I’m waiting (patiently? not so patiently?) for remuneration for some freelance work. This is a tricky situation. You don’t want to bug or piss off the editors since they are the source of past and (hopefully) future income. Then again, you don’t want to be a wimp and let the matter go indefinitely.
In order not to feel like a wimp, I rationalize waiting before making an inquiry. They’ve always paid before, this is a busy time of year with Christmas, New Year’s, etc. so maybe the Accounting Department is lagging behind and is to blame. Unfortunately, this way of thinking brings me right back to the editors because I don’t know anyone in the Accounting Department to pester — and you don’t pester them, anyway. (Hello, my name is Elisabeth Stewart. Do you by any chance happen to have a paycheque for me lying around collecting dust somewhere?)
So, how long is a reasonable time to wait? I honestly don’t know. Perhaps one day the answer will come to me like a smack on the head. As in — you idiot, don’t let people take advantage of you.
Until that smack arrives with its accompanying enlightenment, I am just going to continue waiting — and thank my lucky stars we don’t rely on this income for survival.