Just when I am sure I will never write for Demand Studios again, I find myself searching their assignments and getting sucked back in. At the end of February I found four article titles on the list having to do with resorts in different Northern Minnesota towns. Well, those were perfect for me. Who better to write about resorts in Northern Minnesota than a person who actually lives in Northern Minnesota and who has actually been in those areas several times? I claimed the titles and got to work writing the articles.
Success and Failure
Before writing the articles I had printed out and read the new style guidelines as well as the style guidelines for the type of articles I was writing. The first two articles I wrote flew through the editors and were accepted without a problem. This made be happy - it meant that I was following the guidelines and writing in the style that the editors wanted - right? Well, maybe some of the editors liked my writing but apparently not all of them. When I finished and submitted the third article it came back for a rewrite. Okay, I thought, I can make a few changes. It turned out that this editor wanted me to basically rewrite the entire article in a way that made the resorts sound dull. No prose of any type, no descriptions, only the facts, ma'am. After spending a few minutes reading all of the rewrite information and trying to change the article to the editor's specifications, I decided to pass on fixing it and sending it back. After all, if my name is going to be on the article, then I want it to sound, at the very least, interesting.
Not All is Lost - Just my Desire to Write for Demand Studios
Since I own the rights to the article, then my time spent will not be lost entirely. I will simply turn it into an eHow article or ship it off to Triond or Associated Content - or all three! But again, it is a reminder to me why I don't like to write for Demand Studios. The editors are not consistent with their interpretation of the guidelines or with the writing style that they want. I don't mind having to make changes, but if one editor passes my work through and another critiques it and tears it apart, then I just don't have time for them. I would like to think that at this stage of the game I am a fairly consistent writer and that my skills cannot be that erratic. I think the editors need to all be on the same page so it isn't so confusing for the writers.
So, I threw the last article back into the queue and probably someone from New Mexico, California or North Carolina will write the remaining articles about Northern Minnesota resorts. Sadly, I had the best perspective but Demand Studios doesn't care.
Will this be the last time I ever write for Demand Studios? I hope so, but you never know.
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