RedRoom.com, a popular destination for authors looking to network, is shutting down on July 8 and being absorbed into Wattpad. The announcement doesn’t exactly make clear how this will work, as Wattpad and RedRoom provide entirely different functions. Wattpad is a place for narrative work, while RedRoom is more of a blogging platform.
Here’s the announcement:
Dear Red Roomer,I have big news. Red Room is becoming part of Wattpad! If you haven’t heard of Wattpad yet, it is the world’s largest community of readers and writers. Red Room Authors like Margaret Atwood–and authors we wish were on Red Room like Paulo Coelho–are already on Wattpad. So are more than 30 million readers!
On Wattpad, readers and writers engage with each other, and previously unknown authors are finding phenomenal success. I want our amazing community members to have that opportunity.
What happens next?
- Create a Profile. Wattpad is entirely free. You can join and start posting your work in minutes. If you need assistance migrating your content, Wattpad has a dedicated team member to help you in the process: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Red Room will go offline on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014. You won’t be able to log in after that. If you ever need to view or copy your content, you can do so, thanks to our friends at the Internet Archive. Look for an email next week about this.
I am deeply grateful for your friendship and participation in the Red Room community. As I always say, writing transforms individuals and sometimes whole societies. Please let me know what I can do to make this move a big success for you, and I look forward to seeing you on Wattpad!
CEO and Editor in Chief, Red Room
That seems a pretty blunt goodbye with no information about how writers’ content is going to be integrated into Wattpad. It would appear as if it won’t at all, as Ivory Madison’s own Wattpad page has one fictional story posted.
Self-published Red Room writers are of course welcome to post here!