FAQ – Eligibility Update (This means you, Wattpad users!)
Hey Swoon Readers!
As you probably already know, we’ve had several questions about the exclusivity clause in our Terms and Conditions. (We even posted a blog letting you know that we were working on it.) And now, we’re happy to announce that we have an answer! Here’s the official language from our new Terms and Conditions*:
2. All Manuscripts submitted: a) must be original works of book length (no less than 160 typewritten pages or approximately 45,000 words) written in the English language; b) must be written solely by the registered user submitting the work; c) must not violate any right of any third party or be libelous; d) MUST NEVER HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR SALE AND MUST NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE DURING THE 6 MONTH EXCLUSIVITY PERIOD ON SWOON READS; e) must not be under consideration for sale by any third party (e.g. publisher, retailer, website) during the exclusive period and f) must follow these rules and guidelines.
The key word here is “SALE.” If you have ever made money from your manuscript—whether through a traditional publisher, Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, or any other self-publishing method—then, sadly, it is not eligible for Swoon Reads.
However, sites like Wattpad, Figment, and Fanfiction.net, among others—where you share your work, but don’t make any money from it—are completely eligible. And, we DO NOT require you to remove your work from these sites. So, if you have a finished YA romance, we’d love for you to submit it. And maybe even tell your readers there to come over and rate it on Swoon Reads!
* (The update is with the developer now, and should be visible on the site soon!)