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Looking for tips on how to get reads? Here's what I've learned after four years on Wattpad, over 2.5 million reads, and a Watty win.


One of the most common questions I get is "how did you build your following on Wattpad?". The short answer is—a lot of work, persistence, and bit of luck. The longer answer is a bit more complicated, so I've broken it down into the 6 things (based on my own experience) that I think are 100% crucial for being a successful author on Wattpad.

Tip 1: Be patient. Really patient.

My readers didn't show up right away. Actually, most of them didn't show up until well after I had finished posting my book. It turns out, most Wattpad readers will wait to read a book until it's marked "Complete". I noticed an immediate boost after I marked Siren's Mark (my first book) as complete, but even then it didn't really take off. It took a while to grow a natural following after that. It's easy to give up when you see that you aren't getting immediate reads, but if you take any of my advice, I hope it's this: Don't stop writing because you aren't getting reads. Sure there are rare exceptions where a writer gets reads right away on their first book, but most of the successful authors you see started with zero reads and just kept on writing. Give your book time to find its audience and wait until it's finished to even start thinking about getting readers.

Tip 2: Post at least once a week.

It's easy to think "If I don't have readers, who cares when I post?", but you still have to post consistently. Even if nobody is reading your book, readers may have your book in their library awaiting updates and Wattpad's algorithm tends rewards authors who post frequently and at regular intervals. If you're reliable when no one is watching, readers and the algorithm will notice.

Tip 3: Be an active reader.

One of the most effective things I've done from the start is also the simplest—I'm a big-time reader on Wattpad. I have always tried to put out the kind of positive reader energy I want to receive. I read other books in my genre, comment on them, engage with other readers, and reach out to other writers when I love their work. Most of my earliest readers came from people who chatted with me or found my comments on other books funny. I never promoted my books directly or asked for reads, I just had genuine interactions and somehow people found me. Put good energy out there and it will come back to you.

Tip 4: Take the description and cover seriously.

I get it—the description of your book is arguably the hardest thing to write. It's surprisingly difficult to distill an entire book into a couple paragraphs. That's probably why a lot of writers skip it entirely, use an excerpt instead, or just say something like "I'm not good at descriptions but just read it. It's good, I promise!" But readers pay attention to that description and if you don't give it enough effort, you'll lose them before they even read the first chapter. Same goes for covers; that first impression matters! Make sure your cover and description are really strong.

Tip 5: Fill out your tags.

Wattpad gives you an option to add 25 tags to your book, and I recommend using all of them. Choose tags that are meaningful and are neither too vague or too specific. Good tags are 1-2 words with no spaces and should be the kinds of things that people might type into search. For example, someone might look for books on "magic" or "witch", but they're probably not searching for "magicuser". And make sure to check your spelling—a misspelled tag is just a waste of your tag space.

Tip 6: Use your Stats page.

On Wattpad, every book has a Story Statistics page. (Here's a link explaining how to find them: There, you can find data on which parts have the most completed reads, what ages your readers are, and what days your reads spike. All of these are open to interpretation, but they give you more information to help you make better decisions about what content is working and what isn't.


About Me

I'm a Wattpad Star, official Wattpad Creator, and Wattpad Paid author with over 2.5 million reads on the platform. I won a Watty for my book, Siren's Fall, in 2022.

Wattpad - @LuxRaven // TikTok - @LuxRavenWrites // Instagram - @LuxRavenWrites

Updated: Jan 31

I'm excited to announce that Siren’s Fall has won a Watty in their first ever Sequels category! It's a huge honor to have my work chosen from all the awesome books entered by so many talented writers.

Siren's Fall is the sequel to Siren's Mark and the conclusion to Ava and Zane's story. I was excited to see that sequels would be considered this year, because I loved writing Siren's Fall and sequels never get as much love as the originals.

When I wrote Siren's Mark, it was mostly just me posting to the void and hoping someone might eventually find and read it. I started the sequel shortly after, and around that time, I was beginning to get some serious readers. It was the first time I had reader feedback while I was writing and posting. Suddenly people were counting on me to post and waiting for my updates!

To me, this is the ultimate reminder to keep going. Siren's Mark didn't have any readers when I started. I entered it in the Wattys in 2020 and it didn't win. It's easy to get discouraged when you don't have that feedback or enthusiasm, but if you're making something you love—keep going! If you keep making your art and putting yourself out there, your community will find you. ❤️

Updated: Nov 28, 2022

Are you going to this year’s Wattcon in Los Angeles? Great, me too!

Since I’m a local, I figured I’d share a few of my top favorite spots and things to do in the area for those of you traveling to LA.

Diagon Alley at Universal Studios' Wizarding World, The Last Bookstore, and Los Angeles Central Library
Diagon Alley at Universal Studios' Wizarding World (Left), The Last Bookstore (Middle), and the rotunda ceiling at Los Angeles Central Library (Right)

For Bookworms

The Ripped Bodice

3806 Main St - Culver City

This amazing independent bookstore is devoted entirely to romance novels! It's packed floor-to-ceiling with books, bookish swag, and awesome photo ops.

The Last Bookstore

453 S Spring St - Los Angeles

If you've ever seen a gorgeous bookstore on Pinterest, it was probably this one. The Last Bookstore has two huge floors of books and a side room for music too! But the coolest part is the reading-inspired art installations like its porthole window and tunnel made entirely of books.

Los Angeles Central Library

630 W 5th St - Los Angeles

While several LA libraries are quite stunning, my favorite is the LA Central Library. It is massive—with 8 floors, 538-thousand square feet of space, and nearly 89 miles of shelves. (In metric, that's about 50,000 square meters and 143km of shelves.) The building is an architectural marvel and the elaborate rotunda with blow you away. It also houses rotating art and museum exhibits, if you need another reason to go.

For Fans & Nerds

The Netflix Experience

189 The Grove Drive - Los Angeles

Fans of Bridgerton and Stranger Things will love this part-photo op, part-experience, part-gift shop at the Grove shopping center. The pop-up carries all kinds of fan merch for Netflix shows, but you don't have to buy anything or pay to visit. (Plus, The Grove has an hourly fountain show and, some evenings, they even turn on the snow machine.)

Nerdy Themed Bars

If you're a Beetlejuice fan, you'll get a kick out of the themed bar Beetle House. For Star Wars fans, there's the Scum & Villainy Cantina. Both bars are just down the street from Wattcon.

Universal Studios

100 Universal City Plaza - Universal City

This one goes without saying, really, but if you're into Harry Potter, the whole Wizarding World area of the park id a must. While you're there, make sure not to miss the Studios Tour and the special effects show.

WB Studio Tour

3400 Warner Blvd - Burbank

This studio tour is by far the best in town. Tour guides cater the tour to your fandoms, so tell them if there's something specific you want to see. On a typical tour, you can see everything from the Batmobile to the café from Friends. While not guaranteed, it's common to spot Hollywood sets in action.

Close to Wattcon

Good Food in Walking Distance

There are a ton of great spots within walking distance of Wattcon in Hollywood. Bollywood Grill on the other side of Hollywood Blvd has excellent Indian Food. Jinya Ramen Express inside the Hollywood and Highland shopping center has delicious custom ramen bowls right next door to the Loews Hotel where the convention will be. Mel's Drive-In is also a good option with classic American food in a traditional fifties diner.

Stuff to Do

A lot of the stuff to do in Hollywood is obvious—Madam Tussaud's wax museum, the TCL Chinese Theater, the Walk of Fame—so I'll skip that stuff. Instead, I'll recommend some of the lesser known options. Less than a 10-minute drive east from the hotel is Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where legends like Johnny Ramone of The Ramones and actress Marilyn Monroe are buried. It has beautiful park-like grounds and monuments for many Hollywood greats. For music-lovers, I recommend checking out Amoeba music on Hollywood Boulevard. This record store is a music-lover's dream, with new and used CDs, vinyl records, and music-themed books for very good prices. They also have a pretty extensive collection of T-shirts, posters, and music merch if that's your jam.

Where to Get a Hollywood Sign Photo

3160 Canyon Lake Drive - Los Angeles

You can actually see the Hollywood Sign from multiple spots near the Loews hotel. If you just want a quick snap, head to the Ovation shopping center and follow the back steps up to the back courtyard, then look to the mountains.

For a better photo and viewing experience, check out Lake Hollywood Park. Street parking is plentiful and it's the best spot in the city to take in the Hollywood sign.

A Few More Favorites

Tacos: Trejo's Tacos & Trejo's Cantina

Actor Danny Trejo has a chain of taco restaurants in LA serving up really excellent tacos and burritos, including pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan options that are a lot more creative than tofu. (Psst... try the cauliflower!)

Donuts: Donut Friend

These are not your mother's donuts. Donut Friend makes wild flavors named after punk bands and fully custom donut sandwiches where you pick the toppings and fillings. In a crazy twist, all their donuts are vegan! I'm not vegan, but these donuts are genuinely the best in town. (Bonus: my lactose-intolerant self can eat all the cream and custard-filled ones without getting sick.)

Shopping: Magnolia Blvd Burbank

If you like pinup style, vintage clothing, goth stuff, or antiques, you will adore this area of Burbank. The street is lined with cool and quirky shops, including a gothic horror gift shop and a place that sells clothing used in TV shows and movies.

Free TV Taping Tickets

If you have time and the taping schedules align with your trip, you can see the live taping of a tv show for free. Sites like 1iota and On Camera Audiences offer free tickets to whatever's filming this month. (And the theater where they film Jimmy Kimmel Live is actually within quick walking distance from the Loews.)

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