How do you read books? On an e-reader? Or in paperback? Or … neither? Increasingly, people are reading on their phones. It’s a hassle to carry two electronic gadgets around, and many people have devices with bigger screens. Why not read on the device you carry the most? Now there’s a way to read books on your phone by your favorite authors in formats optimized for the device: Radish Fiction and Wattpad. Perhaps you saw the story about the apps in The New York Times.
I’d written a serial novel — Tell Me a Story — and released it in Kindle Unlimited in the summer of 2016. I happen to love reading and writing them, so when I heard about Wattpad and Radish, I jumped at the chance to put my books there. Even my non-serial books have an episodic feel.
In the summer of 2017, I decided to release my book, Constant Craving, in 41 parts on the Radish app. Because it’s about a newspaper publisher, I joked that it was like an old-time newspaper serial, with sexytimes.
The reaction to the book — which was rejected by every publisher — was astounding. It received hundreds of thousands of reads. I released it six months later in e-book form, and in March of this year, it was named a finalist for an RWA RITA™ award in erotic fiction – possibly making it the first RITA contender that wasn’t first published in traditional or e-book form.
I now have books on both Radish and Wattpad, and I absolutely adore the readers I’ve connected with on those sites.