Even though I do have a full-length novel published (called “Tamisan”), I also have two short stories online on a site called Wattpad. Wattpad is a website chock full of stories of all lengths and genres that are free to read. All you have to do is sign up for your free account. Of course, as with any non-published fiction, there will be stories that you won’t like or that will be so bad that they’ll be unreadable, but there are plenty of good ones there too.
I’ve read some good stories on there. You can vote on your favourite stories, so this is a way to tell if the story is good or not – just see how many people have read it and how many have voted for it.
You can follow other authors and have a bunch of readers and authors following you. You can send them messages and they can be notified when you post your next chapter. You can be notified when someone likes your chapter. People typically post a chapter at a time. Sometimes once a day. Sometimes once a week or month.
Some people write a chapter at a time and post them as they go, but some will wait until they have the whole story written before posting. I’ve heard stories of authors who have a huge following on Wattpad being contacted by publishers to get their story published. This sounds really great – like something out of a fairy tale, but don’t get your hopes up and rush to Wattpad with your story thinking it will happen to you. This occurrence is very rare.
So, if you want to try out some of your stories (or just one) on the unsuspecting public to see what kind of reaction you get, maybe you could give Wattpad a try.
Please note that I don’t get paid or any other kind of kickback by recommending Wattpad. I recommend it because I think it’s a great way to put your stories out into the world before attempting publishing, or as well as publishing.
I have a really short story up there that is only in one part called “Seduced by a Vampire” and another that is seven chapters long called “The Alien”. I’d love it if you read them and commented so I can see what you thought.
If you put a story up on Wattpad, feel free to come back here and put the link to it in the comments so I can read it.
I hope this has been helpful to you. Let me know in the comments.
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