Third party selling

Recently, former Mystic Press and Phoenix Fire authors have found copies of their books for sale on, ebay and other sources even though they’ve severed ties with Tabetha Jones. When confronted about it, Phoenix Fire Publishing owner Tabetha insists that third parties have access to the Ingram catalog, and that they’re the ones selling it. She’s not getting any money from those sales, she insists, so she therefore owes no money to the authors.
I just got off the phone with Ingram, and they assure me that nobody but the publisher can access my book through Ingram and sell it. Nobody. Period.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s their customer support number:

Tabetha has also insisted that people should contact Amazon to ask THEM about their selling policies.
So I did that, too. What I found out is that if somebody has a copy of a book, they can list it. For example, if someone is given a copy of the book and they want to sell it, they can list it, making sure to put it in the proper condition category. New, like new, used, etc. So, of course, used books are allowed. That leaves a lot of leeway for sneaky, subversive sales to happen, and the author isn’t always aware of it.

There’s good news, though. If you’re an author that wants to eliminate the possibility of anybody besides yourself from selling your books, you can contact Amazon, and they will work with you to make sure you’re the only on that can sell your book. That way, no matter how slippery a former publisher is, you can make sure you’re the only one that can sell your book. No more “mysterious” third party sales that you don’t get paid for.
Here’s that number:
1 (888) 280-3321
When they answer, ask to be put through to seller support. They’ll take your information and let you know what you have to do to make sure you’re the only one that can sell your book. No former publishers, and no third party booksellers.

Have fun, kids.

20 thoughts on “Third party selling

  1. Love your work Lepp I will do just that! Thank you for the handy dandy numbers also.

    I wonder what tangled web she will weave for us this time!

      • well she knows the sympathy card won’t work because she goes to the extreme with her lies. Surgeries and bones sticking out of the skin. So she will either ignore it all or TRY to intimidate us… Failing horribly at it, but still trying none the less.

      • My vote is that she will be absent this time. It takes a while for her to come up with her excuses and diversions.

      • I just hope all of her former associates are ready for her to try to intimidate and humiliate them to keep them from participating on this blog. There’s nothing she won’t stoop to in order to get the heat off herself. We already know that. So be prepared for it. Don’t let her get under your skin. United, we stand strong and she falls. Don’t let her get under you skin, don’t let her bully you off. There’s nothing she can do to you anymore. The only power she ever had was the power she was handed. Don’t give her that power anymore.

        I’m so proud of everybody that’s standing up and refusing to be her victim anymore. You guys are strong, you’re tough, and each and every one of you rocks. From the earliest Mystic Press author that started it all to the most recent business associate that refuses to be her scapegoat. You should all pat yourselves on the back. I mean it.

      • Oh I know, she’ll play the victim standing tall even though all us bullies are trying to shatter her dream. Maybe she’ll stuff herself into lingerie and drench herself with blood to show what a monster we make her into because she can’t take responsibility for her own actions. Bitch please. Please tell me she’s going down once and for all I’m sick of her ugly face.

  2. She will come on here and shout (in all caps) that she is the victim and then go back to her inner circle and scheme of how to throw another good person under the bus. You all saw what she did to me and I wasn’t even with the company anymore. Imagine what she she will do to the ones who still are. But know from someone who has been on the receiving end of her distraction techniques. They are just words from a bitter bitch. She had no proof of the things she said about me, nor did she know the story of what was going on in my life at that time. Just know that she is nothing more than a child lashing out at an adult who told her “no, Tabbie you can’t have another cookie.”

    • Does she even have an inner circle anymore? If Jackie and Kat both leave who does she have left, her models? Maybe she can go and be the next plus size supermodel, now don’t laugh to hard. Poor Tab nobody left to blame maybe the green fairy will come out and play nobody else will.

      • Maybe she’ll trot out a few alts, pretending to be her male stripper besties, to defend her.

    • No the cow will ignore the facts and keep cranking out books with New victims in them and laugh her fat ass off at us because even with the truth finally staring her in the face she’s still scamming people and making money off them. She just put out a book and she has more lined up with real people in them, I don’t know where she finds these people but they’re about to get ripped off like everybody else she touches. Dancing around the fire is fun but it’s not over yet.

  3. So many people have suffered at her hands for such a long time, a little dancing around the fire was well deserved. But let’s keep our eye on the prize, folks. We’re not finished, yet. She’s still out there, still scamming, still getting away with it. Her scamming days are numbered, but let’s not get so happy that we let her slip under the wire.
    Let’s keep those eyes open and information flowing. 😉

  4. Also, ladies and gents, remember Tabetha saying that if you purchased your book from createspace that you weren’t entitled to royalties off that book because you were given a “discount” on the sale? Guess what, YEP, you guessed right if you said she lied and royalties were given off ANY BOOK SALE. Therefore if you bought the book to sell at book stores, give away as gifts, whatever, you are still ENTITLED to those royalties from the sales of those books. I myself sold 45 books of my first book, at least, i know 25 or more of my second and well to be honest none of my third because I pulled them. The fact of the mater is she is scamming everyone and this has got to stop

    So, my million dollar question to TABETHA RENEE JONES IS SIMPLE, WHERE ARE MY ROYALTIES???

  5. Eric, no need to hide anything. Just come out and say what needs to be said. I mean why tell others in private? Dude, you know I love ya, but really now is the time to say ALL.

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  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.


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