Wattpad is amazing. And frustrating. You have just published a new book. Original, unique and worth every reader. But what? There are hardly 5 new views and an irritating lack of feedback.
And then you think: Is my writing my even worth it?
Yes! Yes, it is!
With over 80 million readers and writers, it’s easy to get lost in the flood of content on Wattpad. Some people get algorithim lucky and hit the right numbers in less time. But some of us have to work for it! And there’s nothing wrong in working hard to promote your work and let it shine.
PART 1: Let your book speak for itself.
Find the UNIQUENESS of your book:
No story is completely original. But that doesn’t mean all stories are cliche. Find one thing that differentiates your story from the rest. Is it a paranormal story where the demon is actually a babysitter? Or a teen fiction romance where bad boys are shy and baking is the major theme?
Use that and attract readers with the promise of a fictional world they have never read.
Choose a CATCHY TITLE:
Short. To-the-point. And attention grabbing. Identify the selling point of your book and come up with a title that’ll truly reflect your story. Don’t be afraid to experiment with it in the initial stages. Change it often and observe which one boosted your reads!
Be ready to be judged by the BOOK COVER:
If it isn’t attractive, why will a reader click on the story among the other ten thousand options? Keep it simple, bold, and easy-to-read. Use a single font style, images with blank spaces, and elements that are true to your narrative.
Canva is a great free website to design covers. Or take help from your fellow writers in the Multimedia Club!
Don’t play hide and seek. Update REGULARLY.
Between a book with two chapters and a book with twenty chapters, which one will you pick? As a writer on a free website, readers can’t account you for no updates. So build their trust by updating regularly. Complete the books. And they will run to your next one!
Ahem…how about EDITING?
Yes, it’s a first draft. Not a published book. Then why bother to edit the grammar? No one expects a perfect chapter. But a clean and crisp chapter instantly wins you brownie points and a reader who will come back for the next one.
Use Grammarly for basic edits and maybe ask a friend for a second opinion. Or come back with fresh eyes and pick up all those typos! Clean chapter = happy readers.
Part 2: Advertise….but where?
You have covered the basics. But your book is still in some dark corner of Wattpad. This can’t go on. With time and effort, it can and it will hit thousands of readers. How?
Book Clubs & Writing Buddies:
You’re not alone in your journey. Won’t it be nice to pick up fellow writers and help each other out? Join an active book club and commit to it. Exchange feedback through comments. Gain traction on your work.
If your fellow writers like your work, they might promote it on their profiles. And in best case scenario, their readers will also become your readers!
Advertise ONE book in your OTHER book:
You have a popular book but those readers aren’t migrating to your new works? Advertise the new book at the end of your popular book. You have a better reach by doing this compared to posting on your profile.
Remind your readers to VOTE & SHARE:
Don’t underestimate the power of a gentle reminder. When a reader is engrossed in your book, it’s easy to forget to support the author. Write a line or two, reminding them to vote on the chapter and share it with their friends if they enjoyed it.
Many will happily do this. It doesn’t cost money and they appreciate free books.
Ask a QUESTION at the end:
The biggest advantage of Wattpad is its interactive community. Engage in conversation with your readers about their interests, what they liked about the chapter, what they want to see next or simply a random Q&A.
Initiate the talk in the comments section. Silent readers will likely start supporting your works actively if they find a warm and friendly writer behind the screen. And you also gain a new friend or two!
Create Reading Lists & Read:
Give constructive feedback, dedicate chapters, and comment a lot. Showcase your favorite books in reading lists. Take time out to support fellow writers in your situation and share their works.
What goes around comes around! Being kind and patient will definitely help you in the long run.
Have a QUIRKY profile:
Make a ‘trademark’ of your style. Be it a monochrome aesthetic or a punk-rock theme. Choose your favorite look and paint your profile with it. Share your hobbies and interests on your profile. This will make people interested in your work and you’ll be able to find more like-minded people!
Use your SOCIAL MEDIA:
It takes time to share your works with real life family and friends. But once you give up on anonymity, share your works (spam), and ask for regular feedback or just moral support!
Join writing AWARDS:
It’s hard to win. But that shouldn’t stop you from trying. Use this chance to attract new readers and get your work out there. Take it as healthy competition and use the feedback provided to improve your work.
TAG your books:
Use trending and popular tags and add them to your book. Monitor what tags other writers use and what readers might be searching for. This will make your book more discoverable on Wattpad.
Confidently apply for a FEATURE:
Wattpad offers books to be featured in rotation. Fill the form and apply for it each time it opens. A feature can expose your work to thousands of new readers! Don’t fret if you’re rejected. Edit your book and repeat.