Head count

Let’s see a show of hands. How many authors, artists, editors, co-owners or employees have ever, at any time, received at 1099 form from Tabetha Jones, Mystic Press, Phoenix Fire publishing, Silver Fang (as short-lived as that was) or Dark Storm publications?


19 thoughts on “Head count

      • I was paid a total of roughly 53.00 in the 2 1/2 yrs I was with Tabetha Jones. I contributed to 6 anthologies and had 2 books published, technically 3 books but I had the last one pulled within a few weeks of it being out due to Tabetha NOT showing me sales and royalty reports.

      • She paid at least one author that she didn’t send a 1099 form to. That means that she couldn’t possibly have reported her taxes correctly. How is that not tax fraud?

  1. I am baffled that there are still authors that believe tabbie’s bullshit!
    How dim can they possibly be?
    Where does she find those dimwitted idiots?

    • She finds eager new writers and manipulates their trust and good hearts to set them up for her agenda. They don’t know what she is, going in. All they see is a publisher telling them that they have serious potential, and promising to help make their publishing dreams come true. They don’t know what we know.

      I refuse to blame new victims. I’ll grant you that every writer should Google any publisher they’re thinking about publishing with. They should do their homework. But being naive and eager doesn’t make them dim. It makes them targets. They’re not responsible for what she does to them.

      That’s why I’m here. To let them know what she is. Whether they this place before they sign with her, or after, they eventually do see it, and realize what they’re dealing with. And, yes, there have been MANY that have seen this blog before they signed with her and steered clear. Others read this after they sign with her and believe not a word of it. …until they start to see resemblances between what’s going on in their own dealings and the ones they read about here. Then they start to think. And ask questions. And see the real face of their publisher.

      The dimwitted idiots are the ones that go BACK to her, even after they know what she is. Those are the ones that get no sympathy from me. Fool ’em once, shame on her. Fool ’em twice, shame on them. They deserve whatever drama they get.

      • She does have a talent to find a certain type of person that fall for her lies and let her twiSt them into a shape that benefits her.
        that wouldn’t work on just anyone.
        Some of them go crazy in order to defend her and further her agenda – we have all seen those attacks…

      • Oh, definitely. But they usually come to their senses. Hopefully, one day soon, she won’t be able to scam, hurt or victimize anybody else.

      • I don’t know how she convinces her poopetts to do her dirty work for her every time…
        yes, it only seems to work for a more or less limited time period, but still, WHY?
        Would you take somebody that writes like tabby seriously? Even if you hadn’t googled her? I doub it.
        i can understand to a certain extent to fall for her for a very short time but she even tells her victims now about this blog – so they know about this blog and all her dirty deeds!
        I don’t see how anybody can dismiss all this – it’s just not logical.
        There is just too much evidence!

      • That’s the thing. Does she recruit in writing anymore? Or does she invite them to call her so that she can fast-talk them over the phone? Either way, she blindsides them with bullshit she passes off as facts, puts them on the fast track to “making their dreams come true” and gets ’em signed up so fast their heads spin.

        But, yes. They do catch on pretty quick. Faster all the time.

        Now and the, she runs into somebody that’s like-minded and they happy little gaggle/coven/whatever goes to town online acting like a bunch of middle school dropouts, but that doesn’t last long, either. Eventually, after the newness wears off, it stops being fun and real life needs attention.

        Whatever they call it, it’s not publishing. I wish more people did their homework and found that out faster. But if they don’t, that’s why this blog exists. So that even if they don’t see it going in, the do at least see it at some point.

      • I just remembered the “book inferno” nonsense from a few weeks ago, that was such typical tabby twaddle!
        she took everybody’s words and evidence, stuffed it into a blender, pressed the button for an eeeexteeendeeed time, added plenty of lies and made up the most twisted excuses she can imagine – et voila!
        Ready made tabby defence blog that only “her real authors” can believe…

      • Oh yeah. She took PARTS of my own words out of context, jumbled them together in whatever way suited her best, and presented that as PROOF of what she wants people to think about me.

        Joke’s on her, though. All she really did was prove every word, including the proof about third party sales. SHE’S the one that posted Amazon’s third party sales policy, which states that THE PUBLISHER GETS PAID. I mean… how stupid does she have to be?

        Yeah. Let’s see some more of that proof. It’s doing my job for me.

      • It’s such a shame that social services aren’t helping her little daughter.
        that is no environment to grow up in – the poor girl doesn’t have a chance in life if she isn’t rescued ASAP!
        Poisoned atmosphere!

      • That is a shame. But only somebody with direct knowledge can intervene and contact cps.

        What we’re here for is to intervene on behalf of innocent victims, authors who deserve better than to be scammed by a ruthless, unscrupulous predator. She’s lying low at the moment, probably up to something. Either releasing her magnum opus self-spank fictional memoirs or putting together her law “suite” against me. *whatever*
        But those third party sales are still up, along with a few new offerings, like a book (Wicked Enticements) that was re-released just days ago without one author’s content. She demanded that her work be removed, and it was. But the publication date goes back to March. That means it’s still using the SAME ISBN number even though a major change was made to the content. *tsk tsk* That’s a no-no.

        Authors, she hasn’t changed her ways a bit. See the Shifty Shuffle post.

        Get out while you can.

      • Her kid will be the next sociopath that family has graced society with…

      • Any child raised by a narcissistic sociopath will turn out one of two ways. Either the cycle will be continued and a “mini-me” will be unleashed onto the world, or that kid will hit the ground running as soon as her legs can carry her, get as far away from that sick freak as possible and turn out well DESPITE the unfortunate circumstances of her early years.

        I pray for the latter.

      • Is she threatening you with a law “suite”?
        What did you do? I can’t see anything illegal here. Seriously, I don’t know how she plans to convince any lawyer to file against you.

  2. 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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