Wednesday, January 7, 2015

After Book Saga

Have you ever sat back and thought, "I could write a story about this" or ever said "I couldn't even make this up if I tried". Well, some people have said that, and then they wrote the book about it. I wish I had the patience to sit and write a fictional story like some of the ones I've read. Can you imagine how set for life some authors like Steven King, Stephanie Meyers, and even JK Rowling are?! I couldn't imagine swimming in their bank accounts, though it would be fun. I imagine it'd be like that Scrooge Duck swimming in his gold coins (remember him?)

Well, some people just like to write and has a pretty active imagination. Anna Todd apparently is one of those people. She wrote everything on her phone as a hobby. Wait, what? Who has that much time? I wish I did! She posted this story on a social site called Wattpad. It's a free site that allows you to read others writings. So inspiring writers, this is where you get started these days! There's Youtube for singers, Wattpad for writers!

Keep reading after the jump!

She used the name Imaginator1D, can you tell she was a One Direction fan? She used them as the inspiration for her story. The lead male is inspired by the one and only Harry Styles.

She made installments to the story on Wattpad. Soon enough she had over 2,500 pages of story and it was viewed more than a billion times. Yes... B... as in billion. It has over 6 million comments, and they're still coming.

That little story she wrote on her phone is now being turned into a four-book series by Simon & Schuster. The first installment, After, was released this past October. Side note, Paramount Pictures has even acquired the film rights to turn it into a movie. Can we say buku bucks? Good job Anna! 

Get a copy for yourself! Barnes & Noble | E-reader

I received a copy of the book, and I'm trying to read it when I get moments. My moments don't come as often as they used to since I have a toddler, but I'm trying! So far, I like the book! I can't wait to see what happens next!

Find Anna on Wattpad as Imaginator1D   (and yes, I follow her, too)
Twitter at @Imaginator1Dx  
Instagram at @Imaginator1D 

About Anna Todd

"Twenty-five-year-old Anna Todd is a first-time writer spending her days in Texas with her husband, with whom she beat half the statistics by getting married one month after graduating high school. 
Anna never thought she’d be an author. In fact, between her husband’s three deployments to Iraq, she worked a number of odd jobs - from a makeup counter to the IRS processing center. It wasn’t until 2013 that Anna combined her love of reading and One Direction to create After on Wattpad, a free social reading and writing app."

About After  
"The After series tells the story of Tessa Young, an optimistic freshman at Washington State University, and the dark, troubled British bad boy who has stolen her heart. 
Since becoming one of the most talked about stories on the internet, the After series garnered attention from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, who published the first installment of the novel, which went on sale on October 21, 2014."

About Wattpad

Wattpad is the world’s largest community of readers and writers. It has connected over 40 million people around the world who share a love of reading and writing.   
Wattpad is a new storytelling experience that’s mobile and social. There are over 80 million free stories available on Wattpad. These stories are available in over 50 languages! 
Anyone can share a story on Wattpad. Whether you’ve never written before or published multiple books, Wattpad offers benefits for writers of all levels. 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. 

After Press:
USA Today
The Verge

Psst: find me on Wattpad as I try to share a few stories! 

Have you found any really great books lately? Share them with me! I'm trying to re-build my library!

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.

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