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PostPosted: January 12th, 2009, 7:50 pm 

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We've received another complaint about Carus Publishing as well. See:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: COMPLAINT about Carus Publishing Company / Cricket Magazine / cricketmag.com
Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2009 12:24:42 -0500
To: mhocking@caruspub.com, webmaster@caruspub.com, busdev@caruspub.com

January 8, 2009

Mary Ann Hocking / mhocking@caruspub.com
Rts. & Permissions Manager
Carus Publishing Company
315 Fifth Street
Peru, IL 61354
815-224-5803, ext. 653/phone

WritersWeekly.com has received a complaint about:
Carus Publishing Company / Cricket Magazine / cricketmag.com

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and about freelance writers. The publication is the
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contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in
dealing with writers, haven't paid writers money that is owed to
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relevant correspondence between your publication and the person
submitting the complaint so that we can piece together that person's
side of the story. Step one of our investigation has been completed.


[FP] (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the publisher)
alleges you owe her $75.00.

See allegation under my signature.


The second step in our investigation is to send this communication
to your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence
disputing these allegations, or would like to make your own
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If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to
read your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Contact: Carus Publications - Cricket Magazine
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 11:19:34 -0700
From: [FP]

Dear Angela,

I've been having a problem with a well-established company, and I was
choosing not to ask for assistance because of this. I am referring to
Cricket Magazine at Carus Publications.

They held my article for several YEARS before actually using it this past
September 2008. It was POP. I am attaching the series of emails that have
been sent requesting payment for my work and their excuses. I was hoping
could step in and speed this up since I'm getting nowhere on my own.

My best,


January 4, 2009
Dear Ms. Hocking,

As another reminder, Cricket still owes me $75 for my article "(name removed by WritersWeekly)" which was in the September issue and due that month. I understand
accounting is behind, but I am as well, based on expected income. Can you
please remind whomever cuts the checks that I am owed money and have been
very patient waiting for my check? Thank you.




December 15, 2008
Dear Ms. Hocking,

Is there any chance that I may see this overdue payment by Christmas this
year? Income is extremely important to me right now, and I request, once
again, the money Carus Publishing owes me.


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PostPosted: January 30th, 2009, 10:14 pm 

Joined: August 1st, 2003, 9:52 am
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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Payment from Carus
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 13:47:42 -0700
From: FP

Hi Angela,

It took five months, but a check arrived today from Carus Publishing -
Cricket Magazine. I thought you might want to post this to let the readers
know that I was paid. As always, thank you for taking the necessary steps
for making this happen.


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PostPosted: February 18th, 2009, 2:07 pm 

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Posts: 1874
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: WritersWeekly.com: 02/11/09 - Your Online Reputation –
Don't Risk It!
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 01:33:28 -0500
From: Hope Clark

Thought I'd let you know that today I received payment from Carus
Publishing/Cobblestone Publishing for my December article. If you
remember, they said they could not forecast when they could pay. I then
contacted you and mentioned them in FundsforWriters. Don't know if the
public notices helped, but they did come through. Thanks if you helped
in the effort.


C. Hope Clark
Editor, FundsforWriters, www.fundsforwriters.com
Writer's Digest 101 Best Web Sites for Writers - 2001 through 2008

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