Lately, I’ve been seeing more popular writers from various story sharing sites not treating their readers well.
What I mean by well is, they have either taken down their stories without giving notice, stopped updating, or just plain disappeared.
As a writer who would love to have a lot of fans, it makes me a sad to see this. Often I’ll think, “Damn, I wish I had the fanbase they had.”
One writer on Wattpad had over 50M reads for her story, and she removed parts of it from her profile. As you can guess, her readers were not happy, especially since this isn’t the first time she removed the story.
Now, I know I’m not any better, but I’m trying to be. I removed my Levi x Reader story from my Wattpad a lot of times – and I mean A LOT. Mostly because the stories are terribly written, and I wanted to get readers for my own work, not a fanfiction.
For another example, a very, very popular story on fanfiction.net was just taken down by the writer. I don’t even think she gave her readers a heads up she was doing it. She had over 1K reviews for that story, so I’m sure her readers were upset about it.
Lastly, another example is a story I even liked called, “An Angel’s Demon.” Now, I believe the writer of this story was going through something personal, but even still, she abruptly took the story down without warning. To give you an idea of her popularity, she gained 1M reads in only six months. Yeah, her story was popular. After she had taken the story down, she abandoned her account, but readers are still posting comments to her profile a year later, begging for her return.
As I noticed this trend, I couldn’t help but question how some writers treat their readers. Maybe writing is a hobby to these writers, so they don’t care as much, but as someone who wants to build a fanbase and publish one day, it’s so disheartening.
If any popular writers are reading this, please be aware of how your readers feel when you take away their favorite story. Yes, it’s within your right to do it, but remember not all of us writers get what you have. If I somehow had a decent following, I would do the best I could to communicate with my reader base and make sure I didn’t take away what they loved. Yes, I know I took away the Levi x Reader stories, but they make me cringe.
Also, I know some of my readers didn’t like me switching to WordPress, but I plan to write more about that in another post later today. I plan to call it, “Writing Mature Stories Online.”