For the next several weeks, I’ll be posting interviews with authors who will be featured in this summer’s Wattpad Block Party.
The Block Party is a bi-annual event featuring great authors, multiple giveaways, and a chance interact with multiple people in the Wattpad community.
Rob Shapiro could be called a bit of a veteran to the Block Party. He’s participated in them all since the first one. I recently had the opportunity to interview him.
When explaining to people where my novel can be found, I often describe Wattpad as a “Youtube for Writers.” Certainly, it is not as big as Youtube, but it’s growing.
I joined Wattpad in late 2014 after reevaluating my views on self-publishing. Largely, I realized this was the route for me to take because it seemed the least stressful. I’m not after turning writing into a career. I’d be happy making a few dollars. What means the most to me is having readers.
And that’s the first reason Wattpad made the most sense to me. I could “publish” my work in an easy-to-read format without having to figure out templates and all the complications that come with preparing a book for self publication.
It also seems to me that while Wattpad is competitive, it seems easier to get noticed on Wattpad than it does in self-publishing. Maybe it’s that there are fewer books on Wattpad competing with each other. Maybe it’s other aspects involving Wattpad’s design. But I think a big componant is that Wattpad is designed around the principles that help authors shoot for success (I say shoot because it can’t be guaranteed).
These principles (which I honestly got from reading other blogs on self-publishing two years go) are the following: