Greetings and salutations!
Well, I’ve joined Wattpad–the free reader/writer online community. Writers post stories in short, manageable sections; readers read, vote for, and comment on the stories. Users can be both writers and readers.
I first heard of Wattpad a few years ago, but was skeptical about the whole thing. I don’t mind reading other writer’s works, but post my own writing? Nope! People could easily plagiarize my work and many literary magazines and journals won’t accept anything that has appeared previously online.
Then I changed my mind.
First, I really can’t stop someone from stealing my work. I’d much rather not have my work stolen, but if it happens, then I’ll cross that bridge when it comes. It’s not something I should lose sleep–and possibly an increased readership–over. Other people’s actions are out of my control.
Secondly, I occasionally submit to mags and journals. I’m not obsessed with having someone else publish my work. I entered writing through self-publishing, and that has gotten ingrained into my psyche. I get “publishing withdraw” between long gaps in published work. Besides, I think I’ll like having my work read by readers and receive feedback from them (I hope).
At the time of writing this post, I haven’t added any writings to my profile. I’m still getting used to the site and reading other people’s work (including Thriller Suite: New Poems by Margaret Atwood).
I will add my own work to it soon. I’ll keep it updated with new and original pieces, probably on a weekly basis. Come follow me on Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/ajh_books.