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Well, it's sad but it's true. At least one freelancer we know hasn't been paid by Time Out New York for pieces appearing since June; others haven't been paid since August at the weekly listings mag.
From: Brian FarnhamWhile it's not cash, this is the first time we've seen an editor-in-chief send around a note apologizing. So points for class on that. Or maybe we're just thinking of how hot he is still.... Wait a minute! No! Hotness is no excuse for late freelance payments! Bad Time Out, bad! Get it together before we come over there ourselves!
Date: Sep 21, 2007
Subject: late payments
Greetings cherished freelancer!
If you're getting this you're one of a handful of writers waiting on a check — please let me apologize for the delay and assure you it IS coming. It's been a summer of accounting snafus here at TONY but
they're fixed now and the machine is just catching up with the backlog.
Having once freelanced myself I know how aggravating it is to do hard work and then not get paid promptly for it, so believe me when i say I appreciate your patience. Hopefully you enjoy writing for TONY as much as I love your writing, and I would hate for this to come between us.
Hang in there, and apologies again.