The New York Times has updated their story on Inkwell Publishing Solutions owing its freelancers thousands:
In an e-mail message to the freelancers, Inkwell’s president blamed slow payments by Houghton, which did not respond to three requests for comment before the column was published. On Monday, a spokesman for Houghton said it had made the “vast majority” of its payments on time to Inkwell, with the final two checks it owed issued on May 8 and June 1. Inkwell ceased operations in mid-May.
If that’s the case, as many commenters have pointed out, where did the June 1 check go?
And why are freelancers from CCI (Curriculum Concepts International), another development house that does work for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, claiming that they’ve been stiffed on payments too?
CCI hasn’t responded to a request for comment from us, but this whole thing stinks to high heaven. If you know any more, let us know. We’re digging into it.