I think it’s a good time to remind you to practice due diligence. We’re all here because we’ve dealt with Tabetha Jones in some way or another. Whether it’s as an author, artist, model, or whatever else, we’ve all suffered from the path of destruction she leaves in the lives of anybody unfortunate enough to deal with her..
It’s well and good for me to write blogs warning folks about her questionable business practices, but there’s only so much I can do. It’s you as the author, artist or model that has to be vigilant about protecting yourself and your work. Your’e the one that’s got to make sure that the work you’ve already done isn’t still being used, and you’re the one that has to take steps to make sure it isn’t used again in the future.
We’ve already seen that Tabetha obtains copies of books from Smashwords, and that’s where all these resales are coming from. It’s up to each and every one of you to go on Smashwords and make them stop selling copies of your work so that she can’t resell them anywhere. It’s up to you to go to Ingram and make them take down any current or previous versions of your book and republish it yourself, listing yourself as the only seller. That way, she can’t sneak copies behind your back and resell them the way is being done now. It’s up to you to demand that any work you’ve contributed to anthologies is removed.
Same thing goes for models. She might have you thinking that even though you’ve realized what she is and left her company (in more ways than one), but it’s not true. She might brag left and right about how you (your photo) will grace the covers of her future work, bringing her characters to life, rubbing it in your face because there’s nothing you can do about it. Not true. You can put a stop to it.
Remember, her company doesn’t exist legally, so neither do her contracts.
If you, as a model, signed some contract with her and took pictures, she might be holding the contract over your head, gloating and using your name, even though you’re done and finished with her. But that CONTRACT IS NOT LEGAL. Therefore, it’s not legally binding. You can demand your pictures back. ALL OF THEM. And make sure she knows that if she uses them, you will sue her ass off, and you will report her to the FBI for the piracy of your intellectual property.
It’s well and good to sit around and complain about a bitch that ripped you off. But it’s up to you to make sure she doesn’t keep doing it.
It’s up to you to turn her in to the FBI for pirating your material.
Whether you’re an author, artist, or model, demand your work back from her. Refuse her permission to use it, and tell her to stuff that contract up her ass. Might be a tight fit with her head shoved up there, but that’s her problem. None of her contracts are legally binding. Demand that all of your past or current work is removed and make sure she’s unable to use it in the future. Protect yourself and stop that thief from using your work to put money in her pockets.
I’m happy to give you a place to vent. It’s my pleasure to support and encourage you. But I cannot do it for you.