Ryan McLean : Slightly Unconventional

Trial Writers Guide

I am excited to see if you have what it takes to write amazing articles and join my team!

This page contains all the details you need to successfully complete your trial.

This is the serious part of working together but it helps things move smoothly so we can (hopefully) start our long term working arrangement together.

The Writing and Editing Process

I will email you a spreadsheet that will detail the article you are assigned to write. Here you will find the article brief and the document link to deliver your article.

Please watch this quick 3 minute video running your through the spreadsheet and how to use it:

Click here to watch the video

Expect edits and revisions.

I like to work closely with my writers in the beginning to ensure that the writing guidelines are met and you understand exactly how I like my articles to be written.

This means your first few articles (including this trial) will likely have some feedback and require some edits.

As you write more articles for me and we learn each other’s style most writers find that little to no edits are required on their work.

PLEASE NOTE: I have quite a high standard and articles must provide THE BEST answer/solution to the search query. Poorly researched or poorly written articles do not make the cut and will not be accepted.


Trial articles have a 48 hour deadline for delivery. Once your article is completed you must update your spreadsheet and email ryan@huntingwaterfalls.com and let me know your article is ready to be reviewed.

I will review the article, provide any feedback required and either accept the article or request edits. You will have 48 hours to complete your edits.

Once any edits are complete let me know via email and I will review the article and then make payment.

Failure to meet any deadline will result in termination of your trial and no payment made.

The Payment Process

Payments are made via PayPal AFTER articles are submitted and any required revisions are completed.

To be paid you MUST include your PayPal email address at the TOP of your delivered article.


Articles will be paid for using the following formula:

Cost per word x requested wordcount

For example if your cost per word was $0.02 and the requested wordcount was 500 words payment would be $0.02 x 500 = $10.

If you ended up writing a bit extra (saying 550 words or 600 words) payment is still based on the requested wordcount only. You cannot charge for words above the requested wordcount unless otherwise specified.

NOTE: Your ongoing rate may be higher than your trial rate.


I communicate with trial writers through email and regular writers through Slack.

My Availability

I am not always available.

My main work days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8am-4pm (AEST – Sydney time). You should only expect revisions, payments and responses on these days.

I occasionally work Thursday and Fridays during school hours however sick kids, school holidays etc often interrupt this.

Every now and then I will jump on and do some work on weekends, providing revisions or responding to writers. However, this is infrequent and should not be expected.

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