Riddle me this

How does a book that was (re)released only a few days ago, without the content of an author that demanded to be removed, have a publication date that throws back to March 11th?
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And how is it that the paperback version has 14 authors, but the “new” e-book have only 10?

Chunks of missing content and that many fewer authors, that sounds like a major change. And yet, there it is, released with the same publication date and ISBN as from March 11th. *tsk tsk* That’s a no-no.

It doesn’t look like that new “manager” and her business degree are helping shape things up at Dark Storm at all. Maybe “business management” is a completely different thing that PUBLISHING. Just because somebody’s got a diploma in business management, that doesn’t mean they know the first thing about how to publish books. So all of those protestations about helping Tab “fix” the company amount roughly to a fart in the wind. From the look of it, nothing’s changed.

The print version of WE has been yanked so that a writer’s content can be removed.
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One can only wonder. When this one comes back on the market, what will be in it? The same 10 authors as the e-book? Shuffled content? More fluff from more alts? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

The good news, here, is that an author got away from Tabetha Jones and MP/PF/DS. Here’s hoping the rest of them catch wise and do the same. The real ones, anyway. I’m sure there will forever be a plethora of alts in Tab’s stable, just like there will forever be some mystery man observing, waiting in the shadows, dreaming of a time when he can be with her, just raring to rush to his soul-mate’s defense on the blogs. When they’re not beating her up or threatening to put a bullet in her head, that is. No, none of those things ever happened, of course. But she hysterically insisted that it did, in front of one author, and in front of her 7 year old daughter. It’s no wonder that author has chosen to leave. I can only hope that other authors are looking, so they can do the same.

Run, authors. RUN!

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5 thoughts on “Riddle me this

  1. I know of 3 of the names used are of the publisher herself. So how is those royalties going to be spread out equally between authors? Oh, and before she says the company doesn’t take a percentage of the anthologies, think of this why should she when 3/10 of the authors or better are her?

    • For one thing, her saying “The publisher takes no cuts” should be the first HUGE red flag that people aren’t dealing with a real publisher. There is no such thing as a REAL publisher that doesn’t get paid. Legitimately, I mean.

      Second, I think 3 is a modest estimate. It’s possible that that the “publisher” and her alts are keeping at least half of the pieces of each pie they put out. More than that, if you count that most authors are probably not getting the full amount they’re due, anyway.

      • I know of the 3 she was using when I was with her, Zoey, Ivy and Emerald. I am quite sure her alt list has gotten much bigger.

  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.

    Peace.

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