With all of the editorial and style guide changes going on at Demand Studios, I had stopped writing for them. I felt that $15 was not enough compensation for the frustrations I was undergoing.
It seemed that no two editors viewed the same article the same way and it got annoying. When things begin to get to me I always pull out my copy of The Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
After realizing that this was one situation that I could not change, I did the only thing I could do. I had to stop writing for Demand Studios to protect my sanity and put my time to good use writing elsewhere. The last article I wrote for DS was in April of this year.
All was going along swimmingly until I received the following email from them:
Thank you for all of your great work as a Demand Studios writer! Because of writers like you, the Studio has been producing more high quality articles than ever before.
We noticed you that you haven’t written for us in a little while and we want you back!
We are constantly improving our Studio to ensure that we are the best online writing studio around. We offer more assignments than anyone, giving writers all over the country the chance to earn significant income while working from wherever they choose. Whether you choose our flat-fee or revenue share method of payment, we are confident you can earn more money with us than any other freelance writing site on the internet.
We have added tens of thousands of assignments in the last 30 days. We hope you take this opportunity to log in to your account and browse through some titles. We are confident you will find assignments that interest you.
And remember, as an approved writer you have access to our Forums where you can ask questions, get answers, and read other writers’ opinions on topics.
We would love to have you back on the team.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Demand Studios Editorial Team
Shock and Surprise!
Needless to day I wasn’t expecting this email, so out of curiosity I decided to test the waters. I logged onto my account and selected one title. I wrote it, submitted it and forgot about it. A day or so later I checked my account and found that it was approved (another shock and surprise).
I tried it again with another title and it was approved.
I’m cautiously writing for Demand Studios. I’m not going full speed ahead as I had done in the past. There is nothing more frustrating than writing 7 or 10 articles only to have to defend them to an editor who knows very little about the subject matter.
Not wanting to spend my time defending my writing, I’ll take it slow. As long as my articles are approved without a hitch, I’ll slowly keep writing. I don’t mind constructive criticism, but when I get re-write requests from someone that knows next to nothing about the topic, it’s time for me to write elsewhere.
So far so good…