The leading web-based Wattpad platform will launch a series of podcasts created by famous Wattpad authors, exclusively on Spotify.
Some of the biggest names in web novels in Indonesia and the Philippines will bring their stories to life through a lineup of podcasts, with 20 titles available to Spotify listeners. Among the authors is Pit Sandi, whose story “My Ice Girl” has garnered nearly 22 million reads on Wattpad, Ma. Christina Lata, author of 321 million reads “The Four Bad Boys and Me” and Ariesa Jane Domingo of “For Hire: A Damn Good Kisser” which has 42.1 million reads.
These podcasts are not audio versions of popular stories but an exploration of different themes from the authors ranging from discussions of the authors’ creative journey to personal reflections on everyday life from the author’s lens and behind-the-scenes commentary on their work. Stories.
For example, behind-the-scenes commentary on web novels from Ventre Canard, author of “Caught in His Arms” (56.2 million reads) and April Avery from “Titan Academy of Special Abilities” (55 million reads), among others, are available.
Shows also include “Dy-dengar” by Indonesian author Diah Ayo Rumsari Abdullah, in which she will share details of her life as a GM, giving her fans a more intimate look at her hopes and dreams for the future; The Filipino author Ma. Cristina Lata “Love and Wander with Tina” who will discuss love and other topics, and share messages from fans on this topic.
“The Southeast Asia region is home to many of Wattpad’s most successful and influential authors,” said Kelly O’Mara, Director of Account Management, Wattpad Brand Partnerships. As Wattpad’s first major podcast deal in Asia, our partnership with Spotify will fuel our fans’ love for the literary world through The audio. Wattpad authors have created massive global fan bases for their work, writing stories that will continue to inspire a generation of readers.”
“Indonesia and the Philippines are brimming with great creativity and storytellers,” said Carl Zusarte, Head of Spotify Studios in Southeast Asia. “That’s why we are thrilled to work with Wattpad to bring their authors to Spotify where they will have the opportunity to take listeners deeper into their profession, inspiration and life. By adding podcasts to their web novels on Wattpad, will allow authors to interact with their fans in a unique way and reach new fans and listeners.”
The podcast will air on September 17 in the Philippines and on September 30 in Indonesia. Each podcast will contain 24 episodes and broadcast weekly on their Spotify Podcast pages.
As part of the partnership, Wattpad and Spotify will host two live discussion sessions with creators at the Manila International Book Fair on September 17 and the Indonesia International Book Fair on November 12.