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How to get people to read your story on Wattpad

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People ask me how I’d gotten all those reads for my story The Billionaire’s Price. These are usually new writers who ask me this, or writers who have had their works up for some time but haven’t gotten as many readers as they would like. It’s quite frustrating, I know, spilling your guts out in a story and posting it online for everyone to see only to get a handful of reads after several months.

TBP has racked up 18.5 million reads as of this writing. There was a time when it didn’t have even a million reads. There was a time when it didn’t have a thousand reads, or even a hundred. When I started posting TBP, I didn’t have any followers on Wattpad because I was new and TBP was my first story.

This is what most new writers have to deal with in the beginning. So don’t be discouraged! There are steps you can take to find your audience, it’s not all dependent on luck. Everyone could use some luck, of course, but if you rely entirely on luck, you probably won’t get anywhere.

First, I will tell you what I didn’t do. I didn’t go around Wattpad posting links to my story on people’s account pages. I didn’t message random Wattpad users with links to my story, begging them to read it. (I’m not sure spamming Wattpad users and begging them to read your story works, but let me tell you this: if some random person spams me with a link to their story, I ignore it.) I didn’t even have a Twitter or Facebook page in the beginning, so I wasn’t able to promote my story in either of those platforms.

Instead, here’s what I did.

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The Billionaire’s Price is now available for purchase

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The Billionaire's Price E-Book (Wattpad)

My novel, The Billionaire’s Price is now available for purchase. *throws confetti*

The Original Wattpad Edition can be bought online as an ebook (MOBI, EPUB) here. It contains all 42 chapters of the uncut, original version of the book. The story is currently serialized on Wattpad and the last two chapters 41 and 42 will be up on January 27 and February 6 respectively. However, if you can’t wait or you would just like to have your own copy of the book that no one can take away from you, you can buy it now for only $2.99.

There’s a bonus gift for those who buy the ebook now— they will receive an advance copy of the commercial, professionally edited version of The Billionaire’s Price before it is published in March. The commercial edition of TBP will feature some changes to certain chapters, and it’s professionally edited for a better reader experience. It will, however, remain the story that you know and love. This advance copy will be available for download in February for those who have purchased the Wattpad Edition, and it will be free!

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. Q.Wait, you mean I can read the whole story right now? No waiting?
    A. Yes. The full novel is available for purchase as an ebook (in both MOBI and EPUB versions) here.

  2. Q. When the final, commercial, edited version of TBP launches in Amazon, Apple Store, Nook, Barnes & Noble and other retailers, do I have to pay for that too if I buy the original version now?
    A. Heck no. You’ll get a free copy. Just go back to the Gumroad page you bought the Wattpad version of TBP, and you’ll find the advance copy of the commercial version. You’ll be informed when that new edition is available.
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So here’s what happened

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Most of you by now know that I’ve unpublished Chapter 38 of my Wattpad story The Billionaire’s Price — less than 24 hours after I had published it.

I’ve tried to explain the reason why I did this, but for some reason very few people were able to grasp what I was trying to say. For one thing, almost everyone assumed it was haters that drove me to unpublish chapter 38. Here’s the thing: I never mentioned haters. I never said people were insulting me or my story. All I said was that people were misbehaving in the comments section. People were posting hateful, sexist, violent comments on Chapter 38.

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My next story will be up on Radish!

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The Billionaire's Price - quote

As you may know, I’m now publishing fiction outside of Wattpad. For example, I have a couple of stories up on Telepathic’s Hooked app (“The Breakup”, “Best Friends”). Next year, a new fiction platform called Radish will be launching along with my next serialized romance novel.

What is Radish? It’s an app for reading fiction stories. Some of the stories are free to read but paid users get to read chapters ahead of everyone else. This is an awesome thing, not just for authors (who will be rewarded for all their hard work) but for readers as well. Why? Because when authors get paid for their work, they tend to write more and more frequently. Everyone wins.

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Ardan: Second Lead Syndrome

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tropes: second lead syndrome

Now that Victoria and Sebastian seem to be heading for couplesville, I figured it was time we revisit Ardan Kirkconnel’s character.

Let’s face it: we love Ardan. He’s hot, sweet, funny — and he’s good friends with Nicolette, despite the fact that she’s a woman of negotiable affections. (But then, who doesn’t wanna be friends with Nic, right?) Okay, so he can’t dance but nobody’s perfect.

From the comments I’ve seen, I know some of you (or a lot of you) kind of wanna sail the Ardan-Victoria (Ardoria? Victordan?) ship. They are nice to each other, have fun hanging out together, and have good chemistry. We ship them even if we know where Victoria’s heart (and her $20) belong. Because Ardan is adorable and almost perfect.

I could have made Ardan just an average guy, of course. Hot, maybe, but still nothing more than a pleasant distraction from Victoria’s infatuation with her boss. But where’s the fun in that?

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