Hi @FAHyatt - Thanks so much for your input on my contest!
While I think your warning is very on point, in general, I never claim to have the ability to identify, nor create, a breakout work. I very specifically say “Get a sense” of your work’s market viability.
That’s because I have direct experience finding works for Film & TV production and adaptation (which is an end-goal for many on the platform) from having worked at HBO and ICM. I read the publishing trade journals regularly, something a surprising number of Wattpad writers – even those actively seeking publication – don’t do. As well, I have direct experience helping to identify works, here on Wattpad, that have potential to grow within the ecosystem, whether that be from judging contests or my work as an Ambassador, working on content-oriented projects.
I just so happen to have some very unique experience and insight that I’d like to share with other writers in the community. I make absolutely no promises about getting anyone any sort of deal, agent representation, or even advantage other than a different perspective than most contests can offer.
If you’d read the overview of the contest, from the actual contest book, it would be clear that I state this is merely a litmus test, AMONG MANY, that a writer can get to help them asses the potential market viability of their work. I also state that it is merely ONE PERSON’S OPINION; and therefore, should be considered among a variety of other feedback. I just so happen to have a fairly unique perspective and that’s the only thing I do, and ever, offer.