I know that Lazeez probably doesn't want to hear this but as a free reader I guess I should say it because as I have begun to browse the forums they seem to be filled with regular authors whom I understand get upgraded to premier: I feel like Lazeez is BURNING BOOKS. Sorry to be so blunt, as a poor person on very limited income I literally would have to not eat for a day and a half to afford to become a member at the yearly rate. All these authors who wrote wanted their stories out there to be read. This will be lost to me so essentially Lazeez is burning those books on me. Is this right or wrong I can't say.
I'm sure Lazeez won't delete your account over this, as he KNEW going in that he was unlikely to garner many new Premium members with this. Instead, it seems it's more of an effort to 'erase' the adjustment bias which has accumilated over the years, where older authors almost routines got 9s and 10s, while newer authors have trouble achieving 7s and 8s due the score adjustments Lazeez has implemented over the years. As such, it's more an effort to be 'fair' to new authors more than it's an effort to 'burn books' (i.e. get most of the stories on a level playing field).
As an alternative, rather than considering investing in a yearly subscription, try reviewing the list of 'soon to be archived' stories, see which one's you like and get recommendations of which of those stories others recommend, then get the smallest subscription (either 14-day or a month, I believe) and download the lot.
If you do that periodically, you'll be able to read whatever you want, without paying an exorbitant amount, and everyone wins. I KNOW that's not ideal for you, but it at least makes the stories 'reachable' and you can aim for a big story exposition (or ask family for 'book gift money) to fund it. But that's the best alternative I can think of.
By the way, "The Count of MC" is one of the 'free books' Lazeez uses to beef-up his story content. He no longer does it on SOL, but continues to do it on FS and especially Sci-Fi since the stories are scarce there. Again, it's an effort to prune the content to make the more recent stories by SOL authors more appealing to SOL readers, rather than an attempt to 'steal' books that are already free to anyone who wants them. Just sayin'
Correction: Given Lazeez's refutation, I'll change my 'it's more an effort to ...' argument, though I still maintain that's a worthy byproduct of the move. Lazeez does need to ensure enough incoming funds to keep the site operational over time, but he's trying to minimize the impact on the majority or readers.