Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Writer Access – Writing Site Review

Hi all,

I came upon the writing site Writer Access a couple of weeks ago and then saw that Felicia from No Job For Mom did a review on it about the same time. (Check out her review and the following comments, it is very interesting.) At first, I thought I would forego doing a review of the site, but then decided since I’d already put some time and effort into learning about the site I would go ahead and tell you what I learned.

Overview of Writer Access

Writer Access is very similar to Textbroker. Clients list writing jobs and writers choose from that list on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are evaluated and rated when you first apply and that determines the levels you are allowed to choose assignments at. The higher your level, the higher paying the jobs are that you can choose from. Of course, that doesn’t mean there will always be jobs available at your level, so you can also choose from levels lower then yours too. You are paid monthly through PayPal once your account has reached a minimum of $10. Only U.S. citizens are able to write for Writer Access at this time.

Applying at Writer Access

I did go through the application process and I thought it was rather long and drawn out. You give your basic information (no SS# upfront, however once you are accepted and are earning money you must fill out a W-9) and then they ask you to choose what topics you have experience in. When you click on a topic box, then another section opens up asking how many paid assignments you’ve done in that topic and to explain where you’ve written these articles. For writers who have been writing articles for years (like me) that is impossible to answer. I gave estimates (like under the topic health, I wrote 300+) and for some I didn’t even bother. I found out later what they use this information for – it is part of your profile so clients can see how prolific you have been in each area of expertise. My advice is to fill it out as best you can because it will look good on your profile.

Next, you need to submit a sample article (they do not keep or use this article, so you can submit one you’ve written for another site – choose your very best one because this is what they will rate you on) and a writer’s resume. People are always questioning what to put on their resume. I have a separate resume for my writing career as from my other working career. My writer’s resume includes a short description of my writing accomplishments and a list of the sites I write for (or magazines and newspapers I’ve written for). I also have a few articles (with links) listed at the bottom so they can see my work online. If you think it will help, add what you went to school for (accounting, computer tech, mechanic?) as these may also be some of your areas of expertise. If you are just starting out as a writer, use a copy of your regular resume and add why you want to pursue a writing career.

Once you have submitted your application you are immediately allowed access to the site and to level 2 assignments until your application has been processed. Once it is processed, you will be told your writing level (2-5) and you can begin claiming assignments.

Writing for Writer Access

When you apply you want to do your best to impress the site so you can get the highest level possible. A level 2 writer earns .91 cents per word (that’s 91/100, not 91 cents) as compared to a level 4 writer who earns 3.57 cents per word. A level 5 writer earns 4.76 cents per word, but most writers will have to work their way up to a level 5 and there may not be many assignments available even if you do. As far as I have seen, Level 2 assignments are more the norm. I was accepted at Writer Access at a Level 4 a couple of weeks ago and have yet to see any Level 4 assignments offered.

You can, however, choose to write for any level up to the level you were placed at. So, if you are a Level 4, you can choose Level 2 or 3 assignments. Assignments come fast and go fast, so you will want to check the site often to catch them before they are gone.

I haven’t written an assignment for Writer Access yet, but from what I can tell, you choose the assignment and it tells you exactly what the client wants and then you write it. If you get good feedback from clients on a regular basis, you can raise you level over time. Clients can also pay you a “tip”, extra money, if they really like your writing. Clients can also place you on their “love” list, which means that assignments come to the people they prefer first so you get the option to choose it before other writers do. However, the client can have several “loves” so being on their love list doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the job.

You own all rights to the articles you write for clients until the client pays for the article, and then all rights transfer to the client. So, if a client rejects an assignment you have written, you are free to do as you please with that article.

My Take on Writer Access

As I said, I haven’t written any articles for Writer Access yet so I can’t give any personal views on the site. If you read Felicia’s post on the site, you will see a lot of comments from people who have used the site. It does pay a little better than Textbroker, but so far as I can tell, it doesn’t offer as many assignments as Textbroker does on a regular basis. If you are a level 4, you can earn $14.28 on a 400 word assignment, which isn’t bad if you compare it to an assignment at Demand Studios. I think Writer Access looks like another fairly good site for freelance writers looking for other places to earn extra income from.

Happy Writing,

Deanna


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