(This thread was originally by Scripturite, but it appears they’re now inactive. Scripturite, if you want your thread back, just holler and I’ll take this one down for you)
And now for the tips.
A lot of this information and more can already be found in the Story Services category
Either work in pairs or work in groups. It differs how each book club is run, so find one that works for you. Some have three featured books every week, and you’ll critique one chapter of each book. Some pairs you up with another book club member, and you’ll do however many chapters is required.
WARNING: Some book clubs are better than others; Some clubs are generally read for reads and some are super in-depth and offer lots of feedback and critique. Ask around to figure out which offer honest critiques, and which are just read boosters.
Do not ask for Critiques if you are not going to make any changes. Asking for critiques just to get reads while never intending to change the story at all, is frowned upon. Ask because you’re ready to do the work and receive the advice of your fellow Wattpadders.
Writing buddies offer in-depth one on one help with each other’s novels. Typically you get as much as you give, so keep that in mind if you plan on ghosting your buddy. (But don’t do that. That’s really shitty.)
Completed novels can hire Beta Readers to provide whole novel help. Again, this is hit or miss with success but it never hurts to try. Hire as many as you can get, as the more eyes you get on a finished draft, the better.
Awards (there are currently no award advertising area - but use the search function, both here and on the main site, to find them)
Even if you don’t win, participating in small and large Awards Competitions can help get your book out in front of judges and other participants.
Offer Something of Your Own;
Do you have skill that others would “pay” you to perform? Do you make covers, trailers, draw, edit, or want to be a Beta Reader yourself?
You can offer any skill with the payment being to read and comment on your story. This is a great way of gaining reads, as you are essentially forcing people to check out your book in exchange for your services. that sounded bad but I swear it’s not
Just keep in mind how much effort this will be on your part, as you must provide the service and that is a time-consuming process.
Do not skimp or scam your customers just to gain reads like a lousy asshat
Even beta-reading and/or critiquing books in the same sub-genre as your books, gets your name out there. Other readers might see you in the comment section and want to check out your stuff. Don’t advertise your book or even think about sliding an ad in there when you’re critiquing other people’s books.
You can also try and venture outside of your own genre as that might broaden your horizon even more.
Sumbit to an “Offical Reading List”;
Wattpad actually has official genre accounts where you can submit your story and get it added. These lists help readers find stories they like and might gain you some attention if you are added. Not all stories will be added.
Genre Main Accounts: @Action, @Adventure, @ChickLit, @classicauthors, @Fanfic, @Fantasy, @HistoricalFiction, @fright (Horror), @humor, @lgbtq, @mystery, @nonfiction, @ParanormalCommunity, @WP_Poetry, @Romance, @ScienceFiction, @ShortStory, @Spiritual_Universe, @TeenFiction, @werewolf, @WattVampires
These are just the main Genre accounts. There are also many other official accounts for niche genres and official accounts for other other languages.
Movements and subgenre accounts:
@YA, @ProfileMentalHealth, @retold, @_SteamPunk, @anime, @Ghost, @urban, @PsychologicalNovel @superhero, @TheFaeFolk, @mythandlegend, @magic, @talesofthedeep, @_Once_Upon, @starwarsfans, @BeyondSol, @WattThology, @WattSupernatural, @childrensfiction, @dystopianapocalypse, @MicroBytes, @crime, @sport, @WattFest, @adultfiction, @WattRiverdale, @Spiritual_Universe, @ForbiddenWorlds, @beauty, @military-fiction, @flashfic, @WattRowling, @historical-romance, @_creepy_pasta, @OUATfans, @NoMoreBullying, @music, @BACommunity, @multimedia, @_Dark_Fantasy, @RoleplayCommunity, @Wattpunk, @CoffeeCommunity
Details for submitting your story is usually found on the profile somewhere.
Unofficial Community Profiles
There are also many Member run group and community profiles that offer reading lists with submission options. These can typically be found by searching your genre plus “community” or “group” and doing a little digging. This is good for niche authors or those looking for more variety. Suggested by @KaranSeraph
Following official accounts and unofficial communities can help keep you updated on new contests.
Profile specifically aimed at undiscovered authors and works:
Make Your Story Findable
Making your story as findable as possible helps more people, well, duh, find it!
Adding tags to your story can help those looking for stories like yours find them. Tags also now have the function of ranking, so there is no reason to be skimpy. We have the ability to add 25 - use all 25. Try and use popular and less popular tags. Avoid using very specific tags as the chances of someone searching for that tag is small.
Share Your Story Boards
There is one on each genre board. While generally not very successful, this is a way of sharing your story. Just keep in mind this isn’t very successful so don’t get super bummed when the reads don’t start pouring in after you post your story here. Go here #share-your-story to go to the SYS club.
Make Your Story Desireable
Obviously, your story needs to look like a good story in order for people to want to read it. There are a good number of ways to achieve this easily, so don’t fret!
If your book isn’t finished, updating on a regular schedule is highly suggested. Fridays and Saturdays are shown to be best and try scheduling your updates around your most popular demographic or area, so you aren’t updating when they are asleep. Suggested in part by @KECass
Having a Good Cover
That cover you made in MS paint that is pixelated beyond belief is not helping. Go to the Multimedia Board to request a new one. Also, do research in your genre. How do other book covers look? Get inspired and try to be as specific about your wishes to a cover maker as possible.
Having a Good Opening Blurb
There are a lot of resources for this on the #improve-your-writing club.
Reader Retention Practises
Even on a first draft, use good grammar, punctuation and sentence structure to increase your reader retention.
Follow up Comments by thanking the reader or asking a question about the comment.
Follow up Votes and Follows by Thanking the reader on their own profile.
This could sometimes increase the amount of feedback, as the reader sees you want to hear more from them. And could help them finish your book sooner, as they feel appreciated as a reader.
The more active you are, the more people want to comment. No one wants to just comment into a void. So be loud!
Suggested by @Perci_Snickedy
The Boards and How to Use Them to Get Reads!
There are many ways to use the boards that could help you get reads, BUT, the most important thing is, do not self-promote on boards! By doing so you will only earn the scorn of those around you and ensure fewer people will check out your books since they are so annoyed with you. Seriously, it’s just bad form.
Also, Never under any circumstances post a direct link to your book. Even if you are trying to be helpful by providing an example or even if someone says “link me to your book”, you cannot do this. This is a direct breach of the guidelines.
How to “self-promote” properly on Wattpad Boards
Be a presence on your genres’ boards, related boards, and the IYW board.
The best thing to take part in is boards asking you to participate with something from your book. “Get your title rated” “Get your cover rated” “Get your blurb rated” Etc etc.
There are also critique threads in pretty much all genres. Use the search function to scope them out and remember to follow the rules of the thread.
Not only does this help you improve whatever is being rated and connect with other authors, someone might come along and think your blurb sounds super cool and decide to check out your book. I myself have gotten several readers through that method.
Be active and helpful , either on the IYW Board or Genre Boards, by participating in discussions and by helping answer questions. Sometimes, to show their appreciation, the one asking the question will check out your book and read or vote on it. Sometimes they might follow you.
Again, this rarely happens, so don’t try being helpful only expecting some kind of payment like an asshat . But if you are bored and want something to do, being an active helpful member of the boards could help you in the long run.
The Featured List
Is by application again. Go here to find out more: Incoming Changes to Featuring
Join the Wattys
Even if you don’t get on the Long- or Shortlist, just adding the tag and joining the different support threads can help boost your book. Don’t miss out on the biggest Wattpad event of the year! Use the tag #Wattys2019 to join next year’s Wattys, when it opens (probably in June)
This is the step that is the most overlooked. Rome wasn’t built in one day and neither will your fanbase. It’s about honing people in, making them stay, interacting and continue to be active. This will take time. It’s rare to actually pass 1k reads on your first story within your first year. So be patient. Follow the steps in this guide and keep doing it. One week of doing all of this will not get you 100k reads with a snap of a finger.