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dragon-lair

i have been at SOL for approx 15 yrs and i have DL over 3,000 stories. I would like to know what the policy on sharing these stories is. I have not shared any stories before today

Switch Blayde

@dragon-lair

Legally, you can't. It's a copyright issue. You would need the permission of the author.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Switch Blayde

And that's the position of the site management.

Ernest Bywater

@dragon-lair

The best, and safest way to share is to send someone the URL of where the story is at SoL and recommend they buy a Premium subscription. That's legal and helps everyone.

dragon-lair

@Ernest Bywater

I agree fully, i have spent hrs if not days reading one story or another. I wouldn't want to deprive any author of the accolades due them.

docholladay

@Ernest Bywater

I agree almost everyone should purchase that subscription but there are the exceptions who cannot afford it. I hate to say it but I fall into that category. My disability income is only around 700 a month and with my expenses including co-pay on drugs and such I just don't have much under the best of times. Its why I have to stick with the free stories even when I like a writer who has premium stories available.

Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

The best, and safest way to share is to send someone the URL of where the story is at SoL and recommend they buy a Premium subscription. That's legal and helps everyone.

Or, for those who publish, suggesting their books and/or websites, rather than handing them a copy. But ... it's perfectly legal to hand them a used copy of a book you've read (print only, in most cases).

@docholladay

Its why I have to stick with the free stories even when I like a writer who has premium stories available.

Luckily, there aren't a lot of Premium stories. In my case, I post to sites like FS and BtFH as a way of getting readers to frequent, rather than restricting my stories to those who pay. That seems more equitable.

Replies:   docholladay
docholladay

@Crumbly Writer

Its a matter of respect. Its funny at times how much meaning there is in the simplest of words.

Sometimes I will ask for a copy of something that was freely distributed in the past, but I try and keep that to find an alternate story first. Some stories however are well worth reading again however.

I also must thank someone on SOL for a 3 month premium gift although it wasn't really needed in my case. I have gotten so used to the base account settings that its second nature anymore.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@docholladay

I have gotten so used to the base account settings that its second nature anymore.


You can use the opportunity to download a lot of stories to read later, after all, the system allows you to download stories as e-pub, pdf, txt, and other formats good for later reading.

Replies:   docholladay
docholladay

@Ernest Bywater

I noticed Ernest. I will take advantage for a few of my favorites in that regards. The point is I seriously believe the site should be supported for the free stories first since Laz and his helpers definitely earn every bit of support possible. I would have been supporting for years for that alone if it had been possible to do so.

As it stands the best support I can give both to the site and the authors is a little respect. But its funny how over the years I have found how valuable that policy is.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater
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@docholladay


As it stands the best support I can give both to the site and the authors is a little respect. But its funny how over the years I have found how valuable that policy is.


I often mention the site to others and give them the URL of what I regard as some good stories like The Millionaire Next Door and some of my own.

I know and accept people will download and keep copies of my stories to read again later, and I've no problems with that at all. In fact, I encourage it. The readers who can afford to do so will often go to Lulu and buy copies as well.

edit to add: I know of six people who've later told me they've taken up a premium subscription after I put them onto SoL.

sagacious

I have been on the site for a few years now and about the time I posted my 10th story my account was upgraded quite a bit. As far as I can tell the only thing a premium account can do that I cannot is to vote in the contests. I try to get friends to sign up but as soon as they hear "sex stories" they act embarrassed as if they never stooped to such a thing.

Of course, I am the world's worst salesman. I couldn't even get my own mother to try a new long-distance plan for Crom's sake.

Ernest Bywater

@sagacious

I point people at stories like The Millionaire Next Door and mention the site accepts anything, including sex stories, but that story doesn't have any sex. If they demure I point them to some of my stories on Fine Stories and say it's a sister site for teens and kids.

docholladay
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@sagacious

I point out to people I suggest the site to that Sol is an Adult level topic site and the FS site is a younger age level topic site. Some things can only be carried on an adults only site while others can be carried on both sites. At the discretion of the author. I don't lie about the sex based stories but point out how there is much more as well on sol with some also being posted on fs.

edited to add: I always point out both sites as well as mentioning the fact that while sol might be blocked by settings at a job or library or other public location. The fs site will not be and the quality of stories is great even if fs doesn't have as many available.

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