How to Grow as an Author for Textbroker: One Author’s Success Story
In this week's author blog, author Doreen shares her story of working to become a 4-star author and shares some tips to help you do the same. Doreen has been a Textbroker author since 2012 and has written hundreds of orders for happy clients. Read more about Doreen in her author spotlight at the end of the article!
From 4-star Author to 2-star and Back Again
When I first signed up for Textbroker, I started with a 4-star rating, but I quickly lost it and dropped to a 2-star rating. I could make a nice turn of phrase, but I did not have good habits to ensure consistent quality. So, I began diligently working on developing good work processes and habits to try to raise my rating back up.
Getting It Back
I began running every article through Paper Rater. This ended up being a learning experience that helped me improve my writing. Although I generally write better these days, typos still happen, so I still use it for every article. I also spent some weeks reviewing Textbroker’s instructional videos at night just before going to sleep.
Once I again achieved a 4-star rating, I applied to teams. Because ManagedTeam instructions and revision requests come from the professional editorial staff, this was a huge growth experience. They are more knowledgeable than I am about areas like AP style. This really helped me grow as an author. Although I never like getting revision requests, I see revision requests on ManagedTeams as an opportunity to improve my craft.
One of my big growth experiences as an author occurred while writing for a travel team. As is standard, the instructions forbade saying anything negative.
I wrote several pieces about tiny communities in the middle of nowhere. To avoid saying anything negative about how little infrastructure they had, I focused on assets like lush greenery. One of the last pieces I did for the team was for a city in a war zone. Having written about places that never had much infrastructure, I was able to easily write only about the assets that did exist without alluding to what the city had lost to the war.
This was an epiphany for me. Ever since then, it has been far easier for me to simply say nothing negative. I used to really struggle with this standard requirement.
I have been a consistent 4-star author for a while. Although I had to take it more than once, I eventually passed the proofreading test. This is the first step towards becoming a 5-star author. I hope to eventually get there.
Humility is a virtue
I have a strong academic background and was seen as a strong writer in school. But it wasn’t the kind of writing that is worth money. I had to set my ego aside and accept that what I knew about writing was academic. It wasn’t relevant to the real-world goals of business writing and content marketing. What Kristopher had to say about swallowing your pride resonates with me.
Author Spotlight: Doreen
Tell us a bit about yourself. (hobbies, interests, etc.)
I’m a blogger and avid health nut.
How did you hear about Textbroker?
Through an online acquaintance.
What is your favorite book or blog? Why?
Two of my favorite books are The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Peter Principle. I tend to like practical information you can apply to real-world problems. These both meet that criteria.
What piece of advice would you give to a new Textbroker author?
You need to be prepared to look things up on your own and figure out how stuff works independently.
In your opinion, how does an author get the most out of his or her Textbroker experience?
Appreciate the fact that it is both portable and flexible income. You can take time off at will without worrying about being fired. You can take it with you if you need to relocate or want to move someplace else. These facts have substantial positive implications for lifestyle choices that most normal jobs lack.
What piece of advice would you give to an author looking to improve their rating/increase their earnings?
Learn to clean up your writing before submitting it. Run it through a grammar checker and spell checker. Eyeball it in the preview mode. No matter how well you write, typos happen.
You wake up to a zombie apocalypse. What do you do?
Head over to the court house and try to get a bunch of real estate put in my name for free or for a dollar. After the zombies are all dead, I want to be a real estate tycoon.
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