Since The Spiders of Halros was featured on Wattpad it’s started getting some reads. The determining factor is unquestionably visibility. You can see from the graph below that prior to January 8th, almost no one was reading the book. Over the past two weeks with no other change—beyond being placed on Wattpad’s Featured Fantasy page—the same book, with the same blurb, and the same cover went from the 89 reads it had garnered in the months prior to some 4600 reads. Note that Wattpad credits you a read for checking your submission, so 37 of the 89 previous reads were me. It’s too soon to say if this trend will continue (or drop off again) and of course putting a book on Wattpad is the same as giving it away, but The Spiders of Halros is already free elsewhere, so why not? The hope is that an author can find new readers and some of them will stick around. Time will tell.
As a guy with a generally unapplied economics degree, I have a lifelong fascination with graphs and statistics. Wattpad provides information about which demographic your readers fall into. It also shows what percentage finish a section, and you can extrapolate even more useful information than is given outright about the response to the writing in question. Call me a nerd, but I think that’s kind of cool and hopefully will be useful. With a large enough sample size you might actually be able to determine if a chapter sucks;) When people download your free book from somewhere else, you never know if they’ve just added it to virtual pile or actually read it. With Wattpad you can tell how many make it through. Right now it’s looking like about 15 percent of the people who curiously click on the book finish it. I’d consider that pretty decent… considering that the cover has neither an angst-filled-girl nor a six-packed-dude (if you don’t get the reference you probably haven’t visited Wattpad).