In the past?

Author Anna Lynn has recently parted company with Tabetha Jones and Phoenix fire. She had, however, used Phoenix Rising’s “self-publishing” services, so she allowed Tabetha to post the listing for her on Amazon as the last thing she did on her way out the door, since all the work was already done, anyway.

Yesterday, Anna looked at the listing for her book on Amazon and discovered that Tabetha had listed herself as an author on Anna’s book. Likewise, she included Phoenix Rising as an author, too. Imagine Anna’s surprise to find out she’s not the only one that wrote her own book.

Anna asked Tabetha about it and got this reply:
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Anna showed Tabetha the screen cap, who then said this:
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Anna changed the listing, took off every name but her own, reported Tabetha to the Better Business Bureau and to Createspace, Needless to say, she’s furious. I don’t blame her. And I quote: “Tabetha is a bitch!” Tabetha had absolutely no right to insert herself into Anna’s work, especially now that she’s (wisely) chosen not to associate herself with Tabetha in the future. She had no right to begin with, as Anna had used the self-publishing services that Phoneix overcharges for. Without a contract.

I’m already hearing rumbles that Anna set this situation up herself in order to frame Tabetha. Tabetha’s got to cover her own ass, after all, and what better parting shot to discredit an author that came to her senses and left the fold. There are several reasons why I believe Anna over Tabetha:
1.  It’s Tabetha Jones. ‘Nuff said.
2.  The listing appears as Tabetha always posts them, with the editor, publisher, artist, and everybody else listed on the author line. Nobody else in the world lists books that way. Maybe she tells herself and her authors that she’s better than the rest of the world for giving the whole team credit where it’s due. But the fact is that nobody else does it that way because it’s unprofessional. One person and one person only deserves credit in the author line: the author. They wrote the book. It’s their baby. It’s their moment to shine. Not the time for Tabetha to get her name in lights for the work that somebody else did.
3.  Tabetha has a history of retaliating against authors that walk away from her. Just look at what she calls her former Mystic Press authors: Backstabbers and liars that scammed HER somehow. Personally, I’d love to know how her former authors scammed her, as royalty money flows from the publisher to the author, not the other way around. Well, that’s how it works with legitimate publishers, anyway.
There’s a good chance she’s doing the same here, trying to discredit new authors that got away from her. She might even be calling them spies or moles working for me. Heaven forbid that anybody that knows the truth about Tabetha Jones should have a mind of their own.
4.  Tabetha’s story changes. First “No it doesn’t! I’m looking right at it.” Then, when confronted with irrefutable proof, “It’s not my fault! I didn’t do it!” That’s signature Tabetha behavior, up down and sideways. Deny, deny, deny. And then, when there’s proof, blame it on somebody else.

Moral of the story, kids: watch your back. Tabetha likes to sing a sad song about how Mystic Press and all the authors associated with it are “in the past” and how she deserves a “second chance” like anybody else. But the truth is that she’s still pulling shady schemes right up to this very day. And you can rest assured that if you work with her on any level, she’s pulling them on you.

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17 thoughts on “In the past?

  1. How did I set her up? When you add the title and contributors to createspace you can’t change it after it’s uploaded. I had to CALL createspace and wait forever to have that authorized to be removed. I never wanted to say anything negative about Tabetha. But this went too far!

  2. Tabetha reminds me of a three year old who swears up and down he didn’t eat the chocolate chip cookies, yet has melted chocolate smeared all over his face.

  3. She’s telling everybody that your a bully because everybody makes mistakes, it was a simple honest mistake she clicked the wrong thing by mistake and your making too big of a deal of it. But I’m starting to doubt how good of a publisher and person she is by how she treats people. I’m starting to feel pretty stupid for believing her side of the story when there’s all these other stories out here, I mean how can so many people be wrong, also there’s alot that’s not in the past at all. My eyes are definately being opened.

  4. I find all this rather disgusting. I talked to Tabetha several times last night while this was going on. I know several of us looked it up and none of us could find where it stated Tabetha or PR was listed as authors. Tabetha even sent us a link of her work where all contributors are listed.

    I find it kind of her to list all that put their hard work into these books. I know that you will disagree .

    And by the way way I wanted to congratulate Anna Lynn and Katrina Vore on Enchanted Masquerade Publishing.

    • Really?



      Seriously?
      More than one voice in your head doesn’t qualify as “us” hon.

      Why in the world don’t you even TRY to cover your tracks? Do you really think we’re so stupid that we don’t know it’s you?
      Or do you think that we’re going to be stupid enough to buy it when you say that somebody else is doing it to frame you?
      Sorry.
      We didn’t buy it when you tried it with the strippers, and we’re not going to buy it this time, either.

    • Removed duhhh!!! also go to the source with all due respect Anna and Katrina would be brilliant to have started a company they no what not to do to authors.. I bet they don’t cheat any one out of hundreds….

  5. First Tabetha insisted that it wasn’t like that at all, then admitted that she listed herself, but says that it was as “formatter” or “other.” Admits that she did do it. Then posts under yet another alias to say that several people saw the listing the way she said in the first place. Her self-contradiction is a joke.

    No. It’s not “kind” to list all the people that worked on a book. That’s what publishers do. Work behind the scenes on the production of a book. That doesn’t earn them a place on the author line of a book’s listing. That’s why no other publisher on the planet does it. You know, all those real publishers. The lack of professionalism she displays is staggering. The utter gall she shows trying to spin attention away from herself is just hilarious.

    Even if someone else were setting her up with these ridiculous comments, how does she explain that screen cap and those texts in her own words? Try as she might, she can’t.

    • Congratulate me on Enchanted Masquerade Publishing?? As much as I would love to take credit for that I can’t…. Unlike other people I don’t slap my name on shit that isn’t mine!

      • Ok lets set this straight! Anna called very upset, I went to the page Tabetha was listed as Author and PR as author as the pic says you cant make that up…. Second it’s not up no more so that is why you don’t see it… Createspace did that for her after being on the phone with them… they also have the IP address of who posted the book with the author, editor and illustrator, if there are any other questions contact me!!! Third as a publisher your job it to make sure there are no mistakes in posting of books or other content… However that slipped your mind apparently!!!

        Now on to other stuff…. I am Enchanted Masquerade Publishing or in short EMP!!! I have been rumored to have been poaching PF/PR authors as I can say I haven’t… However with the doors open come on over I can say this I wont take none of your royalties period…. And yes you heard me right “NONE OF YOUR ROYALITIES”. I take time from my family writing my own books pouring sweat, blood and tears into my baby’s. I wouldn’t sell mine out, so I wont take yours either!!! I also have editors that have experience and collage degrees in copyedits, literature, journalism. My cover artist are well known in the indie world with one making covers for the most talked about “banned” book on Amazon this moment… I pay them not give out higher royalties as I take no royalties, again!! You want to come over to EMP your welcome and drama is not!! I have a zero tolerance for names being ran through the mud… But I will protect my authors and myself!!

        I guess the real issues is a few others including myself stood up to Tabby and didn’t back down from her contract threats… And as an author myself you wont get other authors editing your work…. Hence the above paragraph!! To the ‘eye openers’ I might not be a fit for you, but I can guarantee you will be treated as I want to be and with a company ran by someone who got “screwed over” (yes unprofessional sorry)by Tabby…. Are my blogs ran by me no I pay some one to do that… Did I make them ‘yes’ but do they review other authors besides mine “yes” because that is the right way!!!
        Ok I am done anymore questions contact me on FB or enchantedmasqueradepub@gmail.com

        Katrina

        Oh Tab, thank you for the congratulations!! I couldn’t have done it without meeting you.. But as you said you have to be more cunning then others to get ahead at anything they throw at you… Hi My name is Katrina Vore and I own EMP!! could you post this for me

        To All PF/PR authors who want away from the tainted reputation that has followed this company you are welcome!!!

  6. This may be off topic, but why does all of Tabby’s author alts have names that sound like those of a bad porn star? Hell, if you can’t even come up with a name, how am I supposed to believe that you can write a story well – let alone be able to edit or publish?

    • I think what’s important here is that authors that once fell victim to Tabetha’s lies, schemes and scams are getting out from under the weight of her deceit and striking out on their own. I wish them the greatest success in their ventures.

  7. 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.

    Peace.

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