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From: Angela Hoy
Subject: COMPLAINT about York Street Publishing / Amy McCraken
Date sent: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 16:08:57 -0400
April 3, 2007
Amy McCraken, Publisher/CEO - email@example.com
York Street Publishing, Inc. - yorkstreetpublishing.com
2105 E. Virginia Ave.
Denver, CO. 80209
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Subject: A non-payment issue
Date sent: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 16:22:27 -0700 (PDT)
Here is a summary of my situation:
I signed three freelance writing contracts with York Street Publishing
(Denver, CO) between December, 2005
and spring 2006. Each contract was for a feature article for one of York
Street's magazines, and they specified
$550 would be paid upon publication. I wrote and submitted each article as
stated in the contracts, submitted
them on time and each was published. I have not received payment for any
of them, so I am owed a total of
The editor I had worked with for those articles has tried to intervene on
my behalf. She had sent the publisher
invoices for me (this method worked in 2005 for previous contracts--the
money came late but it came). For the
three contracts that remain unpaid, I now have the paper invoices for
documentation. I also have copies of the
contracts that I had signed and mailed back.
Voicemails and e-mails to the publisher have been mostly ignored; during
one phone call in December the
publisher told me it would take another 30 days to send me a check. I have
not been able to reach her since
If you are able to look into this, I would appreciate your assistance.
Please e-mail me at this address if you have
any questions or advice. Thank you for your time.
Thanks so much for your reply. Below is York Street's contact information,
and I have attached some excerpts
of my e-mailing. At this point I am dealing only with the publisher, Amy
McCraken. [J], who is mentioned in an
e-mail, is no longer a York Street editor (even though her name is still
listed on the Web site.) J is the one I
worked with on these articles and she did a wonderful job. She also
re-sent invoices to the publisher on my
behalf to help with this, and gave me Amy's contact information (since the
publisher is the one responsible for
the payments to writers). http://www.yorkstreetpublishing.com
Amy McCraken, Publisher/CEO, office number: 303.722.4503 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 303.722.4503 email@example.com@yorkstreetpublishing.com
(I've used both addresses)
Again, I appreciate your help and would be happy to send other details. I
will not give up!
Excerpt of [EK]´s e-mail correspondence with York Street Publishing
Wed, 15 Nov 2006 15:46:57
I have re-submitted via fax signed contracts and invoices for [EK] ´s
stories listed below. I also submitted
a copy of her signed W-9 form. I hope this can be resolved quickly.
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 9:30 AM
Subject: Freelance Invoices
Here's the list from my previous e-mail for the invoices:
$550 EIUL Story (Jan/Feb 2006 WARP)
$550 VAs vs. VULs (April 2006 ASG)
$550 EIAs vs. Mutual Funds (May 2006 ASG)
As I mentioned on the phone today, I haven't yet received payments for the
above articles. Thank you for your
assistance. My contact information is below.