The words in so many of the verses of this song by Smokie ring true for the group who were the site favourites, and got away with anything. One of the policies they flaunted was not to ridicule anyone; I came under constant attacks, on a daily basis, but nobody took them to task. In the end I was forced to leave because this bunch of vicious people made me scared to log on to the internet for fear of reading a stream of hate. The bottom line is it was the best thing I did, and though I considered going back - after beating my harshest critic in a writing contest - not run by Bookrix; I never returned.
When I look back, I can see why I was hounded off the site - no loss to me - I AM a better writer than a lot of those who hounded me. I was gaining popularity on the site for both my work, and honest views; even among the elite group. I never promised favours, or treats; only honest writing and opinions; heck, I wouldn't lie to gain favour, at the end of the day I need to look myself in the mirror.
I read fanfiction, but I'm not really into writing it - at the moment- I don't watch a lot of TV. I did consider doing a story about Firefly, but I didn't want to ruin a good series.
One of my former friends who writes, complained she only made $300 last year writing fanfiction for Walking Dead. This year, if this trend continues I will surpass her, and be so happy.
One problem with fanfiction is you're not in control of the environment. If I want Mark Johnson to do something in the Chronicles of Mark Johnson series, I am able to do what I want in my series. The same goes for Pat Canella in the Dockland Murders series.