Actually I joined in November last year, right before the move/edit/publisher disaster. Now finally, I’m getting things together enough to actually get involved with the community.
I’m liking that I’ve got access to lots and lots of new writers who want to learn and want to be helped. I mean, it’s the first time I’ve ever offered to crit first chapters and been booked full for almost two weeks within a day, (YES A DAY!!!) of posting the offer to help.
However, I’m a bit bothered by the way things are done there. I mean yeah it’s great that there’s this medium for instant exposure for writers. The thing is… I’m not sure if instant exposure is a good thing.
I mean… putting unfinished work out there without a thought for copyright…
Because yes, there are “all rights reserved” options available on work, and that’s supposedly protects one. But… if you’re putting unfinished, unedited work on a social network with millions of readers. How will you prove one stole and edited your story before publishing it for money?
Copyright, as far as I understand, goes on final versions of books. And yes, I’ve seen a few very good concepts with execution lacking. If anyone unethical loved said concept and rewrote it, the original person’s idea is stolen. And because it can’t be copyrighted, there’s nothing he can do about it unless he can prove that he sent the entire story he wrote to the unethical guy, and that unethical guy used significant portions of it..
So yeah. I’m finding this aspect to Wattpad scary.
Also, the general fascination with prologues. *shudder*
Other than that, though, it’s intriguing me, and I really am enjoying disabusing people of their prologue habit.
Anyone else on Wattpad? Thoughts?