Wattpad is where so many of our favorite authors started… posting their works in progress, their fan fiction, and their completed stories for all of us book-lovers to read! FREE. I said it. Everything on there is free for us to read, and the author put it there! Some of them even post free novellas (from their popular series). Like Colleen Hoover (I linked hers up below).
It kind of reminds me of Fictionpress, in fact, which I was obsessed with back in 2009 (when I was looking to read more of the Sookie & Twilight worlds, and discovered all of that fan fiction) to 2011, when I discovered more “bad boy” romance. Where I indulged my senses in my beloved romance angst love triangles, a la Thoughtless, and Avoiding Commitment, and even Fifty Shades of Grey (although back then it was called “Master of the Universe” on that site. Yep! Some of ‘em started as “free reads” for me, back in the day on sites like Wattpad!
Are you a fan of Anna Todd’s The After Series? Her huge of a new adult romance hit found it’s wings there, as a free fan-fiction piece about a girl falling in love with a singer that so many – in real life – were in love with, in fact!
And Zoe from Wattpad just contacted me with a fun list of her suggested free reads! She says she’s going to share some of what’s trending, maybe even each week!
“I was so psyched to see that some of your readers and contributors already know about Wattpad and have read some of our fave books (we also love Second Chance Romance here)! …Here’s a short list to start… These also happen to be some of my personal faves…”
Yay!! Thank you Zoe. We definitely love recommendations here. Gives us a great starting point! So here it is… popular Wattpad freebies that are still available, ready and waiting to be devoured.
- Teaching Mia: Won a 2014 Wattys award. New Adult, travel abroad, bad boy
- The Mischievous Mrs. Maxfield: On the Romance featured list with 26 million reads on Wattpad!
- Aftershocks (Six-Alarm Sexy Prequel): Kristine Cayne’s Six-Alarm Sexy series follows Seattle Fire Department’s station 44 team of rescue firefighters. Romance with action and suspence thrown in!
- The Love Curse: Paranormal romance—featuring Greek mythology and cupid—with over 10 million reads
- Say You Will: The first book in Kate Parry’s Summerhill series, this contemporary romance won a Wattys Award in 2014
- DECOY by Amber L. Johnson <— I’ll start us off with Amber L. Johnson’s work that she is posting for free on Wattpad! This is the author of our beloved “Puddle Jumping” so I can imagine how amazing this new piece will be! She says: “Decoy is being posted on Wattpad as an original story for free if you’re interested in following along…” Plus! She’s my fellow ghost hunter (we ghost-hunted together sneakily at the Adolphus hotel in Texas), and she’s so much fun! Tee hee!!
- Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover is on Wattpad!!!
- Elle Casey!! Did you guys know Elle Casey has a few free reads on Wattpad?
- And Zoe also sent me over these links (and you’ll see SO many of our favorites there). I was so excited! She says: “P.S. for any fellow reviewers or voracious readers, we just got a ton of super-quality first in a series stories from top Smashwords writers in Contemporary, Paranormal, and New Adult subgenres. Some great stuff that will be up for free for a limited time (around 3 months)!” <— You’ll see why my eyes bugged out. Awesome freebies!!!
Celebrate the most-loved stories of 2015 with the 6th Annual Watty Awards: The Wattys are back and recognizing the most-loved Wattpad stories from the millions that posted this year. To enter, writers just need to tag a story that they’ve written or updated in 2015 and tag it with #wattys2015. Submissions are open through August 31, 2015, and there are already over 15K entries! This year we’ll be awarding romance-specific titles in the subcategories of New Adult, Urban Fiction, LGBT+ and much much more. For more information on Wattys, visit http://wattys.wattpad.com/.
Get on Periscope to Check Out Your Favorite Writer Inspiration: Additionally, throughout July, Wattpad will feature live Periscope broadcasts so that Wattpadders are able to see where their favorite writers find inspiration for their stories. Each week, Wattpad will announce its #WhereIWrite schedule on Twitter and individual writers will tweet out the link to their Periscope broadcast for a sneak peek inside the environment that helps their Wattpad stories come to life. Some of the featured writers include Jennifer Armentrout, Anna Todd, Erin Latimer, Emily Lindin, and Bel Watson.
And… Wattpad is teaming up with Harlequin! She says:
“I’ve been waiting weeks to spill the beans on this - Wattpad is teaming up with Harlequin to host their So You Think You Can Write contest! Winners are eligible for a two-book deal, which is pretty awesome for new writers, we think.
Full contest details as well as complete category descriptions can be found on Harlequin’s official Wattpad profile: https://www.wattpad.com/
For more information on Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write competition, visit: www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com