"After four million people read Did I Mention I Love You (DIMILY) on Wattpad, the trilogy is being published as a book. Estelle, the author, is a 17-year-old from Aberdeen. So how did she do it?"Some writers are skittish about throwing their work up on the Internet. Somebody might steal it, after all!
While I disagree with the digital utopians about many things (such as the relevance of copyright) I do agree with Tim O'Reilly about one important issue: For the vast majority of artists, obscurity is a far greater threat than piracy.
This doesn't mean that if you've written twelve novels, you should simply throw them all up on the Internet in a pell-mell fashion and hope for the best. Online publication, in which works are usually offered freely, should be done strategically, ideally as loss leaders for other works that readers will (hopefully) be motivated to buy.
Those details aside, if 4 million people read something, there is probably a way to make money from it.
Congratulations to this ambitious young woman from the United Kingdom.