Greetings from Boston
It’s here. And it’s yours. Welcome to our first issue of WAW!
WAW is our newsletter exclusively for WriterAccess Writers, the talented, skilled and creative bunch that make up the backbone of our business. And you’re certainly keeping that backbone strong!
We promise no hype here. Just the latest methodology and funology to help advance your writing careers.
(All together now: WAW WAW!)
Picture This: $100
A picture is worth 1000 words, and now $100 dollars. (Not bad: 10 cents per word ;-). First impressions are golden when it comes to landing a job or project, especially online. Your earnings at WriterAccess are likely to correlate with the quality of your profile headshot. So spruce up your profile with a professional image and you may spruce up your paycheck in the process.
Upload a new, more professional image to your profile, and earn a chance to win $100. Submit your new headshot by April 30th to join the contest, even if it’s the same shot you have now! We’ll announce the winner of the drawing in the next WAW!
Record sales and growth continued to explode for January, February and now March. Overall, our revenue and writer payments are up 50% in the first quarter compared to last year. Awesome news for us all!
A bevy of new benefits and features are on their way with the launch of WriterAccess 4.0 at the end of April. We’re betting both writers and clients will be thrilled with the software upgrades and betterment.
Premium Orders are gaining in popularity with clients, now responsible for 10% of all orders. Clients are slowly catching on to the simple fact that you get higher quality content when you pay more.
Tips On Casting Calls
Yeah, we know. Forum comments tell us that some writers remain, shall we say, less than thrilled about our Casting Call feature. Yet many of our clients have niche markets and need writers with specific knowledge, something they may not get from throwing the order out to the Crowd.
Skip the boilerplate responses and instead take the time to understand the client’s needs and instructions. Then review the order and let the client know how your past experience applies to the project and what you could bring to the table. If you’re not selected, don’t get discouraged! Clients often loop back to applicants for future orders.
Fun Factoids About WriterAccess
WriterAccess is one of the only platforms on the web that has grown 100% organically with no VC or public funding. This puts us in the driver’s seat to make decisions differently, with YOU and our customers top of mind, not the income statement.
WA is also the only platform on the web with full transparency regarding writer pay rates: 70% to writers, 30% to WA. Pretty sweet, especially when some of our competition command splits of 50% or more. Ouch!
Blog Posts of the Month
When “Working From Home” Means Leaving Home
It sounded great at first. You were going to join that small but growing army of freelance writers making their living writing from home. You could earn…
by Kate C
S*** My Kids Say: Where a Blog Writer Finds Inspiration (and Consternation)
If you’ve ever wondered where mommy bloggers find material for their blog writing services, you need look no further than those shortish people who occupy the same space. Kids really do say the darndest things and it’s the responsibility of every good…
by Anne G
1988 Writers Guild Strike and the Current Position of Freelance Writers for Hire
Unappreciated and underpaid? Many fellow employees can relate. In fact, March 7, 1988 the Writers Guild of America (WGA) called a strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). This dramatic halt in performance was due mainly to producers…
by Alethea M
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