Twenty-five year old Anna Todd never thought she’d be an author. Marrying her high school sweetheart a month after graduating high school, the imaginative Texan worked jobs ranging from a makeup counter to an IRS processing center. In 2013, Anna took up writing as a hobby using Wattpad – a free social reading and writing app – on her mobile phone while at appointments or running errands.
The story After follows Tessa Young, an optimistic freshman at Washington State University and her tumultuous relationship with dark, troubled British bad boy Hardin Scott. Every few days, Anna used Wattpad to publish her newest installment.
The love story eventually became over 2,500 pages and has been viewed more than a billion times. It has received over 6 million comments! Todd’s After story blossomed even further as Anna extended its reach using Instagram and Twitter, sharing photos, videos, songs, and other After world art.
Today, Anna Todd’s After is being turned into a four-book series by Simon & Schuster, the first of which was released in October. The story is so powerfully moving and so popular that the film rights have been acquired by Paramount Pictures for adaptation into a movie!
This is definitely a remarkable feat for a first-time author, don’t you think? This was due in part to Wattpad – where anyone can share a story, from newbies to established, previously published authors.
With Wattpad, stories can be read and shared from phones, tablets, and computers – granting easy access to an entire library – wherever you are. Wattpad establishes direct connections between readers and writers, allowing each to share and participate in the storytelling process. Writers can share their stories, while readers can offer plot suggestions via comments and messages or even submit original art or music to accompany the stories. Wattpad is free for both writers and readers!
Some interesting Wattpad facts:
- 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
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