Anna Todd, a debut novelist from a small town in Texas, is a viral web phenomenon fairy tale for the digital age.Last spring, the 25-year-old army wife and One Direction überfan parlayed her love for reading and the British boy band to create the young adult romance series After. Every few days, Anna used Wattpad, a free social reading and writing app, to publish a new installment.
Todd’s After originally wrote entirely on her phone as a hobby—is now being turned into a four-book series by Simon & Schuster, with the first installment released in October. Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights to adapt the After story for the big screen.
The plot of After revolves around young Tessa and her on-again, off-again relationship with Hardin Scott, inspired by One Direction
singer Harry Styles...not my personal pick from the band but doesn't take away from the captivating story.
Every few days, Anna used Wattpad to publish a new installment. Her fanfic love story swelled to over 2,500 pages and has been viewed more than a billion times!!
One of the greatest benefits of Wattpad is a direct connection between readers and writers. Readers receive notifications whenever a new chapter of a story is posted. Many writers share their work serially: posting stories one chapter at a time, so readers keep coming back. As soon as a story is uploaded it can be accessed by millions of readers around the world.
I participated in the After by Anna Todd blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.