Margaret Atwood on Wattpad

Margaret Atwood stunned the literary world by defending Wattpad this week. For those who have not heard of it, it is an online story sharing community that has a reputation for being full of YA romance fiction and thinly-dressed-as-original-yet-clearly-fanfic. It has not been considered a viable vessel for spreading your written work, until now.

I discovered it when I got my first smartphone (BlackBerry) and downloaded it. I had it for a few weeks and saw that the quality of work was pretty poor. I didn’t have the patience to give it more of a shot than that.

That was over two years ago now and I haven’t looked at the site since. If I were where I was at a year ago when the plea for a rescuer went out to Elfwood members, I might possibly have considered it. As it is, I feel I am at the stage now where I no longer wish to give away my work for free. As I’m editing most of my older work for content, I don’t feel I would benefit from having such an archive any more anyway (Red Room will most certainly stay open until I can decide what to do with it).

Is anybody using Wattpad or used it in the past? Is its previous reputation no longer deserved?

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6 thoughts on “Margaret Atwood on Wattpad

  1. I don’t know anything about Wattpad, but I see you’re into Red Room? I checked it out; but what are your thoughts on it?

    • It is ok, at the moment I’m using it to showcase my most recent work (all I have at the moment is two short stories and an essay). I don’t use it as much as I should or would like to and in future I want to make better use of it.

  2. That’s an amazing article by Ms. Atwood. I, too, am surprised. Guess where I’ll be posting some of my fiction next…

    Have I used it? As in uploaded content? No. I have the app on my phone, but I’ve never even created an account, so I haven’t read anything on it either. I’ll try it out this weekend and see what happens. I’ll keep you posted.

  3. Hey,
    I work for Wattpad so what I say may not count for much, but Wattpad has grown a lot in the past couple of years. If you check out the Featured List, you’ll see that more and more professional authors with well-written novels are willing to give it a try. I think that it’s been a cycle of writers going where the readers are, and readers finding new undiscovered high-quality stuff on Wattpad. Sometimes, things change – and it’s definitely been for the better!

    • Ok, maybe I will give it a try. Elfwood is no longer the force it once was and Red Room doesn’t seem to get enough traffic. If Wattpad is growing, could be our answer to promoting our work.

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