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    Mother Nature Network (formerly Plenty Magazine)

    I was contracted to write a 2,000 word piece for Plenty. After one revision they decided it wouldn't work for them and said they would pay the kill fee. No big deal--it happens (though this was a first for me.) The real problem is that now, 90 days later, I still haven't received the kill fee. Even more discouraging is the fact that the editor/publisher has not had the courtesy to answer my e-mails, letters or telephone call.

    Anyone else have any problems with this magazine?

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    laodum
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    Update: Thanks to Angela at WritersWeekly.com, I finally got a response regarding payment. The editor told Angela that the payment has been sent and I should receive it by Monday. We shall see...

    I am surprised by this editor's lack of professionalism. I contacted him with the article query via e-mail, as instructed by the "How to Pitch" piece on on Mediabistro. I offered to overnight some of my clips, which would have shown him my writing style. He offered me the article without seeing the clips.

    It was a profile of 4 CEOs in the natural products industry who started companies for reasons other than to just make money. I thought the article fit with previous ones they had published, but I guess not. He told me it was too PR-like for their publication and that they wanted something more journalistic, critical and analytical. Considering I had to cover each CEO in about 500 words, how critical or analytical did he think I could get? I gave him what I said I would in the query, an article that would make consumers feel good about buying products from these companies.

    Very unprofessional all the way around. I still think writers should avoid this magazine. I'll just be happy to get paid for my time. As a former senior editor for a natural health publication, I had interviewed each of the CEOs in the past. It was a little embarrassing to have to tell them the article was a no go. Hopefully I will find a home for it elsewhere.

    Thanks for letting me vent off some steam,
    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by laodum
    Thanks for letting me vent off some steam,
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    Plenty. Harrrrrr.
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    And put away the doctrine
    Love a little more, love a little more
    ‘Cause everybody’s broken”


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    Plenty Magazine folded early '09. Most of its content absorbed into Mother Nature Network: http://www.mnn.com/
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