Most of you know who Underwater Mountains Publishing is. For those of you who don’t, I’ll make it brief. UWM is my former publisher. I published my first book, Learning to Speak with them. Since then, it has been somewhat of a nightmare. Everything you’ve ever feared about a publisher came true. They violated my contract with them in more ways than I care to admit. Upon requesting my contract be terminated, they delayed it for quite some time. I finally got an email stating my contract was terminated some months later. Then I was just waiting to be paid out my royalties. My book released in November 2015. Since the release of my book, I have not received a single penny of what is owed to me.
Amidst going through this, one of the former owners was accused of sexual abuse and harassment by several female artists. I will not name him here. Nor will I go into my own personal dealings with this portion of the matter. Just know that we are all victims.
As a result, I have been going back and forth with their lawyer for some months now. UWM couldn’t even provide a copy of the original agreement they had with me. Lucky, or rather, unlucky for me, I’m an organized person and I had the agreement. First, I was going to be paid every cent, then I was only being offered $500, then I couldn’t be paid because of some book buy back distribution bullshit. Now, they’re offering me $1500. However, as part of receiving the $1500 settlement, the agreement stated that I had to make a social media post stating that all of my previous posts about UWM were “not accurate” and were “out of context”. They used those exact words.
And you know what? I’m not doing it. Kat Savage isn’t just my pen name. Kat Savage is so much more. My social media presence is one of positivity, honesty, and integrity. And I will not compromise that for $1500. I will not lie to the very people who admire and respect me. I will not lie to the people who are responsible for my success. I will not lie to you. I love and respect you too much.
And that is what I wrote their lawyer this morning.
I know there’s a lot of cheering going on. I know people are going to respect and support this decision. And I’m glad for that. But you know what? I’m still a single mother with two children. I’m still the human that spent countless nights and missed countless hours with my children working on Learning to Speak. I’m still the person who has nothing to show for that book. I was counting on that money. Even in the end when I was waiting to be paid out, I was nervously waiting so that I could finally pay for my divorce and marriage debts to get me and my children to a better place. But now I don’t have that. In so many ways, I am stuck. And this entire UWM ordeal has done nothing but dig a deeper hole.
I turn to you, the people and friends who support me, the people I will not lie to, for help. I’ve created a GoFundMe account and listed the link below. I am asking you to help me prove a point. That we don’t have to bow down to bullies. That we don’t have to compromise out integrity to get what we need. That good people who support you will lend a hand to help in time of injustice.
I’m asking you to help me tell Underwater Mountains Publishing to take their $1,500 and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine because I can’t be bought.
Perhaps one day I will sell my soul to the devil. But it will not be for $1,500 and it will not be today.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please see my GoFundMe campaign here: ACTUALLY I’VE MET MY GOAL AND NO MORE IS NEEDED! Thank you!
There are items you receive as perks! Please let me be clear, I’m in no way trying to make it look like I’m asking you to pay my bills. I’m asking you to understand that I’ve been backed into a corner and this is the only way I’m going to be able to write and create. I’m asking you to understand I turned to you all for help instead of taking the hush money.
All My Love and Respect,