Personal V Professional

I just want to take a quick minute to remind you about the difference between a personal relationship and a professional one, especially when it comes to publishing.

I’ve said it many times: it’s important to have a good working relationship with your publisher, big or small. But that’s exactly what it should be: a WORKING relationship. It’s important to communicate well with your publisher when it comes to your book. But it’s your work you should be talking about.

Most importantly, it’s your work that your publisher should be talking to you about.

When you ask your publisher a question about your work, the answer you get should be ABOUT YOUR WORK. Not about what kind of day your publisher had. Not about his or her health. Not about personal ailments. Not about how broke he or she is. Not about anything but your work. Professionalism is the word of the day, kids.

If you ask your publisher about your publication date, that’s what they should tell you,not some tale about your publisher suffering from a vaginal hemorrhage (that probably didn’t happen), or her hysterectomy (twice!).

If you ask your publisher about your royalties, that’s what the answer should be about, not how he or she is so stressed out that she (or her sister) tried to commit suicide (only to find later that it was a lie).

I could go through a very long list of diversionary topics and tactics, old and new. There are a million of ’em, with new ones being added all the time. But I’ll keep it simple. If your publisher uses personal troubles to make excuses instead of answering professional questions, RUN. That is not how a professional acts.

You’re an author. You want a publisher that’s going to represent your work professionally and well. Not a new bestest buddy that gives you excuses instead of results.  Ask yourself honestly. When Stephen King talks to his publisher, do you think he gets excuses about how his publisher had cramps and couldn’t get it done that day? If Dean Koontz or JK Rowling got fed a tall tale about some faked suicide bid or some other ridiculous lie about personal problems, how long do you think that would continue to be their publisher? About zero seconds. Not because they’re so famous, but because they’re professionals. So are you. Treat yourself like one. Treat your work like professional work, because that’s what it is.

If you come across a publisher who says that they’re better because they'”break the mold” that’s your first hint that they’re not the professional company you need to represent your work. There’s a way that it’s done for a reason. It’s a pattern that works. Just ask the people it works for.

Anybody that tells you right out of the gate that there’s some drama involved with themselves or their company ON ANY LEVEL, that’s a huge warning flag. You want professional results, not drama. Quite probably, there’s a lot more to the situation than you’re being led to believe. If a publisher says “Don’t read that blog!” that’s probably the first thing you should do.

It’s simple, folks. Keep it professional. If you want a new best friend, buy a dog. If you want drama, buy a cat at the same time. Turn ’em loose and watch the fun. Rent a rom-com. Strike up a political debate on Facebook.

If you want you book published, hire professionals.
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Consider yourself cautioned.

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24 thoughts on “Personal V Professional

  1. I agree 100%. You as an author want a publisher to get your book out there. You pay them for a service. I am not going to hire someone to clean my house and them come to my house, sit down, have a drink and discuss how things are going at home. It gets to the point where you are just their therapist and nothing gets done. It has to remain professional.

    • Wait a second. You should be paying a publisher for anything associated with getting your work to market. Rule #1: money flows to the author. You did the writing. The publisher takes the financial risk associated with publishing your work. That includes editing, layout, acquiring or creating cover art, all the way to uploading it to a POD service such as CresteSpace, or sending it off to a printer for a print run.

      • Exactly (we knew you meant not 🙂 )
        You don’t pay them a dime of your money up front. They earn their money by pub lishing and promoting your books. That’s the job, not ge tting money out of you up front. Any publisher that tells you that you have to pay for editors or artwork up front is a vanity press at best, and a scam at worst.

        Publishers foot the bill for the artwork, formatting, editing, promotion, etc. That’s what gives them the right to keep a percentage of your book when it sells. The get paid by getting you paid.

        Money flows TO the author, not from.

    • You’re half right. Only, you shouldn’t pay your publisher a thing. Money flows TO the author, not from. If your publisher is charging you, it might be time to look for a new one.

      Still, publishers work for you. They get paid when you get paid. That’s how they earn the right to keep any of your money, by working hard to help you earn it.

      That’s the biggest red flag of all. If a publisher charges you money, find a different publisher. FAST.

    • Even if not up front, the publisher still gets paid. Whether it be a vanity press who charges up front or if it’s from royalties. In the end they still get paid. And I don’t want to have to discuss all of their personal issues while I’m waiting for them to publish my book. If I call to ask them if my edits are done I don’t want to hear how it’s not finished because the editor broke up with their boyfriend. Or I’m not getting my royalties because she borrowed it to pay her utility bills.

      • That’s not “borrowing” anything. It’s theft. If you’ve heard that one, it’s Not only time to find a new publisher, it’s time to press charges against the old one.

  2. What irks me is the last publisher used my loyalty to attack family members. I got into heated debates, even asked the one family member if he was the sperm that survived, and suggested that he was the load that should have been swallowed. And now I am asking for things I sent to promote my works and am being brushed aside. Lied to and dealing with a fool taking TABETHA 101.

    • To be clear, you’re not talking about Tabetha, here, right? You’re talking about your most recent “publisher” who’s behaving like Tabetha. Giving you personal drama as excuses not to return your stuff. Another small publisher like Tabetha that has said that they were closing, but still remains open, with whispers floating around that they’re planning an anthology anyway.
      Tabetha’s not the only shady publisher out there, folks. Don’t make the mistake of getting away from one scam only to end up with another one cut from the same mold that’s just as bad. You’re better off publishing on your own.

      • Why are you two beating around the bush? Your talking about Jacqueline Dawn Loudan Weister owner of Kinship press who said she was closing it but its still there, and isn’t she telling people that she was bleeding from the uterus and overdosed on pills to kill herself? Are people going to let her get away with it the same way they let her get away with it the same way Scabby Assy get away with it? Both of them have nicked things that belong to other people like Scabetha still has Salena’s clothes and “Jackie” still has Cindy’s book markers. They’re chuffing thieves so why aren’t they in jail???? What’s wrong with you people that just let them get away with all this shit? Scab ass robs you blind but nobody calls the police and now Jacqueline is doing it too and nobody’s calling the police. People have seen her abuse drugs in front of her wee daughter and emotionally abuse the poppet b threatening to kill herself and that some bloke was going to put a bullet in her brain but nobody calls the police. Salena, Jamie, Dee, johnny Reb, whoever her ex is, Misty her bestie, Kandi that she does photo shoots with and I’m sure more, you have all seen that she keeps drugs where the wee tot can reach them, you’ve seen mum stoned out in front of the lass, some of you said you saw mum send the wee babe into her dying nan’s room to steal her pain drugs, you’ve all seen that she keeps the babe up until insane hours of the night so mum can play model with fake blood and graveyards and then keep her home from school because mum can’t be bothered to get up and see her off, you’ve seen her let her baby girl go hungry unless somebody else feeds her, You said that she let the tot go without medical care for a year to frame her daughter’s father, some of you said that you saw her sell drugs to a bloke that comes to the house in front of her child and you come talk about it on a blog yet none of you can be bothered to ring up the authorities?? What the fuck is wrong with you???

    • You know, time for pussyfooting is over. If you can prove somebody’s got stuff that belongs to you, it’s time to call the cops. That goes for anybody that Tabetha stole stuff from, too. Real properties and royalties. CALL THE FUCKING POLICE.

  3. I would pledge £100,- towards travel cost if somebody needs help to get to the court appointment. It’s worth it if somebody would go and help to get that child out of that poisonous environment!

  4. 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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