In October 2018, we launched Wattpad Next beta as a temporary program in order to learn and test how our community would interact with a program that monetarily supports writers. Results of the program showed that Wattpadders are ready for a program that funds writers. We’re excited to announce that today we are ending the Wattpad Next beta program and introducing Paid Stories. The Paid Stories program is a way for writers to earn money for their work and for readers to support writers for creating stories they love.
Through purchasing Coins to unlock Wattpad Next beta stories, cheering on writers, and applying to the program, Wattpadders have shown that they believe in the program, want to pay writers, and see value in the stories selected. Using the insights we gained from the beta program we are now introducing a permanent program: Paid Stories.
The Wattpad community has always supported writers by reading their work, sharing the stories they love, and cheering writers on through comments and votes. The Paid Stories program is another way to support writers. Readers can now support writers’ careers by paying to read their work. This gives writers the opportunity to spend more time creating the stories we love.
We’re excited about the opportunity Paid Stories creates for writers on Wattpad. Stay tuned for news on how we plan to expand the program to more writers and readers.
You can learn more about the program here.