The internet has been a rapidly growing medium for writers since its inception. The internet offers marketing potential, publication potential, and independent publishing fulfillment. There are also opportunities for writers to generate a second income.
Many sites advertise “writers wanted,” or “editors wanted,” but do you really know what that entails? Here are personal testimonials (used with permission) of writers who have worked with a variety of websites that claim to pay or promote writers.
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The company has an impressive website that really streamlined the hiring process. I was excited to work for them. Unfortunately, it’s a huge red flag for a staggeringly high turnover. The company runs through writers like water, and with reason.
It is a straightforward process, at first. Every writer is given an initial assignment of three articles. You are then given a selection of assignments to choose from and are paid, per article, when the editors accept them. If the editors pass you on all three, you can move on to choosing more assignments. You are allowed one edit if the editor doesn’t like your work. If they still don’t like it, you’re article is tossed. If they reject two during this early stage, you’re out of the job.
Unfortunately, the same editor handled two of my articles. Both were rejected for reasons they failed to point out when I had the opportunity to change them. The editor was either inexperienced, or just stupid. One article was on religion and was ultimately rejected because she claimed it didn’t “feel” like I was a practitioner. The second was rejected because the editor failed to let me know they didn’t like my sources. I knew it was the same editor with both articles because of their copy-and-paste “tips” in their response, and by the way they omitted what they wanted until it was too late.
Writers should have dismal expectations when going to work for this company. Even when you pass the initial three articles, many long-term writers find themselves weeded out without warning. It pays fairly well considering the other offerings out there, but writers shouldn’t base their livelihoods on such shaky income. Some less-than-ethical writers have used other peoples’ information to keep multiple accounts with Demand, but this is likely to get you in some deep water, if caught.