In my quest to uncover questionable business practices of small publishers, I’ve come across Silver Fang Publishing. It’s a brand-spanking new publishing company, announced only today.
Actually, Silver Fang wasn’t that hard to find. Tabetha Jones announced it.
Silver Fang is the name of the new Phoenix Fire publishing company.
Now that it’s been undeniably and irrevocably PROVEN that Phoenix Fire publishing is a sham, Tabetha’s doing what she does best: She’s shifting it over to a new company.
Anybody surprised? Me neither. Only that it took this long.
When Mystic Press was reported to the TX state Attorney General, Mystic Press closed its doors and Phoenix Fire Publishing was “reborn from its ashes.” Tabetha will tell you she was going to do it anyway, because she inherited such a mess from Brandy and Wendy, but two years after taking over MP, the timing is a bit too coincidental, don’t you think?
Well, to be technically accurate, Tabetha didn’t close anything. She just changed the name on the accounts from Mystic Press to Phoenix Fire. She said it herself. And I’m betting she’ll do exactly the same thing when she switches over from Phoenix Fire to Silver fang.
So now that there’s no crawling out from under the colossal failure she’s made of Phoenix Fire, Tabetha’s trying the same old tactic of switching names to a “new” company. And if the name Silver Fang publishing sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the name of the publishing company Sabrina wanted to start after splitting from Phoenix Fire.
Tabetha’s never-ending jealousy is showing of Sabrina is showing, again.
Here’s hoping her authors do.
Here’s a word to the wise for Phoenix Fire authors. When Tabetha “closed” Mystic Press, she didn’t pay a single one of those authors a penny she owed them. Not one, to this day. First, she claimed that Createspace had somehow frozen her paypal accounts, then said said that it was taking time to change the accounts over, buying as much time as she could with excuses. Then, when those ran out, she simply refused to pay, trash-talked the authors, calling them “Backstabbers and Liars” and waited them out until the statute of limitations ran out so they couldn’t come after her. That statute was flung around on this very blog just a few days ago by her associate.
Phoenix Fire authors, get ready for a battle. Not with me, but with your publisher. If Tabetha Jones stays true to form, she will not pay you. You’ll hear excuses and sob stories. She’ll explain why not paying you isn’t her fault and that she’s doing everything she can to fix it, and she’ll ask you to just PLEASE give her a little time. She might even tell you how tough things are for her and her sweet little girl financially and that she’s a victim of whatever reason her accounts are locked or frozen, and she’s barely holding on. She’ll play to your sympathy for her daughter. And then, when excuses run out, she’ll simply refuse to pay. She might ignore you or abuse you. Then, if she can, she’ll wait you out until the statute of limitations runs out on you, too.
What she WILL do is keep selling your books. Mystic Press authors found that their books were still listed for sale on Smashwords, Goodreads, Ebay, Amazon, etc, with Mystic Press still listed as the publisher, even though it was supposedly ‘closed.” Some of those authors STILL see their books for sale now and then.
If Tabetha tries to tell you that your contract “carries over” to the new company DON’T BELIEVE IT. That’s just not the way it works. When the company “closes” so does your contract. That’s a gift to you. That means that no matter what Tabetha says, you can TAKE YOUR WORK AND LEAVE. And don’t pay her a DIME to get out of your contract. There isn’t one. You can demand that she stop selling your work, including anything you’ve submitted for anthologies. And if she continues, you can report her to the BBB, and, most importantly, to the FBI for piracy, just like a few of her more recent authors are doing every time they see their title for sale now.
Merry Christmas, Phoenix Fire authors. You’ve just been handed your free walking papers. If you’re smart, you’ll use them FAST.