Experimenting With Publishing Works-in-Progress on Wattpad
Why publish a work-in-progress chapter by chapter on free site Wattpad I was asked on Facebook? (For info about Wattpad see http://www.wattpad.com/about).
I have discovered very good reasons for doing this since I began the experiment on Wattpad with my dystopian fiction novel The Mother Siege. (Click on the dropdown table of contents at http://budurl.com/MSintro to read the chapters so far.)
- This commitment sets a prompt for me to actually write chapters of a work-in-progress. I personally have so many writing projects and this way I have created an external expectation to continue writing this book.
- I am hoping to build an interested fan readership before the book is published.
- And there is always the possibility that a book agent or publisher will stumble upon the work-in-progress and become interested in acquiring it.
There are other sites besides Wattpad on which to undertake a similar experiment. I chose Wattpad because I had recently read good things about Wattpad and then discovered that I had actually joined the site some time ago.
Now I have been so pleased with my external commitment to writing chapters of The Mother Siege — an imaginative novel of the future — that I have decided to simultaneously try the experiment for a nonfiction telling of the historical past — Tales Of An American Occupying Germany: A Cold War Memoir. (See http://budurl.com/TAintro )
I have all the original documents from when my husband Mitch and I were stationed with the U.S. Army in Munich, Germany, from September 1970 to May 1972. In the future I will be sharing some of these documents here on my author website.
And while many of the true tales I will be telling in my Cold War memoir are humorous, underlying everything is the very real concern that, without American troops stationed in Germany, the Soviets could have marched over the border between East and West Germany to expand their sphere of Communism.
In conclusion, while I am “giving away” my content on Wattpad, this is really no different in terms of marketing strategies, for example, than giving away books for free via Amazon’s KDP Select. The goal of both activities is to connect with prospective fans.
Morgen: Thank you, Phyllis. I’m on Wattpad but have hardly used it. This is certainly inspiration to do so.
Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books, including Top Tips For How To Publish And Market In The Age Of Amazon and the romantic suspense spy thriller CIA Fall Guy (partly inspired by Phyllis’ work as a civilian for the 66th Military Intelligence Group in Munich, Germany).
Synopsis of CIA Fall Guy: A Spy Thriller:
It is 1997 and the Cold War is over. Or can events that took place 25 years before then suddenly come to the fore?
For fans of the romantic suspense spy stories by Helen MacInnes and Dorothy Gilman —
When Beth Parsons is summoned to CIA headquarters for the bogus purpose of identifying someone from her past, she realizes she must find out what is really going on. Forced to partner with the man who may have been responsible for her husband’s death, she has to unmask the real traitors or end up as the fall guy.
After the CIA driver who brought her to D.C. is shot and killed, Beth escapes her CIA “babysitter” and sets off to discover why she is suddenly once again in the world of spies and double agents.
Her quest takes her to Europe and then back to the U.S., and pairs her with a mysterious man who may or may not be on her side.
- Fiction books on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/phylliszimblermiller
- Nonfiction books on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/phylliszmiller
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