From millions to wattpad

It’s the first Wednesday (Tuesday actually, this month) of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
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OPTIONAL IWSG QUESTION: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

MY ANSWER: Of course, my goals changed. I’ll tell you a funny story about my original goals, when I first started writing. I thought I would be a popular writer. I wanted a big publisher to buy my books and pay me millions for them. Yeah, I did have high hopes… at one time. I sent my manuscripts to all the big fantasy publishers and a bunch of agents in those days to pursue my goal.

My kids were young then, and I remember roaming with them around Vancouver, looking at nice houses, and deciding together which house we were going to buy with my millions.

Not that one, with the white trim – too small.
Not that one on the corner – too noisy.
But this one with the balcony and stained glass door insert – oh yeah.

I also planned to share my millions with my family: my sister, aunt, and cousin.

Years have passed since then, and I’ve learn a few important lessons. And my goals changed, of course. I still want people to read and like my stories, but the monetary component is not there anymore. I actually stopped caring.

That’s why when I post my stories for free on wattpad, and people read them, I’m happy. I have achieved one of my goals. A report is due here. As of today, my regency romance novella Fibs in the Family on wattpad has collected over 32,000 readers (that’s 32,000 moments of happiness) and is #26 in the Novella category. My steampunk novella Open, Charlie, has reached 1000 readers and climbed over, with #4 in the Airship category. Even my fanfiction short story Five Days of Elf is doing well. It’s over 400 readers. That makes me happy, even though it doesn’t bring any money, and no houses with a white trim or otherwise.

I’ve also acquired another writing-related goal recently. I started making book covers, and I want people to use my covers for their books. As with writing, I began on wattpad. Over 30 writers there have already accepted covers created by me.

I’ve made many more pre-made covers by now, mostly in the fantasy genre, but I plan to branch out into sci-fi and paranormal. I started posting them on my page at deviantArt. Check it out. I’m adding a couple pre-made covers almost daily. Some of you might like my covers for your speculative fiction stories.

I also have self-publishing goals – publishing my books on Amazon – but for some reason, I’m procrastinating. Wish me luck in achieving that goal. I think I need a push in that direction.

No goal in regards to any book publisher for now. I don’t think I’ll ever submit a novel to anyone again. Maybe short stories to magazines or anthologies, but not novels or novellas.

What about you? How did your goals changed?

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17 Responses to From millions to wattpad

  1. cheriereich says:

    Best of luck getting your books up on Amazon. The hardest part is learning the formatting and picking the right categories and keywords.

  2. Juneta says:

    I have considered Wattpad but I am procrastinating. Great job on your covers. Would love to know what program you use. You have a good eye. I saw several I love. Awesome work.

  3. It sounds like you have hit your real goals and are very happy!

  4. spunkonastick says:

    That’s wonderful you are making covers.

    I used to have a Deviant Art profile for my photography and writing. There is some amazing talent on that site.

  5. patgarcia says:

    Hi,
    Somehow, I read past your making book covers. I am quite sure that you announced it in one of your articles. I am thinking very seriously about doing a collection of my flash fiction that I have on my website Thinking It Over or The Child and The Prophet that I have on my blogger blog. I will write you about it one of these days soon per email.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  6. 32,000 moments of happiness – I love that attitude toward publishing. I remember seeing some of the covers you posted here before and they were gorgeous. Off to check out what you have up on Deviant Art.

  7. cleemckenzie says:

    Everyone has a different reason for writing and a different journey to fulfillment. I loved reading about the course you took. How amazing to have so many readers. That’s quite an accomplishment!

  8. emaginette says:

    I love the idea you were house shopping. So much fun. My dreams were never that big and I wonder if I missed out on something. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  9. LOL! I love it. Dream houses… I never much thought about the monetary rewards so much as the joy of sharing what was in my head. Way to go on Wattpad! That’s epic.

  10. Loni Townsend says:

    Maybe it’s gone from Millions of Money to Millions of Readers?

  11. Well, having gathered all those readers on Wattpad, you have a ready-made audience for your work when you finally do self-publish on Amazon, or wherever. I had to chuckle–my husband also talks about the house we’re going to buy in Palm Springs from my writing profits. Yeah, right. Wishing you happy writing in July.

  12. That’s an awesome accomplishment to have so many readers on Wattpad. Good luck with your other goals. I think we all had similar ones to yours when we started out.

  13. 32,000 readers for your regency romance novella? Wow. That’s an accomplishment in itself. Never mind the other stories/series.
    Congrats, Olga!
    Good luck with your self-publishing goals.

  14. yvettecarol says:

    Isn’t it amazing that a lot of us started out the same way, believing in the myth of being chosen by fate to be the bestselling writer who makes millions? I’ve seen the same sentiment echoed in my many posts this week. And it’s fascinating to read where your journey went from there. You’re doing really well, Olga!!

  15. Denise Covey says:

    Hi Olga! You may still achieve that house with a white trim. Plenty of self-pubbed authors are making a packet. I study their stories and strategies every morning so I’m ready to hit the road running when I hit Publish, If you’re a self-pubbed author you have to market or it sinks to the bottom of the Amazon slush pile very quickly, no matter how good it is. It’s quite easy to format on Amazon, but i think I’m going to go Draft2Digital and go wide.
    That’s a sneak peek into my plans. But the major advice I receive is that it’s no good publishing just one book. Which is why I’m finished three in my paranormal series before I think about publishing. Puts a whole new spin on things.

    Meanwhile happy writing! Glad of your success on wattpad. What with working practically full time and writing practically full time, I have no time for wattpad, but I might get back onto there and other sites when I can see publication day looming.

  16. I often thought I’d rather have tons of readers than tons of money. Maybe it’s time to check out Wattpad myself. You’ve got some impressive stats there!

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