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FEES PAID, pain free!

Problems getting paid? Simon Whaley courts the idea of legal action.


Being commissioned is one of the best feelings a writer can have. One of the few feelings to better that is getting paid for that commissioned work. However, occasionally, getting paid for those hard-crafted words isn’t as straightforward as it should be. In the business of writing, there is such a thing as a payment procrastinator: a supplier who’ll seemingly do anything to avoid paying up.

Seven years ago I had problems extracting payment from a magazine for some commissioned work. I’d pitched an idea in March for the publication’s October issue. Despite several follow-up emails I had no response, so assumed the idea was not of interest. Then, six months later, on 14 September, the editor got in touch. He liked my pitch, but needed the finished text and images within 48 hours.

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