Storytelling level Wattpad is revamping its creator program and making it much accessible for writers, the institution announced connected Thursday. Launched past year, the Wattpad Creators Program was constricted successful standard and “overly complicated,” the institution says. Since its launch, Wattpad has paid retired astir $3.8 cardinal successful stipends done the program. Wattpad plans to wage retired $1 cardinal much during the remainder of the year.
At launch, the programme featured antithetic tiers based connected a writer’s goals. With the revamped program, WattPad is shifting from programme tiers with antithetic requirements, to a azygous level and acquisition for everyone successful the program. The Toronto-based institution says this alteration volition marque it easier for writer to absorption connected their writing, alternatively than which tier they should purpose for.
To beryllium eligible for the program, a writer indispensable perpetrate to penning a minimum of 500 words per week and person astatine slightest 1 completed novel-length communicative of 50,000 words oregon much successful their catalog. In addition, a writer indispensable person astatine slightest 1 communicative successful an eligible genre that has achieved a minimum fig of Engaged Readers. The institution counts an Engaged Reader arsenic idiosyncratic who has spent much than 5 minutes connected a communicative successful the past 365 days. The criteria for Engaged Readers alteration from 9,000 for wide fabrication to 100 for horror.
Although the caller programme is presently invite-only, Wattpad says the caller criteria volition alteration it to adhd much writers. Wattpad notes that the programme gives writers the enactment to intermission and resume participation.
Nick Uskoski, Wattpad Head of Content and Creator Development, told TechCrunch successful an email that the institution is removing immoderate of the barriers to introduction truthful it tin bring much writers into the program. The archetypal programme was unfastened to conscionable a fewer 100 writers, and offered stipends upon entry. People were eligible for assorted levels of stipends depending connected a tiering system. In the caller program, the institution is moving to a exemplary that offers stipends for circumstantial penning initiatives.
Wattpad is besides placing a greater absorption connected writer acquisition and coaching with the revamped creator program. The archetypal mentation of the programme offered perks to writers who were much experienced oregon had published much work, portion the updated programme volition springiness each writers entree to these resources.
All writers successful the programme volition get entree to Wattpad’s editorial effect tool, which lets writers inquire the company’s in-house editorial squad questions. Writers volition besides get entree to caller tools and resources that volition assistance them grow, on with entree to unrecorded editorial coaching and bureau hours. In addition, writers volition get entree to quarterly meetings wherever the institution volition stock accusation astir gathering a vocation connected Wattpad.
“Not everyone has the time, resources, and privilege to be penning workshops and retreats, truthful we’re bringing that aforesaid benignant of community, support, and penetration to the Wattpad Creators Program,” Uskoski said. “We don’t conscionable privation to beryllium the spot wherever writers commencement their career, we privation them to turn and flourish connected Wattpad and beyond.”
The caller programme volition connection limited-term penning initiatives to promote caller contented successful genres we privation to spot much of connected the platform. The archetypal of these is simply a year-long Writing Intensive-style project, which volition wage a stipend for publishing caller chapters connected a regular play schedule.