To Whom It May Concern:
I signed on as a freelance writer with Pure Time Magazine (www.ptimesmag.com) on September 30, 2007. I signed a contract that stated that if any of my articles were published in Pure Times Magazine, I would be compensated $200. The contract went on to state that payment would be sent out in check form via the United States Postal Service on the 15th of the month following publication.
In November 2007, my “Across the Universe Review” was published at www.puretimesmagazine.com/reviews/acrossTheUniverse.html (this URL is no longer active).
I have yet to receive payment.
Between the dates of December 24, 2007 and April 22, 2008, I sent a total of six e-mails to Pure Times Magazine’s editor in chief, Christina Guy. I also placed approximately half a dozen phone calls to her personal cell phone requesting a call back or email so that I could find out when my payment was or would be processed and mailed out. I did not receive any reply.
On May 12, 2008, I sent the following email to Ms. Guy as well as the general e-mail address for Pure Times Magazine and the email that the domain name was registered under:
“To the Pure Times Magazine staff:
As I have mentioned in countless emails and phone messages to Christina Guy, editor-in-chief of Pure Times Magazine, I am still owed payment from your company. My article "Across the Universe Review" was published in the November 2007 issue of your online magazine. Due to the terms agreed to in the contract that was sent to me, signed and returned, I should have been sent my $200 payment on December 15, 2007. I have yet to receive payment. I also have yet to hear a reply from anyone involved with this magazine.
I have composed a letter to send to WritersWeeklky.com (the largest freelance writing ezine in the world), to the major freelance writing watchdog groups and websites, to the National Writer's Union, to the Better Business Bureau in Arizona, and to the Arizona Attorney General's office. I will mail these letters in ten business days (May 27th, 2008) if I have not received payment by then.
I sincerely hope that I do not have to mail the complaint letters.
I received a reply from Ms. Guy the following day (May 13, 2008). Ms. Guy’s email stated that Pure Times Magazine was forced to shut down in December 2007 due to financial reasons. While Ms. Guy apologized for the inconvenience that I and the rest of the contract writers, graphic artists, administration and web artists experienced, it did not directly state that payment was forthcoming. Ms. Guy continued on to say that she hoped to use our services again in the future if the magazine is able to find new investors. While I understand and empathize with Ms. Guy’s distress, I am unsympathetic with her lack of communication and payment.
I want to pass on my experience with Ms. Guy and Pure Times Magazine so that other freelancers can be forewarned about the way that this company operates.