Just for giggles, I took a peek at Phoenix Fire Publishing on the Better Business Bureau website, and found a welcome surprise. As it should be, Phoenix Fire’s rating on the BBB is… Well, I’ll just show you.
That’s right. It’s an F. A FAIL, and an epic one, at that.
Another author complained about how they were treated at the hands of Tabetha Jones Hoover Saulter Willis (whatever) and Phoenix Fire publishing. This time, Tabetha didn’t even bother to reply. How could she? Every word in that complaint is true, and the author could prove it.
For your amusement, and so that there’s no mistake, here’s the breakdown of rating and the complaint:
Finally, for the whole world to see through the Better Business Bureau, here’s how Tabetha Jones scams authors and editors within her company. She switches up royalties, authors get stiffed on swag and covers. Tabetha promises her authors higher royalties to edit each other’s books, then doesn’t pay royalties at all, even when the author can prove that there were copies sold. It’s the same story we’ve heard time and time again from her, and now the BBB knows it. So does the world.
That, my friends, is what a death toll looks and sounds like. I’m pretty sure there’s no coming back from this. Now and forever in the future, if an author Googles Phoenix Fire publishing, they’ll find that rating and that complaint, and they’ll be warned away from that horrible company.
At this point, I don’t feel that Phoenix Fire company is a threat to eager new authors any longer. Good. That means I can focus on happier things. And it’s about time. A lot of us have been dealing with her for years. I know that I’ll be much happier without that albatross tromping around in my thoughts. More importantly, I think it finally vindicates her victims, proving to the world how badly they were treated. I think Tabetha liked it when her victims felt isolated, abused and battered into retreat. But those victims banded together and exposed her to the public. They told the truth, and now the whole world can see it. We can all move forward with publishing projects without a single thought of her anywhere in our minds.
That doesn’t mean that I’ll stop watching, however. If I see that she’s sneaking around under the radar, trying to exploit an author that isn’t a figment of her imagination, I’ll certainly let them know who they’re dealing with and point them at not only this blog, but also the BBB website. There’s clear evidence that she can’t be trusted.
I don’t take credit for the death of Phoenix Fire publishing. From the very first brave soul that stepped forward to speak out about Tabetha to Emily Suess, Absolute Write, Writer Weware and dear Cussedness, Janrae Frank, they all deserve credit. Mostly every single victim that has spoken up since then, it’s the people that she’s victimized since then, it’s you folks that made it possible. I applaud each and every one of you.
Job well done.