Today we are announcing a change to the qualifying criteria for the Gem Reads aspect of the Writer Payment’s Program. Starting on May 1st, 2021 the Gem Reads qualifying criteria will change as follows:
100k gem reads AND 50k gems spent across all your published stories in the last 60 days
The reads-only requirement of 500k reads across all your published stories in the last 60 days will remain unchanged.
In the last several months, we’ve given authors more tools, options, and control over how they can choose to use gems in their stories as we continue to support the different ideas that different authors have and want to try. Some of those changes to the program include rolling gem choices out to all readers on both Android and iOS platforms, giving authors control over pricing, testing, then releasing new ways to incorporate gems into community stories, and lastly, updating the Gem Bonus Payment structure.
Additionally, over time, we’ll continue testing other ways for creators to experiment and achieve more reads or gems used in their stories. Our goal is to give authors a bigger range of options to use in a variety of ways, and that this will make the criteria update less daunting and provide more avenues towards success. You’ll see more about this on the forums in the coming weeks.
Before we move to the new criteria, from now until May 1st, 2021, authors will be able to qualify for the Writer Payments program in all of the following ways:
- 500k reads across all your published stories in the last 60 days OR
- 100k gem reads AND 300 gem choices selected across all published stories in the last 60 days (expires May 1st, 2021) OR
- 100k gem reads AND 50k gems used across all your published stories in the last 60 days
We hope that this will allow authors who may be on the cusp of qualifying for Writer Payments under the existing criteria the opportunity to make a final push to make it into the Payments Program before the criteria change.
Please remember, writers must still be at least 18 years of age to qualify for and unlock Writer Payments.
As always, we look forward to your feedback and suggestions. If you have any issues with this update, please reach out to our support team.
– The Episode Team