Hey there, writer-folks!
I've only recently stumbled across this site, after a friend of mine introduced me to the Clitorides awards. I write infrequently, but have tended to post stuff to BDSMLibrary, Literotica and XNXX in the past. With SOL, it's exciting to potentially have a new and unexplored readership and trove of stories to read available, except that I don't really quite understand the philosophy of this site.
The subscription model makes it very difficult to use the archive and to find stories that cater to one's interests. Which would be fine... but I'd expect the subscription fee to either be quite small, aimed at just covering the minimal server costs of delivering text-based content, or otherwise to for some portion of it to go toward the authors for the works that get read on the site.
As an author, I'm not really that interested in debating too much the actual price-point (which is hilariously close to what you'd pay for a Netflix subscription), but I do struggle to figure out what the incentive for authors to publish on SOL actually is? Stories that I host here would be very hard to discover and read by most casual readers unless they pay money to use the search features. What's more, the content that authors add to this site would appear to generate a profit for the site-runners (who are dependent on voluntary author submissions), but is something they are not remunerated for. I initially assumed that contributing to SOL would in turn unlock some or all of the Premiere features, therefore being part of a mechanism to encourage more submissions, but this does not appear to be the case.
Yet there's clearly a vibrant and active community here, and quite a lot of authors who do actively contribute! So I can't help but wonder if I'm missing something here? What is it that makes SOL attractive to other writers?
My apologies if the question comes across as somewhat hostile, but it seems like quite a reasonable puzzlement to me. I'm surprised I've not been able to find any statement in the FAQ or on the forums addressing the philosophy and intent of SOL's content model.