I heard a few good things about Wattpad during 2014.
Wikipedia (December 20, 2016) says…
“Wattpad is an online storytelling community where users post written works such as articles, stories, fan fiction, and poems, either through the website or the mobile app…
As of April 2014: [Yes, 2014]
- 85% of its traffic and usage comes from mobile devices,
- the site has 35 million unique visitors per month,
- there are over 100,000 story uploads per day,
- there have been over two million writers.
… According to the profiles visible on the site, many of these authors are teenagers.”
I took a look and found it full of YA, Romance and Undead Fantasy (not my genres), mostly written by teens. Still, I thought I’d give it a try and uploaded some short stories (horror, hard scifi…) to test the waters. I had a reasonable readership response, but few Likes or comments. Okay (shrug), I’m not Rowling or Atwood or Howey (yet). I’m not going to get swarms of eager readers seeking out every word I electronically utter (yet).
Persevering, I tried a novel.
In 2015, I started uploading chapters of my slowly developing “paranormal noir” novel. It’s actually more noir than paranormal but I write stories, not anally specific sub-sub-genres, so that’s the closest category I can claim for it. I call it “Bogart. With a ghost. Maybe.”
I had very few readers. Okay, weak promotion by me, no sex, wrong genre, bad writing, no monsters, no sex, overly mature themes (not “adult”), no sex… Lots of reasons for low readership. (Definition: “Adult themes” means lots of sex.)
But here’s the rub:
- more people read chapter five than chapters three or four, and
- chapter one was the least read (at the time)
I pressed on and submitted a few more chapters. The reader numbers continued to be inconsistent. I received one comment and one Like. (Thank you both.)
Seriously deterred, a few months ago I uploaded chapter one of my novel “Faces of Janus” to pre-announce its arrival on the market.
I received a couple more comments and Likes across my entire set of works. Nothing special, no interest.
I gave up and stopped checking my account.
Surprise, but still Strange
As I started to write this post, I checked the readership figures to post those oddly distorted early results.
Hmm… While I was busy ignoring my Wattpad account, I’d collected a growing readership for the short stories as well as for the novel chapters. But the readership pattern is still strangely skewed. Here’s the stats…
Chapter 1 : A Thing Of Beauty 42 reads
Can anyone make any sense of that readership pattern? Because I can’t.
Perhaps Wattpad is a platform for any aspiring authors reading this. But I’m not convinced it’s right for me.
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Interviews with Janus Security Corporation personnel
Angel Flores : Executive Officer
“I worked hard to get from a favela to the executive floor of JCorp tower. Huge office, wonderful view, penthouse suite… I had always aimed for the stars. It was just a metaphor, until one day… If I had stuck to my job and my affair with the company owner… But I am not made that way. Satisfaction leads to stagnation. I am just not made that way.
“It started with a few odd coincidences and my curiosity making me dig deeper. Or perhaps it started with my affair turning tedious. Or both. Perhaps it was Zag being there at the right time when I needed someone strong.
“Anyway, one day the real stars came within reach. How could I not grasp that opportunity with both hands?
“Zag? Yes, he was crucial to my plans. How did I feel about him? He was… everything. Did I show him this? Not enough, perhaps. I am just not made that way.”
Zag Bishop : Operations Manager
“I’d been trouble as a kid in the lower city. The military fixed that, or most of it. Then contract work I can’t talk about. Then to JCorp and Angel. Happy times. I loved them both. Did she love me back? I’m not good with emotion. I blame the work I did.
“So this space conspiracy thing came along and turned everything on its head. Would it have been better to quit and get a new job? Who knows? I’m tactics, not strategy. The strategy was Angel’s, from the start. The kidnaps and killings? Just part of the job.
“With Earth falling to pieces, escape to the stars seemed a good idea. Escape with the woman I loved. Sounded good. But which woman?”
Katya Ulyanov : Operative
“I had a secret. A dangerous one. A secret that could get me thrown into the desert. And I’d fallen for a damned cop. How did he feel about me? I knew how I felt about him. One day I hated him, the next… I guess I’d been let down too many times. He said I had a trust issue. No wonder, with my past.
“So I decided to be the best operative Zag had. I did a few crazy things to get his attention. It didn’t help that my PTSD, my other secret, kept getting in the way.
“Then the space thing came along. Changed everything.”
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It has been a long journey, but here I stand on the verge of publishing my first novel.
I always wanted to write, but my first High School English teacher convinced me I was barely literate. I think he resented me being taller than him, as a later (taller) teacher promoted me from bottom of the class to (almost) pole position.
It was my final year of school and my small fantasies had been strangled. Hurrah for education! Continue reading
Well, that Brexit thing was a blast. Britain will pull out of the EU (European Union). To some, it’s like Hawaii pulling out of the US of A. (It isn’t.) And lots of lies on all sides, it seems.
Gosh! Anti-establishment folk, politicians and urban elites telling lies? Unbelievable! Spooky times!
I hit 65 last month. Let’s try interviewing me.
How does it feel?
Well, pretty much the same as when I was younger. You know, 64, 63…
It happened to me while I was in the UK, Continue reading
Another hectic month.
June started with a week in the UK, celebrating my middle daughter’s graduation (huge congrats!).
It ended with a week at a German spa!
In between, I managed to start work on my beta-readers’ responses to my novel, “FACES OF JANUS”. Continue reading