There’s been a tug of war going on about a shady publisher continuing to sell former authors’ work. We’ve talked a lot about Amazon and Ingram, but we might have left a few spots out.
I’ve heard more than one former MP/PF author say that they’ve caught their former publisher continuing to sell their work on Smashwords. They’ve gotten proof of it. And you can do the same. Have a look at Smashwords to see if your title is still being sold there by your former publisher. If it is, ask Smashwords to provide you with proof. They’ll be happy to. And with that proof, you can turn your former publisher in to the FBI for pirating your work. Piracy of an author’s work is a federal offense.
Don’t be shy about turning her in. She wasn’t shy about stealing your money.
Same thing with Goodreads. Find out if your work has been sold there without your knowledge or consent, too. Get proof of it from the good folks at Goodreads, and do the same thing with it: Turn it over to the FBI. Same thing with Ebay and Amazon.
And Amazon, and Ebay. Never mind if it’s some “third party” name on the listing, The money goes to your publisher just the same, and you’re not seeing a dime of it.
Don’t let a thief keep putting your money in her pocket.
After you’ve gotten your proof and turned it over to the FBI, it’s important that you take away her power to further victimize you.
Yank your work. Un-publish it. Have it removed from Smashwords, Goodreads, Ebay, and Amazon once and for all. And anywhere else you can think of. Then do the one thing that will forever prevent her from selling your work again:
PUBLISH IT YOURSELF.
If you publish your book yourself, nobody else can touch it. Createspace makes it simple to publish your own work. They walk you through it step by step.
One thing I suggest is that you change your cover art. Fresh release, fresh start. There are TONS of affordable cover artists that can do your book justice, or you can use stock free images and do it yourself.
There’s an added benefit to changing your cover. Not only do you get a fresh start, but you can also tell at a glance if somebody’s trying to sell the previous version of your book. 😉
Something else I STRONGLY suggest is that if Tabetha Jones has been anywhere near your book, HIRE AN EDITOR. Her lack of morality is equaled only by her lack of editing skills. Just look at any book that’s got her name anywhere near it.
Get your work properly worked on before you present it to the public. It might be painful, and it might be costly, but it’s worth it. And be sure to make sure that whoever works on your book is qualified. Your buddies might have the best of intentions and be more than willing to help, but that doesn’t qualify them to edit a book. Everybody from Stephen King on down has their books edited. And there’s a reason for it. An author is too close to the work. An editor can look at a book objectively and pay attention strictly to the task at hand.
It’s your reputation on the line, folks. Spend the money and take the time to make sure that you’e presenting the best quality of work possible.
Once you’ve published it yourself, nobody else can access it on Ingram, and if you make sure Amazon has you on record as the only person that can sell your book, NOBODY call sell your work but you.
It’s a short checklist, but it’s important.
1) Get proof.
2) Turn her in.
3) Publish your own work.
It’s your work. It’s your reputation, It’s your money. OWN IT.