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post #1181 of 1428
Hi! I just applied to Suite. Last week I started writing for Demand Studios and EHow. I billed about $100 to DS and they've accepted all of my articles so far with no edits (although one was flagged I think b/c the photo credit for one photo was 'Jesus-Is-Lord'. I run all my stuff through article checker to avoid a problem so I'm thinking Jesus got me flagged ).

Lisa Russell you are a spit fire! I am just amazed at how you are making it work!

Also, what does CPC stand for?

V
post #1182 of 1428
Nice going, Lisa! I don't think I'm going to make last month's revenue this month, let alone top it... but my PVs are at an all-time high, so... woot?

I told the guy 10 cents a word, and we'll see what he says. I'm expecting he'll pass, but bah; I don't want to sell myself short. It helped that I just got a response to a query I sent out about two months ago, wanting to see the completed article for a moderately swanky magazine which pays 10 cents more a word than I've ever been paid. It's a confidence booster.

Funny thing... my older sister joined Suite! She's a Pilates instructor so is mostly writing about that.

Violet2: CPC means "Cost per click", I believe. Nice to have you join us!
post #1183 of 1428
Is it normal to have producers from TV shows contact you via Suite101?
How do I verify that said person is who they claim to be?
post #1184 of 1428
Did you see this in the news section when you login? Was it this person?

Hello Everyone - S101 staff members are aware of the issue concerning nefarious email message sent to our writers from a fake S101 writer, Gladys Williams (Gladyswil). Please note we have deleted the fake member's account and will review the situation with Product Development team. Thanks for your help. - Colin Smith, EiC, Suite101.com
post #1185 of 1428
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Originally Posted by evies_mom View Post
Did you see this in the news section when you login? Was it this person?

Hello Everyone - S101 staff members are aware of the issue concerning nefarious email message sent to our writers from a fake S101 writer, Gladys Williams (Gladyswil). Please note we have deleted the fake member's account and will review the situation with Product Development team. Thanks for your help. - Colin Smith, EiC, Suite101.com
It was not.
She claims to be from the Today Show.
post #1186 of 1428
Hmmm...

I've been contacted by people wanting me to write about their product/services, but never more than that. Not sure what to tell you. Did you try googling her name with the today show and see if it comes up?
post #1187 of 1428
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Originally Posted by PatienceAndLove View Post
Is it normal to have producers from TV shows contact you via Suite101?
How do I verify that said person is who they claim to be?
Over a year ago, I was contacted by the Montel Williams show. They did it through Suite, though, so I never spoke directly to them. We didn't get back to them quickly enough, so I wasn't able to be on the show. By the time I got the message and responded to Suite and they got back to the show, the show had found someone else. But, some Associated Content writer's that I knew through the old thread here were contacted by Montel at another time. At least one of them appeared on the show. This was quite some time ago - maybe two years ago.


I agree with eviesmom - Google her name.
post #1188 of 1428
I agree Google her or go to the Today Show website and look for producer information.
post #1189 of 1428
I've been on a few TV shows etc through things I've written - it's loads of fun. If she's real, she'll have no problem confirming her identity. Googling her should work - or just send her a note and get the scoop.
post #1190 of 1428
I just called the number that she provided, and I was connected to the NBC studio secretary (pool?) and then connected to her.
I left a message, and her assistant called me back. We had a nice chat, and I am being considered for an on-air interview
post #1191 of 1428
Very cool!
post #1192 of 1428
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Originally Posted by PatienceAndLove View Post
I just called the number that she provided, and I was connected to the NBC studio secretary (pool?) and then connected to her.
I left a message, and her assistant called me back. We had a nice chat, and I am being considered for an on-air interview
Wicked! Can't wait to hear the details!
post #1193 of 1428
Neat! What's the interview about?

I told the guy who wanted hair care articles that I charged 10c/word, and somewhat to my surprise he wrote back. He wants a sample article which he'll pay me for... at least allegedly. I'm a leetle cagey, because he doesn't seem too fussed on what the article's about (braiding, but nothing more specific), and he hasn't volunteered a huge amount of info about the site. But hey, even if he "steals" one 500-word article I'll live through the day; and if not, doing the odd $50 article about haircare would be fantastic.

ETA: So, he liked my sample piece and said the PayPal payment will go through today. After that, he wants to wait until he gets other sample pieces from other writers he's asked. He asked if I'd be willing to renegotiate the 10c/word cost if I had an ongoing relationship with the site, which I guess is fair; I can see how shelling out $50-$70 per article could get expensive pretty quickly! But on the other hand, I don't want to sell myself short. What do you think about something along the lines of a flat-rate $40 for a 500-700 word article, but only if I get to write one every week?
post #1194 of 1428
Interview on downsizing and small home living.
post #1195 of 1428
I'm glad he paid Smokering. I wrote 3 different newsletters for one client for a total of about 10,000 words (all in a 3 week period, never doing that again). He asked to renegotiate the 10c/word discount after the first one and I explained that it was already discounted compared to what I receive from my regular clients (this was the truth) and he was okay with it and hired me for the next two.

I think that if you're comfortable with $40 for 500-700 words then it is perfectly fine to do it if he'll secure guarantee your regular work for x amount of weeks. That's what I love about this business - it's up to us to decide on each individual gig what our time is worth.
post #1196 of 1428
( I hope this is okay to post here)

I am applying to Suite 101 right now. FOr the application process where you are suppose to write two articles- how did you choose what to write on? I have never published anything before. Also- NOT writing in 1st person?! Wow, isn't that the only way we write anymore??

Should I put my blog website in the "publication" part?
post #1197 of 1428
Welcome dearmama22 and ask away. I applied in November 2007 and honestly don't remember what I put in the publication section - I'd had a few articles on Associated Content so I think I put that.

Suite101 is pretty strict on 3rd person. Some editors are okay with the very occasional use of 2nd person. The hardest part for me was not using "you" and "your" but I tell ya, I learned after getting flagged a lot in the beginning hehe.
post #1198 of 1428
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Originally Posted by dearmama22 View Post
( I hope this is okay to post here)

I am applying to Suite 101 right now. FOr the application process where you are suppose to write two articles- how did you choose what to write on? I have never published anything before. Also- NOT writing in 1st person?! Wow, isn't that the only way we write anymore??

Should I put my blog website in the "publication" part?
I wrote on two completely opposite topics, one on clampdown bite reflex in the breastfed baby and another on how to create tombstone rubbings. I would suggest you think of a very tightly focused piece, rather than something that is well-covered on the internet. I would also browse the articles on the site (http://www.suite101.com/editors_choice.cfm are the Editor's Choice winners). Check out the short paragraphs, transparent titling and subheadings, and incorporate them into your pieces.

As far as the first person bit, it has a lot to do with the tone S101 is trying to convey (third person tends to give the "illusion" of objectivity) and also it packs articles with keywords. Rather than saying "You will want to consider..." saying "Parents of special needs children will want to consider..." increases keyword density. The house-style of Suite tends to be more technical, IMO, than conversational. Third person seems to convey that a bit better.

I am not sure I would put the blog in the publication spot or not. If you write clean - no errors, and if you think the voice you use in your blog suits house-style, than maybe I would. I personally did not use anything in the publications sections when I applied. That was back in Nov '07.

Good luck!
post #1199 of 1428
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Originally Posted by dearmama22 View Post
( I hope this is okay to post here)

I am applying to Suite 101 right now. FOr the application process where you are suppose to write two articles- how did you choose what to write on? I have never published anything before. Also- NOT writing in 1st person?! Wow, isn't that the only way we write anymore??

Should I put my blog website in the "publication" part?
I just sent two random bits of nonfiction I had written. One on Vitamin D deficiency in breastfed infants and one on export law. I didn't try to send in anything that was SEO or written for the web, just good writing.

I would not list your blog. A lack of pub credits I don't think will hurt you so long as you have decent writing samples. Just my opinion though.

V
post #1200 of 1428
Violet & Dearmama welcome-

Violet- cpc stands for "cost per click" using the adwords tool, you can see what a potential advertiser would expect to pay to advertise with certain keywords. The higher an article's CPC- the higher the keywords potential value is (at that moment- things change) and at Suite we get a percentage of the revenue, not all of it.


Sarah- congrats, I hope he loves them and buys a million

Dearmama- The 3rd person thing is easy to get used to. It will be OK. Good luck. I've heard that the parenting/education areas are fullish and that it's easier to get approved if you choose something different (once you're in you can write anywhere)
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