My First Week on Simily

Tales from a Fiction First Platform

Andy Spears
2 min readJan 16, 2022


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I wrote last week that I was joining Simily because it offers a space that is dedicated to fiction.

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The platform has evolved a bit and also accepts non-fiction work. I’ve read a number of writers from Medium who are republishing their Medium stories on Simily no matter the genre. That’s all well and good, but I want to tell the story of what it’s like to publish fiction on a platform that started for fiction and still claims to focus on fiction.

My first story has 14 views so far. At the Simily pay rate of 2 cents per view, that means I’ve made 28 cents in my first week. Not bad for a new, relatively small platform.

I’ve also found some other writers — many from Medium — and started following them. There’s a good variety of content there and some genuinely well-written fiction.

I published my second story today. I plan to publish one story a week on the platform for now and see how it develops. I’m also taking a look around and exploring what other writers have to offer.

I have 18 followers over there — so, I’m happy with that so far. Have you tried Simily? If so, what’s your experience? How would you compare it to other publishing platforms?



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .