We Support Your Secret Identity

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Wattpad prides itself in being a home for free expression. We host a wide variety of stories, and our writers are free to write under their own names, or to use pseudonyms and pen names to become anyone they like.

At this weekend’s Dragon Con in Atlanta, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will launch Project Secret Identity. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness of how anonymity and privacy are key to free expression online. Wattpad is happy to support EFF and Project Secret Identity alongside organizations like io9.com, Southeastern Brown Coats, Harry Potter Alliance, Baker Street Babes, and the Organization for Transformative Works.

For more information on the EFF and Project Secret Identity, visit projectsecretidentity.org.

Want To Meet Wattpadders In Your Area?

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Community, HQ

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Last weekend, Wattpad HQ welcomed its first writer’s meetup in Toronto. Wattpad writer Takatsu met with other writers to discuss writing and reading. The focus, as Takatsu explained it, was to explore how “we can be a movement of connected 21st century high-tech social literature lovers and inspire one another.”

Takatsu described the evening as a huge success:

I believe, though we can connect online via Wattpad or social media, it is so nurturing and helpful to meet in person and realize that, wow, there really is someone in real life, living and breathing, totally friendly, enthusiastic and passionate about the same things you are. It anchors our passions and dreams to reality. It makes pursuing life as a writer or an avid reader more possible. These are the kinds of people you can pour your heart out to because you know they understand and in turn, these are the people you will be inspired by.

If you think it might be cool to host a meetup for fellow Wattpadders in your area (the US or Canada), here’s your chance. To get started, read these FAQs, then tell us about the meetup you want to host by filling out this questionnaire. We’re going to read all submissions, so be sure to give your meetup some thought, and include as much detail as you can.

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for updates.

Introducing: #WattpadBookClub

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Community

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What better way the celebrate the world’s largest community of readers and writers than with an official Wattpad Book Club? This book club will give users a chance to come together every week on Twitter to talk about the one thing all Wattpadders love: stories.

For the launch of #WattpadBookClub, we’ll be discussing Daniel Garcia’s The Succubus in a Red Dress. It is a paranormal adventure starring nerdy coffee clerk, Delilah, whose mundane life takes a turn when she causes one of her customers to collapse by touching them. The story is an exciting ride that ranges from demon hunters to witches, so make sure you add The Succubus in a Red Dress to your Wattpad library and get reading!

#WattpadBookClub uses a Q&A format; here’s how to participate:

  1. 1. Sign in to Twitter and make sure you are following @Wattpad
  2. 2. Search for the hashtag #WattpadBookClub (or use TweetChat.com) to follow the conversation
  3. 3. When the chat begins, @Wattpad will ask the first question, beginning the Tweet with “Q1”.
  4. 4. Tweet your answers, and be sure to begin them with “A1” and include the hashtag #WattpadBookClub every time you Tweet
  5. 5. Have fun and and connect with Wattpadders from around the world

Here is the schedule for the first #WattpadBookClub:

  • Thursday, August 28 – 9 PM EST – Prologue – Chapter 3
  • Thursday, September 4 – 9 PM EST – Chapter 4 – 7
  • Thursday, September 11 – 9 PM EST – Chapter 8 – 11
  • Thursday, September 18 – 9 PM EST – Chapter 12 – Epilogue

See you Thursday!

Covering The Classics

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Community

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We’ve previously posted the work of Wattpad’s talented community of cover creators, and today we wanted to highlight how they’ve reimagined covers for classic novels on Wattpad from authors like Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be holding a contest to see who can create the best covers for five more classic novels, from Mary Shelley, to Melville, and H.G. Wells.

If you’re not sure how to create a cover, try out the new iOS Wattpad Cover Creator app, free in the app store. If you’d rather work on web, you can also try free websites like PicMonkey, or resize a cover you have already made here.

Cover Contest Details:

1. Pick one of the following stories:

2. How to submit – choose one of the following:

  • Tweet it @Wattpad with the hashtag #WattpadCoverOff
  • Post a link to it on the Wattpad profile in this chapter
  • Post it in the Multimedia Club thread on classic covers

3. Dates & Prizes

  • Submit your cover by August 29th.
  • We’ll announce the winners in early September, and the winners will have a chapter of their classics dedicated to them.

Most importantly, have fun, and best of luck creating!

Fandoms Assemble: Wattpad @ Comic-Con

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Community, FanFic

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When you are the Internet’s largest community for readers and writers, it’s important to have a presence at the world’s largest fandom con. It’s for that reason that the Wattpad team journeyed to the hot San Diego to catch up with fandoms of all kinds. From TinTin and Spiderman, to Nyan Cat and Minions, we could not escape Comic Con’s thousands of Cosplayers. It felt as though the thousands of fandoms that have stories on Wattpad all jumped out of our phones and filled a convention center.

Wattpad-related highlights were book signings, Wattpad’s panelist Aron Levitz fangirling about the power of transformative works on a panel with Mischa Collins, and the announcement of the prequel for DIG (USA Network’s upcoming Event Series) being released exclusively on Wattpad (which you can read right here).

Best of all, Wattpad celebrated Fandoms of all kinds with an FYeahCopyRight and Creative Commons party. Batman, who turned 75 this year, would have been proud. See you next year.

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Meet the Wattpad4

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

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When you know, you know. That’s what writers Rebecca Sky, Erin Latimer, Leah Crichton, and Monica Sanz  thought when they first discovered each other’s stories on Wattpad. The four bonded quickly over their love of reading and writing, as well as a mutual quirky sense of humor, and they now share a unique friendship.

“It’s funny how we have never met face-to-face, but they are some of my dearest and closest friends now,” says Leah. “I truly cannot imagine a day without them in it.”

Hundreds of comments and inbox messages later, the writers decided to officially form The Wattpad4, a group dedicated to giving back to their supportive Wattpad communities through weekly Twitter chats, monthly contests, and more. (more…)

Wattpad Updates to Creative Commons 4.0

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Content

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On Wattpad, fans remix work, write fanfiction, translate Wattpad stories into other languages, and make anything from story trailers to story covers for their favorite writers.That’s why over 300,000 Wattpad writers have already licensed their work under Creative Commons; a non-profit that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. This includes Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and Jordan’s (XxSkater2Girl16xX)A Proscriptive Relationship. There are many types of Creative Commons licenses, but every license helps other creators promote digital creativity, sharing, or innovation.

Today we are happy to announce that we’ve updated the licensing options on Wattpad to Creative Commons to 4.0. This means you now have more options when creating and more freedom to share and remix your work.

There are several Creative Commons licenses to suit your needs:

  • Attribution: others can use and distribute your work, but they must attribute the work to you
  • Share Alike: others can use your work, but whatever they use it for must be shared too
  • No Derivative: your work can be used, word for word, but you can’t remix or change it
  • Non Commercial: people can use your work, but can’t make money from it

If you are interested in Creative Commons (CC) Licenses, learn more at http://creativecommons.org/. If you would like to update the licensing on your Wattpad stories, you can find licensing under your story settings.

RPF: Reimagining Reality

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in FanFic

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To celebrate Sherlock actor and British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch’s 38th birthday tomorrow, we’ve put together a reading list of stories for the Cumber Collective. Real Person Fics like these construct narratives that humanize a celebrity’s life, simultaneously celebrating and challenging popular culture. Boasting truly imaginative fics, RPF has indeed become one of the fastest-growing and most vibrant communities on Wattpad. For real person and traditional fanfic, follow the official Fanfic profile, where we will be hosting regular writing contests.

There’s still time to enter this week’s Oneshot Contest, so try your hand at a one chapter, standalone story!

Travel the world with stories

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Community

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Need to escape this summer but you’re a little low on travel funds? Why not see the world without ever leaving your home with some of Wattpad’s favorite globe-trotting reads. Test the waters with a surfing safari down the coast of California in Can’t Get Enough. Find love in Paris, the capital of romance, with Sarah Mlynowski’s A Nice Fling is Hard to Find. Take a soul-searching journey on one of India’s most prestigious train lines, the Trivandrum Mail. Or try your hand at helping Leilani Leia unravel a magical mystery in Hawaii, in Kidnapping on Kaua’i.

Wherever your travels may take you this summer, the perfect story is just a click away. Check out our full list of Jet-setting Stories.

Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Community

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The Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize is back for its third consecutive year, and this time, they are partnering with Wattpad to give one young writer a chance at a £10,000 worldwide publishing contract.

If you are an unagented, unpublished writer aged 18-25, and you love to write novels for teens, then submit your original work to the Wattpad Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize by tagging your Wattpad story #youngwritersprize. Submissions close August 16th, 2014.

The winner will be selected by a panel of talented judges, including: author Katie Coyle, journalist and author Tom Huddleston, BBC Radio 1 DJ and presenter Jameela Jamil, author Maureen Johnson, bookseller Rachael Wing, and Hot Key Books publisher Emily Thomas, as well as two high schools in England.

If you’re under the age of 18 – there’s still good news. Due to popular demand, the competition is now open to 13 to 17-year-olds. The Young Writers Short Story is just for writers in this age group. It’s not to win a publishing contract, but you’ll win books plus a consultation with a senior member of the Hot Key Books team.

Learn more about the submission details here. Good luck to all the participants!

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