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Wattpad.com is another website that is designed to bring authors and writers together. It is free to join the site. Authors can post everything from poems to novels. The author can upload cover images so that the reader clicks on a little book in order to open the file or the author can leave the cover blank and use the default image. Wattpad also offers an author program that gives several incentives to authors. Authors who sign up for the program have areas that are similar to websites and receive extra attention on the site. Authors are free to read material posted by other authors and authors are encouraged to also be readers.
Wattpad.com offers readers the opportunity to fall in love with an author. Readers can choose to only read full-length novels or readers can read excerpts. The feedback that the reader gives is the most important part of the site. The reader can share their comments directly with the author. The reader can become a fan of an author or of a particular work. Other readers will be able to read the reviews and see the number of fans that a story has before deciding if they are interested in reading what the author has posted. Readers can share stories with their friends and recommend particular authors.
There is a sense of community on the site and an opportunity for authors to not only grow their fan bases, but to also communicate directly with their fans and receive free constructive criticism. Authors and readers commingle and Wattpad is more like a friendly forum than a place where writers go to get fans.