Before we proceed, in the words of Arnold J. Rimmer, "Let us define what we mean by a rumour."
A rumour is an unsubstantiated fact.
In this case, I have a growing US fan base.
Why is this a rumour? Because over the last two years there has been no evidence to prove the fact to my satisfaction-true, the FREE reads ratings go well, but the sales have constantly fallen and that is my gauge of success or failure.
I was never able to figure out what made people return for my stories-was it because I was a good writer, or because the stories are free?