It’s official… sort of

Sweete Sinz has been announced by Tabetha Jones.

I scarcely know where to start.

I guess I’ll start with her usual lack of a single clue about how to be professional. If the first thing you read about a business is that it has “haters”  “on believers” (?) “nosy bitches” and “stalkers” that alone should tell you that this is a “business” to avoid at all costs. It says right up front that this “imprint” isn’t about books. It’s about drama. This is reinforced by her continuation that she’s protecting her names (both Tabetha Jones and Zoey Sweete) from “slander” and “malicious talk” by trademarking her company.

First, let’s not forget that she started off saying that she was Copyrighting her business. It wasn’t until after I corrected her that she started using the term Trademark. Hell, just about everything she tries (and fails) to get right is because she learned it from me correcting her. That’s pretty sad for somebody that has been claiming to be a publisher for, what, four years now? After all that time, she still hasn’t got even the most basic grasp on how business works.

Next, I can only say it again, for the millionth time. It’s not slander unless it’s false. I don’t know what language she wants it in, but it’s not slander to point out that a person is a crook if they are, in fact, a crook. Never has been, never will be.

Yes, you register a Trademark. Requesting a tax ID and making sure a business is legal at the state and local levels are different things. But as she has so far seemed unable to do a single legal thing regarding any of her so-called companies, it seems unlikely that she’d know the difference.

I take that back. She did do one legal thing. She requested a tax ID for Dark Storm (after first lying to her authors and the public by claiming that the company was owned by someone named Destiny Rane, who turned out to be Tab herself). With that one, feeble stab at trying to appear legitimate, she provided a direct link between all of her past shady companies and herself, through Dark Storm. Where she had previously used alternate accounts, “family” names and other shady shenanigans (to avoid paying taxes?), she put the name Tabetha Jones on Dark Storm. That provided a direct link for the IRS to walk straight up to her front door and knock. So kudos to her for that.

Same thing with this new company. She claims to be procuring a tax ID, registering and Trademarking Sweete Sinz, setting herself up to be all proper and legitimate. If she succeeds, more power to her.

But let’s not forget the twisted path she’s walked  to get here. First (that we know of), there was Mystic Press, which has been proven to scam and rip people off. There are authors, artists and editors from MP that never got paid, and never will. She literally gloated when the statute of limitations ran out for those poor saps. Next came Phoenix Fire, which was just more of the same. Many of the fine folks that speak up about how crooked she is were PF authors, editors and artists that have come forward to say how crookedly she dealt with them, lying to them, involving them in her personal drama and bilking money out of them, offering sob stories about needing new shoes for her kid or having to make payments on her computer or else all of their work would be lost – things of that nature.

After PF came a convoluted series of one-offs. There was the short-lived Silver Fang, which was actually the brainchild of one of her former co-owners, Dark Storm, and Demons and Deities. Mostly (if not all) in rapid succession within this year alone.

And now, there’s Sweete Sinz, the latest in her efforts to bring Zoey Sweete, her pen name, to life. Tab doesn’t even sign her own name to her books, anymore. She attributes all of them to Zoey, including a memoir about her groupie days at the strip club. You know, the one that the club refuses to permit. I guess she thinks by changing the author name, she can slip it in under the wire on them. It won’t work, of course. But with the success of films like Magic Mike and the film about her favorite club, La Bare, her skewed image of herself as part of that world is more glamorized than ever, and she’s desperate to insert herself into that limelight by any means possible. Even if it means trying to publish bold-face lies about romantic adventures with male strippers that would rather gouge their genitals off with a spork and become eunuch monks than touch her. Even if it means treading upon the cherished memories of a fallen dear friend and family man that deserves much better. She doesn’t care. If she can glorify herself, she feels justified.

Even within the formation of Sweete Sinz, there have been lies.

First, she claimed that Sweete Sinz was going to be an imprint ONLY to publish her own books. Her own self publishing efforts.  Not words that I’m implying, but her own words in her own post:

And now, here she is setting it up like MP, PF, SF, DS and DD, to work with other authors “one on one” to make their dreams of publishing come true. We’ve seen those words before, haven’t we, boys and girls?

Amusing as all get-out is her assertion that because she trademarks her company, she thinks that protects her from having her crooked activities pointed out if she commits them, as if a trademark is a magic umbrella under which she can do anything she wants and nobody can call her on it. If that’s really what she thinks, she’s got a rude awakening coming.

Also amusing is that by saying that “this time” she’s going to do everything right, she admits that she got it wrong before. She admits that PF and DS were “rushed” and wrong. What is she thinking, saying that “Well, those companies were wrong, but this one will be right”? What can she offer as any reason for people to think that she’s learned anything new, or has any intention whatsoever of changing her ways? Has she taken business classes? Doubtful. Has she had some change of heart? Doubt it. Considering the lies that have already swirled around about the formation of this “new” company, all evidence supports that she intends to pick right up where she left off, using the same methods and means. She’s already using the same catch phrases about working “one on one” with authors to “make their dreams come true.”  Nothing’s changed at all, except for the name of the company. And even that isn’t very original, as there are companies a round the world already using it, including a bakery a chocolatier in India, and an adult escort in Atlanta. One has to wonder if any of them have trademarked the name. Worth finding out.

Does she really think that just because she says so, this new company won’t be compared to the train wrecks of her past? Sorry, but that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Especially when everything appears to be exactly the same about all of them, from the formation to the wording and especially the owner.

I can only shake my head at the folly.

Well, that and all the rest of it. It doesn’t matter that she’s announcing a company that has no legal foundation, no website or online presence at all. Even a partner that isn’t prepared to be named in association with her efforts. Yet. All of that, hilarious as it is, can be shrugged off as a work in progress. I’m still working on my own sites. It’s part of the job.

What really matters is that there’s nothing in her recent past or present that gives a single hint that this company is going to come together and be any better than any of the past ones were. Exactly the opposite. If anything, this one looks to be even more of a  joke.

Why does she even try? Because she’s her biker-daddy’s tough-minded little girl? Even that’s up for dispute lately, isn’t it? Because she promised her mother on her deathbed? The mere notion is an insult to a sweet lady that was burdened with stress and drama that probably hastened her into the grave. No. She does it for one reason, and one reason only. Money.

Sure. The rest of us work for money. If we said we wrote and published for the pleasure of it, we’d be liars. We’ve all got bills to pay. Difference between her and us is that we do the work expecting to get paid for our labors. That’s it. Nothing more, and nothing less. We don’t rip the beating hearts out of others, bleed them dry and then trample over their broken corpses in search of a fresh victim.

I’ll wait and see what her website looks like. Let’s see who that new(?) co-owner is. Let’s wait for those same, tired old books come out, including her magnum opus, anthologies written by authors that can no longer stand the sight of her. Let’s wait and see if any single thing happens with this new company that smacks of something fresh and new, or even remotely professional and legitimate. So far, it’s left wanting.


17 thoughts on “It’s official… sort of

  1. Like I have said before a cur dog and a bitch always need to be on a leash or kept in a kennel. She is rabid and needs to be dealt with accordingly.

  2. Yesterday, there was a Sweete Sinz SELF publishing page on FB.
    Today, there’s also a Sweete Sinz publishing page, Waco, on FB. Note the difference.

    Oh, yeah. She’s coming fully cycle, right back up to her old tricks. She never intended for Sweete Sinz to represent only her own work, as she previously claimed. It’s clear that she fully intends to try to start recruiting victims all over again.

    Authors, watch your friends lists. That’s where she finds her victims. She trolls author pages, finds their friends that are authors and contacts them. I plan to post a status that says that “Author friends, if you’re contacted by a publisher who says they’ve heard great things about you, or that they’ve read your work, or your page, or any other way, and they’d like to work one on one with you to make your publishing dreams come true, don’t fall for it. It’s most likely a scam publisher trying to recruit you as a victim, preying upon your desire to be published. Steer very clear.”

    You might want to do the same. In fact, feel free to copy and paste.

    • Did you really think that leopard would change her spots? She has it so good. Bilking authors, models, editors, cover artists, and probably anyone she can get to allow her “sister’s” company to photograph out of money. Come on now, she is aligning herself or him with her, N.P., to the desired tune of $4,300.00.

      Just enough to cover a small “dream” wedding, right?

      She is and forever will be shady as all be damned. Please Tabetha, stop the whirlwind bullshit tornado. We all know that in 6 months you will be changing the company name. Geez, you will run out of names before you ever get it right.

      Sit your fat ass down, eat some more bonbons, rant and rave til they bring you that fancy white coat you have been eyeing up. You know the one, so you can hug yourself because of how great you are. (Cof). And maybe give a chance to real publishers who aren’t going to fuck people over.

      • Or she could, you know, GET A JOB. Earn an honest living. Unless she’s disabled in some way, there’s no reason she can’t get out there and work, except that she’s too lazy and greedy for it.

      • And that’s assuming theyre still together for the next 60 days, or however long they have left on that license. He’s already on the outside edge of his pattern, and we all know hers. When somebody doesn’t serve her purposes anymore, she scouts for a replacement, often from among the pool of her former boyfriends husbands victims.

    • To specify, if you click on those Sweete Sinz fb links, they won’t look like normal pages. They’re basically placeholders. Those pages have been created, she just hasn’t done anything with them yet.

  3. There is no way she is registering anything. From personal experience, it takes thousands to register, and we all know that she doesn’t have the money.

    • Federal trademark registration starts at $375.00 (paper filing, online, it’s $325), and doesn’t include many other fees. Certification of registration is another $100, an affidavit another $200. Any change or amendment costs $100 – and we all know she wouldn’t get it right the first time. She never does.

      In addition to the initial filing fees associated with trademark registration, trademark holders are required to pay certain fees for the maintenance of their mark. After five years of registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office a mark holder will be required to file an application for renewal and a statement of use. The fee for filing both of these documents combined is $500.

      …not that she’ll still be in business in 5 years. Her current track record is weeks, at most. Previously, 2 years is her limit. Maybe 3. But nothing she’s ever done has lasted more than 5 years, whether it’s a business, relationship, or anything else. She just doesn’t have the staying power.

      And it’s not just trademark fees. She says she’s getting registered with the state, right?

      Certificate of formation for a Texas entity starts at $300.
      Forming a partnership is $750. And she’s already mentioned that she’s got a partner, hasn’t she?

      Certificate of amendment for Texas entity (for when she gets it wrong, which she will) costs $150. Amendment to registration as a Texas partnership costs $10 plus $200 per partner.

      And there are so many more considerations when it comes to legitimately filing a business in Texas, particularly a partnership. I’m not going to list them. She can find them out for herself. I’m not here to teach a master class on topics she should already be well versed with, being such an uber business woman all these years and all.

      Suffice it to say that I agree. I sincerely doubt that she’s trademarking or registering anything. It would cost money, and any of her previous authors victims can tell you how loathe she is to part with that.

  4. Lep your usually pretty smart but Tabby girl is putting one over on you right now she’s got stuff going on you don’t even no about but I do and I’m not the only one. Look for an email from me to your lepplady mail.

    • You mean that she’s (probably) running at least one other publishing company on the sly while all of our attention is on SS? Yeah, I suspected as much. With a whole slew of new fake names that all have her penchant for plants, flowers, gems and weather. Rain Storm(sp)? Seriously?
      *eye roll*

      Thanks for the heads up, doll. I suspected as much, but your info was quite informative. 😉

  5. When is tabby troll going to wake up and realize she is not as smart as she hopes, let alone pretends to be. As my sister said the bitch needs to sit her fat ass down and stop making up publishing company names and cheating potential REAL publishers a chance at really making dreams come true. Not just her pathetic wants. She doesn’t have dreams she has vendettas and bullshit. If she cared one bit and she was all about family she wouldn’t be such a bag of shit. She wouldn’t use everyone she comes into contact with. One day she is going to cry wolf and the pack will devour her, because no one will believe her lying ass. Keep scheming little girl, keep using people, one day it will bite you in your massive ass.

    • She’s already crossed one person too many close to home. Before, she screwed over people that couldn’t do anything about it because they were geographically removed from her, either in other states or other countries. But her more recent efforts have affected people in her state, in her city, and cities nearby. And I don’t just mean her scam publishing or modeling companies, either. She’s made it personal, and I imagine she’s either dealing with some fallout right now, or soone will.

      Even the ever-slippery Tabetha Jones can’t talk her way out of her ow bullshit forever. Sooner or later, it always catches up.

      • History repeats it’s self… Victim’s keep your friends list in check. Monitor names known to be used:
        Etc. You know you beware.
        Also seems i’ve missed alot here.

  6. 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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