Yep. I know writers who have to write into 200 chapters to break a profit. Most stories there run into 1000+ chapters, since you’re basically writing an entire series rather than one book. Oh, need to mention on MGS, you can’t miss a single day of minimum 1.5K words per chapter in the month. If you do, you lose out on nabbing the guarantee sum. There’s some advantageous logic behind it that I don’t understand. Since I never understood that entire labor program.
If you enter their Webnovel Spirity Awards, you’re encouraged to sign the contract to even hope to get a look in. Since this contest is all about popularity and writing quality can be so-so, as long as readers are flocking to pay to unlock chapters or vote on the book it has a chance to be in the finals.
By flocking, I’m talking about tens of thousands, even millions of views and interest.
Webnovel/Yuewan/Qidian/China Literature/Tencent (I’m listing out all their known aliases and parents). Will promote what their management wants to market. It’s generally what the masses are binge reading. If a book gets 1000 paying readers, they will promote that book to kingdom come.
Every other contract author has to do their own promotions. Pretty sucky since they literally don’t own their books.
I almost got 1000 readers but only a fraction paid So, another reason the book is shafted.
The perk is at least it’s still available for reading (at least for now). I can still edit if I want to, but I can’t do anything else.
Edit: I will add that the Content Editors are nice and well meaning there. They honestly believe in wanting to help writers and their stories. Unfortunately, they’re dealing with business management that likes to change things without noticed. So there’s only so much they can do.