How is Skyword After a Year?

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I've written for Skyword for about a year now, and my last review of this awesome client was lost when I transitioned my old blog to my new one. So, I figured I would give an in depth review of my past year with them.  Be warned; this company is not for everybody. It takes a lot of hard work and devotion to marketing your stories, but I can honestly attribute 90% of my success to Skyword, and I am happy writing for them -- that's more than I can say about the rest of the so-called "content mills" on the net, as well as other private clients.

Skyword trumps all of the other freelance writing clients that I've worked with. That's including the dreaded Demand Media Studios. (Especially, in fact.) At first I was a little worried about falling in love again, because as we all know, my romance with DMS crumbled. In fact, I stayed with Demand Media Studios for most of the year that I've written for Skyword due to the fact that Skyword is relatively new. Well, I'll be the first to say that it looks like they're here to stay.

Before I decided to end my relationship with DMS (which lasted nearly three years) I began making substantial amounts of money with Skyword, proving that my hard work on the side was certainly paying off. What's more, the writing was of topics in which I find actual interest. Let me break down to you why Skyword is among the best in freelance writing clients:

  • They hook me up with the best program managers -- Depending on the program you sign up for, you'll be assigned a program manager which will work with you personally to improve your writing and your readership. I've had three different managers; one for the Bounty program, one for the Daily Glow program and one for the Gather News program. In addition to the friendly content moderators, my program managers (especially with Gather News) have really improved the way I look at freelance writing clients and my work overall. I simply just cannot stress enough how these program managers make Skyword a cut above the rest. 
  • The editors are actually well-trained and do their jobs well -- Skyword's editors are well-trained and work with you to produce quality pieces of work. What attracted me to this client in the first place was the fact that the editors, or content moderators, give you several opportunities to produce a well-read piece of work. They make sure your piece meets all of the  content standards of your program and help you with whatever grammatical errors or misspellings you may make in the process. They're friendly, and obviously value their jobs and their coworkers. That's more than can be said for some other competing content companies.
  • They pay consistently -- The 15th and last business day of every month is pay day for Sky-writers. When I began, it was only once a month which didn't last very long. It was nice getting huge payments once a month, but the twice-a-month pay has greatly increased my productivity and drive. It has also completely replaced Demand Media Studios for my income.
  • They give me freedom to be myself -- Writing for Demand Media Studios, Bright Hub and other "content mills" totally sucked the life right out of me. I wrote on and on like a drone about their stupid pre-chosen topics, to their stiff and emotionless guidelines. Places like that are similar to working in one of those mail sorting facilities. It's just blah. With Skyword, I'm allowed to insert my own personality, points-of-view and analysis into the stories I write, even when the story is from a pre-chosen keyword as with Daily Glow. Skyword doesn't stifle its writers. Instead, the writers are given the ability to express themselves and flourish into their crafts.
So it's safe to say that this is a sweet romance. I am a total Skyword fan. My first year with them has been absolutely awesome and as I said earlier, I can attribute pretty much most of my drive and direction right now to them. Had I not found Skyword, I'd probably still be churning out those "McArticles" for DMS and the like-clients. I wouldn't be focusing instead on writing about the things that interest me and inspire me to move on with my career to make a name for myself. I truly hope things stay this way -- because I do intend on staying with Skyword until the end (whenever that may be...hopefully never!)

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