Last week I thought I was hitting all the important places to get word out on my work and ongoing projects. Then, out of the blue, without so much as a “By-your-leave”, a good friend of mine asked me if I had spent any time on Wattpad.
I had to reluctantly admit that, no, I had not spent ANY time on Wattpad. As in none whatsoever.
That lack may not surprise those of you who don’t know what Wattpad is. In a nutshell, and borrowing a line from their About section:
Wattpad is a revolutionary way for readers to discover and participate in the creation of new stories.
Okay, that’s great, but why do I care? Let me put it to you this way, my friend has two of his novels up there for comment (for free) and currently has 16,000+ readers. That number alone caught my attention.
Then he mentioned that the work was protected, could not be downloaded or copied. That was cool.
THEN he mentioned the discussion forums about anthologies and how someone started to talk their anthology up and immediately got a ton of interest in it. Now we are talking about something that has an immediate value. Since I am looking for submissions for the Mad Scientist Anthology, it might be a very valuable thing and, who knows? I might just put one of my older works up for comment too.
So, despite thinking I had everything in hand and all the major media covered (in plan if not in action yet), I learned how very wrong I am. All because I finally listened to the hype that this friend has been pitching to me for a few months now.
Have you heard any useful information that you haven’t acted on that could be helpful? Maybe it’s time to start hearing and seeing what’s being thrown your way. Like me, you might just find something useful.