I sure hope some of the Guardian writers will check in in future to let us know how it’s going and how they’re treated.
I’m on an equal and level playing field with everyone else with regard to how I am paid
My title has no bearing on how much I get paid. I don’t go around thinking about my title all the time. I didn’t “disclose” my title not because I purposely left it out; but because I was just trying to reply to Danyelle’s comment. Danyelle knows me because I recruited her; therefore, she already knows very well what my title is. She also knows it has no bearing on what I get paid. I am at the mercy of the public just as everyone else who writes with GLV. My title is of no consequence to the discussion Danyelle started. It doesn’t make me make more or less money, nor does it make me any more or less important than each and every writer we have, all of whom have the same opportunity to receive an editor title.
I am a freelance writer. I write for other clients. GLV is one of the clients for whom I write. I also write for numerous independent clients. From GLV I make anywhere between 2,000 (the first month I started) to $4,000 per month for now with an average of about $3,000 per month. That should increase as time goes on due to the fact that I will be receiving unlimited ongoing royalty commissions for all of my articles for as long as I am with the company. I also recruit people under me. I make some income from them as well, which Di leader. We are not “mutli level marketing.
As I recruit more people, my income will also increase from that. This is no different than from any sales organization for which I have worked in the past that pays a commission percentage. It’s performance-based pay and is a model with which I am familiar and comfortable. I have been lucky in that my articles do well with the public and on social media. Somehow what I write seems to resonate with many people, and for that I am grateful. With regard to how many articles I write: I usually write one article per day during the week, so… 20-ish per month? Sometimes I write two when I have time, so maybe a high could be 30 per month, I guess.
I don’t really focus on counting my articles; I am much more concerned with making each one the best it can be. I personally much prefer to be paid this way, and I don’t think it is fair to demonize the whole organization because we use a pay model that is unique in the world of writing (it’s not unique at all in the world of sales; in fact it is very typical. All I was doing is responding to Danyelle. I don’t view myself as higher, better or as some VIP within the company, so no, my title was not on my mind at the time I was writing. I just view myself as another freelance writer trying to make her way; that’s it.
It’s a level playing field at GLV. Everyone has the opportunity to become a managing editor. No one is left out. We are a family and a team and we are all equals.
There is nothing unusual about the payment scale or structure
Well, if they’re not paying you more for recruiting, training, mentoring, and editing, that sounds like an even bigger ripoff to me than the risk inherent in writing for revenue share.