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Why I am leaving Medium after five years of self-publishing

My last article wasn’t considered good enough to be curated into any topic category, despite being viewed over 20,000 times and having over 5,000 applause. It even included cover art that was an incredible illustration inspired by and created just for the article by a very talented illustrator. Would you like to know why it wasn’t curated? I did. The answer is Medium wants to prevent writers from earning money in any way but through a paywall.

As you know, we have our publicly available Curation Guidelines, so always make sure you are writing with those in mind. Your story was not chosen for additional distribution because it violates one or more of the guidelines: Patreon/crowdfund links and affiliate links. …


Scott Santens

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