While Demand Studios is a nice place to earn a couple bucks here and there, it has become increasingly frustrating to me.
I’ve made a pact with myself never to blog angry so when reading this post, please keep that in mind. I’m not angry, just a bit frustrated.
Here’s why I’m Frustrated with Demand Studios:
I wrote/am writing a series of articles on how to rescue a particular pet breed. The articles are about rescuing the same pet breed but in different states and cities. For instance, today I wrote about rescuing the pet breed in New York, the other day it was Virginia, San Diego, etc.
Things were moving along swimmingly, the articles were being approved without incident until suddenly things came to a screeching halt. One editor received the article I wrote about saving the breed in Atlanta and returned my article for editing. Below are the editor’s comments:
Good article but it’s important to provide the full picture and be more dispassionate. It’s true that pit bulls become particularly dangerous when raised a certain way, but their disposition to begin with is extremely aggressive. They can rip apart flesh like no other animal. Many serious dog bites in every city in the country are from pit bulls. And we know about Atlanta, but aren’t there other places in the country where pit bill “rescues” are needed? And from whom? Vick’s in jail…
In all fairness, to explain the editors Mike Vick comment, here’s the opening sentence to my article:
“Michael Vick’s dog fighting conviction did much to bring attention to the plight of the Pitt Bull.”
So, I sat down, took a deep breath, composed myself and prepared the following response:
- You’re right, Pit Bulls need to be rescued in other places than Atlanta, but since the title is “How to Rescue a Pit Bull in Atlanta” I chose to honor the title and write about Atlanta.
- Your comment about being dispassionate about the topic seems a bit odd to me. If I write in an aloof tone, then I’m not doing the title of the article any justice. Your comment “They can rip apart flesh like no other animal. Many serious dog bites in every city in the country are from pit bulls,” does nothing to entice the reader to rescue a Pit Bull. As a matter of fact, it is in direct contradiction to the title. The title is about rescuing Pit Bulls. If I explain how they rip people apart, who would want to rescue a Pit Bull? My first step advises people to separate the fact from the fiction when it comes to Pit Bulls.
- You’re asking me from whom should Pit Bulls be rescued? I think that’s beyond the scope of this article. The title is about “How To” rescue a Pit Bull. Pit Bulls are rescued for many reasons. The reader knows why they want to rescue a Pit Bull, I’m just telling them how to do it.
- As far as Mike Vick is concerned, the use of his name was to show how even though he did something considered unacceptable; his actions have brought the plight of the Pit Bulls to the forefront. Discovery Channel is now airing a show “Saving Mick Vick’s Pit Bulls.” While we all know he’s in jail, I use him as a catalyst in this article to show that his actions have raised awareness. “
I hope the editor took my comments in the vein in which it was meant. I tried not to come off as a know it all or angry, but I was confused and frustrated.
Well, it really didn’t make any difference because the editor rejected the article saying:
I didn’t realize until recently that writers were only picking titles already in the system. This one is unfortunate and I hope they redo the titles. You’re doing a fine job. But I have to reject it because we need to explain how to adopt a certain animal everywhere, not just in one lone city. And I really think we need to present both sides, since pit bulls are, simply, a dangerous breed.
Just to put a little icing on the cake, I submitted the following title to Demand Studios: “How to Rescue Pit Bulls in Texas.” And guess what…they approved it.
How can writers succeed at Demand Studios with such contradictions? The double standards are making me nuts (I’m sure I’m not alone)!
Lesson Learned: Keep searching for other freelance writing opportunities. When I find them, I’ll share them. In the meanwhile, Demand Studios writers…hang in there!