Are there any writers here?

United States
November 19, 2008 8:50pm CST
What writing sites do you belong to? Are you finding it difficult to find quality work for quality pay? I do. It seems like everyone with a computer is suddenly a writer and clients now want excellent work for next to nothing because some hack quoted them a bottom of the barrel price. Are other writers finding this to be true too? What are you doing about it?
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@paid2write (5204)
20 Nov 08
I get paid every month for blogging and for posting in discussions. I also write reviews and informational articles. I have built up a good list of articles at Helium. These are making residual earnings every day from revenue share, and will continue to earn me dollars each month. In addition to my article list, I submit to publishers' assignments in the marketplace. I have been paid for ten of my articles so far. Most articles pay around $20-40, but I have the opportunity to earn up to $200 per article there. I have also gained writing stars at Helium, so now I qualify for an upfront payment for each new article I submit to the site. I have established my reputation as a paid writer, and I am building up my income each month. At the same time I have learned a lot about how to write for the internet, how to promote my work, and the sort of writing jobs available. I feel I have successfully made the first step to being a freelance writer.
• United States
20 Nov 08
Helium is a good first step toward freelancing, but it doesn't pay enough to be worth it for people who are already writing professionally and need to increase their income without waiting for residuals. The Marketplace doesn't always have requests that a person might want to write for, and then they have to compete with others. If their article isn't accepted, they get only a pittance from Helium. Even as a writer just beginning to earn money on the internet, I decided that Helium wasn't worth my time because I had no interest in the Marketplace requests I found there. But, different strokes... It's good that you're doing well there, but you might do even better if you branch out to higher-paying sites.
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20 Nov 08
Helium is good training for me. I have just sold my 10th article. It was on anti-graffiti paints for commercial buildings, something I knew nothing about. Early on I sold one on Alaska vacations - somewhere I have never been to. Learning how to research and write about different topics is an important part of freelancing. I shall continue earning in excess of $100 a month there in addition to the money I make from writing for other sites.
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• United States
21 Nov 08
Helium is a good place to start. But I have to agree that when you are trying to increase your' monthly income, Helium just isn't the best place to do it. I'm glad that you are doing well. Research takes devotion. I enjoy the research aspect of writing because I learn something new. I hope that you continue to do well!
• United States
20 Nov 08
There are a lot of writers here, and they range from people who write for the pennies of revenue sharing, to freelancers. I have two blogs on a blog network, plus two websites that I'm developing right now on different topics, and I also going back to writing for Associated Content after a long hiatus. I've heard a lot about the incredible underbidding that goes on at some freelance job sites, and you're right that there are many people willing to work for virtually nothing. Somebody right here tried promoting a site that pays for posting to forums, which can actually be a bit of extra income on the legitimate sites. But this one was paying two cents a post and twenty cents for articles. I don't need to earn a living from my writing, and I prefer to have a lot of freedom about what I write, so I'm willing to stick with comparatively low-paying sites. But I know that others don't have the same choice. One freelancer who blogs simply doesn't participate on sites that require bidding because the undercutting is so bad. Still, it seems that there is plenty of high-paying work if you know where to find it. Not an easy way to earn a living, despite what most people seem to think.
• United States
20 Nov 08
Underbiddiing has become such a problem that I have stopped using two sites that used to provide great opportunities for good pay. Not so anymore. It is good that you are able to have more freedom with your' writing. I have to earn a supplemental income to take some of the load off of my husband but I won't write for just anyone. There are a tin of magazines looking for articles from freelancers and the pay varies greatly from copies to drawings to actual money but you have to find the right ones for you which is time consuming. I'm still trudging on though. I'll keep going through them one by one and hopefully, I'll find the few that I can work long term with. No, not an easy way to earn a living but if it is what you enjoy doing then you find a way. I hope to find my way sooner rather than later!
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• United States
20 Nov 08
Have you looked at Constant Content? It functions like an agent. You post your work and set your own price and what rights you want to give the client. The CC fee is high, but so are their standards. I see reports of people making excellent money there. The only problem is waiting for sales, but you can also fill requests, and some writers find steady clients there.
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• United States
21 Nov 08
Hey Thank you! I'll take a look!
@dodo19 (28090)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
22 Nov 08
I've written for Helium and Triond. The pay isn't much, but it's better than nothing. It could be worse. I enjoy writing for these sites. Not only because I get to post some short stories, articles, and such, but I get to read other writers' works and learn one or two things while I'm at it.
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• United States
22 Nov 08
I like to read what others have written too. If you like to write short stories, you should try storymash.com It's fun and you get paid for your' chapters while retaining the rights. You also get a lot of feedback from other writers. I like it there. It's a friendly environment.
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@dodo19 (28090)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
22 Nov 08
Thanks for the suggestion! I'll certainly look into it.
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@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
20 Nov 08
i had started to write ..i think its 6 articles in all..and it was on informative post .com ..one was already published and the other five was still waiting to be approved and published..however i guess writing articles is kind of a slow process here on the net its been three months i guess since i had published it..
• United States
21 Nov 08
Have you tried other sites for your' articles? Associated Content seems to get back to you rather quickly.
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@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
6 Dec 08
hi rebecca thanks for your suggestion...i submitted articles and one was just recently published ..check it out please and leave your comments heres the linkhttp://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1251241/davao_city.html?cat=16
@compumom (738)
• United States
21 Nov 08
Here's an article about a few sites that pay writers. I personally used most of them and am enjoying an increasing residual income stream. While I understand that you want high paying assignments, these help to keep money coming in while you seek higher paying gigs: http://insurance.suite101.com/article.cfm/legitimate_money_making_sites_for_writers Best of luck to you.
• United States
21 Nov 08
Thank you very much!
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
20 Nov 08
Helium is a great site. I find that it is good training especially for those who want to get their feet wet. The marketplace is always changing and adding new publishers, so topics are varied. Mentors are available for new writers to help improve their skills. You can make some good part time money there. Plus you can leave your stuff for a few days, and it still makes money. I love that they are non-exclusive except for the marketplace. Of course, starting out you only earn pennies but the more work you put into Helium, the more you get out of it.
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• United States
21 Nov 08
When I first started out, I wrote for Helium but as time has gone by, I have out grown it. The pay is just too low. It is a good place to start when you are new to writing for pay and there are a lot of helpful people there to guide you.
@greenline (14865)
• Canada
20 Nov 08
I have been writing reviews for "Review Stream" , and I am happy with it. They accept reviews about a variety of topics, things one come across in day-to-day activities. And, they pay very regularly once I reach the minimum amount required.
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• United States
20 Nov 08
I have reached payout in reviewstream and it wasn't difficult and they paid me the day after I requested payment. I should have clarified my question. Mostly, it's the freelance stuff that drives me nuts. There are quality freelance copywriters out there who do wonderful work and then there are those who call themselves freelance copywriters and do cruddy work for a quarter of the pay. I wish these people would realise that they are driving down the pay rate for those of us who have a history copywriting and if they would ask for and earn a decent rate then the rest of us wouldn't be so frustrated and the quality of the articles out there would be so much better. Now, clients want to try to get away with paying you 1.00 for an article that is worth 6.00. It's aggravating!
@Hatley (159372)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Sep 09
hi rebeccalyons hatley here.Thats why I have hesitated to try my hand at writing on one of these writing sites, as so many tell me it does not pay very well. I love to write and am writing my memoirs about my childhood on a farm and my new life here where i dont wAnt to be in goldcrest a retirement center. It keeps me happy and anyway I have always had to write. I could not not write.