The more things change, the more they stay the same. It was several years ago when I wrote my first post about Demand Studios, and here I am writing about Demand Studios again (Thanks for the suggestion, Diane).
This time around there are two major changes:
- Demand Studios
- My Attitude
The differences in Demand Studios, er, excuse me…Demand Media Studios, are the variety of titles and pay structure. They have partnered with so many sites that the article title selection process is much easier.
Another Demand Media Studios difference is the pay scale. Years ago they paid $15 per article, now they have a variety of articles that pay anywhere from $1.50 to $500. I believe the majority of the writers are not approved for the $500 articles. The ones I write pay $25. There are a couple $30 articles I might try, but the $25 articles are right within my wheelhouse.
There are a few other changes, but I’m too new in this second go around to notice them all. I’m still exploring.
Changes in My Attitude
The editorial process is never a fun process. I guess that’s why I primarily write for myself. However, since I’ve mellowed over the years, I’m trying a little harder to walk a mile in the editor’s shoes.
As I tip toe into Demand Media Studios, I welcome feedback. With so many guidelines and so many sites to write for it gets a bit confusing. During my reentry phase I look forward to constructive comments from the editors.
In the past, once an article was approved, I never looked to see if the editor made changes. All I wanted was the money. This time around I’m taking a different approach. I’m looking at the editorial changes to see how I can modify my writing to make my tenure at Demand Media Studios less stressful.
My first article was approved without a need for a rewrite, but when I saw the final copy I barely recognized it. The facts were still accurate but the delivery changed. In reading between the lines, the editor told me “get to the point without stretching the word count.” So, that’s what I did for my next article, and it flew through untouched.
Learning by Criticism
I received another rewrite request and the Felicia of old would have huffed, puffed and said, “FORGET IT!” But, the new mellower Felicia looked at the comments and took it in stride. After reading the lengthy comments I realized I wrote the article geared for the wrong audience. As I mentioned earlier, Demand Media Studios partnered with a lot of sites and my article was perfectly fine but not for the site it was written for.
So, what did I do? I spent a little time familiarizing myself with the audience for each site, something I should have done before I started writing. I fell into the “ready, shoot, aim” mode of writing.
I’m a little older and wiser this time around. There are two things I know for sure when it comes to writing for Demand Media Studios. I know I can write and I know the subject matter. With those two skills in hand all I have to do is become well versed in their various writing styles and I’ll be good to go. My goal is to earn a few dollars with as little stress as possible.