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Archived Issue # 04, Aug. 1

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Aside from getting angry and bashing your keyboard what do you do when you come up against a client/agency that does not pay you for the work you have done? There are a number of options, one of which is ... getting angry. If you really want your money though, (and who doesn't?) there are other less taxing alternatives. Assuming you have already contacted the entity that owes you money and have received an unsatisfactory reply or no reply (I would give them just one chance) then the following should be your next step.


No one likes bad publicity, and a whole world of publishing opportunities is at your fingertips. There are hundreds if not thousands of places to publish your story and get feedback and advice as well as some sympathy and ultimately some action from the accused. Create a short descriptive paragraph explaining the situation and naming names. You are the person with the power here. You are the one who has been wronged. Be straightforward.

Next, look for news groups, mailing lists, ombudsmen, Web sites, forums and chat lines, having something to do with editing. Publish your story! (See below in the "Resource Corner")

Finally, and this is the key to this whole exercise, make sure that each time you publish the story of your misfortune a copy gets sent to the person supposedly responsible for paying you as well as any other email addresses that you may have connected to that entity.

If it is an email message you are sending put the addresses in the CC: field. This lets everyone know who is responsible and scares the living daylights out of the concerned party (Hopefully!).

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