Most recently, we’ve had a number of writers inquire about the legitimacy of offers from certain third parties who have been soliciting their services via Wattpad PM. Their promises to writers contain several red flags, including vague, broad-sweeping language, inconsistent points of contact, and evasive responses regarding their contracts.
As always, we encourage writers to do their research when it comes to any opportunity. Below are some helpful tips on how to make an informed decision.
- Conduct an Internet search of the company and see if it returns any results that may look suspicious.
- Ask the writer community in the Industry Insiders’ club. A number of Wattpadders who also work in the publishing and entertainment spaces may have additional insight or guidance.
- Pay attention to the phrasing and language used. Being addressed as “writer” or “author,” for example, could mean you’re receiving a generic offer aimed at hundreds of others.
- Ensure you fully understand the company’s process and their terms of agreement. This includes, but is not limited to, copyright, distribution rights, etc. Seek legal advice, if necessary. Always read the fine print so you are aware of what rights you may retain and what you are giving away.
- Never be afraid of asking too many questions. If the company is credible and genuinely interested in working with you, they should have no problem fielding all of your questions.
- If you are approached by someone whose vision does not align with your own or who is making you an offer that seems unjust, do not feel pressured to sign anything. Understand that there are a number of similar applications using Wattpad to source new talent. Do not sell yourself short.
Remember, on Wattpad you retain all rights to your stories. Not all platforms work this way, so be careful and cautious when approached by ANYONE who wants you to sign away your hard work.