth, care for you so much?
Joel Miller does not know what he has on his hands, but he does have a girlfriend already. A hot one, but there is something real, something different about Melissa.
From the Go, I was in love with the story. I was born in the early 80s and so chapters like, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, “Like a Virgin”, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, I was totally into it. Even the cover looks very Flash Dance-y. So, I was hooked.
What is really beautiful about this story is the way Joel and Melissa connect. She is not a hot chick, per se who wears heavy makeup and she does not think the sun rises and sets on her – nope. She is self conscious, an introvert and loves to write.
Joel is portrayed as beautiful, but is a hero in many aspects. He willingly accepts responsibility for Melissa’s pain and sometimes when he talks, he comes off as older than his years in my opinion. He is a senior in high school but you get the feeling he is on his way to being a decent human being.
Finally, Addison Moore has a way with words. I reviewed Moore’s super charged sexy book 3:AM Kisses, and I mention how she has a way with words. Her character’s dialogue and internal monologues are what I live for.
Check this out: “The sky blushes when she sees how blue they are…”(pg. 72). I love that sentence!
What kept me up at night were the feels and thrills when I realize how much Joel is falling for this girl. It is sweet and endearing how much she means to him and you pray she knows it.
Of course there is partying, booze drinking, loud and crazy music, prom…all the makings of a great book.
WARNING! Some Spoilers for those who have not read the first part. Thanks for your understanding!
The Backstory to The Station Series and Sloan
Dying to Remember picks up exactly where Dying to Forget left off.
At the end of Book 1, Piper finds Sloan in the Station with her. Sloan is the handsome young man whose mind she resided in for some time.
For those of you a little lost, let me help you out a bit. Piper Willow is dead. She now resides in the afterlife at a place called the Station, where it is her job to be the consciousness of teens about to commit suicide.
Sloan was one of her assignments.
She did great with him so why is he here at the station?
Being inside of Sloan’s head is one thing. But to have him appear at the station in all his deliciousness, having every female bat their eye at him and every man jealous of him, things have kicked up a notch at the station. But Piper learns that when she was pulled from him abruptly, he missed her Voice.
In other words, he heard her and when she left, he became depressed again.
Sloan killed himself because he learned a few surprising things and these things are enough to wrench your heart.
And yes. He and Piper get awfully close.
Then something amazing happens.
I will let that part be a secret. Just get the book already 😉
My Thoughts and Reaction to Dying to Remember
Now, what is this Beyond that is spoken of in the book?
As someone who likes reading about spiritual stuff and the afterlife, but within context of my own beliefs, The Station Series proves to be a bit challenging and exciting.
I say this because, there is mention of a Beyond and even of Hell, but hell is what a persona makes it.
This is not your ordinary Sunday school teaching here.
The Beyond is a mystery.
Second, the visual feast of words Trish Marie Dawson uses is worthy of a Steven Spielberg production. I believe this can be a film. Truly.
When I tell you this book has me itching to read Book 3, I am so serious. If you have not read the Free download of the first part, please head over to my Dying to Remember blog post, and grab the link quick!
Stay tuned for more reviews and remember to share these posts with your friends and your own teen at home.
No. It was a really, really good Darn book. First, let me tell you the gist of the story and why after reading it, I did an impulse purchase of the second.
So, Piper Willow is dead. In the Afterlife, there is a place called The Station. This is where “special” people go. And when I say “special”, you have to read the book to find out. Literally saying it is a spoiler.
Piper finds out the hard way that dying is only the beginning. Her job is to now become the consciousness of depressed teens, not unlike herself. And when she becomes the consciousness of a boy, things get weird really fast.
This book had me occupied with the writing, the world, the characters-Everything.
Especially the characters. Piper Willow is strong and trust me, you’ll adore her. But what really gives the book high marks is originality. Who could ever think that the dead becomes our consciousness?
The author did well to describe the transitioning from The Station to someone else’s mind. You can feel the tingly sensation or the fiery burns along your skin when Piper is entering someone’s mind. Living vicariously through a spirit in someone’s mind is worthy of the Twilight Zone award.
My favorite moment is when she wakes up inside a dude’s mind. That is trippy, in fact that whole scene in the book gave me life.
But on a more important note, I highly recommend this book to other readers who feel there is no way out, or that no one loves you. There are people who care about you and care to know you.