Between September 2010 and February 2011, InnoVision Health Media published 13 articles by nine members of the National Writers Union in Natural Solutions magazine. While Natural Solutions magazine commissioned, accepted and published the articles, its publisher, Dick Benson, has yet to pay most of these writers for their work. Although Mr. Benson finally responded to our messages on April 26, 2011, when he sent an email saying, “We have paid many of these and we are expecting to pay the remaining invoices shortly,” only one member, who was owed $350, has actually received payment. Benson still owes the remaining eight writers a collective total of $11,510.12. The NWU is continuing to pursue this matter and recommends that writers take into account this ongoing situation before submitting work to Natural Solutions magazine or any of Dick Benson’s other publications.
Update: By January 2012, the NWU was representing 14 members who were collectively owed $22,595.12 for articles that Natural Solutions magazine commissioned, accepted and published between 2010 and 2011. The NWU has also been representing two members who are owed royalties for books published through Natural Solutions parent company, InnoVision Health Media.
On September 4, 2012, one member received a check for $1,250.00 – the full amount owed for three articles published in Natural Solutions. The remaining 13 claims for a total of $21,345.12, as well as the two book royalty claims, remain outstanding. The NWU is continuing to pursue this matter and will update this page as new developments take place.
Second Update: On November 19, 2012, the National Writers Union and InnoVision Health Media reached an agreement providing for installment payments to 13 NWU members who are owed $21,345.12 for articles published in Natural Solutions magazine and to two NWU members who are owed $376.66 in outstanding royalties for books that were published by InnoVision Health Media. The first payment was received on November 19, 2012. This alert will be updated after the final installment has been remitted.