How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Wattpad: Writing in the age of Digital Publishing

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.

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arXiv overlay

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?

Anthony Bonato

3 thoughts on “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Wattpad: Writing in the age of Digital Publishing

      1. My experience was terrible. I feel like Wattpad caused too much division between their writers. First they promote poorly written stories for publication, they give popular writers everything (contest prizes, publishing, etc.) and the belief is if you don’t have ads in your stories, you must not be a good writer. Needless to say, I find it a trash writing website.

        It’s like high school for writers, online. Not to also mention you have rampant cyber bullys on that site as well. I would tell any really writer to avoid it at all cost.


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