What is the Wattpad Next beta program?
Wattpad Next is a beta program that allows the community to support writers directly. It was created in direct response to demand from the community for Wattpad to enable readers to support the writers who create the stories they love. With Wattpad Next beta, fans can now support their favourite writers and writers are able to monetize their work, right on Wattpad.
Readers can purchase Coins that can then be used to unlock chapters or full stories that are part of the program.
Why are we launching Wattpad Next beta?
Writers create the stories that make Wattpad the best place in the world to find unique stories from diverse voices. Wattpad readers have been asking for a way to reward writers, and Wattpad Next beta is a way to support writers for creating the stories we love.
Helping writers has always been a priority for Wattpad, so the Wattpad Next beta program is allowing us to explore different ways writers can make money from their work on Wattpad.
Results of the beta program have shown that many members of our community believe writers should be paid for their work. We will be expanding the Wattpad Next beta program, and continue to iterate on the features and stories that are included.
I thought the Wattpad Next beta program was meant to be temporary?
We launched the Wattpad Next beta program as a temporary program to learn and test how our community would interact with a program that monetarily supports writers.
Results from the beta program showed that many Wattpadders believe writers should earn money for their work. The feedback and learnings from the beta program helped us improve the program for readers and writers.
We are always iterating on Wattpad features to create the best experience for our community, and will continue to make updates to the program.
Something that will never change is access to free stories on Wattpad. We know that many readers value free reading, and there will always be millions of great stories to read without charge.
Why isn’t the beta program available in every country?
We’re currently iterating on the Wattpad Next beta program, collecting feedback and increasing the capacity our servers can accommodate. We know other regions are waiting for access to the program and the incredible stories that are part of it. As an experimental program, Wattpad Next beta is about understanding different behaviors and developing insights. We’ve selected a number of regions to run this experimental program.
Why were these countries selected?
We’re taking our time and building a program people will love. Testing in a few regions to start helps us better understand how a wide variety of Wattpadders can support writers, so we’ve selected a diverse group of countries representing different languages and cultures. Current participating countries include the US, Mexico, UK, Canada, and the Philippines. We don't have a firm date yet, but we're planning to roll-out these exclusive stories to the rest of the global community soon.
Why was the Wattpad Next beta program expanded to the US?
We have seen overwhelming support for the Wattpad Next beta program tests in Canada, the UK, Mexico, and the Philippines. Readers are devouring Wattpad Next beta stories in these countries, and we’ve heard from our US users that they can’t wait to access them as well.
A large number of our community is in the US, and expanding there will not only help participating writers get paid, it will also help increase our insights, so we can build a sustainable program for more writers on Wattpad.
Does this mean that Wattpad is becoming a paid platform?
There are still hundreds of millions of free stories on Wattpad, and that isn’t going to change. Wattpad will also always be a free app, available without charge to the community of over 65 million passionate Wattpadders all over the world.
With Wattpad Next beta, a small selection of stories will be exclusively available for purchase.
Wattpad Next beta is about helping writers, exploring new ways readers can support their favourite writers.
Does this mean Wattpad Next will be a permanent program?
Initial reader reactions to the Wattpad Next beta have been incredible! Readers all of the world have shown that they want to help writers earn money for their work.
Wattpad Next is still a beta program. We are learning and iterating. But we do want to open up these exclusive stories to readers all over the world. But one thing is for sure: Wattpad will always be free. There will always be millions of free stories on the platform. Period.
How do I purchase stories?
Stories are purchased using Coins. These can be purchased on the Wattpad app, and will be paid for through your iTunes or Google Play account. Learn more about reading Wattpad Next beta stories here.
Can I read stories on any device?
Yes! Once you purchase Coins the balance in your wallet will be updated wherever you use Wattpad. You can then redeem your Coins and read stories on the app on your Apple or Android device, and while reading on the Wattpad website.
How does Wattpad choose which stories are included in the beta program and which stories are available for free reading?
Stories in the beta program were selected to reflect the diverse genres and interests of our community. We are working with a dedicated group of writers, who are committed to their craft and readers.
The connection between readers and writers is what makes Wattpad the unique and incredible space we all love. The stories selected echo this connection, and will help us build the best program to fund writer’s careers, while giving readers access to stories they can only find on Wattpad.
How much of the money will go to Wattpad?
Because this is a beta program, Wattpad has invested to ensure all writers are paid regardless of the results. Wattpad will also be sharing revenue with writers whose work earns more than projected.
I don’t like the story I’ve paid for. Can I get a refund?
Refunds are not available. But please know that you are part of an important program that has the potential to change the lives of writers on Wattpad.
Will I see ads on Wattpad Next beta stories?
No. Ads will not be displayed on Wattpad Next beta stories.
I noticed some of the books in the program will be published in the Wattpad Books publishing program, does this mean all books in the program will be published?
We’re thrilled that two authors in the program will have their books published with Wattpad Books this year!
Wattpad Next beta and Wattpad Books are two separate programs. A story’s participation in one, does not mean it will be included in the other.
Wattpadders have always been the first to support writers, and we’re excited that both programs provide readers with a chance to support writer’s careers and work.
What does “beta” mean?
The term ‘beta’ means this is a short-term, test-and-learn process in order to learn and understand how people can reward writers they love.
Does this mean stories will be available for purchase for Wattpad’s global audience in the near future?
We are currently running a beta program in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines to develop the best way for writers to make money on Wattpad.
Results of the beta program will determine how our community continues to tangibly reward writers in the future. The response from the community has been incredible, and we will be expanding the story library and countries included in the program.
How were the writers and stories that are participating in the program chosen?
The stories included in the beta program reflect the diversity of the stories shared on Wattpad.We approached popular writers across a variety of genres to participate in the program. The decision to participate was always left up to the writer.
We know that the community wants to be able to support and reward their favorite writers, and we’re looking at different ways to find the solution fans are looking for.
What does the editorial process for Wattpad Next beta stories look like?
Everything we do is backed by data and an unmatched expertise in stories. For Wattpad Next beta, specialists from our Story DNA machine learning teams collaborated with our editorial experts to find stories that people will love across a variety of genres. We also work closely with writers to provide editorial coaching.
Are stories not involved considered lower-quality because they are free?
Absolutely not. Every story on Wattpad has an audience, just like every reader has personal tastes. The goal of Wattpad Next beta is to explore different ways writers can make money from their work on Wattpad. In order to get as much insight as possible from the program, we are working with a wide range of writers and stories. Participants reflect the diversity of creativity and tastes in the global Wattpad community.
How much of the money goes to writers?
The majority of revenue from the program is paid to writers.
Wattpad Next beta is about helping writers! Fans want to know that writers are benefitting from this program, so ensuring fair compensation is our biggest priority.
Can I join the program as a writer?
Wattpad Next beta is an invitation-only program and currently closed.
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