The next wave of victims

I notice that there are some names missing from the roster at Phoenix Fire publishing lately. While it’s hard to tell who’s a real, live person who’s been foolish enough to sign on with them or just another of the many, many fake ID’s created to make the place seem more prolific and impressive than it really is, there’s a good chance that the next wave of authors is finding out the truth about PF and parting ways with them to save themselves any more grief, humiliation, or even financial loss.

If you’re a Phoenix Fire author that’s been conned, scammed, ripped off or abused by the company’s owners, I invite you to contact me via private message through Facebook. There are a few of us that have been burned by that place, and we’d like to offer you support from people who have been there. We want you to know that we’re here for you, as people who have walked down that road too. We don’t care about pointing fingers or I told you so’s, we just want to show support if you need it. Early on, when we got burned, many of us suffered in silence alone because we didn’t have anyone to turn to. You don’t have to. We found each other, and now you can find us too. Don’t be embarrassed, and please don’t think you deserve whatever happened. Good people get conned. It’s not your fault.

Feel free to write any time.


4 thoughts on “The next wave of victims

  1. Well said, Lepp. Regardless of how it happened, if they’ve been scammed they need to know we are here to help, not cast judgement. I bear them no ill will.

    Being the victim of a publishing scam is a horrid, miserable experience. It can leave you questioning your writing ability and chance of future success. I say these things from experience. It reached a point where I was ready to give up and walk away from it all. Thankfully, I had a good support network and a healthy readership, both of which encouraged me to keep going. I hate to think of any author going through what I did, but what’s more, I can’t stand the idea of anyone doing it alone, or giving up on their talent. It doesn’t need to be this way.

    Of course, if they have left amicably then I am happy for them.

  2. It’s also worth pointing out that paying Thea back was an admission of guilt, and proof you were right all along. After all, why would anyone pay out unless you had them bang to rights? Just saying.

    • We were all right.
      And paying Thea back was a good thing that needed to happen, and I fully appreciate it. But it does not wash away debts owed to any other authors or employees that haven’t been paid. Those are separate debts.
      And, it seems, there might be new debts to add on to the pile.

  3. Update:

    As of June, 2016, Tabetha Jones has no publishing companies in operation that we know about, so our investigation of her has been halted. The point of examining her in the first place was to advocate for authors that reported no royalties and other related abuse from her. If she’s not involved with publishing anymore, that job’s done.

    The posts about her remain in public view in case she starts a new one in the future.

    If more publishing concerns about Tabetha Jones (Willis, Farmer Hoover, Saulters, etc) – AKA Zooey Sweete, Emerald Rai Fleurs, et al – arise in the future, we will post relevant updates. But for now, we’re focusing on happier topics.


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