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PostPosted: July 1st, 2004, 9:06 am 
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I recently applied for a part-time editor/writer job with this company. Amidst the interviewing process, Jim Smith (president of Peak Performance, publisher of Club Success) also asked if I could write a feature article for them (last-minute, of course). I agreed; interviewed the subject and wrote the story and even turned it in before deadline. We had agreed on terms via email for payment, etc.

Also during this time he would call and talk my ear off, often keeping me on the phone for almost an hour. He also asked for all of my former supervisors (when I wasn't freelance) back to 1997/98! I have confirmed that he spoke with at least one of the contacts that I sent him.

Since I turned in the article to him on Thursday, June 24th, I have not heard a peep from him. I sent emails and a voicemail. Nothing.

Has anyone had any dealings with this publication? If so, is this normal course of business communication for them?? I am just fearful that I will never see payment for this article, much less hear back about the job.[/b]


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PostPosted: July 7th, 2004, 4:11 pm 
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As an update, today is July 7th and I still have not received a reply to any of my emails or phone calls. I sent the article to him two weeks ago. Each time I call, the receptionist asks who is calling and then says he is "unavailable". I will probably never see payment on this article!


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Hi LF,
I had the unfortunate experience of working for Peak Performance as their editor last year for a few months. I am not at all surprised by your story. I'd rather not post much more on a public board, but would be more than happy to fill you in and explain what you might have to endure by agreeing to work for that company. Let me know, and I'll e-mail you.


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PostPosted: July 7th, 2004, 6:02 pm 
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drw,

I have not agreed to work with them... That would require communicating with Jim Smith. He has ceased all communication with me since he received a draft of my feature article on 6/24/04. Yes, please share your experiences with me. I'd particularly like to know if I will ever see payment from them for the article. I've left you a private message with my email address. Thank you!


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