Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions from readers

Q: What is the Paid Stories program?

A: Wattpad Paid Stories is a program that makes it possible for writers to earn money for their work, while providing readers with a way to monetarily support writers on Wattpad.

Paid Stories are a response to users across the Wattpad community asking for ways to support the writers who create the stories they love. Readers can purchase Coins that can then be used to unlock chapters or full stories that are part of the program.

The program is currently only running in the United States, the Philippines, Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Great Britain.

Q: Why did we introduce Paid Stories?

A: Writers create the stories that make Wattpad the best place to read unique stories. For years, Wattpadders have cheered on, and supported writers, through votes, supportive comments, watching their TV series adaptations, and taking their books to the best-seller lists when they are published.

Wattpad readers have asked for a way to show their gratitude to writers financially, directly on Wattpad. Paid Stories is a way to monetarily support writers for the gems they share on Wattpad.

Our goal is to help writers progress in their careers and help them get funding for their work.

Q: Why isn’t the program available in every country?

A: Paid Stories are currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the Philippines, and Mexico. We know other regions are waiting for access to the program and the incredible stories that are part of it.

It’s important for us to ensure readers get the best experience, which is the reason we are slowly rolling out the program.

Q: Does this mean that Wattpad is becoming a paid platform?

A small selection of stories are exclusively available for purchase within the Paid Stories program.

Paid Stories is meant to give readers a new way to support their favorite writers. The Coins will help give writers the independence to spend more time working on their next story so it can get to you that much faster.

Q: How do I purchase stories?

A: Stories are purchased using Coins. These can be purchased on the Wattpad app, and will be paid for through your iTunes or Google Play account. Learn how to add Coins to your account here.

Q: Can I read stories on any device?

You can read Paid Stories anywhere you usually use Wattpad. Once you’ve used your Coins to unlock Paid Stories chapters or stories, you can read them just like all your other Wattpad stories.

Q: I don’t want to get invested in a story I’m going to have to pay for - how do I know what stories I have to pay to read, and which I can continue reading for free?

It’s easy. All Paid Stories will have a ‘Supported Story’ badge on the story profile.

Q: I don’t want to pay for a story I’m not sure I am interested in. How will I know if I like a Paid Story?

You don’t need to pay right away. All Paid Stories will have several free chapters to preview before you need to use Coins to unlock the rest of the story.

Q: How does Wattpad choose which stories are included in the program and which stories are available for free reading?

We know all Wattpadders want to support their favorite writers. And, Wattpad is certainly home to many great writers. We selected strong, well-crafted, unique stories that represent your diverse range of voices, genres, and styles for Paid Stories. The program was built to be as inclusive as Wattpad. Using data and human insight, Paid Stories plans to highlight some of the best writers Wattpad has to offer.

We know the community wants to be able to support and reward their favorite writers, and Paid Stories allows them to do just that.

Frequently asked questions from writers

Q: Does this mean stories will be available for purchase for Wattpad’s global audience?

A: Yes. We introduced Paid Stories because of requests from our community to provide a way for readers to monetarily support writers on Wattpad. Reactions from our community have shown that readers believe it’s important for writers to earn money for their work.

Paid Stories are currently available for purchase in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Mexico, and the Philippines. We know many readers in our global community are itching to read the stories and support writers, and we will be expanding the program to additional regions in 2019.

Q: How were the writers and stories that are participating in the program chosen?

A: We know all Wattpadders want to support their favorite writers. And, Wattpad is certainly home to many great writers. We selected strong, well-crafted, unique stories that represent a diverse range of voices, genres, and styles for Paid Stories. The program is built to be as inclusive as Wattpad. Using data and human insight, Paid Stories plans to highlight some of the best writers Wattpad has to offer.

We know the community wants to be able to support and reward their favorite writers, and Paid Stories allows them to do just that.

Q: Are stories not involved in the Paid Stories program considered lower-quality because they are free?

No. Every story on Wattpad has an audience, just like every reader has personal tastes. We’ve used editorial expertise, the power of data insights, reader engagement, and machine learning to select the stories that are part of the Paid Stories program. These are the stories we know readers will fall in love with.

The goal of Paid Stories is to help writers make money from their work on Wattpad. We are working with a wide range of writers and stories that reflect the diversity and interests of Wattpadders.

Q: Can I join Paid Stories as a writer?

Paid Stories is currently invite-only.

The Wattpad community starts and ends with its writers. We’re committed to supporting every step of your journey. If you aren’t part of Paid Stories yet, keep writing and growing, your next story might become the newest addition to the program

Visit the Writer’s Portal for tools to help build your community, and useful writing tips, and to learn about the programs available to writers on Wattpad.