In 2015, 23-year-old Anna Todd typed the entirety of the pop culture sensation After on her iPhone, making use of every free moment like waiting the grocety line, before her son’s soccer game, she would upload chapters. It’s amazing how those little opportunities add up! Quickly, Todd’s Harry Styles fan-fic reached numbers normally unprecedented in book publishing: The Wattpad version accumulated over a billion views, and the eventual Simon & Schuster print version sold millions of copies.Earlier this year, After’s tumultuous love affair finally hit theaters in a Voltage Pictures movie that doubled as stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin’s Hollywood debut. Sure, the movie didn’t crack 20% on Rotten Tomatoes — but After wasn’t made for its critics. It was made for its enormous, pre-existing fanbase. Droves of fans armed with #Hessa stan accounts and blog posts about the After experienceturned up to the movie in theaters the world. Afteropened at number one in 17 countries and is the top-grossing indie movie of 2019 to date. A sequel has been announced.
How can you take advantage of her techniques?
Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, you can use a transcription app to record your thoughts and turn them into chapters on you way to work, standing in lines, or while watching TV (maybe on the boring episodes).