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PostPosted: March 9th, 2010, 1:03 pm 
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COMPLAINT about Weddings Florida Magazine / wedflorida.com / Angela Bassuet / Florida Gulf Coast Brides / floridagulfcoastbrides.com / White Sand Publishing

From: "Angela Hoy" <angie@booklocker.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 8:34 PM
To: publisher@floridagulfcoastbrides.com, contact@floridagulfcoastbrides.com
Subject: SPAM-MED: COMPLAINT about Weddings Florida Magazine / wedflorida.com / Angela Bassuet / Florida Gulf Coast Brides / floridagulfcoastbrides.com

February 23, 2010

Angela Bassuet, Publisher - publisher@floridagulfcoastbrides.com /
contact@floridagulfcoastbrides.com
Weddings Florida Magazine / wedflorida.com
Florida Gulf Coast Brides / Florida Gulf Coast Weddings Magazine /
floridagulfcoastbrides.com/
611 A Ft Harrison, Suite 139
Clearwater, FL 33756
Weddings Florida
White Sand Publishing

P(727)953-9174

WritersWeekly.com has received a complaint about:
Weddings Florida Magazine / wedflorida.com / Angela Bassuet / Florida
Gulf Coast Brides / floridagulfcoastbrides.com / White Sand Publishing

ON FACEBOOK:

WEDDINGS FLORIDA MAGAZINE
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=70833771965

Angela Bassuet
http://www.facebook.com/people/Angela-B ... 1419393522

ON LINKEDIN:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/angela-bassuet/12/4b4/68a

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.

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THE COMPLAINT
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LM (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the publisher)
alleges you owe her $1500.

See allegation below my signature.

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
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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

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ALLEGATION
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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: filing a client complaint
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:51:04 -0500
From: LM

Dear Angela,

I was very pleased to hear about your website, and appreciate all your
efforts to help freelance writers. I'm writing now to file a client
complaint.

Last December I did editorial work for a woman named Angela Bassuet who
publishes a wedding magazine in Florida called Weddings Florida. Her
company is called White Sand Publishing. I edited the entire magazine,
and wrote a few short pieces for it. She owes me $1500 for this work. I
invoiced her two months ago. I emailed her a few times about payment
after a month had passed, and got a message saying she was waiting to be
paid by an agency. Two months passed, and when I phoned her (this was
three days ago) she hung up on me. I have since left messages and email,
and she refuses to respond. She seemed very happy with my work, and
though I did have to set some boundaries with her (she called me
incessantly and I suggested we communicate only via email) it seemed
that we were able to find enough common ground to put out a magazine.

She has postings on Facebook and her website about the new magazine, and
is basically passing off my and other writers' work as her own. At least
two of the other writers have not been paid as well.

I did draft an initial contract, which I signed and sent to her;
however, despite repeated requests, she never returned it to me.

I have cut and pasted some of our correspondence here; please let me
know if you need more.

Sincerely,
LM

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: COMPLAINT about Weddings Florida Magazine / wedflorida.com /
Angela Bassuet / Florida Gulf Coast Brides / floridagulfcoastbrides.com
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 08:44:48 -0500
From: publisher@wedflorida.com
To: Angela Hoy

Hi Angela,
The magazine came out mid January. Everyone gets paid within 60 days
after the magazine publishes. The magazine receives payments from it
advertising agencies within 60 days after publishing. No one here in the
office has ever hung up on anyone and everyone that has ever worked for
us has always been paid.

I am technically the editor of the magazine, but I give credit to
(LM) because the magazine could not be as polished
without her talents. She is greatly valued and I am sorry she is worried
about getting paid. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

//Angela Bassuet

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WRITERSWEEKLY RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: COMPLAINT about Weddings Florida Magazine / wedflorida.com / Angela Bassuet / Florida Gulf Coast Brides / floridagulfcoastbrides.com
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 2010 14:08:44 -0500
From: Angela Hoy
To: publisher@wedflorida.com, publisher@floridagulfcoastbrides.com, contact@floridagulfcoastbrides.com

Hi Angela,

We received your response but it doesn't make any sense because previous
emails you sent to the writer in January promised payment was going out
"soon" and "now." Copies are below my signature.

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *publisher@floridagulfcoastbrides.com
Date: Sat, Jan 9, 2010 at 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: checking in
To: LM

I am working on it. We get paid now, so all of the agencies pay us when
the mag comes out. The magazine is gorgeous. The Four Seasons in Miami
might do a launch party for us.

//Angela Bassuet

~~~~~

*From*: LM
*Sent*: Saturday, January 09, 2010 11:35 AM
*To*: publisher@floridagulfcoastbrides.com
*Subject*: Re: checking in

Great -- look forward to seeing it.

How about checks for hard-working editors? :)

Best,
LM

~~~~~

From: *publisher@floridagulfcoastbrides.com
Date: Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 9:31 PM
Subject: re: checking in
To: LM

I have the magazines now, have been in Miami on biz all week.... so I
will send you a copy. Checks for writers should go out soon.

//Angela Bassuet

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

Subject: Re: COMPLAINT about Weddings Florida Magazine / wedflorida.com
/ Angela Bassuet / Florida Gulf Coast Brides / floridagulfcoastbrides.com
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2010 17:17:50 -0500
From: contact@wedflorida.com <contact@wedflorida.com>
Reply-To: contact@wedflorida.com
To: Angela Hoy

This was in my spam folder and we are moving our office this week, so
sorry I am just getting back to you.

We pay all of our freelancers and sometimes the agencies are slow paying
us. Everyone has "always" been paid and within 60 days.

The writers will get their payments soon.

Angela


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PostPosted: April 14th, 2010, 10:50 pm 
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UPDATE:

It's now six weeks later, long past the 60-day mark, and the writer has still not been paid. It appears the publisher's statement that "Everyone gets paid within 60 days after the magazine publishes" was not true.


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PostPosted: April 19th, 2010, 2:52 pm 
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UPDATE: The writer received an email from the publisher that stated she would not be paid unless she retracts the comments she posted on the Internet.


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2011, 4:46 am 
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This is really not good! a writer put all his efforts and intellectual knowledge in the articles! Publisher should respect his mandate!
plus! this is unprofessional! the writer should be paid on time! writersweekly.com did the right thing to bring the complaint in lime light! Where is you 60 day pay promise??? Mr. Publisher!

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PostPosted: February 16th, 2011, 1:56 pm 
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KatyJhonson99 wrote:
This is really not good! a writer put all his efforts and intellectual knowledge in the articles! Publisher should respect his mandate!
plus! this is unprofessional! the writer should be paid on time! writersweekly.com did the right thing to bring the complaint in lime light! Where is you 60 day pay promise??? Mr. Publisher!


I would have to agree with you Kathy. The way the publisher tossed the writer to the side is very unprofessional. It is wrong to say someone will be paid in 60 days and not live up to the promise. With enough complaints this issue should be solved!

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PostPosted: February 23rd, 2011, 8:54 am 
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It is pretty alarming story; I must say!
My full support is for writer; because..I relate to wedding business and I truly know that concepts and intellectual knowledge flow from the writer's mind..
Every writer should be paid on time..else he/she can be demotivated..
writersweekly.com efforts are pretty appreciable..
do let me know my role..I am ready to volunteer my time and skill for this cause!
Publisher better fulfill his promise!

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PostPosted: March 24th, 2011, 10:01 am 
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It's not a healthy practice Mr. Publisher.
Don't play with writer's sweat.
Non paying way, is way too evil. You better watch,
I know you are after short term gain but remember it won't last long.
Guess what! you just put your credibility at stake.

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