Notes from An Alien

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Finding a Social Network I Can Truly Engage With ~~~ #Wattpad

I’ve been engaged in a social media endeavor for 4 years, 10 months, and 18 days—right here on this blog… Wattpad

Naturally, since I’m a writer (and, naturally, a reader, too…), I tried the “social networks”:

Facebook—a raucous place for writers (or, readers)—folks standing up on platforms, shouting about their wares

Google Plus—more mature than Facebook but still not geared, specifically, toward writers (or, readers)

LinkedIn—hmmm… Sure, writing can be a “business”; but

Twitter—broke up with it numerous times—worked out a functioning, minimal relationship

I do, however, have WordPress automatically sending links of all my blog posts to all those networks

Feel free to check out more of my social media opinions.

However, 5 years ago I signed up with Wattpad.

I was deep into writing my first novel and didn’t see Wattpad’s value (for writers or for readers)

14 days ago, I wrote a post about my reunion with Wattpad and I linked to that post in another one I wrote 2 days ago—Very Short, Very Powerful Review of My Book on #Wattpad . . .

In that post, PAHughes said (about my novel):

“Picked this up and could not put it down. Astoundingly gripping , your words just dance on the page and every little bit comes to life. 

“I have downloaded a full copy of the book and will read it to the end. A brilliant book, well done sir.”

Then, yesterday, PAHughes told their over 1,100 followers the following:

“‘Notes from an Alien’ is Beautifully written with immense description and powerful undertones. It is the view of a world from strange but familiar eyes. Seriously go check it out.”

So, the reads of my novel have gone up and so have the reads of my poetry book and my collection of fantasy shorts. I’ve also had quite a few more folks follow me

But, I’m finding out that Wattpad isn’t just about me getting readers of my works

It’s also a wonderful place to read others’ writing—some great, some struggling, some amateurish—making comments on that writing (usually greatly appreciated, even if I’ve been a bit critical).

This was something I tried to do through other social media channels but never got used to

Perhaps, as I prepare for my next book (I’m in no hurry…), I finally can take the time to appreciate others’ writing (even if it’s a bit poorly done…)—perhaps it’s the ambiance in Wattpad—perhaps it’s knowing that about 80% of my readers are mobile (my writing is traveling while being read…)—perhaps it’s that around 85% are under 30

Perhaps it’s that I may be helping some stressed-out kid, on the streets ’cause home is a tragedy, slowly, incrementally improve their reading.

It’s possible to upload a full book or story but the Wattpad community has evolved in a serialization world (they even recommend keeping each portion of your work below 2,000 words...)—many Wattpaders are obviously writing a serial first draft and begging for comments so they can improve it.

I discovered Katherine A. Ganzel the other day and profited from reading her, How To Get Reads, Votes, and Comments – A Guide.

Katherine recommended another guide that I haven’t yet read—MichaelLimjoco‘s, Cracking the Wattpad Code: Insider Secrets the Pros don’t want you to know!

Wondering who those “pros” are or if Michael is just trying to draw in readers

But, Katherine’s guide is comprehensive and extremely helpful and she really likes Michael’s guide

Wattpad also has a Club (Forum) called Improve Your Writing and within that Club there’s a special place with a multitude of links to other aids and resources for aspiring writers plus what I’d call their Community Library

Plus, they’re rolling out Multimedia Storytelling.

And, for any writers out there who still feel hesitant to, at least, explore Wattpad’s possibilities, here’s an interesting blurb from a writer with more entrepreneurial spirit then me:

“Drawing on her own success story, indie author Dianne Greenlay explains why she thinks all self-published writers should try using Wattpad to increase the discoverability of their books.”

She’s written this article—How Wattpad Gained My Self-Published Novel 500,000 Reads.

So, whether you’re a reader looking for mobile-joy or a high-powered Indie author, I feel fairly certain Wattpad has something for you
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16 responses to “Finding a Social Network I Can Truly Engage With ~~~ #Wattpad

  1. Dianne Greenlay November 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks for the mention of my thoughts of Wattpad, for writers. I have gotten some of my best review comments from readers on there. For me, (I write in the YA genre) it was the perfect place to introduce my stories to my intended audience, and my followers continue to grow. I will be posting a few chapters of my third book in my QUINTSPINNER series there as well, as every day, I receive an email from a Wattpad reader or two, asking about the story continuation. For, me, it is a great online site to connect with READERS, as opposed to FB and Twitter, both of which seems to have an over abundance of WRITERS, with all of us looking for an audience to read our novels.

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  2. Brianna November 19, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I just found wattpad about two weeks ago! Thanks for this post! I’ve posted a few small things I’ve written, but I like to write for middle grade readers, and it’s not really set up to help them find books in their reading level. I’m hoping it will catch on, though, because I love the instant feedback. Thanks for the links to the helpful reads!

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  3. dgkaye November 24, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Great post Alex. I joined Wattpad well over a year ago and haven’t done much with it. I shall have to make some time to put more effort into it. :)


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  6. liztaiwrites December 27, 2015 at 6:07 am

    I’m excited to try out Wattpad next year too. It harkens back to my early days as a writer posting fiction on my Geocities account. Remember Geocities? Lol. I’ve got a couple of novels ready to be shipped out so to speak, and can’t wait to see how it goes. BTW, how do I find you on Wattpad?


  7. Alexander M Zoltai December 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Oh, my, Geocities—that’s an Age ago :-)

    You can find me on Wattpad here:


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