‘Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me’ author Becky Jerams shares her tips for getting millions of reads on Wattpad – just like she did!
When I first started writing my debut novel ‘Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me on Wattpad’, I had no idea in my wildest dreams that it would ever get to over two million reads! In fact, I had been excited to get even two reads at the very beginning, so to see how many people have enjoyed it since then has truly exceeded all my expectations and been a dream come true.
If you are also starting out on Wattpad with your debut novel, here are a few of my tips for gaining readers and hopefully hitting that magic million mark:
Tell the story you would want to read
Is there a story you have always wanted to tell? Whether it’s writing your dream scenario or creating characters you would love to know in real life, chances are that if you feel strongly about a story then other people will enjoy it too. There are many writers on Wattpad, but as long as you use your own original voice and unique ideas then you will be sure to stand out from the crowd. After all, no one else can write the novel inside your own mind quite like you can!
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As anyone who has ever obsessed over a book can tell you, being stuck on an endless cliffhanger is the worst! Don’t leave your readers waiting too long with unanswered questions or they might give up on your story altogether. Make sure to update your novel on a regular basis – pick a day to upload a new chapter and stick to the deadline. Readers will look forward to it and stay loyal to your writing if you don’t let them down.
Talk with your readers
People love to interact with their favourite authors and Wattpad is an amazing site for bringing readers and writers together. Try to answer as many comments as you can from your readers and it will definitely help boost your story and give you a good reputation. If people know you will answer them, they are much more likely to leave good feedback and help you out with reviews and ratings. Plus it’s always great to meet new people and engage with other creatives!
Promote on social media
There are so many cool ways to reach new audiences online and if you can partner your Wattpad account with other social media outlets then you can connect with your readers in whole new ways. Whether it’s making Youtube videos, writing book excerpts onto a Tumblr blog or just chatting with people on Twitter, make sure you get creative and use as many different formats as possible to promote your book.
Write from the heart
As cheesy as it sounds, this is my number one tip for writing a book that people want to read. Always write with passion and honesty. Write because you can’t possibly do anything else BUT write. You can think of a million different ways to reach a million readers, but unless you put your heart and soul into it then all the other tips are pointless. However, once you have a story which has been written from a good place then I am sure the other tips will only enhance your wonderful creation!
Scotty Williams is the nerdiest 17-year-old at UK-based Havensdale College – and proud of it. However being a nerd can have its downsides, particularly when you’re constantly being targeted by the school bully Taylor Raven and his cronies.
As Scotty tries to navigate his final college years with the aid of his best friend Olive, he also finds himself on the radar of the mysterious and intimidating Vincent Hunter, toughest guy in the Sixth Form. Is Vincent really as bad as he seems? Will Scotty’s darkest secret ever be revealed? Can he ever just finish his last few college years in peace? But most importantly… will any guy ever find the reasons to love a nerd like him?