I’m just going to copy and paste what I said to others who asked the same thing. Here it goes:
It depends on some factors:
- first of all, know that gaining readers/followers will take time depending on what you post on here. Some people gain 100 followers/reads in their first month/week and sometimes people gain 100 in a year.
- advertising on SYS threads (but don’t just rely on this)
- sharing your story with people asking for recommendations in the forums. This helped me A LOT because I found a lot of people from the forums reading my most recent book and they enjoyed it which was super great. Some people even said they were browsing through these forums, found interest in my book, and ended up reading it.
- using your book/characters in character/story games throughout the forums
- Participating in feedback threads: Not only does this help improve your writing, but you can always find people who are interested in following you/reading more of your work.
- Are your books in Wattpad’s favorite genre? Romance is Wattpad’s ultimate favorite and so is fanfiction. But yeah, Wattpad has predominantly Romance readers.
- Is the story poorly written? Many readers leave once they notice repetitive grammar and spelling mistakes. I’m one of them tbh.
- Book Clubs: This helps boost up your reads/followers and you can even make new loyal readers and friends
- Contests: This also boosts up your readers/followers. I recently won first place in the romance category for a contest I joined and my reads and followers skyrocketed.
- Also, try to respond to your comments. Readers love when we interact with them, so it makes them want to comment more.
Before I did all of this, I was lucky enough to have readers before I started Wattpad. I used to write fanfiction on Tumblr and my followers were kind enough to continue following me on here. So that helped me a lot to gain many reads during my first week.
Overall, be patient. Your readers will come eventually. Just be nice and put yourself out there. Make friends in the forums. Read other books and leave fun/nice comments. Update your story regularly (preferably on Thursdays or Fridays because the algorithms will become your best friend). And most of all, have fun!
Also, I heard once you start getting like 500 reads a day, that means you’re in a certain percentage that makes it easier to find your book on Wattpad.