I’ve been fighting for this tooth and nail because it affects me as a less known author. We all know that it’s hard unlocking the Writers Payments when you are a small, less known author. It’s not easy gaining 500k general reads, 100k gem chapter reads and 300 gem choices selected if nobody knows your story exists. Therefore, I am making this thread to get the Writers Payment team’s attention because they need to know the struggle small authors. There’s no way that we, as small authors, can beat the system. I’ve been an Episode author for 4 years now and have NOTHING to show for it. I truly have a gift for writing. I’m not just writing to get some money, but it’ll be rewarding if I earned a little something for my faithfulness to this platform for such a long time. I can speak for myself when I say this; when you’re a young adult without a source of income, unlocking the writers payments becomes your number one priority. My suggestion for you, Episode, is to come up with another (easier) way to qualify to the writers payments.
Here’s my story: I was lucky enough to have my story featured on the Black History shelf this year. I was so grateful because I thought I was finally going to unlock the payment program. I had over 60k gem choices read, not too far from 100k. Unfortunately, my numbers started to drop and I lost half of my numbers to qualify. That hurt me BIG TIME because I was back at square one: an unknown author in the Episode community. I’ve seen a few authors qualify for the writers payments when their story was featured on a shelf. I honestly thought I would be one of those authors, but I wasn’t.