Oh my gosh, hi! It's been a while, hasn't it?
If you don't remember/know me, I'm Vicky, aka TinHoverCarInIce on Wattpad! This time last year, I was a super active Wattpader, but now I'm happily settled in another part of the bookish community: the YA book blogger section.
Over the last twelve months, I've worked with traditional publishers, authors, and all sorts of different people to review books and do all sorts of cool and fun things on my blog! (shameless plugin: check it out at www.vickywhoreads.wordpress.com!)
I love what I'm doing, and although I obviously miss the Wattpad community a bunch (love you guys), there's a lot left for me to explore! (Like all those books!)
By now, you're probably asking, "VICKY. ENOUGH ALREADY. Just tell me how to get traditionally published, and I'll be outta your hair."
And yes, we'll get to that in a moment. But pesky intros are super important for us to get to the real tea, publishing & Wattpad (aka "VICKY TELL ME HOW TO GET TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED").
Because I've been a Wattpader and a book blogger (for around a year each), I've really become familiar with how Wattpad interacts with the traditional publishing community. And if you're wondering what I mean by "traditional publishing," I mean those books you see at the bookstore, like at Barnes and Noble or even Target.
I feel like it's important to establish that I have a decently sound basis for when I'm talking about this topic.
Despite this, I'm going to warn you right off the bat: a good portion of this is based on observation and educated deduction. The only people who can get you the real facts & statistics are probably Wattpad HQ and some publishing professionals.
But, I believe that my observations have merit, and I'll try to be as objective as possible.
Bringing us to the million dollar question: How do I, a Wattpader, get published?
Normally, there are two ways any layperson can get published: traditionally or self-published.
Self-publishing is when you publish your book yourself (duh), i.e. using Createspace and selling a book on Amazon. Anyone can self-publish, although making sure your self-published novel is a success is a different story. For example, AnaEasterly self published her Watty 2017 winning novel, The Fakers.
Traditional-publishing, on the other hand, is when there's a publishing house who helps you polish your book, market it, etc. Basically, they help do more of the work to ensure your book is a success. For example, bethrevis has her novels (the Across the Universe series, as well as other novels and the upcoming Give the Dark My Love) traditionally published with Penguin Random House!
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