I have written multiple articles for Opulence magazine, which is run by Clear Quest Media. In order to be paid for the first article I wrote for them, back in 2006 I had to contact multiple people and wait much longer than my contract stipulated however I was eventually paid. I was hesitant to take on more work with them due to this experience, but I did after I was assured that I would be paid for future writing.
I have written two rather lengthy articles for them since then, both in 2007. With each, I signed a contact which indicated that I would be paid within 90 of the article(s) being published. It has been over a year, and I have not seen a dime for the writing I did that was published by Opulence Magazine. I have emailed Jonathan Molina, who was my contact there and the "Chairman" of Clear Quest Media, countless times and I always get a similar response from him - that I will eventually get paid.
Opulence magazine is changing hands and soon, the magazine will NO LONGER be controlled or run by Clear Quest Media. Clear Quest owes me $1250.00 for my published writing.
I have been in contact with at least a dozen other writers who are in the same boat as me. As a freelance writer, contracts are my livelihood, and to have them so blatantly dishonored by Clear Quest Media is completely disheartening. Clearly, the only Quest they are on is to use and exploit the writers that help them sell magazines.