This publisher told WritersWeekly they pay, but read the exchanges below! They then tried to say they never authorized WritersWeekly to publish their information. Proof that they did is also below. It is our opinion that all writers should avoid this outfit.
From: Angela Hoy
Subject: COMPLAINT about Publisher's Auxiliary / nna.org
Date sent: Mon, 06 Nov 2006 16:16:46 -0500
November 6, 2006
P.O. Box 7540
Columbia, MO 65205-7540
Stanley Schwartz, Managing Editor
WritersWeekly.com has received a complaint about:
Publisher's Auxiliary / nna.org
WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for and
about freelance writers. The publication is the largest-circulation
freelance writing ezine in the world.
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, have refused to pay writers money owed to them, who have
not abided by their contracts, or who have unfair contract terms. These
reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's subscribers 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.
[AC] (name not published here but was, of course provided to the
publisher) alleges you published her article without notice and then
stated you don't pay for articles, despite information you have
provided to WritersWeekly in the past. She is requesting payment
of $50 for unauthorized publication of her work, which matches
the payment terms you authorized to be published on WritersWeekly.com.
See complete allegation and your previous correspondence with
WritersWeekly.com under my signature.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
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 statement about these
allegations for publication in our report, please email
within two business days.
***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and is
subject to publication.***
If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 8_09132006
Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our publication
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.
Subject: Recent Writer's Burn
Date sent: Fri, 03 Nov 2006 16:02:42 +0000
My name is [AC]. I thought I'd let you know about my recent
situation of writer's burn. I responded to your posting a few weeks back
by Publisher's Auxiliary (contact Stan Schwartz, managing editor).
I submitted an article that I thought fit what they were asking for.
Yesterday I received an e-mail from a reader of Publisher's Auxiliary
saying they enjoyed my article in the November publication. I was
confused. I'd never heard anything back from PA, least of all any info. on publishing
my piece. So I emailed Stan. He promptly replied saying they don't contact
writers before they publish their pieces or even pay them for their
I would never submit another piece to PA. And I don't think anyone who
subscribes to your list would find them beneficial to work with, as
their work will be used without permission or compensation.
If you have any questions regarding this problem, let me know. And
thanks for everything WritersWeekly does. I find it incredibly useful and
recommend it to all my writing friends.
Subject: Re: Recent Writer's Burn
Date sent: Sat, 04 Nov 2006 02:43:31 +0000
The advertisement in WritersWeekly states PA pays
$35-$50 for 500-700 words. My article was just over 800 words.
Here's the website with Stan's and other's contact info. Unfortunately,
it's the National Newspaper Association's website. You'd think a writer
could expect at least some level of professionalism from such a big
organization. I'm really disappointed.
I've e-mailed Stan and the executive director Brian Steffens about the
situation. Haven't heard back yet.
EMAILS EXCHANGED BETWEEN WRITERSWEEKLY AND THE PUBLISHER AUTHORIZING
WRITERSWEEKLY TO PUBLISH THEIR MARKET LISTING.
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 14:07:42 -0500
Subject: Re: (Fwd) Stan - Need Publisher's Auxiliary update
From: Stan Schwartz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Angela Hoy
> ------- Forwarded message follows -------
> From: Angela Hoy <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Stan - Need Publisher's Auxiliary update
> Send reply to: email@example.com
> Date sent: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 16:35:18 -0400
> Hiya Stan,
> Hope you've had a great year. :)
> Your market listing appearing on WritersWeekly.com
> is one year old and we need you to review it for accuracy.
> Common items that usually need updates are the contact info.
> and "current needs" Please make any necessary changes and
> forward back to me ASAP via email.
> If all is well, please send a short note of approval.
> Have a beautiful afternoon!
> P.S. If your guidelines are now online, can you send me
> the webpage where they appear? Or, can you email them to me?
> Publishers' Auxiliary, P.O. Box 7540, Columbia, MO 65205-7540.
> F(573)884-5490. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
> Website http://www.nna.org
. Stanley Schwartz, Managing Editor. 75%
> "Publishers' Auxiliary is a trade newspaper for community newspapers. It
> owned and operated by the National Newspaper Association. It covers news
> the newspaper industry, specifically community newspapers. It features
> articles and columns on running a newspaper operation." Welcomes new
> Circ 5,800. Monthly. Pays at the end of month when the article is
> Period between acceptance and
> publication varies. Buys first N.A. rights. Accepts reprints. Responds 1
> Sample by mail with 10x13 SASE with at least $0.65 postage. Subscription
> $95 outside the U.S. Guidelines by mail with SASE or email. CURRENT
> are seeking stories about community newspapers and what they are facing
> their local markets. Articles can be about ethical considerations to
> difficulties of hiring new reporters." Pays flat fee of $35-$50 for
> of 500-700 words. Submit query with
> story idea. PHOTOS/ART: "We accept print or electronic versions.
> files, TIFF or JPEG files." Pays $35 per used photo. HINTS: "The most
> mistake is people thinking Pub Aux has anything to do with the
> industry. Another mistake is people not truly understanding how
> function and the needs of publishers."
Date sent: Wed, 25 May 2005 09:00:54 -0500
Subject: Re: Stanley - Need Publisher's Auxiliary update
From: Stan Schwartz <email@example.com>
> Everything here is still accurate.
> On 5/24/05 8:01 PM, "Angela Hoy" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Hiya Stanley,
> > Your market listing appearing on WritersWeekly.com
> > is one year old and we need you to review it for accuracy.
> > Common items that usually need updates are the contact info.
> > and "current needs" Please make any necessary changes and
> > forward back to me ASAP via email.
> > If all is well, please send a short note of approval. :)
> > Have a beautiful afternoon!
> > Hugs,
> > Angela
> > Publisher's Auxiliary, P.O. Box 7540, Columbia, MO 65205-7540.
> > F(573)884-5490.
> > Email email@example.com
. Website http://www.nna.org
. Stanley Schwartz,
> > Editor. 75% freelance. "Publishers' Auxiliary is a trade newspaper
> > community newspapers. It is owned and operated by the National
> > Association. It covers news
> > about the newspaper industry, specifically community newspapers. It is
> > and features how-to articles and columns on running a newspaper
> > Welcomes new writers.
> > Circ 5,800. Monthly. Pays at the end of month article published.
> > between acceptance and publication varies. Buys first N.A. rights.
> > reprints. Responds 1 week.
> > Sample by mail with 10x13 SASE with at least $0.65 postage.
> > $95 outside U.S. Guidelines by mail with SASE or email.
> > CURRENT NEEDS: "We are seeking stories about community newspapers and
> > they are facing in their local markets. Articles can be about
> > considerations to the
> > difficulties of hiring new reporters." Pays flat fee of $35 - $50 for
> > of 500 - 700 words. Submit query with story idea.
> > PHOTOS/ART: "We accept print or electronic versions. Photoshop EPS
> > or JPEG files." Pays $35 per used photo.
> > HINTS: "The most common mistake is people thinking Pub Aux has
anything to do
> > with the book-publishing industry. Another mistake is people not
> > understanding how
> > newspapers function and the needs of publishers."
> > OPTIONAL but we'd love it if you'd give us a laugh for our humor
> > We feature a humorous monthly column at WritersWeekly titled
> > "What NOT to Say to an Editor." Please share with us a quote
> > describing the worst statement a writer has ever made to you
> > and/or your publication, verbally or in writing:
> > May we quote you?