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 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.