Over the last few months, our team has been working on ways to give Episode authors more opportunities to get support from their readers and help make their journeys to becoming full-time authors and creators easier. With the recent update to our Community Author Gem Choices, we want authors to feel in control of their stories and the extra content they can offer readers in exchange for that support.
We know authors worry about losing reads and readers when adding optional gem choices to their stories. As a way to help authors who add gem choices to their stories, we have updated the trending leaderboard algorithm to incorporate gems spent on an author’s story as well as reads.
Story ranks will now be determined not only by the number of reads a story gets, but will now also include a factor based on the number of gems spent in that story. We would like to be clear that this will not fundamentally change the way rank is calculated, and stories without gem choices will still be able to trend high in the ranks and be visible for new readers. This change will not affect how stories appear in search results, on users profiles, or anywhere else in the Episode app.
As this change is being rolled out, authors may see a mismatch between ranks in-app and on the Writer’s Portal. This will be the case until this feature is fully released.
As with our other author-focused updates, we hope that this encourages you to see paths to success and engage with your readers in new ways.
– The Episode Team