All things Wattpadian
I’m posting a brief blog this week as I am back from vacation. I gave a guest lecture at Ryerson University this Monday in Dr. Jason Boyd’s graduate course Digital Publishing, where I shared my knowledge and experience with the on-line, self-publishing platform Wattpad. I’ve posted short stories on this platform. The lecture is the title of this blog, and the slides are below.
Wattpad is called the “YouTube for Writers” and for good reasons. Millions of writers post their works there, which are often serialized novels and short stories. Wattpad serves as a community and platform for writers and readers to share and interact. I am also a fan of how stories posted there can include visual media such as videos or audio. That is a big step forward toward the synthesis of various art forms.
In the slides, I also briefly discuss Internet Mathematics, which is an academic journal is now using the arXiv overlay model. I am the Editor-in-Chief of that journal, and I share my experiences with this publishing model.
The lecture is part expository, part confessional, and part questioning the future of publishing. For example, is the current publishing model sustainable? Is it even desirable?