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#1 Kogia

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:31 PM

I'm sad to report that Unterwasser - one of the few remaining print magazines to continue publishing underwater images in high quality and to pay their contributors - has now joined the ranks of delinquents. Despite monthly reminders, I have not been paid for an article with photos that appeared in the April issue, which would have been printed in March. The editors seem to be sympathetic, but can get no action from the publisher, whose official excuse is that the accountant has been sick for months, and the only assistant accountant only comes in two days a week. And yet, somehow, the water and electricity have not been turned off, the landlords have not evicted them from their office space, and the employees continue to come to work. It is only the creators - the individuals who produce the content - who are considered expendable. The executives in their corporate suites probably feel that the editors should be able to source plenty of material from hobbyists who are happy to give it away for free in order to see their names in print. Most likely they are correct. However, don't expect that if you are promised to be paid for your work there that you will actually be paid.



#2 Pajjpen

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 10:43 AM

Can’t say I’m surprised. They’re customer service is super shady and they didn’t want to refund me a product they couldn’t ship either. Took a lot of convincing before they finally did it.
Sucks to hear tho. Should spread the word that they are shady and boycott them.

#3 Kogia

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 01:27 PM

I was finally paid. Seven months late, but that's a lot better than never.



#4 rba

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 02:35 AM

I gav them a dive article in 2015 about Oldenburg wreck in Norway, which as far as "I known" they have not yet put in the magazin and they don´t want to pay up front. So each quarter I write to them and the every time the reply is the same in 2 months.

 

Could be great if I could pay there subscription the same way.

 

From now on I will write the reply in this tread to pressure them.



#5 ComeFromAway

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:28 AM

I gav them a dive article in 2015 about Oldenburg wreck in Norway, which as far as "I known" they have not yet put in the magazin and they don´t want to pay up front. So each quarter I write to them and the every time the reply is the same in 2 months.

 

Could be great if I could pay there subscription the same way.

 

From now on I will write the reply in this tread to pressure them.

With all due respect, if they haven't printed the article, I'm not sure what the problem is. They are under no obligation to pay you if they haven't used your material. The issue becomes when they DO use an article but refuse to pay for it or are extremely delinquent. 

 

Sounds like you might be better served shopping your article around to other magazine outlets. Maybe someone else will run your article (and pay you for it).