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Becoming A Writer

Q: How do I get started on Scripted?

Welcome to Scripted! Before you start applying to Specialties and completing work, be sure to familiarize yourself with your account.

When logging into your account, you’ll always be taken to your writer dashboard. From here, you’ll be able to access all key areas of the site, such as:

  • Your profile Updating your profile will make it possible for your account to receive payment for finished work.
  • Specialty Applications To submit a writing sample demonstrating your proficiency in a certain industry, you’ll want to apply to a Specialty in this section of your account.
  • Unclaimed Jobs After you’re approved in a Specialty, you’ll be able to claim new assignments here.
  • Pitches Rather than claiming pre-generated topics, you can create your own for clients in this section.

If you ever have any question regarding being a Scripted writer, be sure to browse the rest of our FAQ, as most questions can be answered there. If you can’t find the answer to any of your questions, though, be sure to reach out to us at contact@scripted.com.

Q: What’s in my profile? Why should I complete it?

Before you can begin claiming work on Scripted, you need to fill out your writer profile. While some sections are optional, you must complete the following section:

Legal Information:

In the Legal section of your profile, you’ll first need to submit a W-9 form. To do this, follow these steps:

1) Download a W-9 form by clicking ‘Download’ next to the link.

2) Fill out your W-9 form with all appropriate information.

3) Sign the document.

4) Upload it to your account.

To upload your W-9, either scan the document and upload it to your account, or take a high-quality picture of the signed form, email it to yourself, and upload the high-quality image in your account.

Aside from submitting a W-9, the following fields are mandatory to complete this section of your profile and qualify for payments:

  • Telephone number
  • Address
  • Tax ID
  • Social security number (SSN) or employer identification number (EIN)

Once you have filled out this section of your profile, you’ll receive an invitation to join Bill.com on your Scripted email. Payment for completed work on Scripted is delivered through Bill.com via direct deposit.

If you reside outside of the United States, you’ll need to submit a W-8BEN form instead of a W-9. After this is completed, you’ll receive payments directly to the email associated with your Scripted account through PayPal.

Q: What is a Score? How does it help me claim jobs?

For each Specialty you are approved in, you’ll have a score determining how quickly you can acquire new work. To view your score, click on the name of the Specialty you want to view the score of (e.g., Entertainment, Business, etc.). After doing this, your score in that Specialty will be available to view at the top of your screen, directly under the name of the Specialty.

Your score in each Specialty is first determined by your application in that Specialty. When you are first approved in a Specialty, you’ll receive a score determined by the quality of your sample and reviewer feedback. A Specialty score can be increased if you complete any of the following tasks:

  • Submit at least 24 hours before the deadline in that Specialty If you turn in an assignment in the Business Specialty two days early, your score in Business will go up.
  • Complete a piece that is rated highly by the client When a client accepts your work, they’ll rate the piece to determine how closely it met their needs. If your assignment receives a high rating from the buyer, your score will go up.

However, it is possible for your score in a Specialty to go down, as well. A Specialty score can decrease in one of the following ways:

  • Turning a piece in late, or not at all If you turn a piece in after the deadline, or don’t complete it at all, your score in that Specialty will be lowered.
  • Receiving negative feedback on an assignment If a client reviews your work and it is too far off base for their needs, your score will go down slightly.

Q: What is the Calendar? How do I use it?

With your Scripted Calendar, you’ll be able to keep track of upcoming deadlines quickly and easily.

To view your calendar, click on the ‘Calendar’ button on the left side of your dashboard. From there, you’ll be presented with a clear display of when each job in your account is due. Additionally, you’ll be able to keep track of when edits were assigned to your account.

Q: How do I get jobs?

There are currently two ways to acquire jobs on Scripted: claiming new assignments recently placed in the system, and by pitching original topics directly to clients. When you pitch a topic to a client, you’ll need to read over details on the type of work they’re looking for and submit an original article concept that fulfills their guidelines.

Unclaimed Jobs

To locate jobs that are currently available in your approved Specialties, click on the ‘Unclaimed Jobs’ tab in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

From there, you’ll be shown all currently available jobs in that field. In this screen you should be able to see when a job is due, what Specialty you must be approved in to claim the piece, the format of the assignment (e.g., a standard blog post, tweets, etc.), and the price you’ll receive upon job approval.

To see more information on the requirements of a specific job, click next to its title. Upon doing this you should be taken to a new window with more details on the job. Additionally, from this screen you should be able to see if this piece is available to you now. Note: If a job is not available, you may need to wait a period of time before you can claim the piece. This is determined by your writer score.

If there are no jobs available to you, it’s likely that most of the assignments in your Specialties have already been claimed. Instead, try submitting a new topic directly to clients through pitching.

How do I submit a pitch?

To submit a pitch, first click on the ‘Pitches’ tab on the left-side of your dashboard. From there, you’ll be presented with a list of available pitch sets. Each pitch set will be a detailed description of the type of topic a client is looking for, and will provide you with information on:

  • What format the assignment will need to be in
  • How much it will pay
  • If there are any additional requirements

Before submitting a pitch to a client, closely look over the details of the assignment. Often times pitch details will provide information on things the client does not want included in an article, so it’s important to make sure you do not include this information.

From there, provide the following information in your pitch:

A title This should be the title of the post you are pitching

A short description Write 2-3 sentences explaining what your pitch would cover

After filling out this information, click ‘Pitch it!’ to submit your pitch. Pitches will often be reviewed within 1-2 weeks. Should your post be accepted, you’ll receive an email notifying you that the job has been created, and you’ll have 5 business days to complete it.

Q: What is a Specialty?

In order to claim work on Scripted, you must be approved in at least one Specialty. A Specialty is an area of expertise that you feel most qualified to write in, such as Business, Healthcare, Travel, etc. Once you are approved in at least one Specialty, you’ll be able to begin writing on Scripted.

How do I apply to a Specialty?

Before you can apply for a Specialty, you must fill out your Writer profile (relevant information, as this is necessary for payments to be processed to your account).

Once your profile is complete, click on ‘Apply to Specialties’ on the left side of your screen. From there, locate the specialty or specialties you feel most qualified to write about.

As soon as you select a specialty, the following information should appear:

Sample Categories A few examples of what we consider relevant to a Specialty will be available for you to review (e.g., Workplace Health and Safety falls in the Healthcare Specialty, Endangered Species falls into Environmental, etc.)

Approved Applications An example of a successful application in that Specialty will be shown to demonstrate what received a high rating

Read over the samples provided to you thoroughly for an idea of the type of Specialty application you should submit.

Next, you’ll need to complete the following:

  • A tagline for the post. Your tagline should be a short 1 to 2 sentence explanation of why you are proficient in this industry.
  • An original prompt. Select a prompt you’d like to write on from the 3-5 available in this Specialty. Note: Prompts must be original work, and should not be something you have previously published
  • A past writing sample. Your writing sample should be from work you’ve previously published, and should not be on the same subject as your prompt.

After filling out your application, click ‘Submit’ at the bottom of your screen.

From there, your application will be reviewed within 5 to 10 business days. Once it has been reviewed, you’ll be sent a notification via email with feedback on your application.

However, if you have not received feedback within 10 business days, please contact us for assistance.

Being a Writer

Q: Where do I write a job?

After claiming a job on Scripted, you’ll need to write it. Please pay close attention to the deadline for each piece to make sure you can finish it in time.

To write a job, locate it in your account, in the ‘To Do’ tab. From there, click on the job for more details, and select ‘Write’ in the top-right corner of your screen. After doing this, you’ll be taken to a blank document, similar to Microsoft Word. As this document is available online, it will save as you update it.

Upon completing the piece, click ‘Finished’ in the top-right corner of the document. Or, feel free to go back to the details of the job in your To Do list, and click ‘Finished’ in the top-right corner of this screen.

What if I used Microsoft Word?

If you wrote the assignment in a Word document, you can upload this file directly to Scripted. After you’ve completed the job, simply go to the details of the assignment in your To Do list, and click ‘Upload Word Doc’ in the top-right corner of your screen. From there you’ll be prompted with a window asking you to upload the file. Select the file you’d like to upload, and click ‘Upload’.

After uploading the Word doc you’ll be taken to the Scripted document. Click ‘Finished’ in the top-right corner of your screen, and it will be submitted.

Q: What does being favorited mean?

Occasionally, if a business is exceptionally satisfied with the work you’ve completed, they may choose to recognize you as one of their favorite writers.

As one of their Favorite writers, you’ll gain priority access to all future work they enter into Scripted. As a Favorite writer you should receive a notification as soon as the buyer enters a new job in the system. From there, you should be able to claim it right away.

Q: What is a Superhero job?

A Superhero job is an assignment recently released by another writer that must be completed quickly. After claiming a Superhero job, you have 12 hours to complete it before it is past due.

When a Superhero job is available, it will appear in the Unclaimed Jobs tab of your dashboard with a small exclamation point next to it.

If you complete a Superhero job within 12 hours, you’ll then become a Superhero. Once you’re recognized as a Superhero within the system, you’ll be given first notice (via email) of new Superhero jobs as they become available.

Note If you fail to complete a Superhero job within the 12 hour deadline, it is possible that your Superhero status can be revoked. Only claim Superhero jobs you know you can complete within this time frame.

Q: How do I complete an edit?

From time to time, a business may request a few changes on an assignment you’ve submitted. When this occurs, you’ll need to make the requested within two business days to continue to qualify for payment on that assignment.

When a revision is requested, you’ll automatically receive a notification via email and the job will appear in the ‘Writing’ tab of your account. To access jobs requiring edits, click on the ‘Writing’ tab on the left side of your dashboard. From there, click on the “Requested Edits” subsection and you should be taken to a page demonstrating what jobs currently require edits in your account.

To view more information on what must be revised in your article, click near the title to see more details on the job. Typically, there will be green text displayed demonstrating exactly what they want changed with the job (e.g., ‘Please change the 4th example in the top 10 list”, etc.).

If there is no additional information on the edits required, comments may be located in the article itself. To view them, click on ‘Write’ to open the document. From there, there should be a list of comments on the side of your document with further instructions.

Remember, when an edit is requested, you have two business days to complete it. After an edit is completed, you should hear back fairly quickly with final feedback on the piece.

Excelling as a Writer

Q: What is a Pro? How do I become one?

A Pro is a writer that has demonstrated an exceptional track record in Scripted. Consequently, they are given priority access to new work in the Unclaimed Jobs tab.

How do I become a Pro?

To become a Pro, you must have a track record of success across multiple Specialties with several jobs. Once you qualify, you’ll automatically be upgraded to a Pro and receive an email confirmation.

Q: What is an Expert? How do I become one?

As an Expert in Scripted, you’ll be given access to more specialized work within your field. This work will pay at a higher rate than normal articles, and will only be available to writers that have proven themselves in a specific Specialty.

How do I become an Expert?

Within each Specialty are several areas of expertise. To become an Expert within a Specialty, you’ll need to complete multiple jobs within that area of expertise across at least three different businesses. Qualifying work will be determined based on a proven track record within Scripted.

After you meet these requirements, you’ll automatically be registered as an Expert in that field.

Q: How do I become a Scripted Editor?

As an editor on Scripted, you will be able to receive additional payments by editing and reviewing completed work on Scripted within your approved Specialties.

To become an editor, you’ll need to complete a short test demonstrating your editing abilities. To access the test, please locate it under the ‘Editing’ section of your account. Once in your ‘Editing’ tab, click on “Apply to Edit’ section of your account.

Upon opening the test, you’ll be presented with detailed instructions on how to take the test itself. After submitting the test, you can expect to receive feedback within 3 business days. If you haven’t received feedback on your test in this time, though, please let us know at contact@scripted.com.

Once you pass the test, you’ll be able to edit documents within your approved Specialties. To locate these documents as an approved Editor, simply click on your ‘Editing’ tab and select the ‘Available Edits’ subsection. From there, claim edits to place them in your ‘Claimed Edits’ subsection, and get started right away!

Note: You cannot edit documents in Specialties you are not approved in.