Writing for Demand Studios is an interesting adventure. It constantly teaches me more about myself. For example, this weekend I learned that I’d rather be rich than the right (at least when it comes to DS). Let me explain.
Over the past few days I wrote several articles for DS. The articles were on a topic that I know like the back of my hand. I wrote the articles, found the appropriate sources and posted them to the Demand Studios site.
This weekend must have been the troll CE weekend. Of the articles I wrote, at least two were edited by someone who used more words in the editorial comments than I used in writing the original article. This person wanted to introduce all sorts of unnecessary information into the article (What color are the rocks?)
Demand Studios Self-Preservation
As a matter of habit and self-preservation, if I glance at the editorial comments and the comments far exceed the word count of the article I’ve just written, I neither read the comments nor re-write the article. Although, curiosity got the best of me and I did read one or two lines of the comments (that’s how I found out the person was attempting to add unnecessary information).
My husband heard me suck my teeth (surprised I have enamel left on them) and wanted to know what the frustration was about. So, he read the original article and the CE’s comments. He then asked if I could appeal the comments.
Dollars vs. Being Right
My answer to him was that I’d rather be rich than right. For a $15 article that takes me 20 minutes to write 10 minutes to edit and upload I’m at $15 for a half hour. I’d be willing to expend as much as an hour of my time on a Demand Studios article. However, to appeal the editorial rewrite request would mean not only that I am putting in more time, but I’m allowing Demand Studios to interfere with my peace of mind.
Through experience I have found two things that are very important to a freelance writer, time and peace of mind. It’s very difficult to write when your mind is frazzled and it’s also tough to write if you have run out of time because you wasted it on unnecessary drivel.
Learning from an Earlier DS Appeal
In the past I had appealed a Demand Studios article. What ended up happening was that in addition to the half hour it took for me to write the article, I had to spend time addressing the editorial comments, assembling my back up information, proving my point and submitting the info to Demand Studios. It took them several days to respond. The final outcome was less than what I expected.
In essence, I received an email from them telling me that my information was correct but the title was not (the article was about a particular tax form for a prior year). To make up for the problem, they inserted into my queue another article with the same title, but for the current tax year.
The long and the short of it was that I wrote two articles and got paid for one. Not to mention the time wasted and the disruption of my peace of mind. In my case, the appeal wasn’t worth it.
Protecting My Time and Peace of Mind
The bottom line is that you can earn consistent money with Demand Studios. You just have to set, in advance, what you will and will not do.
As I said before, with each DS article I write, I always have a backup site in mind on which to put the article if I get an unreasonable CE request. About 90% of my work is approved immediately. About 5% have minor rewrite requests (and I do those with no problem), and then there’s the other 5% of rewrite requests. Those are the ones I walk away from.
To make this long post short, Demand Studios has taught me that time and money are more important than proving that I was right. Don’t get me wrong, under different circumstances (outside of Demand Studios), I might spend more time, effort and money on proving my point, but for $15 an article, I’d rather move onto the next.
At what point do you let it go?