What I discovered using Watpadd and FictionPress
I finally posted that damn novel I spent half my life on. I discovered Wattpad and rediscovered FictionPress and decided to compare the two.
I was planning to self publish my novel as an ebook, but decided it wasn’t ready for that yet so I posted it in an un-edited form on these two sites. These are just my experiences of these two sites.
Wattpad is a newer site and you can also get the app for all your devices. The site navigation is really nice and easy. The site design itself looks really nice. Good commenting and reviewing system. Good profile system. You can even have your own cover image!
As for marketing your book there, that’s the actual work. I have done a lot of research to find out the best ways to market yourself on there. I’ve read many blogs from other authours, most of which had already published professionally and made a name for themselves before they randomly threw something up on the site for fun. So they already had some audience by the time they found Wattpad. I haven’t seen much success from those that are completely starting from scratch, no audience at all, save for a few that found their only success by spending literally hours spamming everyone on the site. I know people hate that kind of method for obvious reasons. But it seems to work better than dumping something on a site and then waiting for something to happen.
The site has some good suggestions for marketing though. It does make promises that you can get professionally published, then your books can be made into movies and tvshows, almost as if turning it into a movie should be the be-all-end-all point to writing a novel. I might make another blog post on that later. But I post on Wattpad to get readers and feedback and so people can enjoy reading my work.
Also the posting process needs to be fixed. And before any gaslighting: This has happened every time I have posted a chapter, that’s more than three times. The rule of science is that one must run a test three times to get an accurate result and I’ve had the same result more than three times so…
It doesn’t dick you over until you’ve hit ‘Upload’, then you have to go back into edit, so that you can click-space, click-space, click-space, click-space for the next half-hour all the places that the site has randomly removed spaces for absolutely no reason. That is time that could be spent on completely unnecessary things like perhaps writing the rest of the novel you are posting.
I have found it is very easy to share you work and other peoples work through social media. I should probably get around to sharing my work on my facebook page.
The site also has groups and forums where one can chat about writing and books, so those might be quite helpful.
Good site, besides the formatting problem.
Marketing: Already having an audience will be helpful. Also: 12-year-olds with no grammar don’t seem to need marketing at all. As for those who have nothing but your novel, If you are a Freemason you will not have any problems, so disregard the following review: Mine has been up a couple months with a few chapters, 14 views, no feedback. Will let you know if anything interesting happens.
The next one is FictionPress…
I’ve known of Fictionpress for a while as it is the sistersite to Fanfiction.net, which should tell you what it’s target audience is.
To let you know what the site is like: It looks exactly the same as it did when I first joined with my old account. When I was twelve. I am now 27. So the site is older than most of its members and it shows in the navigation. I have yet to find if I’ve even had any reviews at all, let alone what they say, besides hacking into my profile through emails I receive from the site
No app that I know of.
But though it’s old it is still dear to my heart.
And I’ve already had favorites and follows on my novel there. (Compere to Wattpad: None at all) I have done no marketing at all on FictionPress. (Compere to Wattpad: Made a few attempts and spamming my novel. No response) I’ve made ONE attempt at getting into the community in FictionPress and I’m already getting follows. And I was told it was a dead site and would get more success on WattPad!
Haven’t tried to see of one can share from this site yet, though you can have a favorites section on your profile.
This one also has forums and communities though most were last updated a decade ago.
Be warned it is an old site. If you needed your Freemasonry to market on Wattpad, you will need Baphomet or something to use the navigation on this site. But it served all my needs for the site. I had a place to post my novel and possibly get feedback
Marketing: Got more views on a ‘dead site’ than I did on the latest writing community. Also had a few follows and favorites. And I’ve hardly done any marketing.
I will continue to use both sites to post chapters of my novel you can find it HERE
I spend more time on Wattpad because I’m biased and like the site formatting/navigation better.
I tried to be a bit helpful in this blog so I hope you got something out of it. Your results may vary with each of these two sites. There are many other writing communities out there that I haven’t covered yet.
These sites are and alright place to get started into writing. A lot of people post their first drafts there and go through the process of revising with the feedback from readers and other writers. Sites like this are perfect for that sort of thing. And they are good sites if you are still practicing your skills and just want to post a story that you never want to publish professionally because there’s no shame in that, I’ll be doing that too 😄
Though if you’ve finished school and know how to spell and how to write properly, prepare to be ignored for months, or you could try the mass spam method meantioned earlier. Yes, no on recommends it but I’m not knocking it if it works. If you’re just a reader, the top stories are written by twelve-year-olds, the biggest audience on both these sites. So expect to find some very 12-year-old stories. I know my 12-year-old stories were disgusting quality! Some of my stories I’m writing now is disgusting quality, but that’s part of the process. In the end it’s a good place for teens and young adults to test their skills
And that’s my review I wanted to do of these two sites.