As one who has authored and published more than 450 articles, and damned little to show for it, allow me to be the poster child for how not to be an AC success.
I used to publish everything as “exclusive” in hope I would write something AC would share with partners. Even a product review I authored as a result of a “Call for Content,” was not shared with an AC Partner. Clearly I ain’t getting it done, but no worries, I never had any illusions as to my publishing greatness.
I do not follow the keyword stuff, and clearly my style is to use peppery language, abbreviations, contractions and all the rest, but I am who I am. Do I not be me in hopes of AC success? I could try it for sure, but then if I do and I still am no wunderkind I won’t be able to console myself for a lack of PV’s and Partner sharing. I would have to ‘fess up that I may be able to string two words together, but two words might be my limit of creativity.
After I finally gave up on the “Exclusive” rights publishing manner I delved into the “non-Exclusive” route. I did this because I realized AC was not going to share my drivels with anyone else, so why let AC own my work? Other than performance bonuses I will never see one red cent, so why let them own my stuff?
As a “non-Exclusive” work I can at least publish it on other sites and my pals can take it and put it up on their blogs and such should they desire to do so. As long as they credit me and link to my article or producer page, fine by me.
But even the “non-Exclusive” route wasn’t serving my needs. Why? Is there any hidden advantage in going the “Display only” route? For me, absolutely!
See, I am an even worse editor of my own work than I am a writer, so yes detractors, if my drivels are this lame and bereft of wonderment, clearly my editor skills are equal to those of your average “Special Olympian.”
I can only effectively edit anyone’s work when it has been printed out on paper, or at least formatted as AC does, as a print publication would. Once I hit the publish button I can edit just fine. But unless you publish under the “Display only” option, if you left an error in your work and published it, it is there for all time.
As for PV’s and performance bonuses, I see no difference between any of the three AC publishing options. The only way to get more then I do, PV’s and money, is to have your work shared with AC Partners, as well as employing the AC suggestions on keywords, Internet hits and the resulting PV’s. AC wouldn’t share my work even if I could successfully and flawlessly divine the next 20 Superbowl and World Series winners.
No pity party friends. I ain’t complaining, just reciting the facts and my experiences, as well as my own short-comings in this area. I would never advise anyone to use me as an example of success at anything – at least anything associated with electronic publishing and AC. Ya wanna know how to pilot a 600 lb fire-belching motorsickle amongst the Buicks that are looking to run you down, well then I am your man.
I use “Display-only” precisely because I find that more often then not I have a glaring mistake in my work. I am starting to transition to using Word to write the article and then cut-n-paste. Why? Because Word actually has a decently working text editor.
I have a real problem with transposing letters. As often as not I type and do not catch that I typed “form,” when I meant “from.” Since both are English words, the AC format does not catch my stupidity. Even when I proof read before I publish I rarely catch my error.
At least using the “display-only” format allows me to go back and correct the error when I catch it, then I publish it again, sans the errors that obviously demonstrate my fingers are too fat, the keys too close together, and my editing skills woefully lacking.
Please, no one should attribute to me any desire to discourage other writers. I am trying to help by relating my own travails. I find the “Display-only” option serves the same role as the “non-Exclusive” option with the added benefit that I can go back after I publish and correct my oversights, and there are plenty of them.
And let me express my sincere admiration for the writers who can do their own editing successfully. Unless it’s on a piece of paper in front of me, I rarely catch my errors ’til it’s too late to keep me from looking like the poor quality author I am in real life. Again, no pity party, just the truth.
Thus far I can find only advantages in the “Display-only” publishing option. Since my work never has been nor will ever be shared, I needn’t give AC exclusive rights to my work.
Unless one is getting up-front payment, or driving for the “Partner sharing” hoop, I see no advantage at all to Exclusive and non-Exclusive versus “Display-only.” If I have missed something here I would appreciate someone who knows better than I correcting me.