A popular Harry Styles fan-fiction found on Wattpad titled After will be published in print and eBook formats later this year.
Simon & Schuster acquired the series for a “mid-six figure deal,” according to Publisher’s Weekly. They also grabbed the story’s “world and audio rights,” meaning that spinoffs and audiobooks are possible as well.
Briefly commenting on the news on Twitter, Todd said that Tessa’s name won’t change for the print/eBook editions but Harry’s will. His name will still begin with a H, but she didn’t reveal what it would be exactly. The author also said that additional scenes will be added to the book, according to Page to Premiere.
After is a series of three books centered on the One Direction band member which have collected over 800 million reads on Wattpad, a home for aspiring authors.
For those of you who are curious, the three-part story follows 18-year-old Tessa Young who is a “college student with a simple life, excellent grades, and a sweet boyfriend. She always has things planned out ahead of time, until she meets a rude boy named Harry, with too many tattoos and piercings who shatters her plans,” according to the synopsis of book one.
You can read After right now on Wattpad.
Whether or not you’re a fan of After, the series’ success has been closely watched by those in the reading community because it’s following a trajectory similar to E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey: The S&M Twilight fan-fiction began as an eBook and was then turned into a physical series. A movie is now set for release this Valentine’s Day.
After by Anna Todd is being shopped around by UTA, who is hoping to sell the movie rights.
This isn’t the first time an author on Wattpad has signed a major publishing deal. Others include Beth Reekles, Brittany Geragotellis and Nikki Kelly, according to PW.