Hey all. I'd like your advice. I am absolutely fuming! I did some work for Eurotravel & Events in October and November, here's one of their sites: http://www.italian-weddings.com.
After unanswered emails and attempts at contacting Jeni Larson and Roland Ripamonti, I finally got ahold of Roland today concerning my invoice which is now 2 months overdue. He accused me plagarism! I was shocked. I've asked him to prove this, and he said that he has a lot of other things to do, basicly telling me that this is not very important to him. Said he would get back to me. I asked when, and was told that he basicly didn't know, and that if I wanted to get paid I should hang up. ??? Good thing I was sitting down. I got the sickening "Oh no, they're trying to screw me over" feeling. I want to hope that this is all a big misunderstanding, but I deeply suspect it's not.
After my first payment was slow, and noticing a general lack of communication, I wondered if something was wrong with this company. I noticed that they're words weren't following their actions. When my second payment became overdue, I wrapped up my work with them, decided that I couldn't afford the trouble. Now this accusation.
I'd never steal anyone else's work because I know the value of it, and now I fear that I'm not going to get paid for my own hard work. The amount owed is about $150. If I hear back from them and they refuse to pay, I can't afford to take them to court.
I've never dealth with anything like this before, and would appreciate your advice. I have a lot of respect for writers here, so this was my first idea of where to seek help. What are my options?