The poster may or may not have said that s/he did not write it. But the site is not very searchable, so we were having trouble finding the piece, particularly since the site is NSFW and we were in the middle of a Barnes & Noble. She doesn't think that they credited me with it.
Apparently, the piece did well and a lot of people "liked" it; so many, in fact, that it was featured on the site.
Now, here's where things make me angry. I don't mind that people like the piece of a NSFW site. That's fine. I am glad people enjoyed it! I am even glad the person didn't take credit for it. But I didn't get credit for it, and I didn't give permission, and I wasn't asked.
I cannot tell you how infuriating this is. Here I am, trying to build an audience, and a golden opportunity like that slips away under my fingertips. It makes me realize 2 things:
1) My pieces WILL get stolen
2) I could probably get a bigger audience if I specialize more.
So now I get to figure out what my next move will be. I could stop putting up short stories altogether, but I'm not sure how much that will help me. I suppose I could instead simply collect them for publication. But if I do that, I need to do something for exposure, to gain an audience. I could find a niche and go with it. If so, what niche? Any ideas?