People might remember me mentioning an App called Wattpad. I had signed on and posted an excerpt of Beginning of a Hero. I praised it as a great marketing tool before finding out the flaws. The issue is plagiarism and Wattpad’s lack of security. They will only take a copywritten work down when they are told, so there is nothing to stop it from going up in the first place. I can post the entire Harry Potter series and not get in trouble until somebody tells management. I won’t because that’s just stupid, but it’s the major flaw in this program.
The numbers are screwy too. If someone opens your book then it counts as a full read, so a book with a couple thousand hits might have only been read a couple hundred times. This makes it impossible to gauge success or use of this App.
Now, I’ve received several lists and suggestions that include Wattpad as a marketing tool for aspiring authors. So, I’m revisiting my thoughts on it. I left because I didn’t want to support something that promoted plagiarism, but the truth is that they simply take a reactive stance on it instead of a proactive stance. It does seem to have some pull as a marketing tool for authors and I guess the smart move would be to put an excerpt on there yourself before a teenager does it. I’ll admit to checking this site a few times in fear that my book will appear on it. I remember that it checks for versions of the book already, so posting an excerpt would negate the chance of anyone getting me on there without my permission.
Again, I’m just thinking of more marketing ideas to try to boost my book sales. I haven’t done anything big in a month and my mind keeps wandering back to it. If I go back, I’m still going to have to contact Amazon to see if a digital excerpt is allowed according to their rules.
So, what do people think of the idea of using Wattpad as a marketing tool and posting an excerpt to avoid something tossing the entire book on there? I can’t take full credit for the second point. A friend said ‘best to be the one to put it up there and block someone else from doing it’.