I Will Not Lie To You

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,
Kat Savage

Anchors & Vacancies IS OUT NOW!

That’s right, a day early. Why? Well, to be honest, I’ve had a really bad week. Like, really bad. It has been filled with crying, terrible sleep, and loads of stress. So I needed something happy today. Something that would make me smile hopefully. If anything, I’ll be so focused on promoting the release, maybe the bad stuff will just be kept at bay for a little while. Anywho! Anchors & Vacancies is here on Amazon.com! I hope you enjoy!

Anchors & Vacancies Preorder

Anchors & Vacancies is releasing July 29th, 2016 but you can preorder signed copies right here for only $10! This chapbook is a 45 piece series originally titled “Left Atrium Anchors & Right Ventricle Vacancies” written over a year ago. The pieces in this series are some of my most loved, and I wanted you all to have your hands on them! Signed preorders are the only signed copies that will ever be available. Once the book releases, I will not list any more signed copies…EVER. So get them while you can!

Mad Woman is out!

I released Mad Woman early! I grow impatient waiting. It’s not doing as well as I’d hoped but that’s alright. I think I’d prefer slow and steady to a spike and then nothing. Plus, all of you are so awesome, I had so many signed preorders through my etsy shop. Don’t worry! I have a lot of projects brewing. So many things to look forward to. I hope they are received as well as my first two books have been. You can find Mad Woman on Amazon.com here.

My Interview

Guys! I recently sent an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) to a book blogger named Liam. After reading and reviewing Mad Woman, he asked if I would be interest in doing an interview with him for his column on The Hippo Collective. And I have to say, it’s a really awesome site. So I totally agreed. If you’re interested in getting inside my head for a bit, check it out here!

Mad Woman Update!

I just received notification that my books for preorders are on their way to me! I should have them next week! I’m so nervous and so excited all at once. I had a nightmare the other night that I received them and everything was messed up in them! The fonts weren’t even right! I know it’s just my nerves but it scared the crap out of me. Since my book is finished on time and the books for preorder will be here next week….who knows…maybe we’ll be looking at an early release….*insert sly face emoji*

Giveaway!

As I approach 50k followers on Instagram and since Mad Woman is about to be here, I want to give stuff away! I will be giving away 5 signed copies of Mad Woman when I reach 50k! And who knows, maybe I’ll throw some other stuff in the envelopes with the books. I like doing that. Stay tuned for rules soon!