33 Responses to “From Wattpad to Publication”

  1. Kaehler Faire May 13, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    Reblogged this on Write Ignite.

  2. Mariam Tsaturyan May 13, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    What an amazing post! Your story is truly inspirational. I started on Wattpad as well, but soon I abandoned uploading there. I might restart again. This was a great example of perseverance and hope. Good luck and wish you much more success.

    • Shannon A Thompson May 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I only upload a few teaser chapters onto Wattpad now, but I plan on sharing more of my poetry over there when I find more time. Thank you for your encouragement.

  3. Charles Yallowitz May 13, 2014 at 6:35 am #

    Wow. That’s an amazing and inspirational story. I’ve been curious about Wattpad because I put excerpts on there for my first two books. Never got much out of it. From your personal experience, do you think it’s better for some genres than others? I hear a lot how it’s more for romance and paranormal stuff.

    • Shannon A Thompson May 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

      Well, I think it definitely depends on how much time you can devote to the website. I think Wattpad is mainly a great website for writers who are looking for fellow writers to network with. It’s definitely a great place for fan-fiction, which seems to be a new thing since I don’t remember a lot of fan-fiction when I was originally on there in 2010 – but I’m not sure about other genres now. They do have a genre tab, which I think can help writers find one another.

      • Charles Yallowitz May 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

        I was looking at it, but I’m not on there often. Seems like 90% of being an author is marketing. The other 10% is sleeping, eating, and remaining part of human society. 🙂

  4. Harliqueen May 13, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    A really great story, thank you for sharing it 🙂

  5. lonelyboy1977 May 13, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Wow! That was a very inspiring account you posted. I must say that I am impressed that you have accomplished and experienced so much for someone so young.
    Keep up the hard work. Wishing you even more success for the future. 🙂

  6. Selima and the Merfolk May 13, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    It is so disgusting that someone would take advantage of you like that, when you were a child especially. It is scary, but worse it can also happen when you are published.
    I’m glad it all worked out for you and that you understand and grew from your journey. This is a very inspirational post, I will reblog it.

    • Shannon A Thompson May 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

      Thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing this post. It was very disheartening at the time. I often warn writers who are minors of things like this so they don’t have to go through what I did, but – at the same time – there seems to be more support than ever before, so the problems are often stopped before they even begin. When I returned to publishing, I didn’t even know how supportive everyone had become, so I am glad I grew from my experiences enough to return.

  7. Selima and the Merfolk May 13, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Reblogged this on Selima and the Merfolk and commented:
    This post is a post you should read if you intend to publish or maybe you are nervous and reconsidering publishing.

  8. coldhandboyack May 13, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    This was a great story. I like the fact that you came full circle. Enjoy your time off.

    • Shannon A Thompson May 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

      Thank you for reading and commenting 😀 I am glad it’s coming full circle, too. The guest bloggers are fantastic!

  9. PK Hrezo May 13, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    What an inspiring post! I think writers go thru these ups and downs quite a bit. I’m sorry for your losses, but so glad to know they didn’t beat you. And these things that tackle our spirits tend to fuel our writing as well.

  10. journeyofjordannaeast May 13, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    Thank you for posting this. I’m sorry for the loss of your friend, but I’m glad the loss eventually propelled you forward rather than held you back. Similarly, my best friend from high school, after whom I’d named one of my main characters, passed away and that loss made me finish writing my story, as I wanted to get it all down for her. I’ve since self-published two of the four books in the series and both are partially dedicated to her. I hope both of our friends are proud of us. Good luck with everything!

    • Shannon A Thompson May 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

      Thank you for reading 😀 I have to admit that I was very nervous about this post, because – when I first started writing it – I didn’t realize how personal it would get, but I am glad I shared it. Thank you for sharing your story about your friend. I think it helps show other writers and artists that we can overcome difficult times in art and in life. I hope our friends are proud of us, too. Best of luck with your work.

  11. Sam May 13, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing that story with us, Shannon! I am nervous about posting a story I’m working on on Wattpad. I’m afraid that I’ll lose the rights to it if I ever decide to publish. But at the same time I think the potential encouragement could help me get other projects off of the ground. I’m considering joining again. Thank you for your words.

    • Shannon A Thompson May 13, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

      Thank you for inspiring this post! If you get the rights before you post, you will always have the rights. You could always post just little bits – and if you make writer friends that you trust, you can send them the whole manuscript? Just a thought.

      • Sam May 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

        Is getting the rights filing a copyright? I’d be really interested in joining the community more fully. I have an account but haven’t posted anything yet.

      • Shannon A Thompson May 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

        I believe so. On Wattpad, they even have an option when uploaded to mark your work as copy written. I’m pretty sure everyone says everything is copy written – whether it is or not – but I believe it only costs $25 to copyright your work, and I think it’s worth it if you’re afraid someone will steal it.

  12. Bethany Hatheway May 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    I’m glad everything worked out for you. It’s terrible that you had to fight to get your novel back. I had my novel stolen off of another site and sold on Amazon, so I’m not comfortable sharing anything I care about online.

    • Shannon A Thompson May 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

      I am so sorry to hear about your manuscript being stolen! When I hear of that happening to a writer, I am just so sad because we all know how much work went into it only for another to take it. I hope you are able to share your work in the future without the worry of stealing.

  13. Jamie Raintree May 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, Shannon. It really touched my heart and I’m so sorry for your loss. Getting involved in fan fiction websites (even before the time of Wattpad!) was what got me writing in the first place too and I’m so thankful for that opportunity to test my wings with readers and find a positive community to share my work with. I don’t know how far I would have gone with my writing if I hadn’t taken that route and even now, I still love having stories on Wattpad. I don’t know at what point I’ll feel compelled to stop sharing them there but at this point, I just love the chance to let my hair down and write without worrying about it being perfect.

    This post made my day. Thank you again for sharing it!

    • Shannon A Thompson May 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      Thank you for reading and commenting! I am glad you shared your story and how Wattpad has helped you and shaped you as a writer. I know it gets a bad rep, so I enjoy sharing the pros of the community since it has also helped me so much.

  14. heatherbcosta May 15, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Well I, for one, am so glad that you never gave up on getting your work published again. You’re a fantastic writer and despite facing so much adversity at such a young age, you have taken those knocks and used them to a positive end.

  15. angieneto May 25, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    Reblogged this on Phoenix Raines.

  16. Phoenix Rainez July 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Hi Shannon I am following all your blogs regularly as they are really inspiring and reblog onto Phoenix Rainez. I follow you on wattpad too and thats where I first met you. You gave me encouraging comments for my poetry. Thanks to your inspiring and encouraging blogs I am self publishing my first novel in October.
    Congratulations on all your success, may your future be filled with many more exciting novels you write and publish.
    Fondest regards

    • Shannon A Thompson July 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm #


      Congrats on your book! That is wonderful. Thank you for your kind message. I will be sure to check out your future work. I am really happy for you.



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