What Happened to Booksie, and Why I Left.

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic
As many of you may know it's been two years (or almost/more) since I've left Booksie. I decided that I wasn't going to leave without an explanation, so here I go. If you won't read it then fine. But I'm sure some people will agree with me, and some people won't. But trust me, I'm up for debating.

Submitted: March 28, 2011

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Submitted: March 28, 2011

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A/N - This is dedicated to my fans. I love all of you who supported me as I attempted to reach the featured list, and to reach atleast 90 fans. Love you guys and ALWAYS will.

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The moment I started Booksie, believe me. I LOVED it. I had never been able to share my writing before. This is when I first began writing. I was very young. And I was a horrible writer. This is when the featured list wasn't dominated by ONE genre. (We'll get to that later.)

  I was into writing thrillers, horrors, depression stories, that kind of stuff. I quickly shifted my style and opened up to more genres because a lot of those kind of stories I was creating wasn't getting attention. When I first started out, I didn't advertise my work because I thought people would find it and love it. Later, I learned it didn't work that way. So I started advertising.

  I know a lot of people get annoyed when you post comments saying, ''Hey, it would be much appreciated if you read my story. Thanks!''. I really don't see what's annoying about it. If it's not your cup of tea, (the story they want you to read), ignore the comment. I didn't know people became so annoyed by this, and it was pretty much useless to do. So I just continued to do it to every story I posted, and I learned a lot about this site on my own.

  Everytime I came onto Booksie, there was always this one girl who got A LOT of her stories put on the featured list. She was a good writer. I just felt like maybe Booksie should give other people chances. I HATED to see it when people weren't getting attention for great stories, and stories that has a cliche concept and VERY bad grammar, almost written by a kindergardener, gets all the attention while there are AWESOME stories out there with 0 comments, 4 reads, and so on. I know how much it really hurts to have your story up there, advertise for hours to like 90 people, and still get nothing.

  So I joined a contest. I quit that contest, and I started to make my own. People joined, and they never brought in entries. I got really annoyed by that.

  Soon, instead of the one author, a lot of romance novels were coming on board. That wasn't a problem for me. But then, they kept coming on with barely ANY other genre's. I took my hand at romance. (I was young, and thought following would get me popular/successful.) It didn't do so hot. I went back to my style, and I really didn't get credit for my work.

  I made SEVERAL accounts because my other one wasn't successful. I tried my hand at many different genres in those accounts. My result? All failed.

  For the most part, the authors/community was okay. I loved how they put comments on new writers pages to welcome them. But there were a select few of overconfident snobs on here. Not a big issue.

  So I kept coming on. All the time there was Romance everywhere. Now I haven't been here as long as others, but it wasn't like that when I first started out. I am not trying to offend romance authors IN ANY WAY. I just felt like Booksie has other genres. And believe me, I know that it's based on the readers and not Booksie the site. But I still felt like there could be some supporters. On this site, there are a lot of take from authors, and hardly any give.

  Example: When someone asks you politley to ask you to read their stuff and comment after they read yours. And what do you do? You don't. I know I said earlier that if it's not your cup of tea, ignore it. But this time the person has done something generous for you, and the standardized human would do something back in return. (Maybe not the standardized human, I should say. Let's just say a person with respect.)

  Anyways, I learned that all the attention was going toward Romance. Oh and I did see some AWESOME romance. But I saw it by undiscovered authors. Please, PLEASE DO NOT GET OFFENDED WHEN I SAY THIS. But I believe the ''popular'' authors were getting the attention, because of ''popularity'' and if everyone was reading it, it was good. Everyone has their opinion and that's mine.

  So basically, after a while, I got really sick of it. Sick of seeing the same people on the featured list, the same stores, same plots, same everything on the featured list with no variety. And so after my birthday two years ago, I pretty much left. I got on here and there. But I LEFT. Without a word.

  I'll be honest. Did I think I owed the Booksie community a word? No. I don't think I owe anyone. And I know my fans would understand anywho. But I did this for my fans.

  I don't think I've said nearly enough, so yes, a part two will be made. Done reading? Don't agree? I could care less, but I'd thought you'd read it for my opinion and the way I see it.

  Oh, and before part one is over -- I just want to let you know I now have a wattpad. Love it. ;)

 


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