Over the last couple/few years, several former authors of both Mystic Press and Phoenix Fire Publishing have come forward to say that Tabetha Jones falsified their sales reports to them in order to keep more royalties than she should have. One says that Tabetha insisted that the author was owed no royalties because everybody that bought the book in question returned it. So the author asked around, and several of her readers were confused. They they assured her that they still had their books and had no plans to send them back. That author still hasn’t been paid.
Another waited weeks, maybe months for a sales report in writing from Tabetha so he could see for himself how many titles he was selling. When he finally did get a report, it was visibly altered.
And every author that was signed with Mystic Press was (and still is) owed royalties from their titles when that company closed down. According to their contracts, those royalties would be paid immediately. None of them have seen payment yet, to this day.
I’ve left their names out on purpose. They can speak up if they like. I’m leaving it up to them. Tabetha knows who they are. They’re some of the “liars and backstabbers” as she calls them, former authors that she ripped off. And they can prove every word of their claims. She can call them anything she likes to try to throw the scent off for new authors, but what she can’t do is change the facts.
All things considered, if you’re a current author signed with Phoenix Fire publishing, you might want to give some serious thought to demanding some numbers. Even if you’re getting paid royalties, you should probably double check to see if you’re getting everything you’ve actually earned. A real, reputable publisher won’t mind showing you. After all, if everything’s being handled professionally and properly, there’s nothing to hide, right?