Hey there all,
Despite the fallout in Demand Studios output, we’re still getting letters by the score from disgruntled employees and former employees.
How much longer can Demand keep this up?
Rumor has it that some of the queues are down in to the few hundreds and these are mostly unwriteable articles.
Before we get to the mailbag, just wanted to throw out a helpful tip there.
If you get a rewrite request from a dickhead CE, it’s best just to drop it. No matter how many tweaks you’re going to make, it’s not going to be good enough. Remember that the more time you spend on each article, the less you make per hour. So, in cases like this, it’s best to cut bait and run.
Instead, what you should do is copy your article from the Demand workdesk. It’s still yours, since you haven’t been paid for it yet. Use the “Preview” function to get the whole article on screen. Then cut and paste into a text file.
Let the article expire, then start watching the queue for when it pops up again. It might take a day or two. Grab the article when it reappears, and insert your old copy.
Hopefully you’ll get a CE who isn’t as clueless and your article sails through.
First up is from a professional writer who is looking to make some extra cash with Demand….
I’m a professional writer who contributes to several national magazines. I joined DMS for some extra cash. I soon realized that writing the same How To article over and over again for $25 wasn’t worth it. DMS editors LOVE asking for rewrites and several references. What is this? Rocket science or a tutorial on how to braid hair?
Either way, I stopped contributing and a few weeks later, was “let go” by DMS. Good for some extra cash but not good for your sanity (or writing career)
And then there was this one….
Hi! I just found your blog after searching to see if I was the only one having problems with DMS. I’m both happy and sad that I am not. I only just got hired on there, and have submitted my first article.
I knew it needed some work, because I was making the transition from scholarly articles with substance to what I thought was a more reader-friendly, informative style.
I figured it would be a good way to earn a little extra money while keeping myself brushed up on everything. After all, I like to write and am interested in being an author, so why not get a little experience?
Yeah, no. I submitted my first article, and was excited to see what the CE said. I expected professional advice from an experienced editor.
What I got was not that in the slightest. It was obvious to me that the CE reviewing my article didn’t know anything about my topic at all, and gave confusing advice.
Granted, the CE did point out some things that even I knew needed work, and offered relevant links to try to help, but this was the minority of what was said.
I was told some unhelpful and somewhat ridiculous advice about writing introductions. I was told that statements made specifically about rats could be applied to any pet (I write for the pets section, btw).
Halfway into the article review, the editor was still slamming me for what must have been the worst intro in the history of writing, completely ignoring what had been written in the section.
Once the CE moved on from that, pointers made no sense. Apparently, you don’t need to explain concepts that the average person might not recognize, and just stating them flat out will be enough as long as it doesn’t sound like settled science and you have enough references. Excuse me? How am I supposed to argue for or against a specific question if I’m not allowed to explain the concepts that apply to finding the answer?
I know I’m just complaining here, but the things that the CE said made the rewrite nearly impossible to do, so I am seriously considering just letting the assignment expire. That isn’t good work ethic, but it’s already becoming a waste of time on my first article (which took me a long time to find due to the lack of relevant, writable articles in the section).
If anything, my experience with DMS has made it clear that I need to stick to breaking into the blogging world to get my writing experience.
Thanks for a good place to express my frustrations with DMS, which seem very similar to what others who work for them face!