There’s this idea in the writing community that if you publish stories on wattpad, you aren’t a “serious” writer. Some even say that once you put a story on wattpad, you never have any hope of ever getting it traditionally-published. To the first claim: that’s just the usual snobbery that permeates the writing community. To the second: while it is true that serializing on a site like wattpad, Radish, Sweek, Channilo, etc could limit the literary agents and publishing houses that will be interested in it (hey, Combustion was rejected by one agent JUST for being on wattpad, I’m aware that putting a book on wattpad has risks) it’s also true that sometimes success on wattpad can lead to publishing opportunities, and the author of “My Lord” Shimaira is a living example of this.
Earlier this year, Shimaira published her novel “My Lord” with Gurt Dog Press.
I read this book on wattpad while Shimaira was still querying and oh-my-goodness! This book is incredible. It’s equal parts horror and steamy romance. Very gothic vibes.
Shimaira published this book on wattpad and was still able to secure a contract with a small indie press.
I think Im starting to notice a trend. Small indie publishing houses seem to care less about works being “previously published.”
I’m not saying don’t weigh the risks when thinking about whether to publish on wattpad. Just be sure to consider the potential rewards too. Success on wattpad can lead to success in other spheres.
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