Welcome to the inaugural edition of Crowd Content’s Writer Spotlight. Each month, we’ll mercilessly interrogate one of our freelancers until we uncover all the sordid details on what makes them a successful member of our team. You’ll discover how they came to find Crowd Content, what their favorite projects are, where they like to work — and even scandalous details on their favorite meals and movies.
Our first spotlight shines brightly on none other than Lee Soren — aka Lisa in the real world. After her husband found our platform on a list of freelance writer sites in September of 2018, Lisa joined and submitted her first work, quietly knocking out Darice and facility blurb orders. But it didn’t take long for project managers to recognize the clean, descriptive writing of a seasoned pro. Lisa was in demand and started producing high-quality work for some of our most challenging four-star clients. Today, Lisa is just short of completing her 2,000th order on the platform.
Lisa hails from the south shore of Long Island but now calls Florida’s Treasure Coast home, where she enjoys spending time at the beach and photographing dogs playing in the sand and swimming in the ocean. She’s had various professional jobs, including freelance transcriptionist, corporate trainer, and website librarian for an outsourcing organization. She says she started writing “pretty much as soon as I could string words together on a page” and was published in 2016 by Albert Whitman & Company (Resurrecting Sunshine – young adult science fiction). She’s also had numerous short stories published in notable publications, including Family Circle and The Poughkeepsie Journal.
While she says she’s a fiction writer at heart, she has a “soft spot for product descriptions,” which she had never written before joining Crowd Content. Lisa says her favorite project involves writing blog posts on travel nursing and other health topics for one of our health care clients.
But let’s get to the nitty-gritty — the real news.
What does Lisa think of Crowd Content; what can we do better, and what advice does she have for new writers?
What do you think sets Crowd Content apart from other content platforms?: “I haven’t done much work for other content platforms, but I think it’s probably the people. I love how Crowd Content promotes teamwork, and I always appreciate the level of communication between writers, editors, and project managers. Crowd Content has also been a very respectful, appreciative platform, something that isn’t easy to find when you’re working remotely.”
If you could change one thing about our platform, what would it be?: “I would love to be able to see what teams I’m actually on and which ones are actually active.”
Do you have any advice for new writers?: “Yes! Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. That’s where the most growth happens. It’s also so important to be open to feedback, whether it’s from an editor or — for off-platform writing — an agent or a critique partner. Not all feedback will resonate with you, but you’ll be surprised how much you can learn from others in the industry.”
But the hard-hitting questions didn’t end there…
Who is your favorite author? What’s your favorite book?: “I have a few. I’m a big fan of Stephen King. I also love pretty much anything by Margaret Atwood or Alice Hoffman. Asking an avid reader to pick one favorite book is a cruel form of torture, so I’ll give you two: Pet Sematary by Stephen King and Rings of Ice by Piers Anthony.”
What’s your favorite restaurant or meal?: “Definitely Italian food. I’m a native New Yorker so of course I’m a big fan of pizza.”
What’s your favorite TV show or movie?: “I am a dedicated fan of The X-Files. My favorite movie is probably Poltergeist (the original version) or Jaws 1 or 2.” (Editor’s note: Thanks for clarifying that it’s the original version of Poltergeist because the remake was absolutely terrible.)
On behalf of all of us at Crowd Content, we want to extend a big thank you to Lisa for taking the time to talk with us and for the outstanding work she’s submitted for our clients. It’s writers like you who make our jobs so much easier and enjoyable. Keep up the great work!
Check back next month for another edge-of-your-seat exposé on one of Crowd Content’s writers or editors. Maybe it’ll be you!