In case you thought Eggplant Literary Productions couldn’t get any worse: Bogi Takács, one of the writers for the Spellbound anthology, has posted that Eggplant is shutting down and that e has yet to be paid.
In relevant part:
By the time I came back – ie. nowish – I was greeted by the news that Eggplant Literary was closing. I still haven’t been informed by the publisher about this. I have no idea what’s going to happen with the anthology, whether backers will be refunded, anything. They seem to have emailed at least some of their writers, but they certainly haven’t emailed me.
The person in charge of my (former) company finances tells me Eggplant never paid me, despite the signed contract stating Eggplant would pay upon the receipt of contract. They did state that they had received my contract. There is a small possibility that maybe the transfer was misplaced (we got quite a few transfers from unexpectedly named Paypal accounts over the years), so I just emailed Eggplant to ask what happened.
The issue of delayed payment is extremely problematic in my case, since I’d explicitly told Raechel Henderson on May 29 that I would not be able to receive any payment after my arrival in the US (July 13), because it would be against my student visa terms. She’d assured me on Jun 03 that I would receive my payment well in advance.
I emailed her just now that since Eggplant seems to be in breach of contract with me, I request them to return my rights I signed away or I will be forced to take further action, unless they can prove that they really did pay me.
(reposted here with Bogi’s permission)
So not only did Eggplant a) mislead backers; b) ignore PoC when we pointed out issues with their Eurocentric guidelines; and c) refuse to refund backers (like Arachne Jericho and myself), they didn’t pay their writers.
This isn’t just unprofessional, this is outright scummy. I am beyond disgusted.
Signal boost this. Let Eggplant know that this is unacceptable.