A copyright infringement involves:
Copyright only protects the physical representation of an idea, not the idea itself. Similar plots, story themes, and titles are not enough to constitute a copyright infringement. If you are unsure of whether a work infringes your copyright, we encourage you to seek professional/legal advice before submitting a notice.
Your work is automatically protected under Copyright Law as soon you put it into a fixed format, like writing it down. At Wattpad, we action copyright infringement, not plagiarism. For more information, check out: How we protect your stories.
If you’d like to submit a claim of copyright infringement, please visit Reporting Copyright Infringement. Wattpad reserves the right to remove content alleged to be infringing without prior notice, at our sole discretion, and without liability to you or anyone else.
We may, when appropriate and at our discretion, terminate the accounts of users who repeatedly or actively infringe the intellectual property rights of others. If an account has multiple copyright infringements, or an additional violation is discovered at a later date, the account will be closed along with any additional or subsequent accounts.
You own all the rights to the content you create and post on the Wattpad Services. Of course, if the content wasn’t yours to begin with, putting it on Wattpad doesn’t make it yours. Don’t submit content you don’t hold the copyright for (unless you have permission, including to grant Wattpad all the rights outlined in these terms).
If you receive this type of message, it is important that you do your research before responding to the message or accepting an offer. Some messages contain red flags, including vague, broad-sweeping language, inconsistent points of contact, poor grammar, and evasive responses regarding their contracts. Below are some helpful tips on how to make an informed decision.
Wattpad Paid Stories is a program that makes it possible for writers to earn money for their work while providing readers with a way to monetarily support writers on Wattpad. Select writers and stories have been chosen to be part of Paid Stories. Learn more about the Paid Stories program.
The Wattpad Creators Program, currently in beta, is an opportunity for Creators to earn a stipend in addition to personalized perks and support by creating on Wattpad. Read more about our Creators Program.
Wattpad works with some of the biggest brand and studio partners from around the world to provide creators with exclusive writing opportunities, helping them increase their exposure, grow their fan bases, and earn brand recognition. Learn more about brand opportunities for Wattpad creators.
Social activity is the key to success on Wattpad. Making friends is one of the best ways to gain readership because friends read friends' stories. It also helps you forge connections that can be beneficial in a business sense. You might receive valuable advice or become connected with members of broad communities who can give you their support.
The Wattpad community is extremely supportive. You can start by following other writers and reading their work, acknowledging new followers, engaging others in conversation, asking for advice, and more. For more ideas, learn how to effectively promote stories on Wattpad.
A few things that really stand out as helping people find you and your stories include:
As a creator, you can use social media to promote your work beyond the Wattpad platform. Link to your Wattpad profile or story in your social media accounts (for example Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram), connect with readers and other authors, use hashtags, and always direct back to your Wattpad profile or story. For more information, check out: How to effectively promote stories.
Your friends and family are great resources for getting people to notice your work on Wattpad. You can ask them to help by recommending and sharing links to your work on their social media or blog, or by sending emails or messages out to their contacts, letting them know about your work and how amazing it is! Read more about how to promote your story.
The Creators Program is a Wattpad initiative designed to provide creators with the tools, support, and opportunities needed to build a writing career through Wattpad. In total, the program will support 3,000 writers each year.
Creators don’t stay still. Creators grow.
Whether you’ve been writing on Wattpad for 10 months or 10 years, have 1 story in your catalog or multiple series, are writing as a full-time job or as a fun side gig, every writer wants to get to that next stage in their career. The Creators Program was set up to better support Wattpad’s top creators to help them get to that next level.
To qualify for the program, please review the Creators Program criteria.
If you qualify on all of the criteria listed, you are eligible to join the program.
Within 30 days of meeting the criteria, you will receive communications from a Wattpad Creators staff member via DM and the email associated with your account. So please make sure you check these regularly!
The communications you receive from Wattpad will include information about your contract and next steps.
We are so excited to bring this program to writers and are doing our best to get everyone on-boarded in an organized way. This means that it will take up to 6 months to onboard writers from the time they receive communications from us about their program eligibility. We ask for your patience as we refine our processes and work towards onboarding writers more quickly.
No, unless checking your metrics regularly is something you would like to do. If you meet all the eligibility requirements, including the Engaged Readers threshold, we will reach out to you within 30 days of meeting the criteria via private message and the email associated with your account.
Your story needs to meet the Engaged Reader threshold criteria for a minimum of 1 day in order to qualify you for the program. If you meet all the eligibility requirements, including the Engaged Readers threshold, we will reach out to you within 30 days of meeting the criteria via private message and the email associated with your account, to let you know what next steps to expect.
Check out Creators 101 for some tips on how to improve your writing, boost your readership, the importance of engagement, and more!