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PostPosted: October 7th, 2008, 2:47 pm 
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FIRST COMPLAINT

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: COMPLAINT about Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com / Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com / MacAllister Stone
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008 15:30:11 -0400
To: macallister.stone@gmail.com, editor@absolutewrite.com

October 2, 2008

MacAllister Stone - macallister.stone@gmail.com, editor@absolutewrite.com
Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com
Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com
8911 Vernon Road #165
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

WritersWeekly.com has received a complaint about:
MacAllister Stone / Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com /
Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com

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
-------------

[RC] (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the publisher)
alleges you owe her $150.00, that you only responded
to one of her numerous emails, and that you promised to send payment on
Monday, September 1st, but did not. See her 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 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
~~~~~~~~~~~

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Contact
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008 13:05:00 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
From: RC

Hi, Angela,

I'm writing to you in regards to an issue I'm having with Absolute
Classes, a division of Absolute Write.

From June 18-July 19th, I taught a class entitled: [name removed].
I was supposed to receive $50 per
student, and I had three students at the time. Shortly after the end of
the class, I invoiced Absolute Write's editor, MacAllister Stone, for
$150.00 (on August 2, 2008). Since that time, I have contacted
MacAllister on August 20, August 26, August 31, September 7, September
12, September 24, and today, October 2nd. I received one response from
MacAllister on August 31st as referenced below. I did provide my Paypal
information on August 31st. Since that time, I have received no
communication from MacAllister, and since I have recently finished
teaching yet another class (for $50.00), I'm pretty sure I'm going to
have to go the same route with payment.

I'll be happy to send you all communications I have sent to MacAllister.

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

RC

~~~~~

PUBLISHER RESPONDS


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: COMPLAINT about Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com /
Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com / MacAllister Stone
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2008 18:54:26 -0700
From: MacAllister Stone <macallister.stone@gmail.com>

Actually, all I have is a mea culpa. A combination of my own
bookkeeping error and flaky internet connectivity meant I thought the
payment went through when it didn't, and I've been offline most of the
last month. [RC] has now been paid in full.

best,
Mac

~~~~~

WRITER RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: COMPLAINT about Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com /
Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com / MacAllister Stone
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2008 22:31:40 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
From: DC

Hi, Angela,

I was just paid $100 for one invoice today and $50.00 on the second
invoice. The first invoice was for $150.00, so I e-mailed MacAllister
and told her that she was short $50.00. So I'm hoping she'll pay that
one and be done with it. Thank you so much for sending the complaint to
Absolute Write and for helping writers get paid!

DC


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PostPosted: October 8th, 2008, 6:08 pm 
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UPDATE

The publisher claims the extra $50 was paid. We have contacted the writer to see if she did indeed receive the money.

WRITER'S RESPONSE

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [Fwd: Re: COMPLAINT about Absolute Write /
absolutewrite.com / Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com / MacAllister
Stone]
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 18:23:08 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
From: DC

Yes, Angela. I got it after having to request it again. The total amount
due was $200.00. MacAllister originally paid me for $150.00, so I had to
ask again for the remainder of the money. I heard nothing from her until
you sent her the warning, and then I received an e-mail telling me she
had been offline and that she thought she had paid me. At any rate, I
have finally gotten paid, and I do appreciate your help!

DC


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PostPosted: March 3rd, 2009, 8:54 pm 
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SECOND COMPLAINT about AbsoluteWrite.com / MacAllister Stone

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: ANOTHER COMPLAINT about Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com / Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com / MacAllister Stone
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2009 13:24:13 -0500
To: macallister.stone@gmail.com, editor@absolutewrite.com

March 2, 2009

MacAllister Stone - macallister.stone@gmail.com, editor@absolutewrite.com
Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com
Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com
8911 Vernon Road #165
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
MacAllister Stone / Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com /
Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com

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
-------------

LF (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the publisher)
alleges you owe her $360.00, and that you've ignored
all but one of her emails over the past year. See allegation under my
signature.

We were also alerted by another writer who claims she was reprimanded
for putting a link to WritersWeekly.com in a forum post she made at your website.

-----------------
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: Complaint About Payment from Absolute Write
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 18:26:43 -0500
From: [LF]

Hi, Angela,

I hope all is well with you!

I see you have a complaint about MacAllister Stone at Absolute Write:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?t=8199

I'm having the same problem...I offered my e-course on getting published
in magazines through AbsoluteWrite.com in January and April 2008, and I was to receive
60% of the fee I charged students, with 40% being a commission to AW.

The January invoice was for $216, and the April invoice was for $144.
MacAllister has ignored all my e-mails over the last year except one,
when she asked me to resend my invoice.

I find it ironic that someone who runs a site for writers would
hold off on paying her own writers for so long. I taught these
students, they paid McAllister, and I deserve to
be paid. Can you help me?

Thanks so much,

LF


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PostPosted: March 12th, 2009, 3:54 pm 
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AbsoluteWrite.com / MacAllister Stone FAILED TO RESPOND TO WRITERSWEEKLY. However, we received this update from the writer:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Thanks!
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 19:14:18 -0400
From: LF

Hi, Angela,

I posted about this on the AW forums, and Mac claimed on the forums that
she's been e-mailing me and that I haven't responded, and also that she
hasn't been getting my e-mails. Hm. She PMed me and promised to pay me
after she gets her next paycheck. Thanks for your help!

LF


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PostPosted: August 11th, 2009, 1:11 pm 
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THIRD COMPLAINT

THIS PUBLISHER ONCE AGAIN FAILED TO RESPOND TO WRITERSWEEKLY.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: THIRD COMPLAINT about MacAllister Stone / Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com / Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com / Mac Stone
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2009 15:13:47 -0400
From: Angela Hoy <angie@booklocker.com>
To: macallister.stone@gmail.com, editor@absolutewrite.com

August 1, 2009

MacAllister Stone - macallister.stone@gmail.com, editor@absolutewrite.com
Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com
Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com
8911 Vernon Road #165
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

WritersWeekly.com has received A THIRD complaint about:
MacAllister Stone / Mac Stone / Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com /
Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com

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
-------------

LW (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the publisher)
alleges you owe her $150.00, have owed it for a year, and
that you're ignoring her emails.

Why is a website that claims to support writers not paying freelancers what they're owed?

-----------------
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: Re: Contact
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 19:36:42 -0400
From: LW

Hi, Angela!

This is (LW). I'm over the (name removed for publication)
class. I have it documented. I've been sending emails for almost
a year. I've used Paypal invoices since 10-2008, as well as the invoice
"reminders" Paypal offers. It started as $200 and Mac has paid
$50. I never get a response from anything. She still owes $150.

LW

~~~~~

LW SENDS FOLLOW-UP

August 6, 2009

LW wrote:

Hi!

She responded yesterday, but it's pretty much the same. I'll get it when she does, she's tried to email me, gave me a different email (said she'd sent it earlier, but she didn't), but I don't know. I can't figure out why it's so difficult as she had the money a year ago and could've cleared this all up.

She said she was taking my class off of Absolute Write, but then wrote a second time to gave me a new email to write her at. I haven't written back. I don't really know what to do. I don't see how costs could be that high as most of the AW staff, from what I've gathered, do it for the byline and self-promotion, but aren't financially paid. Writers need their pay when they're supposed to get it like everyone else, not when people feel like paying. Esp. today, in this economy. I have 3 full, established domains and don't see how it could be so expensive you would be in such financial straits from it. That's a lot of money when you combine everyone who hasn't gotten paid.

Thanks again for all your help,

LW

~~~~~

WRITERSWEEKLY'S OPINION

If LW taught a class at AbsoluteWrite.com, that means the students who took that class paid for that class in advance. It appears MacAllister Stone used those funds for other purposes rather than paying the instructor who taught the class those students paid for.

What's up with that?!


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IS MACALLISTER STONE RETALIATING AGAINST WRITER / INSTRUCTOR FOR REPORTING HER FOR NON-PAYMENT OF A DEBT THAT IS ALMOST A YEAR OLD??

LF from the second complaint above sent in a copy of an email she received from MacAllister Stone. It states she's going to stop advertising the instructor's class because the instructor filed a complaint with WritersWeekly against MacAllister Stone / AbsoluteWrite.com.

MacAllister Stone claims she's making small payments to everyone she owes money to.

Removing an instructor's class from the market, just because she reported you for non-payment, is, in our opinion, retaliation.

The instructor confirms that her class was indeed removed from AbsoluteWrite.

Due to the people who are owed money by this MacAllister Stone / AbsoluteWrite, and because of this retaliatory action, WritersWeekly must recommend writers / instructors avoid doing business with this website.


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