As if we didn’t already know that.
At Tabetha’s invitation, I went to have a look at her blog. She had to invite me because, two days later, I still didn’t know she’s posted about me. Despite her protestations, I don’t troll her blog. I don’t even know she’s posted something new unless she tells me. Some stalker, eh?
Her latest blog is all about li’l ole me, trying desperately to poke holes in my assertions that her company is probably illegal. And it really is one of her funniest yet.
Let’s have a look at it:
Recently one of my many authors stumbled across Jt Larson’s latest blog post not only just trashing me but my company as well.Now take it I have let shit slid for two years but enough is enough. Not only is she slandering my company but she is slandering my authors.Let me address her latest post why Phoenix is not a legal company.First, the way Phoenix Fire is registered is not under Tabetha Jones. So no you will not find my name in the chamber of commerce due to the fact of exhusbands and to protect my daughter. It is legally registered and I am the SOLE owner and operator as it states in PLAIN English on the phoenix website.As for employees, it states in PLAIN English that the editors, cover artists all are freelance and do not have a contract to soley work with Phoenix Fire only.Secondly, the authors have the final say on their manuscript and their cover art as it is their work. They are the ones that have put their blood sweat and tears into these books and I have no right to tear them apart. It states it plainly in the contracts.Being an author myself I would not sign with a company that did not allow me to have the final say on my work.Thirdly I file my taxes every year but am I going to give that crazy bitch my social to find out. No sweet cheeks I think not.If Phoenix Fire was such a bad company and fraudulent why would two best selling authors sign with me? Why would Phoenix authors agree to donate their royalties to different charities for the greater good.All proceeds for Beautiful Disasters go towards a women’s advocacy center that have been victims of abuse and most are single moms.I am upfront and honest with ALL of my authors about the past of Mystic Press and the conning ways of the ex owner who not only tainted the name but tainted myself as well. I was guilty by association. That is the reason Mystic Press was closed.Fourth, Phoenix Fire ensures authors get their royalties on time and are treated fairly. All authors have creative rights to their books. I do not take away their voice and at the end of the day it is about their needs and not my own.
Fifth, this woman has not only pushed past the boundaries of slandering and libel but involved both of my deceased fathers, my ill mother, my daughter, and people that are like a mother and father to me.
You do not post personal family pictures on a blog that does not belong to you whether they are on the internet or not. I could easily stoop to her level and do the same but my mother taught me better than that.
Speaking of my mother, as she may be ill getting over a heartache she will still go down swing for her daughter and her daughter’s dreams. She does not make idol threats she makes promises.
Sixth, I do hope that JT Larson can put her money where her mouth is because she will soon be making a trip to Texas to face the music. And it won’t just be me in the courtroom, I hope she expects to see the entire Phoenix Family standing there in front of her.
Lastly, I am not the only one filing against this bat shit crazy woman, but several of my authors are in the process of getting their own attorneys and filing a gag order against her.
Jaimie Hope said it best when you mess with one of us you mess with us all.
If anyone has any questions regarding the lies spilling from this woman’s tongue feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to answer any and all questions.
In the end we will see who comes out on top, and she may think she has won the battle but I always win the war.
My goodness. I scarcely know where to start.
Stumbled across my blog? Is she really trying to make it look like she’s not on here every day to see what’s been said? Now that’s funny.
I think my favorite part is where she claims that her company is so creatively registered (“due to the fact of her ex husbands”) that it won’t appear in the chamber of commerce. That is so inanely ridiculous that it’s hard to believe that any of her authors fall for it. It really is. Businesses simply don’t work that way.
Even IF she registered her company under some other name, which wouldn’t be a stretch — she uses so many of them, the company’s name would still appear in the chamber of commerce. It’s absolutely ridiculous that she doesn’t understand that.
And even IF she were able to somehow fly under the radar with both her own name and her company’s, here she is all over the web, blabbing to the world, and to her ex husbands, that she owns this company. If they want to come after her vast empire of holdings, all they’d have to do is show up in court with some printouts of her sites.
Even if they’re not contracted to work solely with Phoenix Fire, they’re still employees. They work with her on an ongoing business and return work to the company and/or a person designated by the company, such as the author. If she doesn’t like that it says so on my blog, she can always go look it up on the IRS website. That means that they have to fill out taxation paperwork, and she has to issue them W2 forms so they can fill out income taxes. If a company has employees that they don’t file taxes on, they’re guilty of tax fraud. Maybe the IRS should hear about that.
The authors have final say in their manuscripts and artwork? Then what the hell is she doing to earn a single penny of their royalties? Making them swag? They can get that shit at a craft fair.
Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. Again, they’re still employees if they return work to either her or any other person on behalf of her company. It’s right there in black and white on the IRS website. I only repeated it. I didn’t make it up.
Nice try, but by her own admission, she’s got employees, so that places the company in an entirely different legal bracket. Try as she might, she just can’t backpedal enough to explain the incongruities of whether or not her company is legal. She doesn’t need to prove a single thing to me. But she might want to take it up with the IRS. On the same token, her authors might want to consider that if she’s not legal, neither are they.
I’ve donated work to anthologies to benefit charities, and in each case, those charities are clearly listed on both the book cover and in the description of the book on sites that sell it. if Beautiful Disasters was supposed to benefit charity, there’s no mention of it on either the cover or the websites that sell it that I could find. If I were one of the authors that donated work to that book, I’d want to have a closer look at exactly where that money went.
And, when it comes to any of the anthologies put out by Phoenix Fire, it is my understanding that the royalties are equally divided among the authors that contribute. Since Tabetha Jones is known to write under a plethora of aliases, any real authors that contributed material to those might want to demand an audit to see just now many pieces of those pies she’s keeping as well. Just saying.
I love how she keeps trying to pin everything on Mystic Press’s original owners. She ran that company into the ground all by herself for more than a year after they left it. It was she with whom many former Mystic Press authors dealt exclusively, and she alone who failed to pay them royalties that were due to them both when the company was running and also after it closed. Two years later, they still haven’t been paid. How does that make THEM liars or cheats in any way? It doesn’t. She claims to be guilty by association only, but business doesn’t work that way either. The law delineates no difference between a company and its sole proprietor. That means that the instant she took sole ownership of Mystic Press, she became the company. Everything the company was liable for, she was liable for. So even if (and that’s a big if) she inherited a mess, she still became legally responsible for every bit of it when she signed her name on that dotted line. If she can’t wrap her brain around that concept, she’s got no business trying to run a company. Not a legitimate one, anyway.
If her current authors are treated fairly and paid on time, bully for them. That doesn’t absolve her debts to her past authors.
Only Tabetha is responsible for anything that’s been said about her deceased fathers, ill mother or anybody else. SHE is the one that keeps posting about them. She drags them into her dirty laundry, then calls foul if anybody else dares mention them. If she doesn’t want them talked about online, she should probably stop parading them around for sympathy and support. It really is that simple. Honestly, using her ill, aging mother to issue a
threat promise? How pathetic is that?
She could post pictures of me? And I’m supposed to be scared of that? What a laugh. Any pictures that exist of me online are there because I put them there. Anybody that posts a picture on the internet runs the risk of having other people see it. I’m not the prettiest person alive, but I’ve got nothing to hide. All she’s going to find are a whole lot of photos of my cats, my kids and family that I (for one) have never brought into this ridiculous business with her. And maybe a shot of me dressed up as Frank N Furter when I was 19. Fun times and no regrets. Not one.
Tabetha’s been blowing hot air for years about suing me for speaking out against her questionable business practices, and not just me. She’s also threatening to sue the family of a deceased author and publisher who posted about her, too. In all that time, nobody’s seen any papers yet. If she does finally work up the bravado to try to file suit, I’ll be happy to reply. And I don’t need to fill a room with people to support me. The truth does that quite effectively. But I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not the only one that will have something to say about it to the judge. There are a lot of past victims that would love to see her inside a courtroom. So bring it on, honey. Bring it on.