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Anna Todd is the author of After, a book that she wrote entirely on her phone as a past time. It’s now being turned into a four-book series by Simon & Schuster. The first installment of this series is being released in October. Paramount Pictures has even acquired the film rights to adapt the After story for the big screen! Last Spring, the One Direction fan took her love of reading and the British boy band to create her book After on Wattpad, a free social reading and writing app, under the username Imaginator1D.
For anyone out there that isn’t aware of Wattpad, it is the world’s largest community of readers and writers on the internet. The stories on Wattpad are completely free and available on your mobile device. With Wattpad, you can read and share stories from your phone, tablet and computer. If you have a story that you want to publish, you can post it and get creative and supportive feedback and comments from other writers as well as readers. Writers can post new installments just as Anna Todd did and it can be set up to notify you when new chapters or installments are posted. Below are some interesting numbers about Wattpad:
- More than 40 million people have joined Wattpad
- More than 80 million free stories are available on Wattpad
- People spend 9 billion minutes a month on Wattpad
- Stories available in over 50 languages – all for free
- A new users joins Wattpad every second
- More than 24 hours of reading material is posted to Wattpad every minute
- 85% of all activity is on mobile
Now, let’s get back to Anna Todd and her book After. The plot of After revolves around Tessa Young, who attends Washington State University; and her on-again, off-again relationship with Hardin Scott, the trouble British bad who stole her heart. Hardin was inspired by One Direction singer Harry Styles.
Anna used Wattpad every few days to publish a new installment. Her fanfic love story grew to over 2,500 pages and has been viewed more than a billion times! It has more than 6 million comments and counting! Anna Todd is a 25-year-old first-time writer that lives in Texas with her husband. Anna never thought she would become an author. She worked a number of odd jobs, from the IRS processing counter to retail sales. In 2013, she began creating Afteron Wattpad. Unbelievably, she wrote most of Afteron her mobile device while running errands and extended the story through Instagram and Twitter later on. By 2014, her story had over 1 billion reads! Anna Todd is definitely an author to watch out for. I can’t wait to read her future stories! After was published and went on sale October 21, 2014. Click the links below to grab a copy for yourself! The print edition is available in 26 countries.