Watt or Not?
So I've been contemplating something for a few weeks now. Something I'm really torn on. See, I need more eyes on my work. I need people to see what I can do. I get my name out there a little with my game reviews, but I need my fiction out there. To that end, I started a Wattpad account way back when I first got serious about The Paladin.
Here's the thing... I'm sure there's great work on Wattpad, but everything I've seen has been... okay, I'll be frank, it's miserable. And yet the fans there are freakin' rabid. Most of it's some glorified fan fic about boy bands and what not, but I know there are real, serious authors on that platform. People who work hard and write well. There's just SO much content on the site that it's hard to filter through the flotsam to get to the treasures.
I started a little story on there about one of my characters from The Paladin, Reagan McCarthy. It was something like a prequel for the main novel, something that I could just write a little bit on every week, but I ended up abandoning it. I'm wondering if I should revisit the idea.
Not just the idea of the prequel, which I fully intend to complete with or without Wattpad, but with putting other work on there. I have a few short stories on my website now (you should really check them out!) and I'm wondering if tossing them out into the Wattpad sea would be a smart move. I'm not seeing any immediate cons to the plan. I can't be worried about people stealing it as I've already put it out here on the blog.
So... I guess I'm asking for anyone that reads this, what do you think? While I'm waiting on queries, should I put effort into Wattpad? Would you be interested in more short stories from me like what I've done? I'd really like to hear some opinions.
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