Update: more than a month ago, I received an email through this site, asking if I would remove the above comments I made last October. I did so- mainly because part of the email stated "we have weekly assignments so if you would be interested in possibly coming back on board that would also be an option that I will leave open to you." However, after I removed the comments, I was told getting more work from the company would mean either of two options: if I wanted work offered directly to me, as the original agreement stated, they'd 'let me know if something comes up;' otherwise, I could try to obtain 'team' assignments through Textbroker. Finding there was nothing listed on Textbroker I emailed about this and was told they'd 'send me a quick email' when assignments are listed. I've not received any emails since, and although I've checked Textbroker a couple of times every day there's never been anything there.
I will also add: I was told that in the past "there was no contracted agreement for work"-- first, getting the job in the first place meant agreeing to produce two articles every day from Mondays through Fridays- verbally, by phone, amounted to a contracted agreement; second, the chat comments that there'd never be a shortage of work and it would be a longterm position furthers that agreement.
Second, while the email stated they never intended to withhold work from me, the situation was: late one Tuesday night, when I still hadn't received the week's assignments (meaning I was already two days behind), I emailed to say I needed the assignments and the response was "go ahead and work on 'other projects' until further notice.' Now, with the agreement to produce articles daily, failing to receive that week's work , and then being told to go work elsewhere until further notice-- I'd say that amounts to 'intentionally withholding work.'
Third, I was told I was paid in advance for the work I did for Advantage Media. As every writer I know would take that to mean being paid before the work was completed, that statement was not true, either. When I worked for Advantage Media I was paid before their normal pay dates, after I had completed the work. I appreciate Mr. Esposito doing this-- and my sole reason for it was when I agreed to work for them, the amount of work I agreed to do and the income meant I was working for them full time, and so I had no other source of income.
I did my job as I agreed to do, while frequently being held back on work. There were times I had to double-up on work in order to complete it all by Friday deadlines, because the assignments were not provided when they should have been. Not only did I knock myself out for this company, after signing up a second time more than a month ago, I received nothing. I agree I was 'baited' with further work only to encourage me to remove the comments.