Wattpad is an interesting place, and nobody in the industry is quite sure what to do with it.
As an author I like Wattpad because I can post first drafts that are utter garbage and people still say nice things about them. Where else does that happen?
From an agenting standpoint, it’s much more difficult to deal with. My friend, Erin Latimer is a Wattpad superstar with over 40,000 followers. When she mentions that to agents or editors, a lot of times it pushes them away. Some assume she’s trying to have her Wattpad stories traditionally published. And why would anybody pay for a book that’s already been made available on Wattpad for free?
But the weird thing is, it does happen. Beth Reekles’s book The Kissing Booth was published by Random House UK. A handful of other Wattpad titles have also been picked up for publication.
Some agents see Wattpad as a great place for author’s to build a platform. Some are actively courting Wattpad authors. Just depends on the agent.
As for me, I’m not really sure what to make of Wattpad. But if you have a story that you don’t think is destined for traditional publication, Wattpad might be a good home for it. The community is incredibly supportive.
And you never know. Things do happen on Wattpad.