Ready or not?

Sweete Sinz publishing is still a work in progress.

That’s what it says on the Sweete Sinz weebly site.
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I can understand that. Business takes time to come together. Especially if a person’s trying to get it right. You know, make it legal and everything. Copyright Trademark the business (name? Logo?), file the proper paperwork with the IRS, register with the city and state as a DBA. You know, all of those tidy little business details that a proper company takes care of before they open their doors. Something she’s never been able to manage before. But, hey. Let’s say she’s actually trying to do it right this time.

You, over there. Stop laughing. I know, I know. Don’t worry. I’m getting to it.

So… if Sweete Sinz is still a work in progress, a business that’s still coming together, getting all their ducks in a row, setting up all those pesky little legal details, how do they already have books for sale?

Here’s Blood Magic for sale by Sweete Sinz publishing, as of June 28th, 2015. More than a month ago.
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According to both Amazon.com and Smashwords.

So much for putting that legal foundation in place, eh?

Look, it’s her own book. I couldn’t possibly care less what she does with it. I’m just pointing out that while she’s saying “I’m doing things right!” out of one side of her face, she’s still sneaking around putting books up for sale out of the other.

Can’t have it both ways, babycakes. Either you’re putting everything together for your “work in progress” business that isn’t ready to launch yet (with a co-owner that still isn’t ready to be named) or you’re doing business without establishing a solid, legal foundation first. And since there’s even one book for sale from Sweete Sinz. No matter who wrote it, that’s a book for sale by that company that has not yet been legally established. Her own website says so. Her blog says so.

So, yeah. Still shady.

And, for the record, there are also two books for sale from 2013.
Bloody Kisses and In Vein. If you’ve contributed work to either, you might want to contact Amazon yourself and find out if any copies of a title you’ve done work in have been sold. When you were (illegally) signed with that publisher, you couldn’t go to Amazon. You were stuck getting no answers from your publisher. But now that you’ve severed ties, you can contact Amazon yourself for information about your work.

And here, still, incredibly, is The Devil’s Pet Kitten, published by Phoenix Fire in 2012. I so desperately wish Beth would yank her title and republish it herself, listing herself as the only person that can sell it. It makes me physically sick to see her continuously being exploited by a ruthless scam. If anybody seeing this knows her, please urge her to stand up and put a stop to it. That would make my whole year.

Contact Amazon. Get answers. If you find that titles have, indeed been sold, you should probably contact your (former) publisher and demand to know why you haven’t been paid.

She’ll probably jump up and down screaming that they’re third party sales, so she’s not responsible for them. But we’ve already covered that issue before, again and again. No matter WHO sells a third party book, no matter the format, the publisher is still responsible to pay the author for the sale of that book. In the case of anthologies, the publisher is responsible to pay a whole bunch of authors.

Anybody here getting paid? No? Didn’t think so.

It’s pretty simple, folks. Same old tactics, with a new name on it.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. WATCH YOUR WORK. Make sure it isn’t still for sale by a shady publisher that has no intention whatsoever of paying you. Google yourself. Search your own name on Amazon.

Better yet, contact both Ingram and Amazon and list only yourself as the ONLY person that can sell your work. That will mean that NOBODY but you can sell your book. No more pesky third party sales that you aren’t getting paid for.

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4 thoughts on “Ready or not?

  1. 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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