If you’re a writer, you’ve likely heard of Wattpad. What started out as a free platform for writers to write and readers to read became one of the largest writing apps to date. Wattpad now boasts over 70 millions users, publishing deals, and a few movies.

For those authors who have had success, Wattpad has been more than a great platform, but with 70 million users, many of which are writers, it’s one heck of a challenge to gain a following. The app is literally bursting with content.

It won’t be the same for everyone, but like a lot of authors who heard about the success of the Kissing Booth and After, I headed over to Wattpad to see how my stories would do.


My Wattpad Experience

I joined Wattpad and posted entire books over the course of a year. My best novel ended up with 5k reads, 600 votes, and 80+ followers on my profile. I was so excited and pitched to Wattpad the moment I passed 2k reads and Wattpad did… they did…

Nothing.

To get all those reads, votes, and followers, I bled. Not only did I post to Wattpad 2x a week, but I also:

  • Advertised once a week in the forums
  • Exchanged reads (I would read someone’s story if they read mine)
  • Joined bookclubs
  • And submitted my novels to reader-organized contests

I was exhausted and when I finally reached a decent number of reads and follows, I hopped over to the Wattpad Google Document for Submissions and applied three times without hearing back. Months (and now years) went by and not so much as a peep from Wattpad 😭

It turns out that 5k reads and 600 votes on a novel just doesn’t mean anything on a platform where stories have 50-100k + reads and thousands of votes.


Even ranked #1 in Hot for Supernatural and gaining traction, it wasn’t much of an achievement on Wattpad. I gained more reads, votes, and followers, but my pitches were ignored (to be fair, I cannot imagine how many pitches they receive every day) and I didn’t see a dime from the ads that appeared between my chapters, so Wattpad was making money from what I wrote, but I wasn’t.

*The book cover shown was my old cover before I created a thumbnail for Tapas.


I gave Wattpad a year and I was considering leaving my novels there, but as someone who sells books and ebooks on Amazon, Kobo, Google Play etc, having my books up for free on a platform that had zero return seemed like a waste, so I took my series elsewhere.


My original thumbnail for I Fell in Love with a Necromancer. The artwork is still available in my art shop ^_^

My Tapas Experience

When I first downloaded Tapas, I saw that it primarily advertised comics and I wondered if it was the right platform for me, but I’m so glad I took a chance.

While Tapas does not boast over 70 million users, it does boast over 2 million. That is a huge, powerful platform, and a massive amount of potential readers.

In one year on Tapas:

  • My novels were featured multiple times
  • I unlocked Ad Revenue
  • Unlocked Support (donations from readers)
  • And I was accepted into the Tapas Premium Catalogue

Ad Revenue

Similar to platforms such as Youtube, Tapas allows creators to monetize their story with Ads once they have reached 100 subscribers.

Support

After a creator has reached 150 subscribers on a series, Support is enabled. Readers can donate directly to you through the app.

Tapas Premium Catalogue

Once a creator reaches 300 subscribers, Tapas will accept pitches to their premium catalogue. Books and comics in the Premium catalog are pay-to-reads in the form of either Unlocking or Wait-for-Free. To unlock chapters or episodes, you pay with ink (in app currency purchased in the ink store).

My novel, featured with a new cover in the premium catalogue. Top left ^_^

In Conclusion

So, with Ad Revenue, generous donations from my readers (Thank you so much!), and readers who have paid to unlock chapters (Thank you again!), Tapas has become a new home for me and another source of income.

With Wattpad, I spent a lot of time and energy on a platform that got me nowhere. So for this writer, Tapas was an incredible find and I couldn’t recommend it more.

If you’re curious about other writers on Tapas and their experiences, I suggest checking out CJ Young’s The Dragon Prince Bride and Secunda by Joanne Kwan (for mature audiences).

If you’d like to learn more about publishing to Apps such as Tapas, please check out my article on Apps for Writers and if you’d like check out Tapas and my books, please click the links below ^_^

More articles on writing and publishing coming soon!

-WaterRaven


It was called the Great Awakening, when magickal kind returned to our world. They live among us now, renting apartments, laboring in the workforce, and paying taxes. Ares is a vampire and doing very well for himself in the modern world. Between teaching at the local university and assisting a paranormal investigator, things couldn’t be better. But when a woman dies mysteriously in her own home, the question isn’t who killed her, but what.

Alexandria is alone in the world. Having lived a complicated life surrounded by mystery and tragedy, she’s quickly pulled into the world of paranormal investigating. Can she walk the border between the worlds of man and magick or will she become consumed by it?

Necromancy is illegal. Cecile has lived her entire life on the run and in the shadows. She takes refuge in the small mountain town of Silverbrook, where she foolishly thinks she can attend university and be a normal student—that is, until she meets Darren.

Darren is dead. Unable to remember how he died, he quickly latches onto Cecile, who wants nothing to do with him. With a growing number of undead plaguing the city, Cecile and Darren are forced together on a journey that will change them both forever.

Will Darren find peace in his afterlife or will he simply fall in love with a necromancer?

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