Yes. No fees or obligations exist for writers.
Currently, we're only accepting applications from U.S. writers with PayPal accounts.
Writers who are accepted receive an initial star rating of 2, 3, 4 or 5, which is determined by the strength of their profiles, writing samples, and initial application and test score. A writer's level can improve (or decline) as assignments are completed.
Clients can place orders with writers using a pay-per-word order form (using the rates preset by WriterAccess that vary by star level). Once an order is reserved, Writers are required to fulfill the order requirements as given on the order form. Once an order is submitted, the client can either approve the content or request revisions. We urge writers to comply with a minimum of one revision request if the client returns the first submission with comments. When an order is approved, the rights to the content are transferred to the client and the writer is paid for their work.
Clients order content from the writers and provide instructions on each order. Orders can contain links, attachments and required SEO keywords. Clients can submit orders to a single writer or a team of writers if those writers have been added to their “Love List.” Clients only pay for content they approve—which should always meet the specifications and order requirements. Funds are held in escrow, and WriterAccess provides mediation for both writers and clients as part of the service.
WriterAccess is owned and managed by ideaLaunch, a leading content marketing agency founded by Byron White. He also managed a number of companies in the content marketing space including LifeTips.com, WordVision.com and more.
You can reach out to the WriterAccess staff using the Help Desk in the platform.
Talent earn 70% of the client pay for any and all orders. Full transparency of prices help us attract the best talent and best clients.
Yes, all articles are automatically scanned for copyright infringement using Copyscape. All detections are listed for client's review and verification on orders.
No. All content must be completely new and original. Any violations by writers will result in an immediate review and, possibly, termination.
A wide range of orders are placed on WriterAccess, including advertisements, annual reports, articles, banner ads, blog posts, books, brochures, case studies, catalog entries, data sheets, direct mail pieces, email copy, Facebook posts, grants, mobile content, newsletters, presentations, press releases, product descriptions, proposals, radio spots, speeches, traditional scripts, Twitter posts, video scripts, web pages, webinar presentations, webinar scripts, and white papers.
Yes indeed. Clients can add their favorites to a Love List. All the talent they add to their Love List can also be added to smaller teams, for organizing. When a client adds you to their Love List or a team, you will also be added to their order form.
Talent pick up orders first-come, first-serve, with only one person responsible for that order.
No, we do not allow writers to be editors at the same time. This is to prevent writers from editing their own work. However, if you are interested in deactivating your editing account to work as a writer instead, feel free to inquire about openings by opening a Help Desk ticket in your editor account.
What do you consider yourself best at? While most writers can edit and most editors can write, they are distinct skills. We recommend you choose the area that you feel best fits your abilities.
Here are some options to get started:
That depends. Writers are paid on a per-word basis. The client assigns the order a star rating, and the payout for writers breaks down like this:
Level 2 orders pay at least 1.4 cents per word
Level 3 orders pay at least 2.8 cents per word
Level 4 orders pay at least 4.2 cents per word
Level 5 orders pay at least 5.6 cents per word
Level 6 orders pay at least 7.0 cents per word
If writers submit more words than the order prescribes, they will not be paid for the additional words. Writers cannot submit less than the minimum words prescribed on an order either.
A client has the ability to adjust the compensation to be higher than our standard pay-per-word rates. Clients can use this for high-end or ongoing projects that require additional research, industry expertise, or other editorial complexities.
If a client uses our crowd order form, the pay is 10% less than our standard pay-per-word rates above. However, the goal of this is to give our new writers more experience so they can build profitable relationships with clients in the long-term.
Except for a small per-order listing fee, all payments (orders, conference calls, bonuses, etc.) are split 70/30, with 70% going to the writer.
We pay twice per month.
$10 USD is required in your account for payment. PayPal accounts are used for payment.
All assignments are tallied up on the 4th and 19th day of the month, for those orders that were submitted by the end of the preceding half-month (allowing previous period's items to be approved by clients). Once tallied, WriterAccess transfers the required funds to PayPal (which may take a few days) and send payments as soon as the balance is available to do so. By the end of this process, writers are typically paid out between the 7th and 9th for those pieces submitted before the end of the previous month, and between the 22nd and 24th for those pieces submitted by the 15th.
We say typically, but because we rely on a slow ACH transfer into PayPal, where PayPal quotes 3-5 business days, that transfer may technically finish as late as the 11th and 26th, exclusive of holidays.
Sometimes long client approval times or editorial workflow may cause an assignment to not be approved by the time payments are disbursed. Affected orders will be batched into a second payment, and paid before the end of the following pay period's cutoff date.
Writers can specify an alternate email address for use with PayPal. If writers don't provide this alternate, the primary is used.
At the beginning of each year (before January 31) WriterAccess sends 1099s to all talent who made $600 or more in the previous year. We do not send 1099s to talent who made less than $600 in the previous year. However, we do offer an unofficial 1099 (available through the website on your Payments dashboard) for those who earned less than the $600 minimum.
All About Assignments
Once a writer is approved with an initial star rating, they have full access to content orders, idea orders, and Casting Calls. This approval process may take a couple of weeks.
Yes. Writers own the copyright until the client approves the work, at which point copyright transfers to them. The client has deposited sufficient funds to create the order, so writers are guaranteed payment for successful completion of the order. Writers can request assistance for orders where they feel the client may be taking advantage of the revision process.
The available assignments pool may seem empty, but that's because the general pool is highly competitive. Orders get picked up as quickly as they're placed. Writers can increase their exposure among clients by becoming more interactive on the site by:
1. Responding to Casting Calls. Clients use Casting Calls to find the right writers for their projects. Writers can apply to Casting Calls by providing a personalized response detailing their qualifications, interest, and availability. Writers can be added to the client's Love List directly from a Casting Call.
2. Responding to private messages. Sometimes a client will find writers in a general search because values on a writer's profile match the experience and qualifications required for a project. Clients can send messages to a writer directly to discuss projects. Communication must remain on WriterAccess.
3. Filling out your profile. Our search is based on your profile, so by filling out more assets, industries and samples, you are more likely to be found by clients.
Once writers become more involved in Casting Calls, idea orders and messaging, they increase their exposure on the platform and are assigned more orders. The more successfully completed orders, the more visibility a writer has on WriterAccess.
Once a writer logs into WriterAccess.com, they have full access to the platform. The Available Orders page posts a list of assignments that are available to be picked up.
An order is claimed by clicking “View” and then “Checkout this Order.” There is a checkout rule which states that a writer has one hour to review the instructions on an order and determine whether or not they can complete it. If the order is unreserved past the one-hour grace period, a penalty may be applied. All order cancellations beyond the one-hour grace period are reviewed by WriterAccess.
Writers are expected to only claim assignments they are qualified to complete and are encouraged to reach out to the clients for clarification if there is a problem with the order details/instructions.
Writers are also expected to submit the article by the deadline prescribed on the order. Extensions can be requested, but cannot always be honored, and may result in penalties. Writers submit the content to the client by hitting the “Save and Submit” button at the bottom of the order form.
The content goes through Copyscape verification before it reaches the client. The status of the order can be seen in the “Pending Approval” folder.
Yes, writers can copy and paste text from a word processor into the text box on an order.
Self Service clients have 120 hours to approve the work once a writer formally submits the order: by hitting the “Save and Submit” button. Plus clients have 144 hours. Enterprise clients have 288 hours. Clients can also pay for additional approval time when placing the order, however the max is 288 hours. This extra cost is split with the writer according to the usual 70/30 breakdown.
The time for client approval is decided at the time the order is created, and the writer can see this value before they reserve the order.
During the approval time, clients have the opportunity to request revisions, at which point they can return the article to the writer with comments on what to revise. When the writer again submits their content for approval the client's approval time is reset.
Yes. As part of the WriterAccess satisfaction guarantee policy to clients, one round of revisions is required by the client if the order does not meet their expectations and they would like to remove the writer and get a refund for their order. Clients can request revisions for a number of reasons:
Writers are given a certain amount of time to perform the revision request, but a minimum of 24 hours. Writers are expected to comply with revision requests if they haven't fulfilled the order requirements. WriterAccess encourages writers to notify the Help Desk if they have any questions or concerns about a client abusing revision requests.
Writers are not required to do any revisions, but dropped orders cannot be paid, and will also be automatically reviewed by talent management.
Writers can improve their rating by completing orders successfully, receiving positive ratings from clients, responding to Casting Calls, and being added to Love Lists. There is an algorithm in place that determines the writer's algorithm score.
Consistently good work is rewarded with an increase in star level, whereas any discrepancies regarding the quality of work will have a negative impact on the star level. This algorithm can automatically move you up to a 4-star writer, but moving up to 5-star and 6-star is done by periodic review by talent management.
The seasoned writers here at WriterAccess have dubbed our system "garages". Having a 3-car garage means that you can check out 3 orders at a time, etc.
New writers start with a 1-car garage, and can only check out one order at a time. Once the first 10 orders are approved, writers are automatically upgrade to a 3-car garage, and can check out up to three orders at a time. After a writer has 100 approved articles, they can claim up to 4 articles at a time. After 500 articles, they can claim up to 5 articles at a time.
There are a few notable exceptions:
There are distinct garages for different order types: Crowd, Love List, and Solo. Once an order is off to the client for approval the space is cleared out and you can fill it with another order.
Clients can initiate communication with writers in several ways.
These terms refer to way the order is sent to the writer rather than the level of the order. Crowd orders are released to any writer who wants to claim them and is the chosen star level or above, while love list and solo orders are sent to a single writer directly (solo) or a group of writer (love list) to see who picks it up first.
All levels of content orders are potentially available via these distribution methods.
Rules and Star Rating
The WriterAccess freelance writer community is categorized into a five-level rating system. The purpose of this system is two-fold: 1) It allows more experienced writers to have access to complex assignments and earn more money, and 2) It's an easy way for clients to choose the level of quality they desire and pay accordingly. WriterAccess editors perform rigorous screening on applicants' education, writing expertise, knowledge of SEO and social media, and the extent of their online authority. Writers are assigned 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 stars depending on their profile details, industry experience and demonstrated writing proficiency.
2 Star — New writers or professionals in other fields looking to branch out are frequent recipients of this rating. Qualities of this writer include: limitations or lack of experience writing different asset types, exhibits basic word choice and sentence construction, likely imperfect grammar, punctuation or spelling, and some SEO knowledge. WriterAccess assigns a writer this level after review of the writer's profile, writing samples, and work completed on the platform. Nevertheless, 2-Star writers are valued resources that fill an important role at WriterAccess.
3 Star — The majority of applicants fall into this ranking. Profile and writing samples are basic, yet informative. The writer may have previous writing experience. Some 3-star writers don't specialize in any one field or industry, but may exhibit a proficient understanding of style and tone. Grammar, punctuation and spelling errors are a possibility, however balanced by the ability to research and incorporate basic SEO requirements into writing.
4 Star — Writers of the 4-star level have engaging writing samples and valuable writing experience. Most of these writers have experience writing a variety of asset types and also have an understanding of more complex editorial requirements and instructions. Work delivered by a 4-star writer should meet the specifications of the order and go slightly beyond to exhibit a more advanced knowledge base or stylistic ability. Grammar, punctuation and spelling errors are rare, and typically, a 4-star writer will have industry expertise.
5 Star — Writers who receive a 5-star rating on WriterAccess are typically published authorities with proven writing abilities. The writer is highly professional and has an expert grasp of the English language. Clients can expect 5-star writers to adhere to deadlines religiously, and produce content with a clear, concise writing style. Some 5-star writers are also experts in a given industry and may specialize in a certain type of writing (technical, PR, copywriting, etc). The 5-star writer also understands the complexities of editorial requirements and always delivers work that meets order specifications.
6 Star — 6-star writing flows naturally, serving up copious details without careening readers off on tangents or leaving them scratching their heads. Readers feel content with the knowledge gained, not unlike the satisfaction after a good meal. They're also left with a feel-good vibe, and maybe even a chuckle, thanks to the snap, crackle and pop that explodes in the work.Writers' star levels can increase and decrease depending on the algorithmic scoring of completed orders, client and blind editor ratings on the platform.
No. Writers (and clients) are not allowed to exchange personal contact information for privacy purposes. This includes full names, email addresses and phone numbers. All communication must take place in the WriterAccess platform. This includes comments on orders, WAMail messages, and Conference Calls. Everything is recorded and monitored so that WriterAccess can come to the defense of a writer or client in the event of a discrepancy.
Yes, clients are required to rate the order when it is approved. If the order is auto-approved, the client is given 2 weeks after the auto-approval to rate the order. After the 2 weeks, if the client doesn't rate, WriterAccess deems the order as “met expectations.”
This is good for writers, because it's counted toward the algorithm as a successfully completed order.
Clients can rate “exceeded expectations,” which helps the writer's rating even more so than having met expectations.
Some clients choose to rate an order “did not meet expectations.” In order to leave this rating, the client must comment on the order with their reasoning. All work rated negatively is reviewed by WriterAccess internal staff. Internal staff determines whether or not the client's rating was justifiable. If not, we don't hold it against the writer. If so, a penalty will be applied to the algorithm, which can be canceled out by "met" and "exceeds expectations" ratings.
The Casting Call is a tool that clients can use to find writers for their content projects. It's a recruiting tool that allows them to specify their project details and writers can apply to them. As long as you are the minimum star level requested by the client, you will be able to apply. We do recommend that writers only apply if :
Sometimes the WriterAccess internal staff will recommend writers who have the industry expertise required (as indicated on their profiles). In that case, email notifications are sent out to the writers and they can respond with details as to why they're the best fit.Clients are able to add writers to their Love List for future orders after working with them on a Casting Call.
Writers with industry experience and/or education in a particular industry can apply for Industry Elite status at WriterAccess once they have completed 10 orders in that industry.
The Elite status is awarded to talented writers who demonstrate industry-specific writing experience and extensive background in a career field. They have established themselves as some of the best writers on the WriterAccess platform through their talents, dedication and contributions to creating quality content.
Writers of this status receive a badge on their profile and clients can select writers for their projects based on Industry Elite status. Also, they will receive a bump up in the search results for that industry. Each writer can only have 5 Industries with Elite Badges.
All writers who have industry experience are encouraged to indicate their qualifications on their profiles.
FAQs for Active Writers
After submitting your topic proposals (we recommend offering at least 2-3 options when pitching topics) the client should respond within 3-5 days. If the topic has not been approved/rejected within 1 week of the pitch (7 days), you may release the order penalty free. We recommend leaving a brief and professional note for the client, along the lines of: Releasing order due to lack of response.
If the client isn’t responding to your message on an order and you need more information before moving forward, place the order on Client Assistance Hold.
If the order is on hold for client assistance and the client hasn’t responded within 2 days, they will receive a series of reminder emails every day. If the client hasn’t responded within 2 weeks, you are able to release the order penalty free. We recommend leaving a brief and professional note for the client, along the lines of: Releasing order due to lack of response.
We understand that things come up, and you may need a few extra minutes on a deadline. This is why we provide 3 1-hour extensions. These short extensions are penalty free and will automatically refresh 30 days after use.
If a required keyword is misspelled, you can:
If chosen for a casting call assignment, you will be given an opportunity to consider the job one final time. If your schedule has changed and you are no longer available to take the job, you will not be penalized. However, since applying to casting calls is a great way to meet new clients, we would avoid leaving them hanging.
On your dashboard, go to the Payment section, and check out the linked number next to "Next Pay". This is an approximation of your next pay, based on what orders have been approved in the pay cycle, and what was submitted to the client for approval before the pay cycle cut off. Client revision requests and longer approval times may change the actual deposit amount.
We would recommend updating your profile at least quarterly to ensure that your experience and expertise are accurate. Clients and Admin rely heavily on your profile to determine if you would be a good fit for a project. Your profile should contain any keywords that pertain to your areas of expertise. Any time you learn a new skill, receive a new or updated certification, or further your education, we would recommend adding it to your profile.
The lines of communication with a client remain open for 2 weeks. After that time expires, you will no longer be able to reply. Clients have to initiate the conversation to reopen the message.
Writers are given a 1 hour grace period that begins when an order is reserved, to release the order penalty free. This is an opportunity to carefully review the order details to ensure it aligns with your abilities.
To remove an in-progress order from your account select “Cancel Reservation” at the bottom of the order page. Leave a brief and professional note in the text box as to why you are unable to complete it. Talent Management reviews all orders dropped after the 1 hour grace period.
If a client requests that you release an order, you will not be penalized for the drop. An appropriate note in this case would be, “Released order at client’s request.”
If a client rates your order as Did Not Meet Expectations (DNM), it means that they have approved the order, but the content or the experience didn’t necessarily align with what they had anticipated. All DNM ratings are reviewed by our Talent Management team at the time of your rising/falling account review. It may be overturned if we feel it was placed in error or undeserved.
DNM ratings may not always be entirely fair or even make sense at times. However, it is an indication of how the client feels and because of that it's not always our place to make changes. While we may not overturn it, we do review each one when assessing your account to understand the situation.
DNM ratings can be frustrating. Please keep in mind that you aren’t going to be a great fit for every client, and that’s okay. Most writers receive at least one in their time on the platform.
Clients can select approval periods of 5, 7, or 14 days. Depending on their service level, they receive the following days for free:
When an order is approved or auto-approved it is considered complete. Clients are no longer able to request revisions through that order. If a client requests changes be made after approval you can:
A casting call pitch is an opportunity to state your case regarding why you’re the right person for the assignment. Be sure to review all the information provided so that you’ll be better prepared to explain why you are the best fit. Things to mention are previous jobs, writing experience, and education in a relevant field that may separate you from the pack.
Keep in mind that most writers have very low casting call success rates. That’s okay! You never know when a casting call will turn into a long term client, it’s worth it to keep applying!
If your casting call application shows as approved, it means you were added to the client’s love list from that application. You may or may not be sent the order, but keep your eyes out for work.
No. WriterAccess is strictly a content creation platform bound by an NDA between writers and clients, it is against policy for writers to publish and/or distribute approved content to external channels. Writers must submit content solely through the platform.
Yes. A client can only rate an order if it’s approved. All approved orders are paid following the payment schedule.
This can vary depending on the client. In our experience, some clients find it easier to edit the content themselves, since they have a clear picture of what it should ultimately look like. Some clients don’t have the time to go through the revisions process if they are up against a tight deadline. Some clients may feel that you aren’t the right fit for the piece, and it would be best to start anew. Whatever the client’s reasoning, you will be paid for the order and the DNM will be reviewed by talent management.
You cannot block a client, but you can use the settings in the client’s profile to change what you see from that client.
To get to that page:
A client’s order may be held for review for a number of reasons. Most likely, it’s because it’s the client’s first order. All first orders are reviewed by a member of our team to ensure guidelines are being followed and so we can help correct any issues right from the start. It’s our hope that this provides the client a better chance for a successful first experience.
Orders are typically reviewed within 1 business day.
If an order is under review for an extended period of time, it’s likely that our team is working with the client to get it in tip top shape.
A client can leave 2 kinds of feedback on an order.
The first thing to do if you are having trouble submitting your pitch is to confirm that you have included the title. There are two separate text boxes and it’s easy to miss.
If you have confirmed that the pitch was input correctly, the next likely scenario is that the order expired before you could submit it. Writers have 24 hours to submit topic pitches, beginning when the order is reserved. Extensions are not permitted.
A high number of keywords can slow the response time down considerably if your account is set to live counting (default). To resolve the issue, head to the ‘Setup’ tab, and under ‘Misc. Settings’, check the box that reads “Disable live keyword and density counting…”
To add photos or images to an order, you’ll follow these steps:
Since WA is primarily a content writing platform, your rates are based on word count. That means that any work done to source and include images would be done as part of the per word cost unless otherwise specified. For this reason, many writers ask for additional compensation before agreeing to the assignment. This most easily accomplished by adding a flat bonus onto the order.
WriterAccess does not permit the solicitation of writers to produce content for academic purposes or for credit in an academic institution. If you notice an order that violates this point, please open a help desk ticket and let us know immediately.
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Full attribution can only be requested on a 6 star order, and includes a headshot, full name, and a 2-3 sentence custom bio. The client can formally request this on the order form, which you will be able to see before reserving the assignment. Many clients miss this section, and will request attribution after the fact.
Yes. Once an order is approved, the client owns the copyright. They are able to make any changes they would like. You will not see these changes reflected in your account.
No. If the content appears to have been prematurely used, please open a Help Desk ticket and we can rebuff the client, and also be sure that the order is approved without opportunity for revisions.
Writers are responsible for adhering to the instructions listed on the order form. If a client changes the requirements after reserving the order, please alert the help desk. If you have no problem accommodating the client’s updated requests, you can absolutely do so, but it is not required.
The talent management team at WA uses a rising/falling star system paired with an internal algorithm to ensure that each writer is regularly reviewed and working at the appropriate level. Due to the high volume of writers on our platform, profile critiques and account reviews are not performed on demand.
At times clients may want to ship you a copy of a book, a particular product, etc. Since sharing personal contact information is prohibited, the client must ship the package to our office. When we receive the package we will then forward the item on to you.
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If a client has requested proofreading on an order, it will indicate that on the order form.
Editors are expected to make changes to improve grammar, punctuation, and spelling when necessary. If they feel client instructions are not followed, they may reach out to you with questions.
If an editor is making unnecessary changes, significantly delaying an order, or being unprofessional, please open a help desk ticket to alert talent management.
We would hate to see you go, but we understand that WriterAccess may not be the best fit for everyone. To close your account, please open a help desk ticket.
This can happen for a few reasons.
If an order is crossed out (strikethrough) this means that another writer has already claimed the work. When the platform refreshes it will be removed.
For most orders, your star level and/or the star level of the project will dictate the rate. However, some projects may be outside of the scope of a normal order due to level of expertise needed, research time, etc. For these orders it may make sense to quote a client a higher or lower rate.
You are free to do so, but keep in mind that WA and writers share a 70/30 split. For example, if you wish to quote a client a rate of $0.15 per word (writer payout), you would want to include the 30% and quote the client $0.21. The formula is: Your Pay/0.7 = Client Cost
The platform is built to price projects by word count, but some things might make more sense as a flat rate. It can absolutely be accommodated, but may take a little additional support to get it set up. Feel free to direct the client to their account manager, help desk, or live chat so we can help.
No. Met Expectations ratings are never considered a negative, regardless of your star level. “Met” is the most common rating.
If you are going to be traveling out of the country and logging in to the platform, please open a help desk ticket and let us know.
No. These programs and plugins can place an undue load on our server and create errors for other platform users. While WriterAccess does understand the competitive nature of securing non-Solo orders, programs and plugins that check automatically for changes are not allowed in order to ensure the health of the site as a whole.
The WriterAccess Tech team performs periodic checks to ensure our talent is not using these programs, and will reach out to offenders directly with a request to stop use via their listed email. If use continues, the talent is given a final warning before they are removed from the platform.