The Targeting And Unfairness Of Episode And It's Community
My name is Vivian and I am an author/writer on the app Episode Interactive. Lately, I've been noticing authors being targeted and shamed for things... so I started this petition.
Here's what is wrong with Episode...
- Episode claims they don't allow authors to publish stories with "adult content" yet... their own featured stories and HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF OTHER stories include mature themes as well as adult themes. For example: Loving Bad includes sexual themes heavily resulting in sex scenes, shower scenes, sexual language. Pictures have been provided to prove this point and show as true.
- Episode also claims that they don't allow authors to use the same titles as TV shows, movies, books, and songs due to a copyright issue... but MANY examples could put this rule to shame as Episode themselves have featured stories named the same as movies/tv shows. Example: Catfish is a television show on MTV, The Player is a published book as well as Juvie and Summer Share... all featured stories and known ones throughout the community. Plus, many authors have created stories named after big television shows: The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars... etc. Pictures also provided for proof.
- Episode doesn't want to resolve issues in a timely, orderly fashion. I have seen first hand that Episode doesn't want to find a middle ground and would rather put their own opinions and motives before their authors. I find this very rude and unfortunate, considering how much we do to help Episode gain readers, reads, and diversity. As well as contribute to all the money they are pocketing. (For reads, ads, gem choices, buying passes, etc.)
This isn't me trying to start a war or fight with Episode, but, instead bringing to their attention how much they are overlooking and maybe even ignoring. I love Episode, and wouldn't be fighting for equal writer's rights if I didn't love and care for this community and app. Something has got to change though. Something needs to happen for all to feel equal, welcome, and happy.
Please sign this petition if you want to help your fellow authors for the equality they truly deserve.
Thank you for your time.