This month marks the close of the first full year of the Medium Partner Program. Tens of thousands of you have enrolled in the program and published important, vital stories on just about every topic imaginable. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with readers on Medium and helping us build a brand-new ecosystem to pay writers based on the value they provide readers, not the attention they provide advertisers. We (quite literally) couldn’t do this without you.

We’ve evolved the Partner Program this year based on your feedback. We introduced Friend Links — a custom link for every story you publish, which gives anyone free access to your work, no strings attached. We revamped your stats dashboard to show you when curators recommend a story to readers, and to give you more insights into your audience. And we’ve introduced many new ways that our editors work with writers — from collections, to columns, to book excerpts, to anthologies. We’ve paid nearly $5 million to writers in 2018.

Thanks, as ever, for your words and for your feedback. We’ve got big plans in store for 2019, focusing on more ways for you to tell compelling stories, reach an engaged audience, and earn meaningful income.

Now, on to this month’s updates:

November payments

On 11/28, we processed November payments to your bank account. As always, these payments were based on the depth of engagement from our members (distributing each member’s $5/month based on his or her applause, reading time, and overall engagement last month).​

Based on member engagement from November:

  • 59.1% of authors or publications who wrote at least one story for members earned money.
  • 9.1% of active authors earned over $100.
  • $8,745.25 was the most earned by an author, and $2,203.91 was the most earned for a single story.

We’re nearing the end of 2018, so if you haven’t added taxpayer information to report your earnings through the Medium Partner Program, please take a few minutes to add your information now. We’ve designed the entry form to be quick, secure, and easy. (And remember that even if you are not a resident or citizen of the U.S., you must still provide taxpayer information so we can validate that you are not a U.S. taxpayer.)

Upcoming editorial calendar

Need some inspiration for your next story? Here are some topics our editors are promoting over the next few weeks:

  • Data Science Deep Dives: From deep learning to predictive models, and beyond.
  • For the Record: Stories that confront pervasive stigmas about physical and mental health.
  • All in Our Heads: Psychological insights on human behavior.

If you’d like to submit a story on one of these topics, please fill out this form. We’re accepting submissions until Tuesday, December 18th.

Words That Matter

Words That Matter is back! We asked leading writers and experts to share the word they believe mattered most in 2018 and why. So far, we’ve published essays from James Comey, Morgan Jerkins, Meghan Daum, and Douglas Rushkoff — with two new entries coming every day this week.

What is the one word that you felt defined 2018? Tweet it at us with a one-sentence personal story describing why. We may feature it in our #WordsThatMatter2018 package on social media at the end of the week.

November’s special collections

Looking for some great reads? Our editors have published some great new collections this month, which feature stories published through the Partner Program.

  • The December issue of Medium magazine is themed LOVE/HATE, and we’ll be publishing new stories in it every weekday this month.
  • We resurrected the beloved publication Human Parts as a collection — which we’ll be adding to over time. It focuses on personal and experimental writing.
  • World Wide WTF features an assortment of stories about living life on the web.
  • We introduced a new column from Partner Program writer Jessie Singer called Accident about blame and accountability.

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