I know this thread has mostly focused on how smaller/new authors expect story promotion, etc. But I just realised that when I originally posted on this thread I only spoke about the expectations I felt were being put on myself and after reading my post again, I feel like I’ve missed a really big expectation that I put on other authors.
To start off with, this is something I expect of everyone, and not just the popular or trending authors. It’s an expectation I even put on myself. However I feel like I do judge other authors more harshly on this if their name is well known in the community.
It’s about the guidelines and it’s a two part expectation.
The first side of this is that I expect people to, well, NOT break the episode guidelines intentionally. I know some parts of the guidelines are confusing and thus easy to accidentally break. But there are some that are so clear and when I see someone go against that guideline, it’s disappointing. It’s also kind of obvious when authors do it intentionally too. I feel like I’ve definitely seen a few authors have to amend their stories more than once for the same reasons - for breaking the same guideline. And when it’s someone who’s quite well known, I can’t help but think it’s a bit worrying that they have to be told repeatedly to amend their stories and force us all to reread an episoe😭. It’s actually rather problematic when it’s occurring in a trending story too. If someone updates their story and there’s a scene depicting sex for example, thousands of people will have already read it by the time episode gets around to reviewing it. So in that sense, I do expect popular authors to uphold the guidelines -especially the ones they’re well aware of.
The second part of this expectation is a bit of a continuation. See, I really don’t care who’s story a popular author chooses to promote. But I do care when I see them promote a story that goes against the guidelines too. Even if they themselves write something that is completely above board, using their platform to promote something that breaks the guidelines makes me wince. I know it was mentioned in this thread that a shoutout from a popular author will only give a temporary boost, but it’s a boost nonetheless. I kind of feel guilty when I see a story I was sharing with friends that goes on to do something that I know isn’t allowed And so of course I look side ways when an author I respect or hold to a high standard is giving a shoutout to a problematic story.
I feel like this expectation is justified(?), but of course, I’m only speaking for myself and I know how the forums loves to tell me that if I don’t like something I should just ignore it or not read it lol.