From Wattpad to Published: “My Lord” Author Shimaira Just Keeps on Winning

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.

And now she has another project that’s just been released. She contributed to the anthology Mirrormaze, released by Fractured Mirror Publishing, another 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.

And while you’re on your own path to success, be sure to take time to support your fellow writers. Buy your own copy of Mirrormaze and leave a review!

Blurb:

We find ourselves in a very strange place.

Technology is embedded so deeply in our lives that it no longer feels separate. It’s taken for granted, like breathing. Whatever can be imagined can be experienced, if not in the “real” world then somewhere else. Somewhere better. This is our new reality. We live inside our heads, in our dreams.

Come navigate a labyrinth of visions, illusions, nightmares, and fantasies. Explore the nascent genre of dreampunk with 22 of its finest authors as they examine and transform the dreamscapes that we call our lives. Get lost among the twists and turns, ascending to the upper limits of both wonder and dread.

Do you dare enter the Mirrormaze?

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  1. Your chances are fewer if you publish parts of the book even on your own website ahead of time. Because that’s previously published. However, sometimes they will publish linked published stories if some of them are still original. Or if y ou have a name for yourself, they definitely will publish a collection of previously published short stories, for instance. So it can be dicey.

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  2. So, back in the days when I was trying to get trad published, I heard all the warnings from agents: “If you have ever done X most agencies won’t look at you.” “If you indie publish and then your book doesn’t sell well, that will be the kiss of death if you ever want to trad publish.” And, occasionally, you would run across someone arrogant enough to say that if trad publishers weren’t interested in your stuff, it was because you just weren’t professional enough. Trad published writers, especially those who broke into the industry years ago, tend to believe this. “If you are good enough, eventually someone will notice.”

    I don’t believe any of it now.

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    1. Yeah, I mean, the risks are definitely something to consider. But all the opportunities that can arise from sharing your work online have to be considered too. It really isn’t as black and white as many people make it out to be.

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      1. I guess the thing that annoys me about it now, is the idea that trad publishing is like the Holy Grail, and “you’ll ruin your chances to trad publish” is the worst thing that can happen. But of course, that’s how it’s going to look to people within that industry.

        Also, I’m fairly new at this, so I can’t speak with much perspective about anything. Well, anything except the writing process part.

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      2. So true. There are other ways to find success with writing. There are lots of ways to monetize content online and if ppl gain enough noteriety, they can often make more than they would have if they traditionally published

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