Each month, we aim to bring writers enrolled in the Partner Program news you can use: writing opportunities, product improvements, payment statistics, and more.
This month, we’re excited to share insights from two accomplished Partner Program writers: Shaunta Grimes and Shannon Ashley, who recently sat down with us to talk about their success on Medium and their approaches to writing. They come from very different writing backgrounds, but have both been able to support their families with their earnings from the Partner Program, all while becoming full-time writers — and friends — in the process.
We hope this lively Q&A can serve not only as inspiration for your own journey in the Partner Program, but as an informative conversation about the craft of writing — on Medium and beyond. As we all know, words matter!
April stories from the Partner Program
Medium’s editors share some of their favorite stories from the Partner Program this month:
- In “Riding in Cars with Black Boys,” Austin Monroe writes about a road trip he took from Chicago to Charlotte with his boyfriend, and the policeman who stopped them along the way. “I tried to sound casual, like I was making conversation in the checkout line. I didn’t mention that Jake and I were partners. I don’t know how police treat queer Black and Jewish people in Almost-Kentucky, Indiana, and I didn’t want to find out.”
- Thanks to Google Maps, none of us have to know where anything actually is. In “The Dawn of the Reliance Economy,” Jesse Weaver explains why reliance is the next phase in the attention economy. “With technology, we aren’t becoming dependent on another person — we’re becoming dependent on corporations. Even if our relationship with a company is mutually beneficial in the short term, the chances of a long-term mutually beneficial relationship are almost nonexistent.”
- In “How a Homophobic Court Landed a Gay Inmate on Death Row,” Nathaniel Frank writes about the treatment of army vet and death row inmate Charles Rhines: “The cumulative effect of all this festering anti-gay hostility was a poisonous and sometimes deadly atmosphere for gay and lesbian Americans serving their country, in which fear, distrust, and shame caused unimaginable stress and coping difficulties that could generate rage, substance abuse, and other destructive or risky behaviors.”
On May 1, we processed April payments to your bank account. As usual, these payments were based on the depth of engagement from our members (distributing each member’s $5/month based on their engagement last month).
Based on member engagement from April:
- 55% of writers or publications who wrote at least one story for members earned money.
- 7.1% of active writers earned over $100.
- $11,330.07 was the most earned by a writer, and $4,169.87 was the most earned for a single story.
Words to write by
In Human Parts, Elizabeth Childs Kelly explains why finding her creative voice meant she had to walk away from her own company:
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