The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane, and Lily Collins opens in theatres today. And we’re giving you the first chance to read this Hollywood film script before you watch it on the big screen! We’re also bringing Wattpad authors and aspiring screenwriters the opportunity of getting feedback on their work from three of Hollywood’s top creators; The English Teacher Director Craig Zisk, along with co-writers Stacy Chariton and Dan Chariton!
These industry specialists are now on Wattpad and on the lookout for new talent from our community. Write a comedic 1,500 word high school love scene for your chance to win a feedback session from these leading creatives! There’s also a contest for all you readers: Read the film script and vote for your chance to win a copy of the screenplay signed by Craig Zisk, Stacy Chariton, and Dan Chariton. So go make your English teacher proud and start reading and writing today!
We are announcing our exciting new partnership with Harlequin TEEN through this exclusive early launch of Shadow, a paranormal young adult novella by author Amanda Sun. Shadow tells the story of two teens whose worlds are about to change forever. Interwoven with tales of Japanese mythology, the novella is a prequel to Amanda’s debut novel Ink, the first book in her The Paper Gods series. Start reading it today, and watch the plot develop with new story updates every Tuesday and Thursday, exclusively on Wattpad until June 1st.
We’ve taken Wattpad’s social reading another step further by making it even easier to share your favourite reads with friends. The latest iOS and Android builds now boast new sharing features that help you update your Wattpad status on the go, simplifies posting across multiple social media networks all at once, and easily enables you to share a story with others when you vote, read, or comment.
Wattpad is available worldwide, across various devices, and is read in over 26 languages. But Wattpad doesn’t just build readers’ connections with stories, it also builds readers’ connections with one another. This month, avid Wattpad users in the Philippines rallied together to meet one another off the web. Almost 100 Wattpad members organized a Meetup in Manila. From author autograph sessions, story related games, and a reader-writer forum, the event was a huge hit! We’d like to thank the team in Manila that put this meetup together - Thanks for showing once again that through storytelling, Wattpad fosters lasting friendships!
Emily Lindin went through middle-school being labeled a ‘slut’. She was continually harassed at school, after school, and online. Fifteen years later, Emily is now sharing her middle-school diary with readers. Through “The UnSlut Project”, Emily is using her personal story to shine light onto the dangerous slut shaming happening around us in schools, in the media, and in culture. Now unedited entries from eleven year old Emily’s diary can be read on Wattpad, with special add-on commentary from her adult point of view. Storytelling brings us new perspectives, so read Emily’s story and remember that things will get better but bullying is not okay.
After what can only be described as one of the most incredible digital self-publishing journeys to date, best-selling YA author Amanda Hocking has arrived on Wattpad! With millions of books sold, Amanda is a self-made star and a perfect fit for our platform that encourages writers to take success into their own hands. Read her full work “Forgotten Lyrics” which has been made freely available on Wattpad until mid-June. Best of all, Amanda is hosting a Book Club where you’ll find fun facts, behind the scene extras, and answers to your Watersong Series reading questions. Join us in welcoming this best selling author to the community.
At WattpadHQ we’re big fans of documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner. Ondi’s a two time Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner and today we’re happy to let you know we’ll be collaborating with her on a new project to visually tell the story of our community of storytellers!
Ondi’s latest project A TOTAL DISRUPTION is a series of original short films showing how technology companies are disrupting the world and transforming lives.
We all know that on Wattpad it’s readers who fuel their favourite storytellers and create incredible opportunities for writers all around the world. We have helped net-native writers like Jordan build a global fan base in the tens of millions, launched stars like Brittany to multi-figure publishing deals and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
We can’t wait to team up with Ondi and highlight the people behind your favorite stories. We want to visually amplify all the amazing self-expression and powerful emotions created and shared millions of times every single day on Wattpad!
Reading on Wattpad is a dynamic experience; following stories while they’re being written and making lists of your favorites means you’re building a personalized library chapter by chapter. So we’ve updated our apps to make managing this even easier.
The completely redesigned library screen now gives you a bigger and clearer look at the stories you’re reading. Swipe a book cover to reveal the title, author, and number of parts to that story. Reference the progress bar below every book cover for a quick look at how much you’ve read and if story has been updated.
This is a new way to keep track of your reads on the go and we hope you enjoy watching your library grow with each new update from your favorite writers.
It’s Whodunit Month at Wattpad and our Mystery-Thriller page is oozing with dozens of stories that will make you cringe, make you gasp, and make goosebumps crawl up your back.
Tune in every #MysteryMonday as we release a new chapter of Covert, a thriller by Natasha Preston. That’s right – a serialized story about a serial killer!
By adding Covert to your library, you’ll be instantly notified right on your phone when a new update is posted. Curious about “Whodunnit?”, then start reading Covert now and watch this bloody mystery unfold.
Wattpad is growing fast. With over 10 million uploads and 15 million monthly users, a big part of our focus is building the team to make our product even better. So, today is a big day as we announce three new hires: Candice, Charles, and Ashleigh.
Candice Faktor is coming onboard in the newly created role of General Manager. Candice arrives by way of Torstar Digital where she was both a co-founder and the VP of Corporate Development & New Ventures. Her experience is too lengthy for this short blog post, but let’s just say that at Wattpad Candice will be leading our content, community, marketing and BD teams, as well as driving our corporate development efforts.
Charles Chan, formerly the Director of Core Systems at Kobo is Wattpad’s new Head of Engineering. We’re extremely excited to have Charles leading up our rapidly growing dev team. He will be jumping in with his extensive R&D management experience to continue scaling our engineering organization.
We’re also incredibly pleased to have Ashleigh Gardner taking over as Head of Content. Ashleigh will be a real asset helping authors to connect with readers through the millions stories uploaded on Wattpad. As the former Director of Content Management at Kobo, Ashleigh has extensive publishing know-how, and she’s excited to continue working with writers through our net-native community.
Besides those great additions, we’re still hiring for plenty of other positions and would love to have you join our hardworking team: www.wattpad.com/jobs!