The Gong -
American mag Entertainment Weekly has fallen off one member's Xmas list and into the nominations for the Gong, the eventual award for publishers who need a wake-up call. First they said he could delete any clauses in the corporate contract he didn't like - see (over)optimistic story in the October 2006 Freelance - then they decided that was a mistake and insisted on all rights. The member signed thinking to get his money and never work for them again. But that was 1 August and the cheque's still not arrived despite monthly email wranglings. And US$2000 per thousand words sounds like such an attractive proposition on the face of it...