From the original post:
The organizer sent out this mass email (all names have been omitted throughout this post)
As of now, this client has really worked my patience with the lack of reasonable communication. The only time this client actually responded to my emails was to ask for alterations to the files I sent. I also emailed asking how my friends and I could preorder this book since we wouldn't be at the AC debut, and that email wasn't answered either. When they needed a centrefold, my friends and I managed to pool our resources together and get one done in less than 48 hours to meet this clients April 25th deadline (note the email mentioning a deficit of content wasn't dispatched until almost a month later).
I originally did this work as a side project with the encouragement of a friend, but now it's turned into a stressful hassle, and the pay isn't that great to make up for the stringent reproduction rules.
This is their current payment plan:
When I previously read the guidelines, I asked if I could sell the original of the works in the AC artshow (since the pay for the project seemed low). The original works are lacking the backgrounds and shading added digitally, but the client didn't answer and just referred me to a FAQ. Reading this over again, I feel really silly having agreed to this project, but I also feel like a jerk pulling my work when they seem to be desperate. At the same time, the lack of communication has me feeling like they might not pay me on time (or at all) either. What started as a labor of love has quickly become a labor of my patience.
Thanks for your help, guys, I feel like I've really dug myself into a hole on this one. :C