How to Be Successful On Wattpad?
Yes, even with a small following!
Wattpad is a free app where you can write stories, read, and build a community with creative writers. This is a dream platform for bookworms, aspiring writers, and established authors! However, there are so many common questions on Wattpad that I’ve noticed through the years.
Even though Wattpad launched in 2006, there’re still so many questions regarding how a writer can be “successful” on the platform. As an avid user of Wattpad since 2012, I’ve had my fair shares of ups and downs with this platform.
Today, I’m sharing a few tips that I’ve gathered from my (more or less) 8 years of being on Wattpad.
As obvious as this may sound, you have to be (somewhat) consistent when you’re on Wattpad. You don’t have to post everyday but find a schedule that works for you. Ideally, the more active you are on Wattpad the higher the exposure and success rate you’ll get through time.
From a reader’s perspective, the best way to gain loyal readers is by posting quality chapters. I would much rather wait an extra day or week for a quality chapter than a fast update with tons of grammatical errors.
Honestly, that’s where the “loyalty” comes from on Wattpad. If your readers trust that you will always put your best foot forward, they will always come back for more.
Niche & Audience
Perhaps, the reason why some people are not seeing the results that they want is because they’re advertising in the wrong area. They’re not getting any attention from the right audience.
For example, if you’re writing a teen fiction novel, you want to make sure that you’re using the right hashtags to gather the right audience. You may also want to interact with TF readers who are actively looking for new stories to read. Also, I encourage you to follow TF writers and read their stories too. Basically, the more active and informed you are about your genre, the higher your success rate will be.
At the end of the day, Wattpad is a social media and if you don’t socialize on that platform you’re missing an important aspect of Wattpad.
If you’re not much of a social person, I recommend easing into it by thanking a few followers for following you. Maybe respond to a few comments that caught your attention. These are some easy ways to build trust with your readers while improving your interactions with them.
Avoid Shortcut Success
I like to call F4F, R4R, and C4C a “shortcut” success because chances are, someone may unfollow you. Someone might not do their end of the deal. Overall, I don’t recommend this route unless you have established a set of rules that’s clear and you know everybody will follow those rules.
Success comes at different times for everybody. Just because you haven’t reached your Wattpad goals yet, it doesn’t mean you’ll never have a chance to reach it. Chances are, it’s not your time yet!
And honestly, you have plenty of opportunities to get some recognition on Wattpad. From writing contests, the Watty awards, to maybe a novel that you wrote two years ago that suddenly went viral, there’s a chance for you to be successful. It’s just that the opportunity hasn’t come yet.
On a side note, if you’re passionate enough about your craft you’ll eventually attract the right readers. Some of the best stories that I’ve read on Wattpad were hidden gems and authors with under a thousand followers. In my opinion, you just have to be patient and believe in yourself! Sooner or later, the right audience will find your story.