Remember the blog post about Wattpad I wrote in January? This Canadian book “forum” has experienced explosive growth since its inception and has become the world’s most popular destination to upload and read e-books.
MacLeans Magazine now wrote about Wattpad: “Could Wattpad be the ‘killer app’ for aspiring writers? On Wattpad, anyone can write and get feedback—just ask Margaret Atwood”.
They explained that Brittany Geragotelis was an aspiring author who had written six novels – all of them had been rejected by publishers. She worked as an editor at American Cheerleader magazine. In October of 2010, a digital venture from Toronto called Wattpad, asked her if she would promote the company in the magazine. She was a “big book nerd” and Wattpad—an interactive online forum where anyone can upload their own writing, and readers can read, comment on, and even contribute—was compelling. With nothing to lose, she wrote a novel and gave it away, one chapter at a time, for six months.
Within a week, the first chapter of “Life’s a Witch” had been read a couple of thousand times. By the time she finished writing and uploading the entire book, it had been read six million times. Half a year and 19 million reads later, Brittany Geragotelis had a new literary agent and a six-figure deal from Simon & Schuster.
Wattpad now has nine million visitors who spend about 2.2 billion minutes on the site each month 6.5 million “stories”— in 24 different languages—have been uploaded. Recently Margaret Atwood joint and published three new poems, Thriller Suite, on Wattpad. Wattpad received more than US$17 million venture capital, some of that from Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang.
Calvin Reid from Publishers Weekly wrote: “YA Author with Huge Wattpad Fan Base Tries Self-Publishing” and “Swamped by Offers, Self-Pubbed YA Author Gets Agent and More”.
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