When one of Tabetha’s more recent victims wanted to leave, the author was told that Tabetha’s computer took a dump. So she, the author, couldn’t have her converted/edited manuscript files back. The computer ate ’em, sorry. They’re gone. The author was then told to get the files back from Createspace herself.
But wait. What?
Tabetha keeps saying that authors don’t have access to the Phoenix Fire account. Time and time again, she’s insisted it. So how are the authors supposed to do that, exactly?
If the authors can’t have their files back, then what the hell are they paying for?
Come to find out, this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened.
When Mystic Press fell apart, Tabetha’s motherboard fried, taking all of those files with it as well. They didn’t get theirs back either. They didn’t get their files, and they didn’t get paid. Not immediately, like their contract stipulated, and not at all, to this day.
So, just to make sure it’s plain, Tabetha:
Acts sweet as granny’s homemade apple pie
Takes their money
Doesn’t edit their work for shit
Screws them on royalties
Lies about why for as long as the author will buy it. Then, when they start asking the hard questions, she
Turns from sweet apple pie to a gutter-mouthed, trash-talking thug–her true colors
Holds their rights ransom for hundreds when they get tired of it and decide to leave, and…
Keeps their files, usually because of some unfortunate computer disaster
trash talks the authors, blaming them for everything
Tells them “It’s in the past. Move on.”
Starts the cycle all over again with a new batch of victims.
Any of this sounding familiar?
So, if her computers keep frying, how come she keeps getting all this work done for her authors that are still loyal (gullible) enough to buy her bullshit? Convenient, isn’t it, that she can get their work done, but the ones that have come to their senses and left get shafted out of work and material that they not only deserve, but which belongs to them. They paid for it.
And, for the record, how is it that she can keep popping up on here with all these alts from all these different IPs? Is that Kindle fire really so talented that it can handle all her other business? Just not the stuff that relates to authors trying to get away from her scam.
How very convenient.
The moral of the story, boys and girls, is to keep a very close eye on your work. Don’t trust Tabetha Jones with it as far as you can throw her. If you’re paying for work, make sure you get the work first, and then pay up. Never mind that you don’t have to pay a proper publisher anything (which defines Tabetha as a scam). But if you’re so gullible or eager to see your name in print that you feel like you have to pay, at least make sure you’re getting what you paid for.
Tabetha Jones doesn’t just keep your money and your dignity. She keeps your work. YOUR work.
Don’t let it happen. Any of it.