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post #1 of 42
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PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING!

From Heather's Original Thread for AC:
In accordance with the UA, please adhere to the following rules: Please do not post links to your Content Producer page or your articles, in your posts or signature. Please do not spam users in private with these links unless they have asked. If someone asks you for a link, send it to them in a private message. Swap links only in private and when solicited.

You may tell us when you have a new article posted and what it is about, but again, do not link it. There is no need to say "See my CP page for it" or "PM me for a link" and so on to self-promote, because we all know that we can check your CP page or PM you. Keep self-promotion to a minimum. All we need to know is that you wrote something new and what it's about, and if people want to, they will take the initiative to find the peice and read it. Telling us the exact name of the piece is not recommended, because that's about the same as posting the link.



Welcome to the Writing At Associated Content Thread! We love to have newbies, just join in!

Everything above from Heather's First AC Thread is important, so please read and understand!

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

If you would like the link to the yahoogroup please PM ErikaLeigh




WELCOME
post #2 of 42
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just hanging out. I think one of my articles got a showcase as I gained like 10,000 page views in a month! whoaaa!

btw does anyone know do people/sites actually buy our content from AC? (I have found some of my AC content on several websites and wondered)

anyway I haven't published anything in at least 6 weeks! : hoping to put some stuff up in my queue today.

hope all the AC mamas are well and having a fun summer!
post #3 of 42
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I just got an offer out of the blue to write for this non profit site today from one of my AC articles (the Food Not Lawns one I published free!)

http://www.hugsmovement.org/
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post #4 of 42
subbing
post #5 of 42
wow rainbowmoon! Congrats on all of the recent success!
post #6 of 42
I submitted an article that was just rejected for upfront payment because it wasn't up to AC's high standards. I didn't think it was that great either but I was kind of curious how crappy an article I could submit. So I could revise and resubmit or I could submit for performance only. The perfectionist in me is getting in the way of writing for AC. I don't want to spend too much time at an article since the pay is so low but I also don't want my name associated with garbage.
post #7 of 42
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I would resubmit for payment. I am no longer letting AC publish my work free as they always seem to use them (my rejected work) for showcases. pretty shady if you ask me! So if they are good enough for a showcase, then they are good enough for upfront pay! it's not like they are paying the big bucks!
post #8 of 42
I'm new to all this so please bear with my newbie questions.

I submitted 3 articles to AC so far and 2 have been accepted for performance pay and 1 I'm still waiting to hear on. My long term goal is to be able to help out our family's finances with some 'real' sized money. Could anybody tell me what I can expect here. (I'm not expecting much -- I'm thinking this might be more of a stepping stone where I can practice and refer back to "published" content as hopefully other opportunities arise down the road?)

I'm nervous about the self-promoting aspect. I've never had a myspace page. Do people put their real names out there - because it doesn't make much sense unless your real name is prominent for by-line and self promotion. But before I turned off all the IM software on my computer I got wierdos sending me ims referring to my area and I thought I had hidden all my personal info. I feel wierd about having my real self out there on the web. paranoid?

Has anybody gone from AC to submitting for print articles? Do you ever reference AC articles or do you chaulk it up for experience only? I'm overwhelmed by the amount of content/freelance/etc opportunities out there and I'm trying to navigate a path that works for me, doesn't exceed my current abilities, but helps me build toward something with some potential. kwim? any advice appreciated.
post #9 of 42
Hi I just submitted my first article to AC about 10 minutes ago. Hopefully it will get accepted, but I'm planning on writing more either way.

Question for the more more experienced AC writers - is it better to choose to have the upfront pay and performance pay with the longer review time or just the performance pay that goes up quicker? I'm a little confused on why they have two different ways to submit it.

Liz
post #10 of 42
OK, I'm lazy... would someone mind helping me out here? I have just discovered this AC and I'm unclear on how it works. I'd love a quick overview so I don't have to read all the thousands of FAQs on the site. I'm gathering it is a place to submit stuff without the bother of queries and rejection letters, which you then may or may not get a dollar or two for. Is that right? I'd love to hear the pros and cons that you guys are experiencing.

Thanks!
post #11 of 42
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Originally Posted by j.lucymuses View Post
OK, I'm lazy... would someone mind helping me out here? I have just discovered this AC and I'm unclear on how it works. I'd love a quick overview so I don't have to read all the thousands of FAQs on the site. I'm gathering it is a place to submit stuff without the bother of queries and rejection letters, which you then may or may not get a dollar or two for. Is that right? I'd love to hear the pros and cons that you guys are experiencing.

Thanks!
Here is a quick summary of AC taken from this thread:

Website: Associated Content
Payment: Two possibilities. All articles earn money for the number of page views - rate $1.50 per 1000 views for beginning writers (may earn up to $2.00 per 1000 has you receive higher page views). Additionally, some articles of "high-quality, unique and search-oriented content " may be offered an additional upfront payment.
Acceptance of Writers: Must be US resident and 13 years of age (I think)
Style Requirements: None.
Copyright Ownership: Can opt to grant AC exlusive rights, shared rights, or display only
Promotion/Acknowledgements/Opportunity to Increase Revenue: Yearly awards acknowledge high performance writers and high quality writers. May be featured on the front page.
Interaction with Editorial Staff: Limited. Unknown Content Manager provides offers on payment. On occasion, title may be edited. No editor provides critique of writing.
Interaction with Fellow Writers: Active and social forums
Deadlines: Only if you respond to a "Call for Content" where AC asks for a specific article.

As far as payment, it really can very. When I wrote there several months ago, I was averaging $7.00 plus the performance pay. I think it has gone done and most people average around $4-$5. If the content is already heavily covered on the internet, you can may not get any upfront payment at all.

I do wonder if when you start writing initially if they pay a little more.That's just conjecture though.
post #12 of 42
Thank you! I have been researching so much the last two days - reading posts and blogs and who knows what - that my head is swimming. One thing I've learnt for sure: It takes a lot more to earn money as a writer than just sitting down to write
post #13 of 42
So I don't go crazy checking my status every 5 minutes, how long does it generally take for AC to get back to about publishing/rejecting your submission?
post #14 of 42
Anywhere from a few days to two weeks.

I think that you said you were publishing a fictional piece, correct? If that is the case, most likely they will reject it from upfront payment (I don't think they pay for anything fictional or poetry/prose), but offer to publish for performance pay only (starting rate of $1.50 per 1000 views). I don't think AC will reject anything for performance pay, provided it isn't libelous or plaigarism (and even then it might get by). I would also advise you to retain the rights of the work, but that's JMO.

Good luck!
post #15 of 42
So, I shouldn't plan my book tour when they accept it?

I chose non-exclusive - is that what you mean? Or should I have done display-only?
post #16 of 42
I started writing for AC at the beginning of July. I submitted one piece to gauge what the payments were like and how long it would take for them to get back. It's weird how an offer of $3.44 can brighten your day! I like that they deposit straight to paypal too.
Do people often refer to their work on AC when putting together a freelance portfolio? I think my best skill is in technical and business writing and I haven't had a need to use my AC work to promote my business.
Thanks for the thread to keep up with other writers and discuss!
post #17 of 42
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Do people often refer to their work on AC when putting together a freelance portfolio?
I think it's all a matter of your preference. I know that some do, others don't. You will need to decide if you think it is a good idea or not.

Personally, I do not use any of my previously published AC work as a reference.
post #18 of 42

I got published!

I just got 2 of my 3 stories published on AC. I know this isn't really a big deal but it's the first time I've ever seen my own stuff in print and that makes me . Please PM me if you'd like the links.

Thanks for your support!

Edited to say: all 3 are published now.
post #19 of 42
me again...
Do you veteran AC'ers promote your CP through all the offered ways? This world is so new to me I don't even know how those things work. Please explain it to me and if you have any advice I'd love ya forever!
Thanks.
post #20 of 42
So far, (and I'm not a veteran by a long shot) I set-up a profile at Digg and I promote that way and by adding friends and family to my email list. So, no, I don't do everything...yet. I wanted to get started and slowly gain momentum if it's needed. Others probably do it differently.
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