So, being a blogger I’m already there a little bit.
And occasionally, I do the Tinder or Bumble dating thing, which I suppose means I’ve been in the Digital Age for a while…
But now, I’ve joined Wattpad.
A few years ago, when I first started trying to write The Secrets of Seashells, I posted it on Tablo, hoping that some people would comment and give me feedback to let me know it wasn’t awful.
I never got feedback.
People were reading it, I could see it, and even upon occasion got an email to tell me there was a spike in my readership… but that feedback I needed, never came.
While working on my NaNoWriMo project, one of my students asked to read it while we were at writing club. I let her read some, and she immediately told me I HAD to put it on Wattpad because it would get a crazy huge following in her opinion. (That’s not a direct quote.)
She even brought it up in class, and several other students have now shown interest in reading it.
So, I cut a few sexy bits (most were already gone, but anything that was left, no matter how tame, was cut… don’t want to get flagged for needing the mature rating). I bugged several people on Twitter to get their feedback.
And now it’s on Wattpad.
Well, the first chapter is on Wattpad, with plans to upload a chapter a week. That gives me time to edit some of them, or make adjustments (hopefully) per the feedback that Wattpad is known for.
My biggest concern? Will I be able to actually publish this after I’ve completed it? Some say yes. Others say no. But worst case scenario, I pull it off of Wattpad and self-publish.
Best case scenario, my students will spread the word and it will become an overnight success and I’ll get an agent knocking on my door offering me enough money that I can retire!
Yeah, I know, that’s never going to happen, but it makes for a fun dream.
Anyway. If you’re interested, Now you can find me on Wattpad: LazyMayse (just like my Instagram).
Please follow along as this novel becomes a reality.