There are several factors to consider if you work for Tabetha jones.
First, if you’re a freelance artist or editor being used by her, you must be a legal business entity. You must be registered with your local government and you must pay all applicable taxes, including specific self-employed taxes.
If you don’t exist as a legal business yourself, you can’t be hired as an independent contractor or freelance worker for somebody else. If you do work for somebody else without being a legal business entity yourself, you are an employee of that company.
If you do exist as a legal business in your own right, and you pay appropriate taxes, that’s great. But there’s one more thing to think about. Even if you are a legal independent contractor or freelancer, you must be contracted to work for another company, like a publisher. If there’s no contract, you are not independent. You are an employee. The IRS is very specific about this.
That means that you have all been her employees. As such, she should have had you fill out tax information so she could file it with the IRS, withhold taxes from you, and pay the appropriate taxes as your employer.
I’m guessing that since she keeps insisting that you’re all independent, she didn’t do that. Neither you nor she has to answer to me for it, but you might worry about whoever else might ask. Like the IRS.
Another thing to think about:
A former editor of Tabetha’s bogus publishing company still hasn’t been paid for her work. The editor in question did all the work on the book that she was supposed to, then didn’t get paid. In one version of the story, Tabetha will insist that the editor offered not to get paid because the company was in trouble. The truth is more like the author offered not to get paid right away because the company was in trouble. At no time did the editor expect to never get paid.
In another version of the story, the editor was told that she wasn’t going to get paid because the work wasn’t good enough.
Either way, that editor never got paid.
If you’re an artist working for Tabetha Jones, here’s something for you to think about. Some time last year, it was revealed that there were images appearing on the cover of her company’s books that weren’t properly licensed. They weren’t free stock, they weren’t paid for and MP/PF didn’t have the legal right to use them. The company scrambled and paid for whatever images they could, and replaced at least one other. When all of that didn’t work, she threw her “independent” artist under the bus and blamed them for it. This was a member of the family just like all of you are now, somebody who defended Tabetha as staunchly and fiercely as each of you do now. But when it came to covering her own arse, that didn’t matter. That “family” member got tossed right under the bus.
A quick look at PF’s current available books shows that some questionable photos may be getting used for covers again. If so, ask yourself this: If she gets busted using illegal photos for her book covers, do you think she’ll take the blame for it? Or do you think she’ll throw you under the bus so she can walk away squeaky clean? If you answered anything but the latter, you might want to think again.
Whatever happens, you can’t say that you weren’t warned.