I've fallen in love with Wattpad and for a very simple reason. People are nice there. When I first decided to write and self-publish the Chausiku series, I naively thought that readers would either like it or dislike it and then move on to their next read. I was wrong. There is a whole culture of "reviewers" out there that are trying to make a name for themselves as critics, I assume. They are mean, their reviews can be scathing and they even insult the people that like your book. They seem to scroll for as many free books they can find just to write reviews. But this is not so on Wattpad.
The readers on Wattpad just want to read books. They are encouraging and will let you know when you've misspelled a word so that you can correct it...not to trash your book. They tell you when they like your chapter and they vote on it. If they don't like a chapter they will give you suggestions to make it better. They are nice and if someone tries to post a nasty comment, it is deleted. They even support the writers that are writing to heal a broken heart. I've seen comments like "Hang in there, it will get better over time..." or "Dry your tears because you'll find someone who deserve you." How wonderful is that?
When I first started practicing law I was a litigator and I had to deal with enough malevolent actions to last me a lifetime. I now work in an area of law where people have a common goal. Things can still get a little nasty but in the end, it's a win-win for everyone. I feel the same way about Wattpad.
As for the reviews, out of 31 reviews for Book 1, I only have 3 bad ones. So I'll take my 90% of great reviews and keep writing my series! OH, and if you want to read a couple of chapters for free, swing by Wattpad...feel free to let me know if I misspelled a word in your comment. :)
Chausiku Series on Wattpad
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