As authors, it is easy to form a sort of love-hate relationship with the ratings process. You love it because improvements mean advancements – and advancements often mean access to more money and more orders. It is difficult, though, when you find yourself stuck in a ratings rut.
We hope everyone is having a fantastic and productive start to the new year! Due to an abundance of questions recently, we wanted to discuss ratings this week. As authors, it is easy to form a sort of love-hate relationship with the ratings process. You love it because improvements mean advancements – and advancements often mean access to more money and more orders. It is difficult, though, when you find yourself stuck in a ratings rut. It is easy to feel like orders don’t matter, especially when you are working at high volumes. It is important to keep in mind, though, that this is not the case.
Here in Author Services, we are passionate about fostering an open-door policy with our authors, and this begins with transparency. The ratings recipe is really quite simple: By adhering to the common rules of American English and the AP Stylebook, as well as employing clear and effective language/grammar, you can achieve your ideal rating!
Here is the breakdown: Accounts are placed in a queue and randomized purposefully to ensure authors maintain their quality at all times. When an account comes up for review, our Quality Assurance department rates every order (of appropriate length – 150 words or more) you have written since your last batch of ratings. Thus, your rating is calculated by finding the average rating of your last five orders. The key here is viewing every order as an opportunity. Every time you write, you are working toward gaining access to more money and more orders – it’s just that simple. It is paramount that you always write (at least) to your quality level. This means even if you are a 4-star writer picking up a 3-star order, the content must be 4-star quality. For orders shorter in length, authors are allowed a smaller number of mistakes before a drop in rating occurs. For example, in a 150-word order, 4-star authors are only allowed one mistake.
We hope this has cleared up a few of your burning questions about the ratings process. Additionally, Textbroker has a number of fantastic resources to improve your writing. From Textbroker University to Comma Cheat Sheets, we’ve got you covered. We understand that it is easy to get discouraged when it comes to ratings, but remember that every order is a fresh start. We encourage you to take this approach as you move into your next batch of orders.
If you have any further questions about ratings, please visit our FAQ.