Hello QualityGal Writers!
I quickly wanted to say hello, introduce myself, and pass along some exciting news regarding the future of QualityGal.
Well Hello There…
First, my name is Matt, and I have been managing QualityGal for the past few months. I’ve been meaning to get around to an introductory post, but it’s pretty busy around here! Anyway, it has been a pleasure working with such a talented crew of writers and editors, and in order to make sure our relationship continues to be a good and fair one, some changes are being made to how QualityGal determines… well… quality.
Rubrics… They’re Not Just for Teachers Anymore
Starting today, we are instituting the use of 4 rubrics for evaluating your work. We want to make sure that every piece you write for us is adjudicated on as objective a scale as possible. Of course, we will never entirely remove the human element of editing (who would want to?) but this will better ensure that your grade is reached through an objective measurement of performance… or as close as we’re bound to get.
Grading using a rubric also allows us to grade more efficiently, meaning we get more graded every week, and therefore allow you to invoice for more before the Thursday deadline. There is still the option for us to leave feedback, and we will, but rather than, for instance, telling you the piece you wrote included good, relevant links and good link descriptions, we can simply press a button for that.
Communicating with QualityGal
My first full-time writing job was here at QualityGal, and one of the things I appreciated most was the level of communication Katie, Mindy, and Heather (my current editors) provided on a daily basis. As a former freelance writer, I know how rare it is to find a writing service willing to not only edit, but, whether by request or of their own volition, help writers succeed with detailed instruction, constructive criticism, and positive reinforcement. Their work, specifically how well they communicate with writers, is a great source of pride for me personally, and I would not change that.
That said, this is a content production company, and so we need to do our best to produce high-quality content at an efficient clip. If we don’t, the brands with which we work get upset at the quality, and you get justifiably upset that we did not edit your piece before the Thursday deadline, and so you weren’t able to invoice.
Therefore, QualityGal remains more than available for questions about your content before you submit it. Have a question about the acceptability of a link? Ask. Having trouble meeting word count? Shoot us an email. However, once an assignment is graded, we simply must move on to the next piece. We manage too much content to spend time explaining grades… and explaining grades is… after all… the purpose of the rubric. Except in special cases, which I leave to the discretion of my team, we will no longer be discussing graded pieces.
This is as much to ensure that QG’s editors are accomplishing as much as possible for our clients as for our writers. After all, it seems hardly fair to take money from one writer who may have written an “A” piece because we were busy explaining a “C” piece to another.
So What Is An “A” According to the New Rubrics?
The idea behind the rubric system is that we’ll be able to give you a grade, and the range that the grade falls into will correspond to a letter grade. Pretty nerdy… I know… but here are the ranges for each letter grade.
7-10 is a fail
11-14 is C
15-20 is a B
21-24 is a A
So shoot for the 24s!
Get Informed… and Make the Most of the Changes
The rubrics can be viewed here, at the bottom of the page, and you will also receive a link to the rubric we used to grade your piece after we have edited it. We will be using 4 different rubrics, depending on the type of content you are writing. Resource articles, optimized content, blog posts, and new web content will all be graded according to different (though largely similar) criteria. This is obviously very new… so if you notice strange things happening, please email [email protected] and we’ll take a look.
Coming up there will likely be a quick succession of blog posts with more information about the rubrics and other changes to QualityGal as we look to better our service and better inform you as to the rubric implementation… so keep checking back here for updates!
So where do we go from here? First, check out the rubrics. Get to know them. Figure out how you can get a 4 in every category. You never know… we may be working on getting our “A” writers some more money for that kind of performance.