Wattpad tries crowd-funding

Wattpad tries crowd-funding

Online writing community Wattpad has launched a fan funding experiment to allow members to pledge money to support their favourite writers.

Authors will run 30-day campaigns to find supporters for their work, with two projects (BrittTheBookSlayer's Ki$$ & $ell and XxSkater2Girl16xX's A Proscriptive Relationship) currently seeking support and one, Catch My Breath by MercyRose, already achieving its $5,000 goal.

The site told members: "Funding a project is about pledging your support and belief in a writer. You're helping to make his or her dreams come true and forming a new connection AND you're getting some amazing exclusive rewards in return! When you fund a project here, you're giving your money directly to the writer and ensuring the story stays on Wattpad."

Funded projects will be posted free to read content for the Wattpad community, unless the writer is seeking funds to have an unedited story professionally edited and printed. In those instances, the unedited story will remain free on Wattpad.

Wattpad said writers could use fan funding as a way to gauge fans' interest in potential story ideas.

Authors whose writing life has taken off on Wattpad include Random House Children's Books signing Beth Reekles, while Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman have also published on the site.