This article describes a new publishing trend. Using data to publish and edit stories. The article follows trend leader Wattpad, and their accompanying branch Wattpad Publishing. The app (and publishing branch) use data to guide users through the editing and publishing process.
How Can Wattpad Help?
Writers on Wattpad can learn how to: grow their readership, receive useful feedback, and gain the attention of publishers. This article cites research from the published paper Online Frenzy: How Wattpad can be used in traditional publishing. The paper’s author, Taylor Thompson, is a previous acquisitions manager. Thompson explains how the app’s design can direct writers to publishing houses, and supply an audience for posted stories. The article also cites company statements about Wattpad’s story insights report feature. This feature provides strategic editing feedback to writers. To explain how the app uses data to do this, the article cites messages from CEO Allen Lau.
Aspiring professional writers tend to fixate on a certain style of writing and a certain occupation. Who could blame them?
But realistically, being a professional writer often means taking on odd-jobs that one never imagined for themself, before reaching their end goal.
Kyle Hopewell, the focus of the article “From Evaluating Plays to Evaluating Risks,” can certainly relate to the uncertainty of being a professional writer. And that was the goal of the article: to convey the winding path a writer tends to follow in their career.
With the help of an interview with Hopewell, this article expresses how writing positions, no matter how different from one’s original plans, are always valuable. Each new job equips a writer with skills they had never imagined acquiring.
The article teaches writers to welcome each job opportunity with open arms, even if those opportunities take some getting used to.
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