I finally tried it. Over the last two weeks I wrote two WCAs (Writer Created Assignment) for Demand Studios. After reviewing my eHow earnings and comparing them to my other writing venues, I figured that I should at least give it a try.
Edits and Modifications
As a general rule, once my article is accepted, I don’t review the changes nor do I review my report card. I do the best that I can with the title subject matter, try to follow the Demand Studio guidelines and then I divorce myself from the article once I’ve received payment.
Because the WCAs are writer created, I broke my general rule to see how my final articles turned out. There were edits and modifications but I believe the edits were just a matter of writing style. The edits did not change the intent or the facts in the article but it did change the flavor. Personally, I don’t like the final flavor, but that’s why I write under an assumed name when I write for DS.
Show Me the Money
I write for DS because of the cash. It’s not because I’m enamored with the subject matter nor do I find it a creative writing challenge. I believe in calling a spade a spade and when it comes to Demand Studios, it’s all about the cold hard cash.
Is the WCA worth it? Only time will tell, but I’ve written 2 articles in two weeks and have earned a little over $2 for the two. OK, averaging 50 cents a week per article is nothing to get excited about, but it’s a nice start. I’m still trying to duplicate the magic formula that caused one eHow article to earn over $3,000 in less than a year. When I find the formula, I’ll let you know.
Not the Same as eHow
As we all know, the WCA process isn’t the same as writing for eHow’s WCP (Writers Compensation Program) and it takes longer for the article to be reviewed and published, but so far it seems to be worth it. Only time will tell.
PS: I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth (it has been a while since I wrote a post here on NJFM). My writing Mojo has taken a vacation and rather than force it to come back, I decided to allow it to come back when it is ready.