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Subject: COMPLAINT about theWAHMmagazine / Erika Geiss / Erika-Marie S. Geiss et. al.
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2008 11:52:49 -0500
From: angela at booklocker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
November 8, 2008
Erika-Marie S. Geiss, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief -
theWAHMmagazine / theWAHMmagazine.com / the WAHM Association
Taylor, MI 48180
WritersWeekly.com has received a complaint about:
theWAHMmagazine.com / theWAHMmagazine / the WAHM Magazine / Erika-Marie S. Geiss - owner of The Red Pencil Editing
Services, LLC / redpencilediting.com and the Vice President of The WAHM Association / wahmassociation.org
WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for
and about freelance writers. The publication is the
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As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in
dealing with writers, haven't paid writers money that is owed to
them, who have not abided by their contracts, or who have unfair
contract terms. These reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's
to decide which publications they should and should not work with.
Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.
Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all
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.
[DS] alleges you owe $150.00 and that you're ignoring
See complete allegation under my signature.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
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Warnings forum before that time.
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.
Date: October 29, 2008 5:20:37 PM EDT
Jodee from freelancewritinggigs.com suggested I write to you and ask you
for help regarding a payment issue from WAHM Magazine, which I applied for
through freelancewritinggigs.com some months ago and I think your
readers should be aware of a recent payment problem. I don't know how to
deal with the issue and how to get the word out to other potential
writers who may be working for WAHM so that this doesn't happen
Erika Geiss, editor of WHAM Online still hasn't paid me $150.00 (after
more than two months) for the second article she's commissioned for the
July 2008 live digital edition. An author's agreement was signed, mailed
and confirmation was acknowledged. Payment was to be remitted within 60
days since the live date of the article and so far, it's been almost two
months more - total of almost four months.
I've emailed the editor three times and sent a second author's agreement
(out of my own initiation) and so far, nada.
By the way, your online newsletter is the best one I've encountered on the
web. So professional. Please keep up wth the good work!
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Subject: Re: COMPLAINT about theWAHMmagazine / Erika Geiss /
Erika-Marie S. Geiss et. al.
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2008 02:44:09 -0500
From: Erika-Marie Geiss <email@example.com>
Thank you for the e-mail and for the chance to respond to the complaint,
which I fully acknowledge. Ironically, prior to reading your e-mail, I
was drafting a letter not only to the individual who made the complaint
but to other writers affected explaining the situation in full,
apologizing for the delay and informing them that payment will be made
by the end of November. (The letter has since been sent including to [DS].)
I understand [DS]'s frustration and ire, as a writer myself--in
fact, I have invoices that I need to submit, and I too have been on the
side of having to wait longer than originally expected for payment to be
remitted. (My writing and editing income support the magazine.)
I fully agree with [DS] about Writer's Weekly and the work that
you're doing, and again, appreciate being given the opportunity to
respond to the complaint. Hopefully, as I work on restructuring the
magazine, it will eventually recover from this.
Erika-Marie S. Geiss
P.S. Is there any way that you can remove The WAHM Association from the
complaint? I completely understand that [DS] is trying to involve
everything that I may be associated with in the complaint, but the
publication in question (theWAHMmagazine) is tangentally related to the
WAHM Association, and while I may be involoved with the non profit group
that has yet to launch officially, it does not control the magazine in
any way, so, having it as part of the complaint is unfair to the WAHM
Association and to the others who are involved with trying to set it up.
WRITERSWEEKLY RESEARCHES THE ASSOCIATION
: On The WHAM Association's website (http://www.wahmassociation.org
), it specifically states:
"WAHM Magazine - The Official WAHM Association Magazine"
Erika-Marie S. Geiss is listed as the vice president of the organization.