From the News Room at Editor & Publisher
“CHICAGO Writers who market their work through Helium have earned a total of more than $1 million since the online writing community launched in 2006, Helium said Monday.”
Impressive numbers until you do the math. Helium has over a quarter million members. Certainly some writers are inactive and others don’t earn much. Averages can be as misleading as the $1 Million headline, but dividing the $1 Million by total membership comes out to less than $5.
Helium’s starred writers do most of the writing. That’s how they earn their writing stars. There are about 20,000 members with one or more writing stars. The $1 Million averages out to about $50 per starred member. And that’s since 2006.
The article quotes earnings and not how much has been paid out. Helium won’t pay until a member’s account reaches $25. $1 Million is an impressive accomplishment, but it comes with one hell of a spin.