Just to give you an idea of why this subject is an issue to some of us, here are a few (of MANY) examples of the sort of bullshit I've gotten when I've had to be away and have not been putting up new chapters fast enough for some readers:
Please hurry and finish the next chapters!!
Not so bad if a one-off, but when you get this same basic email from the same reader a dozen times over a couple of weeks... not cool. Make that a dozen readers and a few dozen emails, and it gets really depressing, especially when writing erotica is not on my list of priorities at that point.
It's been a while since the last chapter... [terrible suggestion for an ending] If you have a better ending, bring it on!!
I've gotten several like this, readers who 'just want it finished' who seem to think I will simply end the story because they want it to end.
It seems you've lost interest in this story... sorry for us readers... There is nothing more disgusting than an unfinished story. Shame on you; you started a great story - but leaving it unfinished is a sign of weak authorship... If you run out of ideas, please write at least SOME KIND of ending. I think your readers already submitted some ideas for aan ending...
This is exactly the sort of bullshit comment that is infuriating. How dare this person suggest that a lack of recent chapters (it had been all of 6 weeks and I was dealing with a death in the family) meant I had abandoned the story. How dare this person try to shame me for not giving him free stories fast enough? This is the sort of comment that makes me want to give a Nickesque response.
I don't want to seem ungrateful for new episodes, but it seems to me that the timing gaps between new chapters has now become so much that the only thing that you have left to hold the story together is the sex.
I used to enjoy the extended wait between chapters when actual story progression happened, but I kind of felt slimy after I finished reading Chapter 114.
I know that there were hints of things to come, but come on, if you aren't going to give us something to grab hold of and look forward to in the next chapter, maybe it is time to put this story to bed.
Again, a reader who seems to think that I owe him something on schedule. Worse, when I publish a bridge chapter, which offers reflections on past events, a sex scene or two, and foreshadowing of future events, and which happens often in a story now at over 120 chapters and almost 450k words, that the sex scenes are somehow "the only thing that you have left to hold the story together." Fucking ARRRG.
Have you forgotten that you have a LOT of readers waiting for more chapters of this amazing story? It's been over TWO months for Flower Petals while it seems "Shipwrecked" and "Groundhog Nights" have all your attentions.
This is another one that really makes it difficult to be nice. I spend hours of my free time, charging nothing, because I enjoy writing erotica. I owe this reader, or anyone else, nothing. I'm glad he wants more of the series he enjoys, but I write what I'm feeling, I write what is flowing. I don't force-write new content, ever. The results of trying are low-quality additions to a story deserving better treatment.
One more on a similar subject:
With the understanding that you're the author (and a terrific one, too) and we're your readers and therefore subject to what you want to write, I'd like to offer a suggestion.
You were away" for a relatively long period. You have acknowledged the two readers's favorites, but since you've returned you've spent much more of your efforts to writing new serials, than moving these two onward.
I can't speak for any other readers, but I wish you'd take care of those two before writing new material.
Up to you, of course.
I offered a full, long response (much kinder than what Nick says, but the sense is the same) to this on my ASSTR home page, so I won't repost it here.
I hope you now have some idea what it is like being on the author side of things when readers believe they can coax, prod, shame, or otherwise influence the author to deliver something to which the reader feels entitled to receive. For me, at least, it doesn't work. I write what I write, not because a reader has tried to shame me, but because that's the story that flowed when I had time.
Edit: fixed a typo