With the recent updates to our checklist and review process, we expect there will be a few questions. We have tried to anticipate the main questions writers may have, but will add to this list as needed and will continue to communicate through Support and the forum.
As always, if you have additional questions or concerns, reach out to [email protected]
This seems sudden. Why weren’t we told sooner?
Short answer: This was the earliest date we could make these announcements.
We have had a very quick turnaround on these updates. The company has undergone a lot of changes over the past few weeks and has been focusing the past quarter on how to improve processes across the organization. To ensure our team and our products are as efficient and valuable to our clients as possible, we have worked on revising our process this month in as short a turnaround time as possible.
Below is the outline of our calendar the past 3 weeks:
July 18-22: Plan & Draft New Rubric
July 25-29: Introduce New Rubric to Editors & Begin Training; Draft Style Guide & Send to Design; Finalize Rubric
August 1-5: Introduce Finalized Rubric to Writers
Monday, August 8: Launch New Rubric and Style Guide
*Weekly: Over the coming weeks we will be updating the blog regularly with additional trainings on the rubric and style guide.
Due to the short time-frame we’ve worked in, we have had little wiggle room to make these announcements any earlier. We finalized our rubric and style guide at the end of last week, so this was the earliest date we could notify the writers.
Without specific feedback on our accepted submissions, how will we know what to improve on future assignments?
We will still provide the general place(s) a submission could improve, but we won’t be offering specific examples or explanations for that article. This will allow our writers to identify the main areas they could work on, but the responsibility will now lie more heavily on the writer to hone their craft.
We believe this change will better serve our clients and our writers by prioritizing our feedback on work that isn’t currently acceptable and getting acceptable work reviewed at a much faster rate so our writers can get paid sooner.
That being said, we will continue to provide resources through the WD Blog, and are available on Support ([email protected]) Monday–Friday, 8–5 (MST) to answer any questions you have regarding the rubric, specific scores or articles, and your overall performance at WritersDomain.
Will there be more cuts to the WritersDomain rates?
No. We don’t anticipate making further cuts to our rates at this time.
One of our objectives in making these rubric changes was to adjust our process to line up more fairly with the new pay rates. While the basic standards at WritersDomain will remain the same, the new rubric should increase our acceptance rates and limit the amount of work sent back for more subjective issues.
Do these changes reflect a change in quality standards?
These changes will not affect our basic Writing Guidelines and expectations. However, with the removal of the Engagement and Controlling Idea criteria, we anticipate accepting a larger amount of work. These two stock comments could be interpreted subjectively and sometimes narrowly, which means that they were sometimes applied more strictly than our product requires.
We wanted to eliminate some of that subjectivity to improve our editing consistency and also to align our rubric and expectations more closely with the new WD pay rates. We believe the new rubric and editing system (and our anticipated acceptance rates) will align much more fairly with the pay rates now.
Will the At-Home Editing team come back?
At this time, we hope to reactivate our At-Home team in the near future. However, we will be weighing the needs and costs of the team over the coming weeks to determine if and when we will bring the At-Home Editors back on. Our primary goal right now is to evaluate the new editing process and its affect on our in-house fulfillment capacity. Once we have those numbers in, we’ll be able to work towards at-home solutions again.
Should we expect more big changes in the pipeline?
Not at this time. Currently, we don’t have any additional changes planned down the line. These updates should remain steady for the foreseeable future.