Im going to preface this by saying that I think Wattpad is giving us many opportunities to get our books out there. There is a link at the bottom with different ways to get exposure for your book. This is simply an idea that popped into my head due to the number of threads talking about being undiscovered.
I’m posting this in the Cafe because I’m curious what others think about this idea, but if it belongs somewhere else, I’m sorry!
I see a lot of threads here about getting more reads and exposure, how to help undiscovered writers, and the like. I’m a firm believer in “fewer questions, more suggestions” and I actually put this in my performance reviews for all of my direct reports. So instead of asking an open-ended question about how Wattpad plans to help undiscovered writers, I wanted to offer a suggestion and get your opinions on it.
What would you guys think of an “Undiscovered” tab under “Browse” just above or beneath the “Wattpad Picks” tab?
This tab would only contain stories that have under a certain number of reads, and would contain three columns:
- New - books first posted in the last 30 days for example
- Recently updated - books that have been updated in the past 48 hours
- Completed - books that have been marked as complete
These columns would look similar to the columns in “Wattpad Picks”, they’d just be at the top and you can scroll through them and select one.
Because of the size of Wattpad, there are so many users and so many stories, I don’t think these columns alone would be enough. So once you select a column, I think you should be given a genre list, exactly as it appears underneath the “Browse” tab, and that’s how the stories would be organized.
Let’s say I want to find a new story in the fantasy genre. I would click “Undiscovered” and then select the “New” column. Once I select the “Fantasy” genre within that column, I am shown all fantasy stories that were first posted within the past 30 days.
If I want a hidden romance gem that’s been completed but just hasn’t been put out there yet, I’d click “Undiscovered” and then select “Complete”. Then when I click “Romance”, I’d be given all romance stories that have been marked as complete and have under 5K reads.
There may need to be further organization involved to sort the order of the stories, or maybe it’s always random, but at least we’d have one spot for all of our new and undiscovered writers.
Thoughts? Questions? Comments?
For suggestions on how to get more reads, there is a pretty comprehensive list located here: