4 thoughts on “Guest post: Experimenting With Publishing Works-in-Progress on Wattpad by Phyllis Zimbler Miller

  1. Captain Black says:

    If you put your work up on Wattpad, or indeed anywhere publicly on the internet, then most literary agents and publishers would deem that work to be effectively self-published, yes? That being the case, you may have scuppered your chances of a traditional publishing deal. Or have I missed something?

    A friend of mine started putting their work on Wattpad, but hastily removed it once I’d pointed this out to them. I guess you have to weigh up the pros and cons and decide for yourself.

    Good luck with publishing your books, whatever method you choose.

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    • morgenbailey says:

      It depends, Captn. If a writer wants to submit a short story to a publication or competition then I’d recommend they don’t publish it online. Some writers, such as Amanda Hocking, have secured trad publishing deals by their novels being very successful online first. Joe Konrath apparently turned down a trad deal because he’s doing so well alone.

      Some agents are looking for the next big thing that way. I’d say if you’ve tried the agent route with no joy (as I did) then self-pub is a good option. I turned down two trad deals because they were poor contracts. Some authors just want their name in print, at any cost.

      The downside with SP is that you don’t have a marketing dept behind you but most publishers, esp small presses, have very limited budgets anyway. Out of the 800 authors I’ve interviewed, two have said their publisher does all their marketing but they’re still on the social media networks.

      The more outlets your work appears on, the more chance you have of being spotted. It’s also the SEO search results factor. If you have no online presence, no one will know you exist.

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      • morgenbailey says:

        Comment from Phyllis (who had problems logging in): Morgen, I appreciate your insightful answer to Captain Black. Given the breakout self-published authors who have subsequently been offered traditional publishing deals, I believe the publishing landscape has dramatically changed. And as an author both traditionally published and self-published, I know that the majority of marketing falls on the author in either case unless an author is already a big name.

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