I often receive e-mails from newbies asking how to get accepted as a writer for Demand Studios.
This is a difficult question for me to answer because I applied to Demand Studios a year or two ago. Back then all I had to provide was a resume, a writing sample or two and advise them of my areas of expertise. Nowadays, it seems that their application process is a little more stringent. I’ve been hearing from time to time about writers who were not accepted as DS writers.
What is Demand Studios Looking For?
One of the best ways to ensure acceptance is to look at their ads. I found various websites that advertise for freelance writers. The classifieds are populated by ads from Demand Studios, Suite 101, Examiner and the like. Often times the ads are specific about the type of writers they’re looking for. For example, just recently I saw Demand Studios advertising for health writers in an online paper geared towards New Jersey residents. I guess a California resident could also apply, but I thought it was interesting that it targeted New Jersey health writers.
Demand Studios is not secretive about the sites for which the content is written. Take a look at their sites to see what type of content they’re looking for. If necessary, adapt that type of writing style in one of your samples. Make sure your samples are well focused and written in the second (and sometimes third) person. First person samples should be avoided.
Tease Them with Your Expertise
Demand Studios isn’t always look for the most highly experienced writers. I’ve seen time and time again that well-qualified college-educated longtime journalists and writers have been rejected by Demand Studios. It’s not because they’re not qualified writers, but online writing is much different than writing for print publications.
It’s my opinion (and just my opinion), Demand Studios wants to see user friendly, informative articles. I don’t think they’ll get too impressed if your samples are littered with $100 dollar words and complicated sentence structures. Just take a look at a few Demand Studios generated eHow articles; simple, to the point and informative.
What about Lack of Experience
According to their website they’re looking for writers who have at least one of the following:
- College degree in journalism or related field
- Writing or journalism experience
- Overall expertise in a certain area (this is the one that will get you in if you don’t have either of the above two).
If you don’t have extensive writing experience but can demonstrate that you are an expert in your field (whether its travel, auto, insurance, finance, etc), you stand a good chance of getting accepted.
As a matter of fact, here’s wording straight from the Demand Studios site:
“Don’t have a writing sample? Compose a quick How-To on something you know. Think about guiding a stranger through a project or explaining a problem and the solution.”
What if They Don’t Accept You?
I’ve heard that some people have re applied using a different e-mail address. I don’t know how accurate that is and it’s only hearsay on my part. I think the best way to get except it is to specialize in an area that they need and provide a good sample.
I welcome input from folks who were recently accepted to write for Demand Studios. Maybe sharing your application process can help other writers get accepted.