Monday, March 18, 2013

What's Wattpad? Tara West Is Here To Tell Us.

Tara West was the author who first put me onto Wattpad. I'd never heard of this writing platform before, but having spent a little time there, I truly understand its awesomeness. Tara West has had a lot of success on the site, so I have invited her here to tell us a little about it, plus show case a couple of her fantastic books.

Welcome to YAlicious, Tara!

Wattpad rocks on so many levels. It’s like Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads all rolled into one, but only for writers and readers. If you’re a writer trying to reach a target group of readers, look no further than Wattpad. Any level of writer can join, from the novice to the established author.

When I joined Wattpad last year, I was a bit overwhelmed by everything to see and do, but I quickly found my way. Since I posted Sophie’s Secret on Wattpad, it has had over 500 thousand reads (they count each chapter as a read) and it’s earned over 2,500 votes. I’ve made some awesome fans from Wattpad, too, and it’s driven sales to my other three books in the series.

If you are interested in getting your book featured on Wattpad, click on the help section and contact Wattpad. It sometimes takes a few weeks for them to get back to you, but if they agree to feature your book, you will also have a contest opportunity and a chance to write a blog for Wattpad as well. I highly recommend it. It’s driven even more traffic to my page.

If you are an emerging writer, post on Wattpad for feedback on your story. Before uploading, Wattpad has a copyright section where you can check that all rights are reserved on your story, meaning the story belongs to YOU. Emerging writers can also read stories by published authors for free. It’s a perfect way to improve and perfect your own style. Plus get tips on grammar, characterization and plotting.  

Dearest Wattpad,
How I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Published Writers:
1. Connect with fans.
2. Get feedback on your stories.
3. Increase your visibility.
4. Increase your sales.

Emerging writers:
1. Connect with other writers
2. Get feedback on your manuscripts.
3. Learn how to develop your style of writing.
4. Launch your writing career!

I’d like to extend a special thanks to the Wattpad team for giving me an exceptional experience there. If you are still thinking of signing up, especially if you are a YA writer or reader, DO IT ALREADY!    

Thanks for your insights Tara. My suggestion is you listen to her and get yourself over to Wattpad :) It's a ton of fun.

Tara West is the YA paranormal and fantasy author of the Whispers Series and the Keepers of the Stones Saga. Read her paranormal YA, Sophie's Secret, and her fantasy romance, Witch Flame, for free on Wattpad.  http://wattpad.com/TaraWest . You can also download Sophie's Secret and Witch Flame for free at most major ebook retailers. 

If you'd like to connect with Tara online, you can follow the links below:

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