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PostPosted: April 24th, 2007, 10:04 pm 
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IT TOOK 2 1/2 YEARS FOR THIS PUBLISHER TO RESPOND TO WRITERSWEEKLY.

From: Angela Hoy
To: amy@yorkstreetpublishing.com, amccraken@yorkstreetpublishing.com
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 - amy@yorkstreetpublishing.com,
amccraken@yorkstreetpublishing.com
York Street Publishing, Inc. - yorkstreetpublishing.com
2105 E. Virginia Ave.
Denver, CO. 80209
P(303)722-4503

WritersWeekly.com has received a complaint about:
York Street Publishing, Inc. / yorkstreetpublishing.com /
Amy McCraken

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.

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THE COMPLAINT
-------------

[EK] (name not published here but was, of course, provided to
the publisher) alleges you owe her $1,650.00 and that you are
ignoring her correspondence. See complete allegation under
my signature.

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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
richardh@writersweekly.com 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 ... 32006.html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our publication
next Wednesday, though it may appear in our Whispers and Warnings forum
before that then.

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
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

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COMPLETE ALLEGATION
-------------------

From: [EK]
Subject: A non-payment issue
Date sent: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 16:22:27 -0700 (PDT)

Hello, Angela:

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
$1,650.

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
then.

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.

Best regards,
[EK]

Angela:

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      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
amy@yorkstreetpublishing.com
amccraken@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!

Best,

[EK]


Excerpt of [EK]´s e-mail correspondence with York Street Publishing

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 15:46:57
CC: [EK]

Amy,
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.

J

From: [EK]
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 9:30 AM
To: amy@yorkstreetpublishing.com
Subject: Freelance Invoices

Amy:
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.

Sincerely,

[EK]


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PostPosted: August 21st, 2007, 7:52 pm 
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SECOND COMPLAINT

From: Angela Hoy
To: amy@yorkstreetpublishing.com, amccraken@yorkstreetpublishing.com
Subject: ANOTHER COMPLAINT about York Street Publishing / Amy McCraken
Date sent: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 21:19:10 -0400

July 17, 2007

Amy McCraken, Publisher/CEO - amy@yorkstreetpublishing.com,
amccraken@yorkstreetpublishing.com
York Street Publishing, Inc. - yorkstreetpublishing.com
2105 E. Virginia Ave.
Denver, CO. 80209
P(303)722-4503

WritersWeekly.com has received a another complaint about:
York Street Publishing, Inc. / yorkstreetpublishing.com /
Amy McCraken

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.

-------------
THE COMPLAINT
-------------

[MK] (name not published here but was, of course, provided
to the publisher) alleges you owe him $850.00, that you lied
about payment going out, and that you are ignoring his
correspondence. See complete allegation 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
richardh@writersweekly.com 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 ... 32006.html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our
publication
next Wednesday, though it may appear in our Whispers and Warnings
forum
before that then.

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
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

-------------------
COMPLETE ALLEGATION
-------------------

From: [MK]
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: Contact regarding complaint
Date sent: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 14:22:04 -0400

Angela,

I recently came across one of your posts on WritersWeekly at
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?p=58484
regarding a writer´s grievance with York Street Publishing. I actually
(unfortunately) had a similar experience,
with numerous articles submitted and subsequently published during the
late 2005 through late 2006 time
frame, for which payment was never received. After repeated assurances
from Amy McCraken at York Street
Publishing that payment would be made after I submitted one reminder
invoice after another, the payments
due pursuant to our signed contracts were never paid. My last
correspondence from Amy was on January 3rd,
2007, when she sent a simple one-line email that stated "Thanks, we will
get them [the invoices] processed
and a check sent out." That was the last time she ever responded to my
emails. No check ever arrived. The
amount at grievance is $850.

MK


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PostPosted: December 7th, 2010, 1:12 pm 
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WritersWeekly received an email from Amy McCraken on 12/6/10 asking how to get her name off the site. She claims her company went out of business in January, 2007.

[b]UPDATE - WRITERSWEEKLY CONTACTED THE TWO VICTIMS ABOVE AND THEY CLAIM THEY WERE NEVER PAID BY AMY MCCRAKEN FOR THE WORK THEY DID LONG AGO.


Her email signature states:[/b]

Amy McCraken
Evergreen Custom Media

Amy@EvergreenCustomMedia.com
http://www.EvergreenCustomMedia.com


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PostPosted: January 28th, 2011, 11:39 am 
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UPDATE: MK from the first complaint above reports he has been paid on full.


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PostPosted: January 28th, 2011, 6:31 pm 
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UPDATE: EK from the second complaint above reports she has been paid on full.


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