The Death of Phoenix Fire Publishing

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.


22 thoughts on “The Death of Phoenix Fire Publishing

  1. To all a job well done for exposing her for a scam artist, then and now. I hope the models take warning as she adventures in that direction. I am not here to bash that area for that does not concern me; although, I do feel for anyone get the scammed it is up to each and everyone of you to do as we did.

    • That’s right. I look forward to seeing books published by each and every one of you, now that you’re free of that plague.

      I look forward to releasing a thing or two myself.

      Greater things for all of us.

  2. Well done. This is nice to read.
    I want to publicly thank you, Beth and Janrae (bless her) for opening my eyes up to what this woman was doing. While it took me a while to realise you weren’t operating a hate blog, and that you were sincere, and while my attitude towards you and Janrae really stank, I want you to know I am very sorry for that. It’s thanks to you that I didn’t get dragged any further and saw this witch for what she was.
    You’ve helped a lot of people. I hope you realise how grateful, not just authors, but editors, cover artists etc, are for all you’ve done.

    • Don’t worry. I don’t think anybody’s holding any grudges. All that matters is that she can’t hurt anybody anymore. I’m just glad the whole world knows what she is now.

  3. For the record the author didn’t come to me to help fix the problem. I have no idea what was done to the files that were sent by Tabetha. The author reached out to me after finding another artist. I can’t fix something if I don’t know about it. The author did receive a refund I have proof of it and once refund was received I didn’t get any response to follow up emails.

    • On the contrary. That silence you hear is a collective sigh of relief. That’s people enjoying closure and vindication, and moving on with their lives without the ghost of their former abuser hanging over their heads. It’s peace, a promise about to come true.
      This blog bears MY name, and will continue to exist, bearing posts about whatever interest I see fit to write about, whether its some scam publisher, new books coming out, or my sweet aunt Martha’s hot apple pie.
      So run along, little troll, and find another bridge to shit under. We’re not interested in you any more.

    • No, you are dead wrong there. The friendships made along the way and the fact that Lepp continued to fight for us, even after Cussy passed, have opened our eyes. We know that person for what she is. We can now say OH HAPPY DAY.. because we don’t have to worry about some other poor unsuspecting person that will fall into the spider’s web.

      We can cheer each other on with every success story. We can celebrate good things. There is no more worrying that the snake will rear it’s ugly head and bite us. There will be no more bullshit and lies. We know now that we are survivors.That when push came to shove we prevailed.

      So scurry back to your nest little cockroach. We don’t need you here either.

  4. Job well done lol. I feel as if i can go about my everyday routine now knowing that the beast has been tamed and ultimately destroyed.

  5. OMG have you seen the new photos from Phoenix effect photography? She’s got new girls that all look like fat beached whale trannies and she makes out with them tongue and all.

    • Honestly, I couldn’t care less what she does with her camera. Or her tongue. We all know that she’s a tacky, tasteless ho-bag. My primary concern was to expose her as a fraud publisher for the world to see, to stop her from being able to victimize authors far and wide who have no way to seek justice against her. I’ve done that, thanks to the bravery of her victims stepping forth and telling the truth about her.
      If she wants to victimize and abuse local customers, more power to her. She’ll find it a little harder to brush off refund requests face to face when local customers discover what a no-talent hack and fraud she is.
      She’s trying to sneak back in on the publishing world under the radar, quietly publishing some poor new sap’s book on Christmas – and spending most of the day trolling this blog to see what I had to say about it. Sorry, but I spent my day in the company of loved ones celebrating the Holiday, not trolling around online like a certain fraud I could name.
      I chatted with that author victim in the recent past about what a fraud she is, and showed him all the reasons why he shouldn’t publish with her, but he went ahead anyway. Oh well. He can’t say he wasn’t warned. When payday rolls around, months from now, and he gets more excuses than royalties, maybe he’ll realize that he should have taken heed after all. If not, it’s no skin off my ass. It’s his money to lose. If he doesn’t mind handing it over to a scam artist, that’s his choice.
      I spent lot of time this year on Tabetha and her shenanigans. I’m not doing that this coming year. I’ve got my own projects that need attention, and they’re going to get it.
      Sure, I’ll still advocate for her victims. I know that even though the BBB has her number, she’s trying to cover that up by joining other organizations, and who knows? Some victims might fall for it when she tells them that the BBB was “lied to” and that membership in other organizations makes up for it. They can’t say they weren’t warned, either. They’ll find out, just like this poor guy she published yesterday, that she’s a fraud, ripping them off and lying to their faces. And when they do, they’ll have to decide how to get away from her. It’s on them. They’re grown. They make the choices and live with the consequences.
      I’m making my own choice: not to spend all my time on the undeserving waste of skin that is Tabetha Jones.

      • Good your obaying the gag order its about time you shut you ugly mouth CUNT. KEEP IT THAT WAY OR BETTER YET DIE THE WORLD WOULD BE BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU.

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  7. The word is “OBEY” but a dumb twit like you woldn’t know the difference. The only way the world would be a better place is if the likes of Tabetha Jones wasn’t walking it. Funny though your favorite word is cunt. Is that because you are too stupid to know any other words or is that the only word your momma lets you say?

    • Obeying what gag order? In order for there to be one you fucking retard every single one of us would have to be served. Honestly you dumb bitch quit talking on here you make it so easy to tear you apart, not like it isn’t easy enough now. And since you want to talk about a gag order, one never came down to us and two the supposed order was for tabetha and her fucking alts. If i could have it my way there wouldn’t be a gag but rather ball and chain with me controlling your miserable life.

  8. 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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