Check Out Wattpad and Anna Todd’s After #AfterSaga

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.

Did you once dream about becoming a published author? Do you have a knack for creative writing? With the technology available to us nowadays, it’s not impossible for anyone to reach those ambitions and aspirations that you probably set aside because, well, life.

I’ve been hearing a lot about Wattpad and various success stories of regular people (read: not published authors) lately. Wattpad is a new storytelling experience that’s mobile and social, and 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. Best of all, Wattpad stories are free to read!

One such success story I’ve heard is about Anna Todd, who goes by the name Imaginator1D on Wattpad. Last spring, the 25-year-old One Direction fan, parlayed her love of reading and the British boy-band to create After on Wattpad. 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.

Anna Todd

Anna Todd used Wattpad to publish a new installment of After every few days. Her fan fiction swelled to over 2,500 pages — viewed more than a billion times with more than 6 million comments! And now, After is being turned into a 4-book series by Simon & Schuster, with the first installment released in October. Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights to adapt After for the big screen.

If you’re curious, Anna Todd is a first-time writer spending her days in Texas with her husband (she beat half the statistics by getting married one month after graduating high school). She never thought she’d be an author. In fact, she worked a number of odd jobs — from a makeup counter to the IRS processing center — and it wasn’t until 2013 that Anna combined her love of reading and One Direction to create After on Wattpad.

Writing the majority of After from her mobile phone while in and out of appointments and running errands, Anna extended the story world beyond Wattpad, using Instagram and Twitter to share photos, videos, songs, and art created by readers. Find her on Wattpad as Imaginator1DTwitter @Imaginator1Dx, and Instagram @Imaginator1D.

After by Anna Todd

After is about Tessa Young, an optimistic freshman at Washington State University, and the dark, troubled British bad boy who has stolen her heart. Check it out and purchase the book from Barnes & Noble and for their e-reader: Barnes & Noble | E-reader

Awesome Wattpad success story, right? On Wattpad, everyone participates in your story. Some people may not identify with being a writer, but they can share plot suggestions via comments and messages or create original art/music to go along with the stories they’ve read.

Readers receive notifications whenever a new chapter of a story is posted. Many writers share their work one chapter at a time, so readers keep coming back. And as soon as a story is uploaded, it can be accessed by millions of readers around the world.

People spend 9 billion minutes a month on Wattpad, more than 40 million people have joined (a new user signs up every second!), and over 80 million free stories are available. It’s still growing because more than 24 hours of reading material is posted every minute! Imagine that! It really is an awesome platform for authors around the globe!

Are you dreaming of having a success story similar to Anna Todd’s? Then be sure to check out Wattpad and let the world see the author in you!


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.


Check Out Wattpad and Anna Todd’s After #AfterSaga — 55 Comments

  1. I have never her of Wallpad before your review. I will have to test it out myself. Thank you.

  2. What an amazing women to start writing and become this great of a success! Her book sounds so interesting, and I would love to check it out!!

  3. I have always wanted to be a writer ever since I feel in love with books as a child. I will definitely check into Wattpad now, thanks to your review.

  4. Wow stunned that her book was viewed more than a billion times with more than 6 million comments. That is so incredible, gonna have to check this out.

  5. I have never heard of that. I would be interested in reading the story. I’ll have to check it out later.

  6. That’s a great success story. I have to admit that I didn’t understand a lot of the tech jargon mentioned, I guess I’m a little behind. Wattpad sounds very interesting though.

  7. Writing is something I do not want to do. This looks like a good place for writers to start.

  8. What an amazing success story, congratulations to Anna Todd. This is the first time that I’ve heard of Wattpad, it sounds like a great place for aspiring writers. Thank you for sharing this post.

  9. This is a great idea. In the past I often thought about writing. I may check out this site and see what happens. thank you for sharing

  10. Wow! So cool! Its usually so pricey to publish a book!!! This is so great! And I plan to read her story! Thanks for sharing!

  11. That’s really interesting. I’ve never heard of that before but I’ll have to check it out. Good for her!

  12. I heard a interview with this lady on the radio. I have not checked it out, but it does sound interesting.

  13. Congrats to Anna. That’s great. I’ve never heard of Wattpad before I read your post. I’m going to go over and check it out. Thanks for the info.
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  14. Thanks for leading me to the Wattpad and Anna Todd. Being older I have half started mini stories all over the place. The Wattpad is going on my want list. Some of the technology available today makes me wish I was born 25 years later.

  15. Good for her! I am a self-published author (cookbooks) and have had success but it is very hard!

  16. thats so interesting. i like that publishing a book is good thing and not all get an opportunbity to do it. m so happy for her!

  17. Nope. Never wanted to be an author. I can see where this would be good for those who do.

  18. WOW! I’ve never heard of Wattpad before now and it sounds like a great place to be hanging out and writing if you have the talent! That sure paid off for Anna to be writing and taking advantage of Wattpad! Thanks for sharing this information with all of us! I truly do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele 🙂
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  19. I never heard of this app but it seems pretty awesome! And Anna can come up with some awesome stories!

  20. This is such a great idea. It is an opportunity to get some books published that otherwise wouldn’t be. Thank you for sharing

  21. That’s interesting. I wouldn’t sign up but would like to check it out. I hope that someone checks what’s being added before it’s posted.

  22. Thanks for the Review on Check Out Wattpad and Anna Todd’s After #AfterSaga! This sounds like an interesting site to be connected to if you are a writer or if you just absolutely love to read! I just don’t have the time to sit and read and I know I’m no writer either! Thanks for sharing this site with all of us, along with the information on Anna Todd and her story After! Thanks again, Michele 🙂
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