WattPad has started to transcend their own digital publishing platform and has started to distribute their books through numerous exterior sources. The Canadian based company took two of their most popular titles in early May and made them available through Amazon, Kobo and iBooks. Today, WattPad is taking one of their most popular Series and distributing them in print and digitally though Gallery Press.
Gallery Books will publish the Wattpad phenomenon After as a New Adult series, in both eBook and print editions. Originally serialized on Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers, the first book in the After series is scheduled to publish in Fall 2014; the second and third books will be published in early 2015.
The three part After series has been read almost 800 million times since it started to be serialized on WattPad. As the book is being written, chapter by chapter, readers weigh in on the plot, characters and what direction they want the book to take. Authors often take the feedback to better themselves as an author and a good book will have a copious amount of reads due to people continuing to hunt around for an update.
After, written by Anna Todd, is one of the most talked about stories on the internet and has become an online phenomenon with more than 800 million reads of the three-part Wattpad series. Written serially with daily updates to meet reader demand, After became Wattpad’s most shared story of 2013. In addition to the massive popularity of After on Wattpad, the story regularly trends on other social networks, including Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. The success also caught the attention of United Talent Agency, which is now handling the film and television representation of After. The original fanfiction will remain on Wattpad.
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