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Never having written before, Anna Todd is today the breakout Simon & Schuster author whose “After” series of One Direction fan fiction is the best argument yet for digital’s drive toward writing and reading community — and for the massive platform leading the way: Wattpad.
Todd’s filthy little tale has been read over a billion times online — yes a billion. She’s signed a six-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster, created an entire line of jewelry centered around the series, and recently sold the rights to a film version to Paramount. Not too shabby for a girl writing sex scenes about her favorite band member on her iPhone.
What many in publishing see of Amazon, Craig Mod says, “goes underground 400 stories and occupies 4,000 football fields underneath.” And his new book is meant to help Japan’s publishing industry understand its challenges after what the American market has been through.