We read with interest your March 24 story on Alan Weston Communications and its array of college-audience magazines, "Pair Go From 'Toga Parties' to Magazines."
As free-lance writers, we have all written for Alan Weston's magazines--which now include College Woman, Moving Up and Ampersand--for several years. However, we all now refuse to write for them. The company's payments are excessively slow and inconsistent. For example, David Groves (one of the undersigned) has never received payment for an article that was requested two years ago by a previous editor and then never published. Payment to all of us has rarely been received when promised.
We beg to differ, then, with your article, which reported few financial worries and stated: "With the infusion of venture capital last year, (co-owner) Dickey said the company is stable now." A company that doesn't pay some of its writers doesn't sound stable to us. Does it to you?
Southern California Chapter
American Society of Journalists and Authors
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