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By john strand
From southern colo
Dec 26, 2012

There was short story about me in the August 2012 issue, with a couple of photos. Still have not been paid for the photo use. Anybody else have this problem ??

It's not a bit sum, but over 4 months seems a bit much


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By Scott O
From California
Dec 26, 2012
Batman Pinnacle

Have you tried calling them?


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Dec 26, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

Hey John, I know some people there. I think their accounting department is in California or something, so it kind of makes some financial stuff take a while to process. They're good people, maybe just a little disorganized or busy with the end of the year etc.

I'd email or call again and wait. They'll pay up if they said they would.

~Happy Holidays!~


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By FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Dec 26, 2012

Did you have a verbal agreement or written contract with them? Did you agree upon a price beforehand?

By the way, I read the article and it sounds like you have done some ballsy climbing!


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By john strand
From southern colo
Dec 26, 2012

Ya- written contract and yes i have heard from some "people" I don't do net 150...

When i didn't get any satisfaction after almost 5 months.. YES it's time to go public


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By bheller
From SL UT
Dec 26, 2012

I had a contract and wrote a feature article for them this year. I submitted my work in january and didn't receive payment until november... I did get paid in full, but it took A LOT of pestering.

I second the idea that it seems the problem is with the accounting dept. and not the folks who create the magazine content.


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By jonathan.lipkin
From Brooklyn, NY
Dec 27, 2012

Magazines are notorious for not paying photographers, take it from a photographer who used to work for magazines. Just keep sending them invoices.


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By germsauce
Dec 27, 2012
Hippos kill people

i have published some articles with Climbing, and yes, expect 4+ months for payment. I think of it as an unexpected bonus check in the mail, because by the time they actually poniy up I've usually forgotten about it.


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By SexPanther aka Kiedis
Dec 27, 2012
Thumbtastic

Sometimes hearing shit like this makes me really appreciate my job. Get paid every week for what I worked.

I doubt posting on here's helping much, I'd email the editors and see what you can get expedited.


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By wankel7
From Indiana
Dec 27, 2012

Send it to collections :p


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By Seth Derr
From harrisburg, pa
Dec 27, 2012
Hey there!

Still waiting for a check from July. When i last emailed them, maybe in October sometime, they said they were just now processing checks from January/February so it would be a while til i got mine. Wasn't sure if they were just blowing me off but based on what others have said it appears they were telling the truth. So maybe one sunny day i'll open my mailbox and score a check.


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dec 27, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.




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By john strand
From southern colo
Dec 27, 2012

WOW ! thanks for all the posts. I thought it was bad , but not this bad.


So much for ... net 30 I guess


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By Tradoholic
Dec 27, 2012

Notice that Climbing Mag is no longer featured on the front page of MP?

Sounds like a cash flow problem, they pay who can cause them trouble first.


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By Buff Johnson
Dec 27, 2012
smiley face

I think I got a check after a couple years. I wrote it off, but maybe someone closing books at year end had a strange bout of good karma, or something. I'd still submit something if they asked. They have cool people there, you don't really have to be a super-alpinist to have a solid concept, and you reach a good amount of climbers with a rigging, adventure, or technique idea that won't get lost in these online forum beatdowns.

Hanson is on a 30 year 'wait-list' for something and still pissed about it; don't think it was Climbing, though, maybe North Farce.


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By TheBirdman
Dec 27, 2012

germsauce wrote:
i have published some articles with Climbing, and yes, expect 4+ months for payment. I think of it as an unexpected bonus check in the mail, because by the time they actually poniy up I've usually forgotten about it.


Who would want to read anything you wrote? I can barely understand you when you speak...


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By clint helander
From anchorage, alaska
Dec 27, 2012
Sleeping on top of Washington column after climbing the Prow. Yosemite.

love climbing but it took me nine months of pestering to get paid for a feature. Not chump change. I finally got it but it made me think twice about writing for the future if it was a big project.

Alpinist however, paid within a few weeks.


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By Kevin Craig
Dec 27, 2012
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd

I know other photographers who have had long delays in getting paid by Climbing and at least one author who's had a significant hassle with one of their editors.

OTOH, if you're ever lucky enough to work with Patagonia, they pay well and promptly.


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By john strand
From southern colo
Dec 27, 2012

interesting than no one from Climbing has a response ???

Anyone from SKRAM have a reason that they don't pay the bills ?

i didn'tthink so

no wonder the mags suck


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By john strand
From southern colo
Dec 27, 2012

Still nothing ???? I know you monitor this site...



man up

pay your bills


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Dec 27, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

You'll probably have better results if you're diplomatic and call them up directly.


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By john strand
From southern colo
Dec 27, 2012

I have tried tha t for several months... how about-


Pay Me


This is complete bullshit.. i have worked in the print media for many years.. pay for print is what we said .. end of disussion


I'm originally from the east coast.. the deal is pay me..

if not, then we have an issue.. not good

Maybe I'll go taco


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By Brad Caldwell
From Deep in the Jocassee Gorges
Dec 27, 2012

john strand wrote:
Still nothing ???? I know you monitor this site... man up pay your bills


Really...you expect things to happen because you post on MP about it? You should consider this a learning experience instead of trying to bully a big corporation into paying up by whining about it on the net! You are ruining your name for future publications by doing it this way.


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Dec 27, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

how does one, "go taco"?


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By john strand
From southern colo
Dec 27, 2012

Climbing is hardly a big publication. I really don't care about he money.. I just think that companies should honor contracts ?? problem ?

Does posting up here make honoring a contract invalid ? I don't thin so


If you had something published.. would you not expect to be paid


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By erik wellborn
From manitou springs
Dec 27, 2012
Top of Bridalveil, feelin good

Jon Zucco wrote:
how does one, "go taco"?

"Taco"?. Is that a east coast thing? Like "going loco"?


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