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PostPosted: February 27th, 2007, 1:08 pm 
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The writer alleges this publisher not only published his article without payment, but also gave credit to another writer for the story! The publisher has not responded to our inquiry below.

From: Angela Hoy
To: thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net, david.illig@ecklers.net, sales@ecklerscamaro.net, custsvc@ecklerscamaro.net, webmaster@ecklers.net, camarotech@ecklerscamaro.net, info@ecklerscamaro.net, clubs@ecklerscamaro.net
Subject: COMPLAINT about Eckler's Camaro World Magazine / Eckler's Camaro
Date sent: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 13:07:23 -0500

February 19, 2007

Thomas Stricklin - thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net
David Illig - david.illig@ecklers.net
Eckler's Camaro - ecklerscamaro.com / ecklers.net
Eckler's Camaro World Magazine
sales@ecklerscamaro.net, custsvc@ecklerscamaro.net, webmaster@ecklers.net,
camarotech@ecklerscamaro.net, info@ecklerscamaro.net,
clubs@ecklerscamaro.net
5140 S. Washington Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
P(321)385-1686
P(800)283-0691
F(321)383-2059

WritersWeekly.com has received a complaint about:
Eckler's Camaro / ecklerscamaro.com / ecklers.net /
Ecker's Camaro World Magazine

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Step one of our investigation has been completed.

[RA] (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the publisher)
alleges you assigned an article to him. He wrote the article,
delivered it, and it was then published in your magazine with another
writer's name (copyright infringement), and that you did not pay him
for the article (theft). He alleges you owe him $250.00 and an apology and
correction to be posted in the next issue of your magazine. He further
alleges your editor first claimed the article needed rewriting (a lie),
then admitted to the error, but did not send payment and a letter as
promised. Your editor is now ignoring correspondence from [RA].

WritesWeekly has obtained a scan of the article as it was published
in your magazine, along with the manuscript and photos submitted
by [RA]. They are indeed the same article.

In addition, a second article was rejected, but a third article was
ordered by your editor and was delivered by [RA]. He is
requesting payment for that article as well.

See complete allegation under my signature.

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We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
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THE COMPLAINT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From: [RA]
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: Plagarism
Date sent: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 15:54:51 -0800 (PST)

Hi Angela,

I have had numerous automotive related articles published. I send copies of previous work to "Camaro World" magazine and the editor loved my work and said that he could use my skills. I sent in two articles. With the first he said he was excited to
get it and said that he could definitely use the article. The second
article he really liked, but could not use it, since it did not contain enough
Camaro content, which I understood and did not have a problem with that.

The first article ran in the February, 2007 issue, but the credit was given to another person. The article ran exactly as I had sent it to the editor, except for the first
sentence and a road name was changed to the word "street". The pictures
I sent and the descriptions ran exactly as I sent them. Before I sent
this article in, the editor said that they would pay me $125.00 per page for
any articles that they ran. This article covered two pages, but he
never sent me the $250.00.

When I questioned the editor, he sounded nervous, but stated that the
person that was given credit for the article had to completely rewrite
the article and it became his article. He also stated that the quality of
my article wasn't up to the magazine's standards. After I talked to him
further, he stated he would pay me and send me a letter stating that the
article was in fact my article. Neither the payment, nor the letter has
been sent.

Before this article ran, I had asked about covering a third event
which had a prototype Camaro. The editor said he would like me to write an
article for him, which I did. I sent pictures from this event to him,
which he liked. I followed that up with a brief article, but haven't
heard whether or not they plan on running the article. He did send me a
model for my efforts.

I have kept many of the emails and can forward them to you.

Thank You, [RA]

~~~~~

From: [RA]
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: Fwd: Camaro Stories

Hi Angela,

This is a response to my first email to Mr. Strickland. I told him a
little bit about myself and asked him if he would be interested in having
me write an article for him.

Thank You, [RA]

~~~~~

From: "Thomas Stricklin" <thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net>
To: [RA]
Subject: Camaro Stories
Date sent: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 16:58:58 -0400

Please contact me at 321-385-1578 I would be happy to discuss this with
you.

Thomas Stricklin
Eckler's Camaro Brand Manager

~~~~~

From: [RA]
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: Fwd: RE: Indy 500 Pace Car Reunion
Date sent: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 10:40:51 -0800 (PST)

Hi Angela,

Attached is the email I sent to Mr. Strickland with the article,
photos and description of the photos. As you can tell with his response, he
liked the article. When I compared the article that I submitted to the
published version, they only changed the first sentence and a couple of
street names.


After speaking to Mr. Strickland after sending in this article and he
had a chance to speak to his boss, Mr. Strickland said that he would pay
me $125.00 per page. I did not get anything in writing from him on
this.

When I later spoke to Mr. Strickland, he said the article was so
poorly written that Ray Lee had to totally rewrite it. Since Mr. Lee rewrote
the article, it became his article. I don't have a problem taking criticism
from professionals, but I notice that one of the write-ups for one of
the pictures was grammatically incorrect, which Mr. Lee did not correct and
it made it to the published article.

The last time I spoke with Mr. Strickland, which was about two weeks
ago, he said that he would send me a check for $250.00 (for the two page
article) and a letter stating that I wrote the article. I have yet to
receive either the check or the letter.

I could send him an email outlining our conversation to see if he
would acknowledge the payment amount and the letter. Do you think that is a
good idea?

Thank You, [RA]

~~~~~

From: "Thomas Stricklin" <thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net>
To: [RA]
Subject: RE: Indy 500 Pace Car Reunion
Date sent: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 08:02:09 -0400

Good Morning [RA], the photos and story are great, I will contact you
soon, after I speak with my boss. Thanks

________________________________

From: [RA]
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 10:32 PM
To: Thomas Stricklin
Subject: Indy 500 Pace Car Reunion

August 15, 2006

Dear Mr. Stricklin:

The following is an article that I have written about the pace car
reunion at Indianapolis for bump day, which was held during the weekend before
the Indy 500 this past May...

Article removed from this posting by WritersWeekly.com.
~~~~~

From: [RA]
To: Thomas Stricklin <thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net>
Subject: RE: Indy 500 Pace Car Reunion
Date sent: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 19:23:34 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Tom,

That sounds good. I will wait to hear from you.

Thank You, [RA]

~~~~~

From: [RA]
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: Fwd: Indy Article
Date sent: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 10:44:52 -0800 (PST)

Hi Angela,

This is my last email on this article. I did not get a response, so I
called him and had the conversation I described in a previous email.

Thank You, [RA]

~~~~~

From: [RA]
To: Thomas Stricklin <thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net>
Subject: Indy Article
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 17:17:36 -0800 (PST)

Hi Thomas,

I received my copy of the February 2007 Camaro World today and noticed
the article that I wrote on the Indy 500 2006 Pace Car Reunion, along
with the pictures. The article looked nice. I also noticed that the article
and pictures were credited to Ray Lee. I do not know Mr. Lee and
wondered why he was credited with this article? I was hoping to use this article
to help me get credentials for other Camaro related events. I also like
to frame my first articles from various publications for my office.
Please let me know what happened with this article.

Thank You, [RA]

~~~~~

From: [RA]
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: Fwd: RE: NAIAS
Date sent: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 10:48:52 -0800 (PST)

Hi Angela,

Attached is a email that was sent after the article was sent to Mr.
Strickland on the Indy Pace Car Reunion. I did go to the NAIAS event
and did send a brief article and pictures. If they disliked my work so
much, they should not have encouraged me to do more work for them.

Thank You, [RA]

~~~~~~

From: "Thomas Stricklin" <thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net>
To: [RA]
Subject: RE: NAIAS
Date sent: Mon, 8 Jan 2007 08:14:47 -0500

Good Morning [RA], thanks for inquiring about the photos. Yes it would
very nice if you would photo the 2009 Camaro convertible and write a
brief article. Thank You.

From: [RA]
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 7:59 PM
To: Thomas Stricklin
Subject: NAIAS

Hi Thomas,

I will be going to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit
on Sunday, January 7th. I will be going during the media days. I have
just been notified that the GM will be displaying the 2009 Camaro
Convertible prototype car. Would you be interested in having me prepare
and article and/or photographs of this car?

Thank You, [RA]

~~~~~

From: [RA]
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: Fwd: RE: 2009 Camaro Convertible article
Date sent: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 10:52:21 -0800 (PST)

Hi Angela,

Attached is the email correspondence concerning the NAIAS event and
the article that I wrote. Mr. Stickland did send me a model as he said he
would. I have not had a chance to discuss with him whether or not they
planned to publish this article and the pictures I sent.

Thank You, [RA]

~~~~~

From: "Thomas Stricklin" <thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net>
To: [RA]
Subject: RE: 2009 Camaro Convertible article
Date sent: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 10:01:45 -0500

No I was unable to attend this year's show, but from the looks of the
car, I would love to see it in person. Thanks again.

________________________________

From: [RA]
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 9:27 AM
To: Thomas Stricklin
Subject: RE: 2009 Camaro Convertible article

Hi Thomas,

That sounds great. My address is: [removed].
What a great looking car. Where you able to
attend the NAIAS?

Thank You, [RA]

Thomas Stricklin <thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net> wrote:

[RA], Thanks you for the information. Please Provide me with you
address, I would like to send you a Die Cast Model of the 2009 Camaro
Concept for your efforts.
_______________________________

From: [RA]
Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2007 10:54 AM
To: Thomas Stricklin
Subject: 2009 Camaro Convertible article

Hi Thom,

As you has suggested, I am enclosing a brief article on the 2009
Camaro convertible concept car. I can expand upon if you would like. I
have previously emailed you pictures of this vehicle. Please let me
know if you receive this email and the pictures in good condition.

Thank You, [RA]

~~~~~~

From: [RA]
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: Fwd: RE: Krasl Concours
Date sent: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 10:55:43 -0800 (PST)

Hi Angela,

Attached is a third article that I wrote and submitted to Mr.
Strickland. Again, he liked the article, however, it didn't have enough
"Camaro" content, which I can understand.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can provide or do. I
hope there is something that can be done to these people.

Thank You, [RA]

From: "Thomas Stricklin" <thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net>
To: [RA]
Subject: RE: Krasl Concours
Date sent: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 11:29:32 -0500

Thank you sir, I forgot to mention that your article was well written,
and that was never in question.

________________________________

From: [RA]
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 11:28 AM
To: Thomas Stricklin
Subject: RE: Krasl Concours

Thanks Tom for your response. I will make sure that future articles
have more Camaro content.

Thomas Stricklin <thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net> wrote:

[RA] this story simply does not contain enough Camaro content for our
magazine. Sorry we won't be able to use this one.

________________________________

From: [RA]
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 8:24 AM
To: Thomas Stricklin
Subject: RE: Krasl Concours

Hi Thomas,

I could take more pictures of my Camaro, but do not have access to the
other Camaros. I understand your comments and they will help me in the
future. I could rewrite the article to emphasize the 1971 Z-28, but
then you still wouldn't have the pictures. Please let me know what if
this article can be changed enough for your use. If not, then we can
try something different next time.

Thank You, [RA]

Thomas Stricklin <thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net> wrote:

Good Morning [RA], I had our magazine contributing editor review
your story as well as the photos, and we both determined that your story
was well written however, it was missing more Camaro content necessary
for our Camaro magazine. The photos cannot be used for various reasons;
one being too many people in the shots, and photo angles of the cars.
If you have any additional photos of these Camaros please send them to
me for review. Thanks

_______________________________


From: [RA]
Sent: Saturday, November 04, 2006 10:24 AM
To: Thomas Stricklin
Subject: Krasl Concours

Attached are four pictures from the Krasl Concours event. The
first one is of my 1969 Camaro SS Convertible. The second is of Tom and
Deborah Pearsons' 1971 Camaro RS Z-28. The third is the engine
compartment of the Pearsons' Z-28. The fourth is of my 1969 Camaro
facing the Judges stand. ALSO, PLEASE CORRECT THE YEAR OF THE PEARSONS'
CAMARO IN THE TEXT THAT I PREVIOUSLY SENT. IT SHOULD STATE THAT IT IS A
1971 RS Z-28.


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PostPosted: February 27th, 2007, 1:17 pm 
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From: [RA]
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: Re: COMPLAINT about Eckler's Camaro World Magazine / Eckler's Camaro
Date sent: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 07:30:59 -0800 (PST)

Hi Angela,

I got home late last night and had a Federal Express envelop from
Ecklers. Inside was a check for $250.00, with only the word "Article" on
the check stub. I am assuming that this check is to cover only the
article they ran on the pace cars, and nothing for the latest article on
the NAIAS event.

I have requested that they also send a letter acknowledging that the
article was mine. I noticed that you requested an apology and correction
to be posted in the next issue of their magazine. I believe that the next
issue of "Camaro World" has been completed, but possibly in the next
couple of issues they should have an apology.

As you are aware, published works are important to freelance writers in
order to obtain future assignments and media credentials and access. I
was hoping to send a copy of this article as an example of my work along
with a request for credentials for future work.

At least we made progress on the first payment. I hope requesting an
acknowledgment letter or a formal apology is not asking to much. Please
let me know what you think.

Thank You, [RA]


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WRITERSWEEKLY CONTACTS PUBLISHER AGAIN.

From: Angela Hoy
To: thomas.stricklin@ecklers.net, david.illig@ecklers.net, sales@ecklerscamaro.net, custsvc@ecklerscamaro.net, webmaster@ecklers.net, camarotech@ecklerscamaro.net, info@ecklerscamaro.net, clubs@ecklerscamaro.net
Subject: (Fwd) COMPLAINT about Eckler's Camaro World Magazine / Eckler'
Date sent: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 11:15:10 -0500

Greetings,

I am surprised we haven't heard from you.

The writer reports he received a fedex package with a check in it for
$250.00 yesterday. The check simply had "article" written on it. The
writer is still waiting for payment for the other article that was
assigned to him and which was delivered. We also need information
on exactly when you will publish the retraction and apology for the
publication of his work under some else's name. He also
awaits a letter from your firm stating the article was indeed
written by him so he can still use the article as a clip.

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com.

THIS PUBLISHER HAS NOT RESPONDED TO WRITERSWEEKLY OR THE WRITER.

WRITERSWEEKLY URGES ALL WRITERS TO AVOID THIS PUBLICATION.


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WRITER SENDS UPDATE

From: RA
Subject: Re: (Fwd) COMPLAINT about Eckler's Camaro World Magazine / Eckler'
Date sent: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 19:38:26 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Angela,

I received a letter from Camaro World Magazine yesterday in which they notified me that the magazine will no longer be published. It seems that their costs were to high. I had joined their Camaro club and was to get a year of their magazine. I guess that explains a lot, although it doesn't make it right. Thank you again for all your help.

RA


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