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15 Million Reads Before Her Book Was Even Published

30 Jan

Life's A WitchSince the publication of aspiring young adult novelist Brittany Geragotelis  first book, “Life’s a Witch,” the Oak Harbor native has been enjoying the magical feeling of success.  She wrote her first book at age 15 after getting the idea from a dream. “Life’s a Witch” is the seventh book she’s written but the first that she has shared with the public.

The key to her success came from stepping away from traditional publishing methods and transfering parts of her manuscript on Wattpad.com, which earned her 15 million “reads” before she started to self-publish her book.

Writers can post what they’re working on and readers can explore and give feedback, all for free. While she wrote and published her book on Wattpad, Geragotelis got feedback from readers, a huge help for finding out if she was pulling off what she was trying to do, Geragotelis said. Their favorite parts were the spells and the witty popular culture references.

Whether you have already self-published your own book or are looking to grow your readership before you publish, Wattpad is a supportive, viral community of readers to reach out to and expand awareness of your work. It is the world’s most popular e-book community. Wattpad has revolutionized the way people read written works by creating a unique social networking and digital entertainment platform for readers and writers to discover, share and connect. Content is easily accessible through Wattpad’s website (www.wattpad.com), mobile site (m.wattpad.com) or Wattpad app.

Wattpad has experienced explosive growth since its inception and has become the world’s most popular destination to publish and read e-books. Wattpad delivers billions of pages from its library of works created and published by the Wattpad community.

Wattpad in Numbers

  • 5M Monthly Unique Visitors
  • Users spend 300M minutes on Wattpad.com per month
  • Wattpad is a great platform to reach readers on the Smart phones and iPods.
  • Users spend an average of 30 minutes per session on Wattpad, twice a day
  • Wattpad is available on over 1,000+ mobile devices and is downloaded over 1M times per Month.


Tips for authors from Wattpad:

Using social media to connect with readers is crucial for authors who are trying to promote their work. As part of your social media marketing activities, use this great place to meet readers, grow your fan base and promote your work to a targeted reading audience.

Be Personable. Readers love to know the ‘behind the scenes’ details of what they are reading. Respond to comments and thank readers for becoming your fan.

Connect With Other Authors and Readers. This is critical to all social media efforts. You must give to other authors and readers what you expect in return.

Provide Content and Be Social. Content is King online, but socialized content rules the kingdom. Readers won’t remember you with just one chapter and no comments or voice. Provide a variety of work for readers to get a good idea of the kind of writer you are.

Be Patient and Start Early. Self-publishing can mean connecting with writers on a one-by-one basis. It may take a few months to see a large uptake in traffic. If you have a book coming out, give yourself time to create a fan base; don’t just start two weeks before your book becomes available.

Post Often. Readers will lose interest if you only post one chapter. By exposing more of your catalogue you are reminding readers of your work and staying connected.

Get Featured. Authors who post completed works are encouraged to contact us for consideration for being Featured, which places your title higher on mobile apps and on the site.

Brag to Us. We love advertising about an author’s success. Did you reach a milestone you’d set for yourself? Have an article written about your work? Or contribute a guest blog? Let us know and we’ll make sure to use our channels to let our readers know.

 

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26 responses to “15 Million Reads Before Her Book Was Even Published

  1. Jovon Thomas

    February 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I’m an aspiring writer, hoping to get heard, I just need a helping hand

     
  2. Shannon Hayes

    February 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I just posted a complete work to Wattpad with a lot of positive responses. I’m looking for a publisher. Will this hurt my possibilities?

    Thanks

     
    • ebooksinternational

      February 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Shannon,
      not at all!
      The opposite: copy all these positive responses and use it for your blurbs. You can even publish your book at Amazon as an e-book in the meantime, until you have found a publisher – and ask these readers to write an official review on your author’s site on Amazon. Or at least click the “Like” button.
      All the very best for your book,
      Doris

       
      • Shannon Hayes

        February 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Thank you so much! You’ve been so helpful!

         
  3. Anita Larrison

    April 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I’m happy to read about Brittany’s success. I’m going to have to buy her book. My book is doing good so far on wattpad this give me hope. I’m happy I found such a great place to put my work.

     
    • ebooksinternational

      April 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Anita, thanks for your comment. Let us know about your experience with Wattpad, maybe in a guest post?
      What is the genre and title of your book? Too few authors still use the wonderful book communities that are out there.

      Happy to hear soon from you again,

      Doris

       
      • Anita Larrison

        September 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        My ebook is Lessons In Blood The Beginning and Lessons In Blood The Escape. I have taken them down on wattpad and I have them both up on sale through booktango. Anyone can buy them on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and most all major ebook stores online. Its a vampire thriller,

        Thank you Doris for your comments. Hope to hear from you again!!!

         
  4. Karla

    June 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I really want a few more reads on my story!
    It’s called Twisted Rose and my Wattpad name is Karla_Kardashian
    I would love you to advertise my story here if you could!

     
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    December 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm

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    i read this paragraph i thought i could also create comment due to this sensible
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  6. Christine M. Fairchild

    January 18, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I’ve been loving and raving about Wattpad for the last year to my author pals, students, and fellow editors. My book did great there and the feedback helped me push harder to finish the book, which I then indie-published to Amazon/etc. My reviews have been pretty great, and I attribute that in part to Wattpad readers (though my critique group and editor did most of the heavy lifting). A couple folks wrote reviews for me on Amazon and/or bought the book. I’m in the process of vetting book 2 chapters on Wattpad now, though this is early material. I feel my fans on Wattpad deserve to see the chapters first. And frankly, they’ve been demanding it with emails asking for book 2. Talk about motivation! So I’m a big fan, needless to say!

     
  7. Amy Lynn

    April 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I started about a year ago on wattpad, and since then have gained 10,000 fans (as of today!!), and one of my stories, Just One Night, won “On The Rise: Teen Fiction” in the 2012 Watty Awards, and recently reached 15 millions reads. I love the site, it gives everyone a chance to just express themselves! I want to be properly published one day, however, and I feel like wattpad is a great way to show the reaction I’ve received, and it works perfectly as a kind of feedback for if I ever need proof that my story can do well. I really do want to be published though… one day. If I self-published, would that harm my chances of getting an actual deal one day?

     
    • Candace Habte

      December 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Wow, that’s great Amy. I can’t answer you’re question on traditional publishing…just wanted to say congrats on Watty Award.

       
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    Great info here, Doris. And love the new layout/design/colors here.

     
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    April 10, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Reblogged this on EditorEtc LLC and commented:
    Great info on Wattpad here…

     
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