What Is Wattpad? The ‘YouTube For Stories’ Is Transforming Book Publishing
Anna Todd was a bored Army wife when she began to devour fan fiction about British boy band One Direction on Wattpad, the free online story-sharing community that Publisher’s Weekly called “a YouTube for stories rather than videos.” Creators Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen wanted Wattpad to provide amateur and professional writers a platform to publish their work, get feedback, and connect with other writers and readers.
Anna Todd didn’t think anyone would read her Harry Styles fan fiction erotica on Wattpad. But it’s been viewed more than a billion times and netted her a six-figure book deal….’