As I’ve mentioned to a number of people, time to go to Sherwood Forest. Paying for the privilege of posting is an odd way to monetize a site since, as you figured out, Medium decides who “fits” the category. I write for most categories but, like two other writers pointed out, we’ve never been Editor’s picks. Will we be Editor’s Picks if we pay $5.00 a month? I very much doubt it. Medium likes a certain type of writing (and writer). I don’t feel like paying money to find out I’m not “that type.” Good luck in your future endevours.