Several months ago, as I was grasping at whatever money making writing opportunity I could find, I registered for an iWriter.com account. The rates were low, really low. Those who first start out get about .5 cents per word. From the get go it was a last resort site, when the queues to other sites were dry, or if I could manage to find something I could write in 15 minutes or so. I came to find that the low pay was just the beginning of the faults to this site, at least from a writer's perspective.
I got through my first 30 reviews just fine. 30 reviews is the cut off amount before you are considered for either premium or elite status, rather than standard. I landed at premium, almost elite, which meant I was up to about .9 cents per word for those premium articles. The big bucks.
Then more rejections came, not a lot, but some. Unlike with most sites, there is no opportunity to revise. Clients can reject for any reason, legitimate or not. Even if they change their mind. Many will reject and tack on a low rating, which can eventually reduce a writer's rating. When this happens, writers cannot defend themselves in any way, for example, if the instructions were poor, or even if they changed in the middle of an assignment or after it was completed. When writer's read a client's rating they only see reviews from those writers who were accepted, as thus the rating is through rose colored glassed.
Still, with all this unfairness, disregard, and utter lack of respect for writers I soldiered on occasionally. But this last Tuesday I had finally climbed to over $20 and was supposed to be paid. Nothing.
Customer support for iWriter is clumsy. You have to register for a separate account at Bradcullen.com and open a ticket. When I did this, they first tried to claim only $18 was available and was why I wasn't paid. Then when I proved to them that they did owe me over $27 they claimed they sent out payment, but they didn't. After I complained again to both iWriter and paypal, I finally got my money-- minus a fee of $1.10 which iwriter is supposed to absorb.
So now, I am done with these jokers and this Brad Callen jerk for good. Not writing another word for iwriter.com, and warning others to steer clear and get out while they can.