Scripted is a newer writing site that just appeared on my radar in December of last year, and a lot of freelancers are currently using them for additional writing income. When you write for Scripted, you are a ghostwriter for their clients who are in need of content, so you don’t get your name published on what you create and all rights to the content are transferred over to the client upon article acceptance.
Payment at Scripted
The amount you earn will vary depending on a lot of different things including the type of content, the length, and the topic, but from what I understand there are many assignments that pay upwards of $20 a piece.
Scripted states that you can expect payment for the content you create bimonthly, on the 15th and last day of each month. Payments will be made via Bill.com beginning in April 2013. The company has decided to move away from Paypal.
If you are asked to do edits, Scripted promises to pay within two days after the edits are completed and approved. If their clients rejects your edits, you will still be paid 50 percent so your work won’t have been for nothing.
The Application Process
To begin writing for Scripted, you have to fill out the writer registration form and also submit a writing sample (one that has never been previously published). If you are in the U.S. you will also need to fill out a W-9 (you are considered an independent contractor for Scripted.) You are free to apply if you live outside the U.S., and of course the W-9 is not required if you are not a U.S. resident.
When you apply, you must select different industries you feel you are qualified to write in and a sample reflecting your ability to write within each industry you select is required. So if you select three different industries, you’ll need to submit three different samples for each one. The current industries you can choose from are art and design, business and finance, internet and software, environmental, government and politics, law and legal, lifestyle and travel, media and entertainment, and sports and fitness. You may only apply to each specialty once. If you get rejected for an industry, you can’t ever attempt to apply to it again.
After you’ve been approved, you’ll see that you have a writer score that is assigned to you based on the quality of the sample(s) you submitted when you signed up. The higher the score, the better because sometimes writers with high scores get a chance to claim jobs before writers with lower scores do. Also, you might get more email invites if your score is high.
Once your application has been approved and you are officially in the system, you should be able to see by logging in some jobs that are available within each industry you got approved for. Scripted also occasionally sends out email invites letting you know when something is open that they think you would be a good fit to write.
Clients can additionally “favorite” you if they really like your writing, and this will give you first dibs on assignments from those clients.
I’ve seen a mix of feedback on Scripted so far. Some writers have complained because they can’t ever seem to grab any jobs while others really seem to enjoy writing for Scripted, feel the pay is more than fair, and report that they are paid quickly for completed assignments.
Here’s some more helpful reading on Scripted from around the web:
I would additionally suggest reading the writer’s tutorial on Scripted to get a feel for how things work there once you are accepted.
If you want to begin the application process, you can go here.
Do you have any experience with Scripted, good or bad? Please share! Your personal experience will help other readers who are trying to decide whether or not to apply here.
This post was updated on March 1st, 2013.