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PostPosted: March 23rd, 2010, 3:10 pm 
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COMPLAINT ABOUT: Glance Magazine / Glance Entertainment Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Anthony West / Carolyn McKinney

WRITER ALLEGED GLANCE MAGAZINE OWED HIM $480. MAGAZINE SAID PAYMENT WOULD ARRIVE BY MARCH 12TH. PAYMENT DID NOT ARRIVE AND MAGAZINE IS NOW NOT RESPONDING TO INQUIRIES FROM WRITERSWEEKLY. EDITOR IS REFUSING TO DISCUSS PAYMENT WITH THE WRITER DIRECTLY AS WELL, REFERRING HIM TO THE SAME "PUBLISHER" WHO DOES NOT RESPOND TO WRITERSWEEKLY.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 16:48:50 -0500
From: Angela Hoy
To: copyeditor@glancemagazine.com, carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com, pr@glancemagazine.com

February 20, 2010

Anthony West, CEO - anthony.west@glancemagazine.com
"Carolyn", Copyeditor - copyeditor@glancemagazine.com
Carolyn McKinney, Marketing - carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com
Linked In Profile -
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/carolyn-mckinney/13/786/42b
Public Relations - pr@glancemagazine.com
GLANCE Magazine - glancemagazine.com
P.O. Box 26483
Overland Park, KS 66225

Phone: 310-272-9249 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              310-272-9249      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

WritersWeekly.com has received a complaint about:
GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Glance Entertainment Magazine / Anthony West / Carolyn McKinney

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, 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
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
-------------

SR (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the publisher)
alleges you owe him $480 and that you are
reneging on a previous written agreement you had with him
(copies of emails appear below).

It is clear from your emails below that you are now basing the "acceptance"
of articles on your publication schedule, not on the receipt and
acceptance of the articles themselves.

Your email to [SR] on Feb. 10th stated he was:

"...the most eloquent writer I have seen in a long time.
I absolutely loved it."

It's blatantly clear from this statement that his article
is of the highest quality and that it has been accepted.

Trying to renege on a promised "on acceptance" payment
schedule, which is based on your publication schedule,
not based on the article itself, is unprofessional,
insulting to your contributors, and just plain wrong. This
renders your "payment on acceptance" promises completely false
and we're certain our thousands of readers (writers) are
going to agree with [SR]'s assessment of your business.
We may even hear from other writers who have been treated
this way after we run this complaint.

See allegation below 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 angela@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 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.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~
ALLEGATION
~~~~~~~~~~~

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Request for Advocacy/Dispute with Glance Magazine
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:29:25 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
From: [SR]
To: Angela Hoy
CC: copyeditor@glancemagazine.com <copyeditor@glancemagazine.com>

Dear Ms. Hoy:

Please help me collect $480 I am due immediately from Glance magazine.
The editor is cc'd in this e-mail.

I undertook to write for Glance magazine a feature article on The Plaza,
New York after Glance editor "Carolyn" on January 5, 2010 answered an
e-mail from me in which I said:

"Please verify the rate you will pay for this article, and that my
payment will be due on acceptance, i.e. not delayed until publication"

by telling me

"The rate is .60 cents per word. We generally pay writers within 15 days
of acceptance--which would be around the second week in February. The
first issue will be in hand March 2nd."

I completed the article by the January 30 deadline. On February 10, the
editor sent me an e-mail saying "Scott, I am editing articles and I just
reviewed the piece you wrote on The Plaza, and can I just say, you are
the most eloquent writer I have seen in a long time. I absolutely loved it.
Thank you so much."

The following week, I asked whether Glance requires an invoice from me.
Carolyn responded with a form, but added that "all March stories are
still being edited, then they are formally accepted and you will be
compensated. I will let you know if any changes are to be made."

Subsequently, I asked whether she would commit to a date for my payment.
She responded: "Our print has yet again been pushed back, thus pushing
back formal acceptances. I can assure you that your story is one we're
wanting to print, however I understand if you need to sell it elsewhere
due to our date change. If you are still interested in publishing
through us I will let you know as soon as I get word on the new print
schedule."

Glance magazine did not contract me to produce this article on spec or
on the basis that publication might not occur within the next century.
I was, as seems, hoodwinked into writing the piece for Glance through
the editor's statements that I would be paid within two weeks of
acceptance and that "The first issue will be in hand March 2nd."

Please know, Ms. Hoy, that I first signed a general contract with Glance
magazine in summer, 2009. They then solicited specific article queries
from me. I sent one, and for several months heard nothing. In
December, the editor contacted me, asking me to carry through with my
proposed article on The Plaza. I was very specific, and have saved my
specific e-mails, in stating that I wanted a payment time schedule
locked in. When the editor told me I would be paid on acceptance and
that "The first issue will be in hand March 2nd," she committed Glance
to paying me by that schedule.

If Glance magazine will not settle this immediately by paying me the
$480 I have earned from it, the freelance community should be alerted to
how the publication is operating. They have my article to use to try to
sell advertising space; what do I have from them? It's a question of
basic fairness; I upheld my end of the bargain, they must uphold theirs.

Many thanks,

[SR]

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:34:16 +0000
From: carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com
To: Angela Hoy

Please direct questions to Anthony West. Anthony.West@glancemagazine.com

~~~~~

WRITERSWEEKLY RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Fwd: COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com]
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:47:31 -0500
From: Angela Hoy
To: Anthony.West@glancemagazine.com., copyeditor@glancemagazine.com, carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com, pr@glancemagazine.com

Hi Anthony,

Carolyn McKinney emailed me today, asking me to forward this to you.

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com

(COPY OF COMPLAINT WAS INCLUDED.)

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: [Fwd: COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com]
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:35:56 -0600
From: Anthony West <anthony.west@glancemagazine.com>
To: 'Angela Hoy', <copyeditor@glancemagazine.com>, <carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com>, <pr@glancemagazine.com>

Angela,

Thank you for your interest in this matter. I have spoken with Carolyn about
her conversation with [SR]. She did say she told him that he is a very
good writer, and that the date for the hard copy was projected to be in hand
on March 2, 2010. She did not at anytime tell [SR] that his article was
approved. Before anything is approved, it must come through me. I have not
read [SR]'s article, nor have I heard of him until hearing of this
issue.

Originally our projected launch date was set for March 2, 2010. We have made
a business decision to push the date back to assure that the content within
is of 100% quality for our readers.

To resolve this issue, we will pay [SR] the $480 that he claims is owed
to him. However, we have not, and do not want to use any of his articles now
or in the future. Please ask [SR] not to send any further pitches or
articles to our business. Had his article been read and approved by myself,
there would be no question in regards to him getting paid for his work and
having it published just like any of the other writers who have had their
articles officially approved.

Thank you,

Anthony West

~~~~~

WRITERSWEEKLY RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [Fwd: COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com]
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:57:41 -0500
From: Angela Hoy
To: Anthony West <anthony.west@glancemagazine.com>

Thank you for your response, Anthony. When can we tell (SR) to
expect his payment to arrive?

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: [Fwd: COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com]
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:14:13 -0600
From: Anthony West <anthony.west@glancemagazine.com>
To: 'Angela Hoy'

[SR] should receive payment by March 12, 2010.

Thank you,

Anthony West

~~~~~

WRITER RESPONDS

-----Original Message-----
From: SR
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2010 1:30 PM
To: Angela Hoy
Cc: anthony.west@glancemagazine.com; copyeditor@glancemagazine.com
Subject: In re: Glance Magazine

Dear Ms. Hoy:

I wish to point out to you that issues of timely payment are not the only ones of concern when it comes to the kind of mistreatment I have suffered at the hands of Glance magazine.

Based on Carolyn McKinney's statement that "The issue will be in hand on March 2," I arranged for a private tour of various Plaza businesses from somebody at [name removed], one of New York City's top public relations firms.

They have now followed up with me, wanting to know where the issue is.

The lack of professionalism in this is completely on Glance's shoulders, not mine.

Nonetheless, it is not helpful to me in any way that I have to go through this kind of explanation with (name removed). Freelancers must continually build careers through a rather complex array of associations and this kind of thing though not my fault is a step back rather than a step forward for me.

Why could they not have been more straightforward and honest, in a way that would have spared me all this unpleasantry?

Sincerely,

SR

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: In re: Glance Magazine
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2010 14:10:52 -0600
From: Anthony West <anthony.west@glancemagazine.com>
To: Angela Hoy
CC: <copyeditor@glancemagazine.com>


Ms. Hoy,

I'm not sure why [SR] is continuing to contact us here about this matter when we have already set up a date for him to receive payment. We still, however, do not want to use any of his work. Please again advise him to not contact us here further. We have decided to push the publication of the magazine back a little as stated previously, and go with the current writers that we have on board.

Thank you,

Anthony West

~~~~~

WRITERSWEEKLY CONTACTS THE PUBLISHER THE DAY AFTER PAYMENT WAS TO HAVE BEEN RECEIVED

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [Fwd: COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com]
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 19:37:57 -0500
From: Angela Hoy
To: Anthony West <anthony.west@glancemagazine.com>, SR

Hi Anthony,

It is March 13th and [SR] has not yet received payment.

Please advise.

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~

WRITERSWEEKLY DID NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE.

WRITERSWEEKLY CONTACT PUBLISHER FOUR DAYS LATER.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Fwd: Re: [Fwd: COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com]]
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:54:40 -0400
From: Angela Hoy
To: Anthony.West@glancemagazine.com, copyeditor@glancemagazine.com, carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com, pr@glancemagazine.com, pr@glancemagazine.com, SR

Hi Anthony,

We are still waiting for an update on [SR]'s payment, which you
said would be made by March 12th. That was five days ago. Please respond
ASAP.

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~

WRITERSWEEKLY CONTACTS PUBLISHER AGAIN, SIX DAYS AFTER PROMISED PAYMENT DATE

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Fwd: [Fwd: Re: [Fwd: COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com]]]
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:02:51 -0400
From: Angela Hoy
To: Anthony.West@glancemagazine.com, copyeditor@glancemagazine.com, carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com, pr@glancemagazine.com, pr@glancemagazine.com, SR

Hi Anthony,

We have not received a response from you so we can only assume that you
lied when you claimed [SR] would receive his payment by March 12th.
We will proceed accordingly with the publication of the facts of this
situation.

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com


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PostPosted: April 2nd, 2010, 4:58 pm 
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COMPLAINT #2

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: SECOND COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 21:03:50 -0400
From: Angela Hoy
To: anthony.west@glancemagazine.com, copyeditor@glancemagazine.com, carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com, pr@glancemagazine.com

March 25, 2010

Anthony West, Publisher - anthony.west@glancemagazine.com
"Carolyn", Copyeditor - copyeditor@glancemagazine.com
Carolyn McKinney, Marketing - carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com
Public Relations - pr@glancemagazine.com
GLANCE Magazine - glancemagazine.com
P.O. Box 26483
Overland Park, KS 66225

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com

ON LINKEDIN
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/carolyn-mckinney/13/786/42b

ON FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glance-Ma ... 1116225178

ON MYSPACE
http://www.myspace.com/glancemag

ON YOUTUBE
http://www.youtube.com/glancemagazine

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, 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
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
-------------

CJ (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the publisher)
alleges you owe her $450.00.

Your website tells advertisers you are publishing monthly yet (CJ)
claims your publication is on hold.

See allegation below 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 angela@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 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.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~
ALLEGATION
~~~~~~~~~~~

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Glance Magazine writer - no payment rec.
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 17:08:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: [CJ]

Hello Ms. Hoy,

I was contracted by Glance to write 2 articles for them and supply
photos. I submitted my I-9 tax form to them so they now have my social
security number and have never paid me. When I did invoice them I got a
form letter saying the print magazine was on hold. I also had subscribed
to the magazine, and I am sure I won't be refunded that money. They owe
me $450 for the articles I produced. Any recommendations you could make
on getting payment for those articles would be helpful, and or if you
need any other details they can be provided upon request. Thank you for
being our advocate.

Regards,
[CJ]

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: SECOND COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 21:43:51 -0500
From: Anthony West <anthony.west@glancemagazine.com>
To: 'Angela Hoy'

Ms. Hoy,

This must come to a stop immediately. We have not approved anyone's articles
at all. Glance has not launched. I personally have not seen anyone's
articles because we are not at that point yet. All approvals must come
through me.

I have sent (SR) an email and copied you on it letting him know that
our attorney will be contacting him tomorrow. He has taken this too far and
it now requires legal action.

Thank you,

Anthony West

~~~~~

WRITER RESPONDS

Dear Mr. West,

I am not versed in the nuances of this situation, nor are they relevant other than I was commissioned, in writing, to produce two articles and was guaranteed payment for those articles. To this date payment has not been received. I have many emails in association with this contract. Services were solicited and rendered as detailed below:

1. I was commissioned as a freelancer for Glance Magazine on 7/2/2009

2. I was provided with a contract with a contracted rate of .60 per word and was provided a W-9 form by (JO). On 7/2/2009 I submitted those signed documents and confirmation receipt was supplied by (JO).

3. On January 4th I was contacted in writing by "copywriter" and commissioned to write two articles entitled: Bay Area Blitz (500 words) and All Things Insect (250 words). I was given the deadline of January 30th to submit final articles and accompanying photos.

4. On 1/4/2010 I accepted the assignment in writing and verified payment rate of .60/word. Payment amount was confirmed and agreed upon in writing.

5. On 1/28/2010 I submitted final articles and photos.

6. On 1/28/2010 copywriter confirmed receipt of articles and "acceptance" of them, in writing.

7. On 3/3/2010 I submitted an invoice for the contracted articles in for the amount of $450

8. On 3/4/2010 I received a generic form letter from Anthony West saying payment was pending as was the print version of the magazine

At this point I have produced and provided the requested services and it is customary to expect payment for services rendered.

In addition I subscribed to the magazine online and the first issue was supposed to arrive in January 2010 and I have yet to receive it.

Thank you for your attention,
[CJ]

~~~~~

WritersWeekly.com has not received a response to the above.


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Glance Magazine has received a rating of "F" by the Better Business Bureau.

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COMPLAINT #3

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: THIRD COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 23:44:24 -0400
From: Angela Hoy <angie@booklocker.com>
To: anthony.west@glancemagazine.com, copyeditor@glancemagazine.com, carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com, pr@glancemagazine.com

April 9, 2010

Anthony West, Publisher - anthony.west@glancemagazine.com
"Carolyn", Copyeditor - copyeditor@glancemagazine.com
Carolyn McKinney, Marketing - carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com
Public Relations - pr@glancemagazine.com
GLANCE Magazine - glancemagazine.com
P.O. Box 26483
Overland Park, KS 66225

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com

ON LINKEDIN
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/carolyn-mckinney/13/786/42b

ON FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glance-Ma ... 1116225178

ON MYSPACE
http://www.myspace.com/glancemag

ON YOUTUBE
http://www.youtube.com/glancemagazine

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, 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
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
-------------

ES (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the publisher)
alleges you owe her $630.00. She also alleges an employee
using the email address of copyeditor@glancemagazine.com, from January
on, was accepting emails sent to an employee named Jami, and responding
to those emails without signing a name...but the real Jami, in fact, had
left Glance in back October. This is the second writer who has alerted
us to this type of activity. The real Jami has also been told
that someone at Glance has been pretending to be her in email
correspondence.

We've also heard you've decided not to publish in print after all. Have
your print advertisers and paying subscribers received full refunds of
the money they paid you yet?

See allegation below 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 angela@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 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.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~
ALLEGATION
~~~~~~~~~~~

Hi, Angela- I was not surprised to see Glance Entertainment Magazine
in your “Whispers and Warnings” section. I wrote two articles for their
March issue only to be told that the print edition has been pushed back
and my articles will run online.

They owe me $630 and no, they have not given me a new payment projection
date. I emailed the "copyeditor" address and he/she (it's a mystery to
me who I'm dealing with now) said to email Anthony, the CEO, so I did. I
haven't heard back from him.

Thanks again,
[ES]

~~~~~

Hi, Angela-

I’ve written out what happened between Glance and me. Let me know if you
need more back-up materials. Thanks for all you do for us!

[ES]

· I submitted ideas to Glance in November and received replies
from an editor named Jami. Her emails often came from the address
copyeditor@glancemagazine.com. She accepted two of my ideas in January
and I moved forward with them—one was an interview with pop star, Jessie
James, and the other was a profile on a local Atlanta wine store owner
who was a former football player. I corresponded with “Jami” while
working on the assignments and coordinating photos.

· After turning in my stories by the deadline of 1/30 (for the
March issue), I rarely heard from Jami again. I sent an invoice and
continued to follow up (to make sure she received my stories and
invoice, to pitch more ideas and to ask about getting copies of the
magazine for myself and my sources). She didn’t respond. I became
concerned that the magazine was fizzling.

· Finally, in late February, I found her on Facebook and sent
her a message. She wrote back saying she hadn’t been at the magazine
since October! So who was I talking to all this time? I looked back at
my emails from the copyeditor email and noticed he/she hadn’t signed a
name but also hadn’t corrected me when I wrote “Hi, Jami” and “Thanks,
Jami!” It all seemed very shady. I then contacted the copyeditor email
again and said I had learned that Jami wasn’t there so who should I work
with?

· I received a reply saying that the print edition was put on
hold (but the writer of the email still didn’t identify him/herself).
Later I received a mass email to all writers from Anthony West saying
the same thing—the print edition was on hold but stories may run in the
online edition. We would get paid when our stories ran.

· I’ve sent Anthony two emails in the last week, asking about
when I can expect payment. I asked him to respond by Friday, 4/9, or I
would withdraw my stories.

· Besides all the strange issues with the correspondence, I want
to add that I jumped through hoops and spent A LOT of time locking in
that interview with Jessie James. If they don’t plan to ever run it, I
lost all that time plus trust from her record label. Also, for the story
on the local Atlanta business owner, they came to ME and asked if I had
any sports-related stories for Atlanta. I researched and found this
wine-store owner who was a former football player.

· I was assigned these articles, not asked to write them on spec.

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: THIRD COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:07:26 -0500
From: Anthony West <anthony.west@glancemagazine.com>
To: 'Angela Hoy'

Ms. Hoy,

In regards to [ES], I have been in contact with her direct to discuss
how we will handle her article on Jessie James. In the previous email that
came to me from her, she stated that if we did not want to use her articles,
she would simply send them to another publisher. Again, I will work this out
with [ES] direct.

In regards to any future comments, please be advised that we have informed
all writers that have interest in writing for us that we are going to be
strictly digital for now. There are NO articles that have been approved by
me because of this. Please do not allow writers to think that because they
complain to you and say they SUBMITTED AN IDEA, they are supposed to be paid
for it. That is not how the business works. THEY MUST BE APPROVED FOR
PUBLICATION AND HAVE A WRITTEN AGREEMENT SAYING SO.

In addition, we are not selling any print advertising and are not selling
subscriptions. Finally, while we understand the fact that you have a
business to run and that you are merely using these email tactics to make
your website look good with feedback from different parties, please
understand that we also have a business to run and have better things to do
instead of responding to these emails that result in false complaints and
ways to help your business grow. Please respect that!

Good day,

Anthony West

~~~~~

WRITERSWEEKLY COMMENTS

The writers above did not simply "submit an idea" to Glance Magazine. They were assigned articles with promises of print publication and payment. The publication date promise was broken, and none of the writers has yet been paid.

Mr. West wrote, "In addition, we are not selling any print advertising and are not selling
subscriptions..."

We asked if the people who previously purchased subscriptions (see second complaint above) and if advertisers who paid for print advertising received refunds. Mr. West has not yet answered those questions.

In our opinion, none of these writers has submitted "false complaints." They were assigned the work, they did the work, and they should not have to wait for payment just because the publisher has completely changed his business model - weeks after the article deadlines and promised publication date.

Likewise, any person who ordered a print subscription should have already received a refund.

~~~~~

WRITER RESPONDS

Subject: RE: Next Step with Glance
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:06:05 -0400
From: ES
To: 'Angela Hoy'

Agree! Your response was great. He is completely wrong when he says we just
submitted ideas and weren't assigned articles. I was given the go-ahead to
write both of my articles and was in constant contact with fake Jami for
weeks while working on them. They knew I was researching, interviewing
people and writing those pieces, not just tossing around ideas! I will
definitely withdraw my articles because it doesn't look like I (nor any
other writer) will ever get paid by them.

Thanks again for all you do for us!
[ES]


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PostPosted: April 26th, 2010, 7:19 pm 
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4TH COMPLAINT ABOUT GLANCE MAGAZINE / ANTHONY WEST

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: FOURTH COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Anthony Lamont West, a.k.a. Anthony West and Anthony L. West
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 11:12:33 -0400
From: Angela Hoy <angie@booklocker.com>
To: anthony.west@glancemagazine.com, copyeditor@glancemagazine.com, carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com, pr@glancemagazine.com

April 23, 2010

Anthony Lamont West, Publisher - anthony.west@glancemagazine.com
"Carolyn", Copyeditor - copyeditor@glancemagazine.com
Carolyn McKinney, Marketing - carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com
Public Relations - pr@glancemagazine.com
GLANCE Magazine - glancemagazine.com
P.O. Box 26483
Overland Park, KS 66225

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Anthony Lamont West, a.k.a.
Anthony West and Anthony L. West

ON LINKEDIN
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/carolyn-mckinney/13/786/42b

ON FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glance-Ma ... 1116225178

ON MYSPACE
http://www.myspace.com/glancemag

ON YOUTUBE
http://www.youtube.com/glancemagazine

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, 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
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
-------------

CS (name not published but was, of course, provided to the publisher)
alleges she has a court judgment against you for $4177.
When do you plan to pay what the court has ordered you to?

She also alleges:

* You gave her two paychecks that bounced (wrote back checks).

* Five of her paychecks were given to her late.

* Her last paycheck was for the wrong amount (too low).

* You deducted medical insurance from her paychecks but had stopped
paying the premiums to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

* Her medical insurance was terminated and she only found out after
receiving a letter from the insurance company.

* She had an automobile accident and now owes $20,000 in medical
expenses because you allowed your firm's medical insurance to lapse.

* You withheld taxes from paychecks from Sept 2008-May 2009, and Oct
2009 but didn't pay those withheld taxes to the government. When do you
plan to reimburse the government for these funds?

* You never applied for an unemployment insurance account with the
state. Ms. Shell subsequently could not obtain unemployment.

* You deducted money from her paychecks for 401K contributions but you
never sent those funds to her rollover account.

Finally, have you refunded your paying subscribers yet?

See allegation below 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 angela@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 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.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~
ALLEGATION
~~~~~~~~~~~

I was an employed as an Art Director for Glance Entertainment Magazine
from September 2008 to Oct 2009. During these 13 months, 2 paychecks
bounced (KS) due to lack of funds at Glance’s Commerce Bank Account and
I was paid late 5 times, the last resulting in only a partial payment
from my employer Anthony Lamont West.

The amount of $86.94 was being deducted from each pay period to pay
towards the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance Glance Magazine
employees had signed up for. I received a letter in the mail on October
15, 2009 from BC/BS stating that our insurance plan had been canceled at
the end of July because no payments had been made by Anthony West.

On September 16, 2009, I was in a car accident in Overland Park KS. The
resulting bill from Overland Park Regional was $29,000. My automotive
insurance covered $10,000 leaving me with a remaining balance of an
estimated $20,000. Because of Anthony West’s negligence, I was not
covered by any insurance plan at this time.

I completed my last day of work Oct 23, 2009 after calling the KS Dept
of Labor who informed me that Glance Magazine had not filed any Federal
taxes that had been deducted from my paychecks during 2008 and 2009. In
addition to this, the KS Dept Labor stated that an unemployment benefits
account had not been set up for any of Anthony West’s employees/myself.
I was to receive my final paycheck Oct 30, 2009. Anthony West informed
me that he was unable to pay me my remaining paycheck except for a
partial payment of $410 (remaining balance of $973) that was wire
transferred into my US Bank account November 9, 2009.

In total, Glance Magazine did not pay my unemployment and deducted money
for out of my paychecks for:
• my 401k for 3 months during 2008 and did not pay it to my rollover
provider
• $86.94 for 6 paychecks and did not pay BCBS resulting in $20,000
personal debt from Overland Park Regional
• and did not file any of my federal withholding, Medicare or Social
Security from Sept 2008-May 2009, and Oct 2009. ( A. West did however
send in a partial payment to the IRS for his employee’s taxes for the
months June 2009-Sept 2009, leaving out Sept 2009- May 2009 and Oct 2009).

On April 12, 2010, I had a hearing with Glance Magazine where the judge
awarded me $4,177. That was the full amount I was claiming owned to me,
plus penalty plus interest.

Sincerely,

CS

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: FOURTH COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Anthony Lamont West, a.k.a. Anthony West and Anthony L. West
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:57:23 -0500
From: Anthony West <anthony.west@glancemagazine.com>
To: 'Angela Hoy'

Ms. Hoy,

Again, your company is interfering with a false complaint that will be taken
care of within a civil court room. [CS] was let go by our company due
to unethical work reasons, and is now using your source to cover up her
mistakes. She is not a writer and this is no concern of your business. You
cannot allow everyone to send in information to you that is false and
publish it as if it is. We will hold your business liable in a court room as
well if this type of material continues to be posted by you.

We are asking you again to not put yourself in the middle of any legal
allegations brought to you about our business.

Thank you

~~~~~

WRITERSWEEKLY RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: FOURTH COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Anthony Lamont West, a.k.a. Anthony West and Anthony L. West
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:40:52 -0400
From: Angela Hoy
To: Anthony West <anthony.west@glancemagazine.com>

Hi Anthony,

We investigate publishers and other firms that work with or serve
writers. We accept and investigate complaints from anyone working for
these types of firms. Claiming we can't accept a complaint from someone
just because they didn't write for you is ridiculous.

From what we understand, [CS] has already sued you in civil court
and she won. Are you denying she already won a judgment against you in
court for $4177?

Are you also denying these allegations?

> * You gave her two paychecks that bounced (wrote back checks).
>
> * Five of her paychecks were given to her late.
>
> * Her last paycheck was for the wrong amount (too low).
>
> * You deducted medical insurance from her paychecks but had stopped
> paying the premiums to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
>
> * Her medical insurance was terminated and she only found out after
> receiving a letter from the insurance company.
>
> * She had an automobile accident and now owes $20,000 in medical
> expenses because you allowed your firm's medical insurance to lapse.
>
> * You withheld taxes from paychecks from Sept 2008-May 2009, and Oct
> 2009 but didn't pay those withheld taxes to the government. When do you
> plan to reimburse the government for these funds?
>
> * You never applied for an unemployment insurance account with the
> state. Ms. Shell subsequently could not obtain unemployment.
>
> * You deducted money from her paychecks for 401K contributions but you
> never sent those funds to her rollover account.

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: FOURTH COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Anthony Lamont West, a.k.a. Anthony West and Anthony L. West
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 14:31:48 -0500
From: Anthony West <anthony.west@glancemagazine.com>
To: 'Angela Hoy'

We will not continue to respond to this false complaint. We will say however
that there was only an argument to whether or not she was owed for the last
two weeks that she claims to have worked. Instead she was busy designing
work for her other clients. However due to labor laws, that is the only
reason that we are paying her.

In regards to the rest, those are strictly false statements. If she had any
problem like this at all while she was working for us, I would think she
would be smart enough to quit and not work for us as long as she did making
a very good salary from a company that was not even yet fully established.
Doesn't make sense!

We are done with this conversation.

Thank you!


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LAWSUITS AGAINST T I C COMMUNICATIONS / TIC COMMUNICATIONS, ANOTHER COMPANY APPARENTLY OWNED BY ANTHONY WEST.

It looks like Anthony West is also the owner of T I C Communications / TIC Communications / Truth in Consulting Communication / Truth in Consulting and Communication.

Anthony West is listed as the President of T I C communications and both firms have the same P.O. Box number in Overland Park, Kansas. Glance Magazine's website even mentions T I C Communications as the sponsor of one of their events, and lists their address as the same one used by Glance:

P.O. Box 26483
Overland Park, KS 66225

T I C Communications and Anthony West were sued by Anixter Inc on 3/30/09.

T I C and Anthony West were sued by Zen-Tel Inc on 5/6/2009. Plaintiff was awarded $19,395.25 plus costs on 8/6/09.

T I C and Anthony West were sued by Network Liquidators on 12/14/09

T I C and Anthony West were also sued by Optivor Technologies on 4/22/10. It appears the court ordered garnishment of property on 5/14/10 after the Plaintiff won the case for $37,500. We're not sure if they got anything because we're not quite sure what this means:

"05/26/2010 FILE STAMP 5/25/2010, ANSWER OF GARNISHEE, U.S. BANK - $.0"

You can read the case info. yourself by searching for the name Anthony L. West here:
http://jococourts.org


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PostPosted: October 19th, 2010, 10:37 am 
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5TH COMPLAINT about Glance Magazine / Anthony Lamont West

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: FIFTH COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Anthony Lamont West, a.k.a. Anthony West and Anthony L. West
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2010 16:44:40 -0400
From: Angela Hoy <angie@booklocker.com>
To: anthony.west@glancemagazine.com, copyeditor@glancemagazine.com, carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com, pr@glancemagazine.com

August 9, 2010

Anthony Lamont West, Publisher - anthony.west@glancemagazine.com
"Carolyn", Copyeditor - copyeditor@glancemagazine.com
Carolyn McKinney, Marketing - carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com
Public Relations - pr@glancemagazine.com
GLANCE Magazine - glancemagazine.com
P.O. Box 26483
Overland Park, KS 66225

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Anthony Lamont West, a.k.a.
Anthony West and Anthony L. West

ON LINKEDIN
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/carolyn-mckinney/13/786/42b

ON FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glance-Ma ... 1116225178

ON MYSPACE
http://www.myspace.com/glancemag

ON YOUTUBE
http://www.youtube.com/glancemagazine

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, 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
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
-------------

NW (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the "publisher")
alleges you owe $911.00.

See allegation below 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 angela@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 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.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~
ALLEGATION
~~~~~~~~~~~

NW wrote:

Hi there,

Googling to see if any other writers had issues with Glance
Magazine. Unfortunately they have and that is how I came across
your name. I wrote two articles for them in February, one of
which is on the website now. Still haven't received payment.

They owe me $911. I have repeatedly sent invoices. They kept talking to
me about stories and wanted me to do an extra story. I initially was
just doing one. After I sent in the stories, no one would respond to me.
I recently sent an invoice via certified mail and noticed that it was
being sent back to me. I am tracking it online.

NW

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: FIFTH COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Anthony Lamont West, a.k.a. Anthony West and Anthony L. West
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2010 16:26:06 -0500
From: Justin Michaels <justin.michaels@glancemagazine.com>

Ms. Hoy,

This article was actually written at the beginning of the year and misfiled
on our part unintentionally. It was placed in a bed of free and shared
articles. However, it is a short article and only worth 1/3 of what (NW)
claims based on our paid word count. We have contacted (NW) direct to
resolve this issue with her. When we make a mistake like this, we have no
problem fixing it. This is the last response you will see about this from
our staff to you.

Also keep in mind that we have not been viewing and/or accepting any new
articles for a while now from freelancers. So do not send to us any more of
your emails because we will consider them as SPAM.

Thank you,

Glance Staff

~~~~~

WRITER RESPONDS


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: FIFTH COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com
/ Anthony Lamont West, a.k.a. Anthony West and Anthony L. West
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2010 18:50:58 -0500
From: NW
To: Angela Hoy

i have been having an interesting conversation with someone at Glance.
His name is Justin Michaels and refuses to answers questions I ask and
as a result I am making things difficult. I will forward them to you
because they really make no sense to me. It seems like he thinks I
submitted something recent. The stories I wrote were back in February.
The second one they asked me to write. I never pitched.

He says "we" have taken over. I asked who is this "we"? He never
responded. I asked who he was. Never responded.

~~~~~

WRITERSWEEKLY RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: FIFTH COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Anthony Lamont West, a.k.a. Anthony West and Anthony L. West
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:39:24 -0400
From: Angela Hoy
To: Justin Michaels <justin.michaels@glancemagazine.com>, anthony.west@glancemagazine.com, copyeditor@glancemagazine.com, carolyn.mckinney@glancemagazine.com, pr@glancemagazine.com

Hi Anthony,

Please do not have non-owners of Glance respond to complaints about your
firm. This makes it appear you are personally evading the problem.

We received copies of emails sent to (NW) from a "Justin" who claims
(NW) is owed less than she claims and that she was only assigned one
article.

(NW) was promised $0.60/word in the emails below from (JO).
Also below are emails proving she was assigned both articles.

When can she expect payment of the $911 she is owed?

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~

WRITERSWEEKLY DID NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE.

~~~~~

UPDATE FROM WRITER

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: FIFTH COMPLAINT about GLANCE Magazine / glancemagazine.com / Anthony Lamont West, a.k.a. Anthony West and Anthony L. West
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:30:38 +0000
From: NW

No he still hasn't paid me. I haven't heard anything from Anthony West or anyone at GLANCE Magazine.


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