Any other writers out there have an opinion on the popular writing website Wattpad? I have such mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I think it’s great that a ton of people use it because that means a ton of people are getting together (virtually) to talk about reading and writing and to actually write and read each other’s writing.
On the other hand, is it so bad that I want at least some remuneration for my work? I definitely agree that hardcover books from the major publishers can be quite expensive. But surely a person can afford $2.99 for an ebook, right?
Which, of course, leads to the problem of Wattpad: it’s all free. The company is rolling in cash from venture capitalists (Tech bubble? What tech bubble?) but none of the writers see any of that money. This is why I have very conflicted feelings about posting my work on there. I really want to share my writing with readers. But I’ve worked a lot on the current novel I’m writing. Giving all of it away for free makes me feel slightly sick inside.