I recently found a site called Media Piston where they encourage writers to sign up and earn money for submitting articles. This site is similar in some ways to Textbroker and offers writers “one of” assignments at a fairly low rate of pay. However, there is no minimum amount of writing that you can do and you are paid on a weekly basis for assignments that are accepted by editors and by the client.
My experience on Media Piston
I only signed up on Media Piston recently. The process was relatively painless, you sign up with your email address and submit a writing sample. Unfortunately, I cannot recall whether the sample had to be original or not so I apologize in advance for that. Once I received notification that I had been accepted, I logged in and took a look around.
What I really like
The site is really a “no fluff” site, there are not fancy graphics on your dashboard and nothing that will really distract you from the task at hand, specifically, finding assignments. Writers can list their personal writing preferences (e.g., small business, legal topics, etc.) and those categories will show up as hyperlinks when you are looking for assignments.
Your dashboard is divided into sections which are
- Action required – these are for articles that have been returned from an editor (or client) that need attention. There is also a “time clock” on this section so that you will know how long you have to address the issue. It also specifies whether this is an article that needs to be completed (authoring) or editing (revision request).
- Pending assignments – assignments that are pending editor approvals or client approvals. This section shows articles you have submitted and advises you of the current status. This makes it simple to keep track of how many articles you have submitted that have not been approved.
- Recent activity - finally, you will see comments from editors below these two sections. These comments help you keep track of mistakes that you made on recently submitted titles. This is convenient as it can help you avoid the same mistakes later.
This is the “main” page of your personal dashboard and shows up under “Home”. The other sections are as follows:
Completed work – this area shows you your recently accepted assignments. This shows you the name of the title, the “batch” it was accepted from and the rating provided by the client.
Payments – this tab shows you when the next payment will be made on your account, what items are pending payments and what payments have been made (there are three “sub-tabs). This is very straightforward.
These tabs are pretty much what makes up what you really need to know about Media Piston.
About the assignments
Perhaps the best thing about Media Piston is the instructions for assignments. When you claim an assignment you will be taken to a new screen that shows client instructions, necessary word count and the payment. Each assignment also has a “bonus” attached to it. While the base payments are relatively small, remember speed and accuracy make all the difference in the world!
About the editors
I am either really lucky or my writing isn’t as bad as Textbroker editors seem to think :). My editors have been awesome providing me with clear and valuable feedback on the assignments I have submitted. I’m not getting dinged for “misplaced” commas like I seem to on Textbroker which makes me a happy camper. The editors are in fact pointing out the minor errors in wording in a constructive manner and ALWAYS with a positive comment.
Overall, Media Piston has been a positive experience for me. You get paid weekly on Friday for all work completed by Thursday via PayPal. You get reasonable and helpful feedback on your work and there is no doubt about how clients perceive your work as the feedback is readily available. You might not get rich on Media Piston and there is probably not enough work to keep you working 8-10 hours a day but honestly, if you do a piece or two daily, you’ll do just fine!