Popular Woodworking Magazine – Mr. Christopher Schwartz rude answer
be careful with readers contributions, ‘Tricks of the trade’.
Finally the answer came from Popular Woodworking Magazine, and what an answer.
Since the last blog I have asked the magazine their opinion of their policy, and received an answer that they would talk about it, but then nothing happened.
Those who have not followed the last blog can get the story here:
So today I wrote a second letter where I asked for a reply, and I sure got that!!!
First a nice one from one of the freelance editors, whom have always behaved well and spoken in a nice tone, and then this charming letter from the Editor Mr. Schwartz:
Our Tricks of the Trade editor said you were looking for someone to discuss our policy of purchasing all rights to entries that we publish.
I don’t have much to say on the matter. In every issue of the magazine we state that published tricks become the property of the magazine. In the U.S. publishing world this is called purchasing “work for hire” and is standard practice at our company, virtually every U.S. newspaper and many magazines.
With some stories that are submitted to our magazine, we purchase limited rights. To others we purchase all rights as “work for hire.”
We have been upfront about this with every Tricks contributor. In 15 years, we’ve had maybe two decline. And that’s fine with me. Don’t like the policy? Don’t submit it to be published. End of story.
Basic contract stuff.
Popular Woodworking Magazine
4700 E. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
phone: 513-531-2690 ext. 11407
“Credo, sed caveo.” The 18th-century motto of the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers
—For those who don’t know Mr. Schwartz, he is a publisher at an American woodworker magazine PWM, Journalist and a spare time tool tester and woodworker. I think he has a name in the US. They say he is trying to re invent the book of the French M Roubo, Art du menuisier – 1769. Correct me if wrong guys. —
YOU CAN BUY THE French M Roubo BOOK (from a French seller), Art du menuisier, BOOK HERE: www.exvibris.com Its digital and high ress, but photography’s of the pages made into a PDF book (so you see the shadows and shape on the pages), he is French and I bought my own copy there.
(The seller has also an E-bay shop where you can contact him in English: http://shop.ebay.fr/editions-ainay/m.html?_trksid=p4340.l2562 I paid 23 Euro including shipment what I think is quite fair).
So This drawing was not so stupid after all I guess…
And here my answer to Mr. Schwartz:
Dear Mr. Schwartz,
No you have not been upfront about this!
I never asked to be published in the magazine, you asked me.
I am not the only one who was contacted and asked to be published in the magazine via the internet (mail), and here no one told us about any legal rights or conditions.
Now I know your point of view and will publish your mail in my follow up blog.
I’m sad for the hush tone you use (End of story), I’m used to dialog, and have of course stopped all contact with the magazine after this, including my subscription, sorry to have been a trouble to you.
Best of my thoughts,
End of story:
Yes, I know guys, he managed to upset me a little (not since I was a child some one was so rude to say end of story to me), and this is not me at all, but I have been writing probably 20 mails at least in total, to be nice and polite with this magazine that asked me by mail to print my ideas and projects in their magazine after seeing my projects here on LJ. I tried to find a solution with them, gave up, wrote them a question of their policy, and then now when the profit is gone for the magazine this is how they treat other people, not even other people, but a paying subscriber of the magazine, my grandmother would have said: ‘you should be ashamed of yourself Mr. Schwartz’.
Yes Mr. Schwartz this is in my world not ok, and I have no idea what I have done to upset you like that, but I guess it means ‘money talks and bullshit walks’ as they say, and I changed category down the line for your magazine from the one to the other.
You have just managed as the first individual person to be put in the unwanted spam category of my personal mail box, congratulations.
Of course you are welcome to send me a real letter, it was easy for you to find me with commercials, and seductive offers of new subscriptions and books, all the way from US to Denmark, but I guess the answer is; ‘End of story’ editors choice.
As you can read in my letter for Mr. Schwartz, I will stop my subscription, and I have a very different view of PWM and especially Mr. Schwartz after this experience.
Imagine how LJ would be if we used a tone like this here…
If someone needs more info of the mails, then I’m a open source person, so feel free to ask.
Best thoughts and wishes for a nice weekend to all of you – sorry you have to share my frustrations in this, I had hoped for a ‘happy ending on this blog’,
Architect MAA, Building technician BTH, retired head master of the school for constructing Architects in Copenhagen, and basement hobby woodworker with license to absolutely nothing. But still with a big smile.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.