Some of you may or may not know, I took on a second job a few months back handling the production of a local magazine. Since that time, it has been a real struggle to get it out on time because of the SalesPukes and their lack of honoring any kind of deadline. If I set a deadline for the 25th of the month, I get shit all the way till 1 day before print, sometimes after. When I try to address these issues, I get the typical bullshit responses that you would expect; customers are dragging their feet, I couldn't get this or that… whatever.
Now, the guy I work for is also the same guy I trained about a year ago on a Mac. It was a freelance/consulting/training gig and since, this guy and I have worked together in some capacity or another until I finally ultimately took over production. I have the usual battles concerning low rez images, or non-existent artwork, but lately the SalesPukes have been getting even lazier. I used to get 2 full weeks to get a 64 page mag done, now I get a week for the same pay.
Last night, I was called into a production meeting last minute. Beforehand I was told that this is my show and ANYTHING I decide goes. I told him some of my ideas about possible fining the Pukes when they exceed the deadline. This was based on the comment I made to him regarding the only way to get a Puke to do what you want is through his wallet. He agreed and furthermore will be subject to the same fine… 1 minute or 5 days past deadline… 50% of their commission goes in my pocket. I told them all, i would rather not have your money and NOT have to stay up for 3 consecutive days straight making up for lost time. Honor the deadline, honor your wallet.
After, my boss says to me, "earlier today, I told the entire Sales Staff, this is Jason's magazine. He has ultimate authority on what goes in and what does not. If you piss him off and he leaves, I am shutting the doors and working at McDonalds. If you work hard, you will be rewarded, if you don't, look for another job. I'm tired of your shit!"
I call this a victory, and 20 years of bent up frustration with Sales Pukes. Hahahahahahaha!
BTW, I am NOT a Desinger, I am a Prepress guy riding the line to the Dark Side. Scary, scary shit.