Break Studios Review

OK,so I’ve been writing for Break Studios for almost 2 weeks now. I promised I’d write up a review once I had them figured out. They’re really laid back,compared to Demand Studios. The titles are also really different. the pay is also significantly lower.

So far,it’s balancing out,though. I’m able to meet my daily financial goals in the same amount of time,now that I’ve figured out their publishing tool (SAVE DRAFT every 5 minutes or you’ll regret it) and their guidelines.

The back end of the site is intuitive,with the exception of the guidelines. In the publishing input tool,it tells you what type of article you’re writing,with a little question mark next to it. You’d think that would link to the guidelines for that type of article,when it really links to the keywording guidelines. Which is fine,but not really the best place to put it.

The actual guidelines are across the top of the page,and open in the same tab so you need to either right-click it,control click if you’re using a mac or just save the draft before you click away.

On the dashboard,it shows all of your articles- from forever- even after you’ve been paid. So you need to track your earnings yourself because there’s never a way to distinguish between the articles that are coming up for pay and the ones that have already been paid,unless you save all the emails they send.

Review times are slow,so write everything in your queue right away and hopefully before the pay period ends you can do a second batch.

I’m still not sure what the priority level means. Someone said that the high priority (level 1) articles were reviewed faster,but in my experience,the 1′s and 3′s were both reviewed the same day.

I’ve had 1 rewrite request,which listed 2 specific changes that needed to be made,but also unfortunately used the term “not in line with the writer’s guidelines”and instructed me to “go over the guidelines before resubmitting.”That’s really NOT helpful advice. I’m wondering if that was a condition in addition to the 2 specific changes,or if it was in reference to the specific changes. After completing the 2 changes requested,I skimmed over the guidelines and ended up reformatting something,I’m awaiting approval or rejection now,and wondering if I figured it out. Rewrite requests need to be specific.

I also didn’t even FIND the guidelines until after I’d submitted 2-3 articles and discovered that I’d done a few things wrong. The first few editors,I noticed,just changed my work. Which is fine,but I wish I had known,i could have saved them the trouble and done it right the first time.

So- review times are slow,articles are super easy,staff so far seems friendly,guidelines are easy to adhere to and in researching the matter,I haven’t found anyone complaining about not being paid from Break Studios.

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4 comments to Break Studios Review

  • Thanks for the review,I’ve been thinking of applying. I will give them a shot when I have the time.

  • MBZ

    I wrote one article for them in February. It went through after a rewrite (like you,I didn’t understand how formats worked and where to find info in the beginning). I just got a slew of contradictory rewrites for DS articles so I went to Break and wrote a quick article. I may shift there as well for a while just to get away from the prewriting anxiety that is developing when it comes to DS!

  • Catherine

    I used to be a Demand Studios writer. As a matter of fact,I was recently a writer for them. I rarely received rewrite requests although I slowly came to the realization that most of the DS copy editors are on a power trip. They would send back articles for a rewrite based on their own dislikes rather than actual mistakes made. After completing several articles within a week’s time and averaging out at about $1200 for the week (my highest earned week) I was dropped as a writer. I was extremely confused because out of the 80 articles that I had submitted that week,only 1 came back for a review. The rest of my articles were praised by the copy editors. I was told that they were “professional”,“informative”,and “experienced”. Imagine my surprise when they all of a sudden send me an email letting me know that the quality of my writing was not up to par with their expectations. I looked at my scorecard and was confused. I had a 5 out of 5 rating for research and a 5 out of 5 rating for grammar. If that was not up to their expectations then I am truly shocked and appalled. They should be ashamed for their behavior,treating writers that way and not even having the decency of giving them a legitimate reason for letting them go. I am now considering signing up for Break Studios. However,I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction for any other sites that offer pay for professional writers? I have a degree in journalism and over 8 years of professional writing experience (publications such as newspapers and small time magazine companies). Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ahead of time!

  • Jackson Tremaine

    I’m so grateful for Catherine’s frank review. I’ve been considering applying to Demand Studios. The websites associated with their company seem impressive,and I love that writers are allowed to use their own names–or perhaps I’m mistaken in this assumption. I’m especially stunned by the main content (above) on this page. I recently applied to Break Studios,and I was rejected with a one-line form email:Your Break Studios application has been rejected,said the email. I’m a published author (fiction,non,poetry);I am a level 4 at Textbroker (noted for their stringent grammar and style standards,mind you);and I’m a level 5 at Interact Media. Meanwhile,the guy/girl who wrote the content above seems beyond mediocre,and Break Studios hired them? Maybe the informal nature of the above content was the author’s intention. Once again,I’m puzzled by the whole content mill arena. Bullshit editors,sucky pay,power trips left and right,total and utter disrespect for writers,and a highly subjective regard for/definition of excellent writing.

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