When I find myself with a bit of spare time I often write the occasional article on Textbroker. it doesn't pay much, but $1 is a $1 and all that.
So I found myself quite annoyed when I received a notice from their editor today regarding the folowing
[to get your money's worth.]
The plural of money is monies, please use correct English when using textbroker.
now, would I be right in thinking that while the word money does have a plural, I am using it in the possesive sense?
Not quite sure about the correct usage of the word, but in my experience textbroker's editors are only trying to help you increase your quality rating. They are usually very blunt like that, but don't take it personal. I remember getting one where I had accidentally used it's when it should have been its. The message said, please look up the definition of it's. It was annoying, but since then I've moved up to quality 4 and I've had a few rated 5 recently which would be great if I could make that classification. The jump from 4 to 5 is huge for earnings.
I know they are only trying to help, but they incorrectly edit my articles more often than not.
They ususally correct me most often on comma usage, which is different in UK and US English.
I usually hover between level 3 and 4, I simply can't bring myself to put in the amount of time they require, which after tax and paypal fees can come out to around $0.70 - $0.80 per hundred words at level 3.
I don't know what your PayPal structure is, but payments from Textbroker should not have a fee taken out of them by PayPal.
Anyways, if you are level 3 it is usually not worth your time unless you can pump 400 words out in five minutes (which is certainly possible). The better way to earn is to either stay at level 4 or 5 or have a steady stream of direct orders.
That's gotta suck.
If it causes the amount of time you put in to outweigh the revenue being made then I'd be outta there so fast. I'd be telling them where to stick their monies
You are right they are wrong. "Your money's worth." is using the possesive form not the plural.
No, you are not using "monies " correctly in that statement.
In the phrase " your money's worth" it is talking about the worth that is possessed by the money. Possessive means owning the quality.
If you mean to talk about multiple forms of currency, or piles of different denominations of bills, then the correct term is "monies" which is the plural (meaning more than one) form of money.
Oli used "your money's worth"
My understanding is that the editor (wrongly) said he should use 'monies'.
Yes, that is right, I said money's, they changed it to monies
Okay, reading it over I'm not clear on what was being said originally. What I want to see is the entire statement, and not a fragment.
I'll pull it up next time I sign in,
That is pretty much the message I received (written from memory though).
Thanks. Because I just thought of a contextual situation where you might be right.
It could be "your monies' worth" but then you'd still be off a tad in term of punctuation.
what are the qualifications to be an editor at that site?
they are wrong.
you are talking about the value, or worth, of your 'money'. 'monies' can include all of your capital and assets and is typically not used in this context. if you don't change it,will they ban you? if it were me i would challenge that, only because it now appears that you don't use correct grammar.
They won't ban you unless you start copying work or colluding with clients to step outside of their agency.
If the editor has reviewed an article, that means that the client has already accepted it and the money is in your account. There's nothing to change. As far as I'm aware, clients aren't privy to textbroker reviews. They'll only see the average rating of their last five articles (2 to 4).
You would be able tog et an editors job there with ease I think Cosette!
Of course with their rates of pay (If author rates are anything to go by) you probably wouldn't want to
I am sure that editors are not always right when it comes to grammar in sentences. I write more conversational than the essay type of writing they want on textbroker. I still manage to get quite a bit of work from them though.
Look up "your money's worth" on Google and you will find 70 million references. None for "your monies worth".
Not trying to hijack this thread, but can someone answer a question? I've been a member of TB for a while but have never written for them. I just took a look at what's available for 3 stars (which I guess I have). A penny a word? Seriously? There are so many other places that I know of that pay more upfront, like BrightHub, Constent Content, Demand Studios, etc.
If you guys write for them, they've got to be okay. But I just don't get it. What am I missing?
They try and sell a 3 star rating as "good", but they're not going to be really anything more than competent. 2 stars are only expected to be vaguely legible. If you're a fast writer and can get things done quickly, you can usually write four or five 5 dollar articles in an hour.
This is obviously only for topics you don't have to research. The real money you make is getting regular clients who will send you direct orders that aren't part of the "open air market" so to speak. You set your own price so you can make as much as your client thinks you're worth.
It is better to think of the open orders as networking or auditioning for private work. I know I'm going to finish off an article today that's paying 150 bucks.* It is often a waste of time and you'll be better off finding different freelance gigs, but there's plenty of earning potential depending on what type of writing you do.
*RESULTS NOT TYPICAL DO NOT JOIN EXPECTING 150 DOLLAR DAYS
It's quick and easy money, There is always work there.
Sometimes you don't want to have to fight for a job, simply choose what you want and click 'accept'.
Thats how I see it anyway. The pay does increase, but not to the same level as my other clients. But my other clients simply do nothave the same level of guaranteed work as textbroker.
That's exactly how it is, its a jungle out there.
Okay. That makes sense. There are sites like BrightHub, Seed and CC where you feel like you're fighting for titles/topics. But have you looked into DS or Break Studios or something like that? Both offer pretty guaranteed work, quick pay and (most importantly) MORE pay. (Although I haven't written anything for Break yet, but a bunch of my friends have. They're relatively new.)
I have written for textbroker. It's not bad if you can go fast. When the right articles are available, it's possible to make $20 an hour.
I also write for demand studios, break studios, and I'm testing for wisegeek. MUCH better pay at those places if you're interested in upfront pay writing, but Textbroker is still good to do sometimes, especially if you can't find something to write anywhere else you're signed up with. Like the OP said, $1 is a $1.
oli right, TE editor wrong - it happens.
Im with Lisa, when I still wrote for upfront payments the DS pay 15+ for 300-500 words was always a better option than the prices your quoting for TE!
DS / AC and all the human edited content farms often send dumb revision requests, just part of the process.
You want intelligent editors..get a writers market and start submitting your writing to print media FIRST -if it doesnt sell publish it for for revshare later
http://www.google.com/search?client=ope … p;oe=utf-8
I got a cushy job as a ghost writer for one of the major British newspaper through a friend. Not really attempted print media since then though!
Do you have any good places to publish for print media, it might be an avenue of income I would be interested in exploring.
I keep meaning to sign up for demand studios, waiting for my authorization to work to come through from immigration though!
What is textbroker?
Oli, Ditto what SF said about Writer's Market. But...if your writing is clean, clear and concise, don't be afraid to pitch small magazines. Thar's good money in them thar hills!
Wow, I can't believe a Textbroker editor actually changed "get your money's worth" to "get your monies worth." It almost seems like that editor is not a native English speaker. You should email the head of the editorial department to let them know.
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