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As a member, your $5/month goes toward funding the authors and publishers who write the member content you enjoy. When you read and engage with a story published for members, you’re allocating more money for that author or publication, especially when you clap. At the end of the month, we’ll divvy up your contributions based on all your reading time, applause, and engagement from that period, and it will directly go to the writers and publishers of that content.
We encourage you to share stories for members on social media (and authors would appreciate that, too). Readers who are not members can still access a limited number of stories for free each month before they need to upgrade.
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