Here’s a guest post from someone who’s had their eyes opened about Tabetha Jones:
First off let me say that I am not using my name, although I am over all the lies and bullshit that have spilled from the poisoned lips of Tabetha Jones, I don’t need my future tainted. I want to first say that I was naïve and so willing to believe that the person who wanted my works wanted only the best for me. I was approached by Tabetha Jones, to at first do an anthology, someone had “showed” her my works and she was over the moon to get me on board. She insisted we talk because she had some things that she needed me to know. Things pertaining to her other companies affiliation. She informed me that she had been a part of Mystic Press, that things went south and she was left holding the bag. I felt bad for her wanted to believe that she was misused and she wanted to show the world that she was better. She told me of a “hate” blog that was all about how she was a thief, how she manipulated people and their money. She told me that she had all this stuff planned out and that my books would fly off the shelves. She promised book tours, book signings, that she would contact the local libraries and have me do signings there. She promised that I would get a very good percentage, which was 60/40 for paperbacks and 50/50 for eBooks. At the time I thought that was great, she explained that the royalties would be changed after the contract was fulfilled for the first year, and the sales were better. I need you to know now; NONE of these things were done.
Now to explain the quotations on the wording “showed”. She found a bit of my works when she was trolling another page, a group of people that were actually trying to get something good going by doing an anthology of pretty much no named people to get them out there. That was lie number one. I decide to go with Tabetha Jones and gave her a shot, although I truly was hesitant. Against her desire I guess I will say, I went to the “hate” blog and started reading all that was being said about her and her dealings with Mystic Press and her new endeavor of Phoenix Fire. I will be the first to admit I fought for her tooth and nail, I cussed people that I didn’t know, I accused them of being jealous, and petty you name it I was all on Tabetha’s side. I didn’t want to believe she was lying to me, that she didn’t have my best interest at heart.
Now to this “hate” blog. After being with Tabetha for a bit, I noticed a lot of things. When you would call her to discuss things dealing with your book, swag, book trailers, sales, royalty reports or to get book party things organized she would talk about family stuff. I am talking about things of the nature of her sick mom, her sister and her preferences in her lifestyle, what guy she was flirting with. Now don’t get me wrong we did discuss the other things, only to have her say to me, I will have to get back to you on that, uhm, the reports are all together, I have to print them out, black out the other authors information and copy and send to you. I want to tell you now this NEVER happens. I got a little bit pissed off. I started checking out this blog on a regular basis. I was reading of what people had dealt with when it came to her, so I started asking her more questions. I asked more about my sales and exactly why when the people from Createspace, Amazon, Kindle and the like pay monthly, why was I being paid every 3 months or when she saw fit. I contacted these places, and found out that yes, royalties are paid monthly. I also noticed my books popping up on EBay and a few other places. Yet, I was not receiving any royalties from those sales. It got to the point that for the most part she was ignoring everything I said to her except that what she wanted to tell me, which was more bullshit about her life. Not to be rude but when you go to work, does your boss say “ hey so and so, last night I got so fucked up with my friend that I have bruises all over my body, and I don’t know how it happened”? Not where I work. The more I read on the blog the more insight I got on how things were going. Tabetha could never give me an honest answer on where the money was, how many books I have sold or what.
I went over my contract, which btw I found out that it is a bogus contract that no lawyer in the world would sign off on that rubbish. And how do I know? I took it to a lawyer to have him review it. Why I didn’t do it earlier, is beyond me. Actually I went over both contracts the anthology one and the one for my own books. My first book should have been pulled after the first year guess what yep you guessed it she kept the book up for sale WITHOUT a new contract. Can we say illegal? She was also telling me that she had several “alts” that she writes under which by the way in case you are wondering is at least 5 people in every anthology she promotes. These “alts” get paid the same percentage as if it was a real person. So let’s say the book makes 200 for a month provided she pays monthly, which we all know she doesn’t, and 5 of those people are her “alts” and 5 people are actual authors and it is suppose to be split equally between all. Since she says the company doesn’t take any money from the anthology sales. What exactly is her cut? If my math is correct and it may be off a bit, but I am seeing her making what 100 off the blood, sweat, tears and dreams of others.
I am sure there are really talented writers that have been conned by her again. Hell I am from the south and fell for her southern belle charm and “I am a better person, I have learned from all my mistakes” blustering. I know that everyone wants to believe that people are good in general and want to assist us. Please I am telling you that not EVERYONE has your best interest at heart. Don’t trust Tabetha Jones, she is a scam artist and a liar. She will tell you that you are a family, that she isn’t running her business like others do. It is all bullshit. She will use you, bully you, tell you not to do things that her lawyer insists that that is the way it has to be. There is NO lawyer. NO big bad biker gang that will come and put you in check. THERE IS ONLY HER, TRYING TO BE THE BIG BAD BULLYING BOSS LADY. DON’T FALL FOR HER LIES.