I had an interesting “chat” with a “friend” over the weekend. I have changed a few inconsequential details, to protect the innocent.
Talking about the Writer Compensation Program (WCP) buyouts. I’m not up on the details of that. There is at least one thread that sheds some light in the DSS forums, but that was back in May when they made the offers.
Good thing I didn’t have to go into the zombie forums in my research on this. Heard Demand Media servers were, how shall I say, erratic this weekend due to some technical problems. Surely the zombies were shaken and stirred. My friend messaged me:
“I am just getting to the point where I have enough work without Demand and don’t want to cut ties until I’m sure I don’t need them.
I’d like to find out if anyone else didn’t receive what they were promised on the EHow buyout. Unfortunately, I was out of town and couldn’t print out what I accepted, but there’s no way on earth I would accept the amount they claim.”
How long did it take to payout on the WCP buyouts?
Isn’t that yesterday’s news?
My friend W. had a group of articles that paid, let’s say, $100 per month, on average. The buyout offer was equivalent to four months worth of avg. payments. When the compensation payment eventually arrived, it was for $20 total across multiple articles — equivalent to 1/20 the agreed-upon amount.
I asked around. There is no clear formula that Demand Media used to payout. Writers received between $1 and $30 per article. Offers were individually made.
I asked Richard, and he said you just compare the buyout figure to what the articles were making on a monthly basis.
That is a laughably low-ball offer.
My friend says he eventually took it up the chain to an Executive in Operations for eHow. Mr. X can produce no documentation but is completely unwilling to rescind the agreement.
Does anyone else find it odd that Demand has no documentation of the contract?
I don’t know, since I wasn’t involved in these negotiations, but apparently the original offer came in a link by email. You clicked a link and it took you to your terms in some form of contract, I presume. The hyperlink has long since gone dead. My friend didn’t save any documentation or make a print-out. Is he screwed?
Has anyone else had problems with their WCP agreements or negotiations?