The Writer’s Market

After an abusive relationship, it can be a confusing time, faced with so many new options. It’s brave, new territory, being free. A relationship, even an abusive one, defines the parameters of a person’s existence. You don’t have to figure out where you stand or where to go. It’s all set up. When those parameters no longer exist, it can be frightening to know which way to turn.

Add to that the fact that the abusive relationship was with your publisher, and not only are you left abandoned and dismayed, but you also have to figure out how to continue to publish your work, to boot.

All too often, someone getting out of one abusive relationship falls into another one, either out of habit or fear of being left alone, directionless. Sometimes even with the same person, because going it alone is so scary.

Well, don’t be frightened. It’s not as scary as it seems.

When it comes to publishing, even the most inexperienced author has options. The possibilities are literally endless.

You can send out queries and pursue an agent to get into traditional publishing. It’s a real thing, and a lot of people would love to jump right into it. But the fact of the matter is that agents get so many queries a day that you’ve virtually got a better chance of winning the next billion dollar lottery. It could happen, and I encourage every single writer out there to keep trying.

But I don’t encourage writers to sit on their hands and hold their breath waiting for that magic phone call do come. There are a lot of things a writer can do in the meantime. There’s a lot you can do to increase your reputation within the industry all on your own in the meantime.

You can send your work to contests. There are a million scam contests out there that just want you to send them money, sure. But there are also quite a few legitimate ones. The trick is finding out which is which.

But how do you know which agents to contact? How do you know which contests to enter? The world is such a big place, and there are so many predators out there! What’s legit? What’s not? WHAT DO I DO??
The magic words of the day are: The Writer’s Market. It’s a book that comes out every year, jam-packed full of invaluable information. It’s an expensive book, but it’s also available for use at your local library’s reference section. You can’t check out the current version, but you can sit and scribble down notes. There are chapters on publishers, agents and contests. There are insights into the industry and helpful tips on everything from writing a query letter to just about anything there is to know about the world of writing and publishing. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

TWM is also available online.

Also available to aspiring writers is the option of self-publishing. Through sources like Createspace, smashwords and Ingram Spark, emerging authors can publish their own work directly to market at either no cost, or low costs. It’s a learning curve, and a great way to dip your toes in the pond to test the water. There’s no risk, since there’s little (if any) financial investment, and you have total control over every aspect of your work.

I know, the notion of self-publishing can seem HUGE. Intimidating. Frightening. Even terrifying. But it’s not. It’s easy. It’s literally as simple as 1) creating a free account at Createspace, 2) uploading your book, and 3) hitting the “publish” button. That’s it. They talk you through every step of the process.

So if you’ve never approached the idea of publishing, there you have it.

If you’ve had a turbulent relationship with an abusive scam publisher, have faith. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. You can take control of your own career and make it your own, independent of anything that’s happened before. Your future is your own. Make the most of it. You got this.

You are, as ever, welcome.


10 thoughts on “The Writer’s Market

    • I feel very strongly about this. Too many people are left either hanging in the wind or clinging to a scam because they don’t know any better. They don’t know that they can do EXACTLY the same thing their scam publisher did, and keep all the money for themselves. It’s an easy process. She just likes to mae them think that there’s some big, involved process that they can’t do without her. Whether it’s ISBN numbers or barcodes, she makes it seem like some complicated, expensive process that they’re lucky she does for them.

      They don’t realize that while she says “I have to pay hundreds for ISBN numbers through Bowker,” The truth is that Createspace offers FREE ISBN numbers and they print the barcode on the book. All the author has to do is upload their files and click “publish.” That’s it.

      If I accomplish anything with this blog, I hope to empower authors with the confidence to own their work and publish themselves. They can do better.

    • That’s what scam publishers count on – authors being aprehensive, nervous, unprepared. Nothing would make me happier than to see everybody that got screwed over succeed in ways that their abuser never will.
      Besides, you won’t be alone.

  1. This right here is why your such a lying cunt you say your sick of Ms Jones but you keep talking about her making snide comments attaching her character and making up lies. That woman has serious injuries but you don’t even care your a heartless bitch, well that brave rebel hearted lady will survive and thrive despite your hate. And she’s not even a publisher anymore so you need to stop calling her company a scam publisher she’s already getting ready to sue your ads of so be careful what you say before you end up owing her everything you own and every penny, maybe then you’ll shut up your ugly hate lies. No wonder your man is cheating on you your so bony he cuts himself when he fucks you.

    • Aww, gee and I thought we were done with the mouth of the south. Nice to see your “ads” again Tabetha. Please you stupid fool spell check should be your best friend. Do you even have anyone left to defend your sorry ass? DOUBTFUL

      I do love how you stick your nose into things where you aren’t concerned. Was your name mentioned? No but as usual you are too daft to see by you jumping on here flapping your fat fingers you ADMIT to all that’s being said about your shady dealing.

      Maybe you should have kept quiet.

      • For all of her protestations of moving on and claims of such debilitating injuries (that she never did take pictures of to prove), she still visits this blog more than I do.

        I didn’t mention her name, but if the shoe fits, she can lace it up and wear it.

        She’s still doing “business” as (Mystic Press, Phoenix Fire, Dark Storm) Sweete Sinz (et al. Same account, same company). Remember, she said the same thing after she closed down the other companies. “I’m closing the company but keeping it open only to publish my own books, maybe in the future, I’ll do some anthologies.” And before you know it, she’s right back where she left off. So, either under this name or one of the other sneaky endeavors she’s got going on that we’re supposed to be too stupid to know about, she’ll start back up. And when she does, we’ll point it out. In the meantime, let her fantasize about being a model, pop whatever gets her through the night and pretend she’s got a wonderful life. The rest of us can be doing the real thing. I know you are, and so am I.

        It’s going to be a great year!

    • Oh shut up. I bet you wouldnt know your way out of a fruit bowl unless she told you let alone of your free will. This is information about self publishing. And fyi, tabetha was indeed very verbally abusive to everyone even when they still were with her. I decided after all the stress and hassle that i would leave and self publish vbecause the stress was ruining my writing career. So when i did she went off her nut. Bullied and attacked me till she scammed me of a whole lotta mulah. So before you speak find out the truth. Thanks. Unless this is tabetha. Then go back to wherever you were. Thanks.

      • Well, the IP does say Texas, so you never know.

        You know… I was going to make a big long comment here, but I’m going to write up a new post instead.

  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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