In August of 2015, I posted an author’s experience with Tabetha Jones about (yet another) clusterfuck “Anthology” called Wicked Enticements. To refresh your memory, since it’s been a little while, Tabetha had a nasty habbit of throwing together so-called anthologies with a few real authors and a plethora of her own alternyms, putting in a minimum effort in production and reaping the majority of any rewards that might ensue. In the case of Wicked Enticements, an author very kindly showed evidence of how poorly the book was formatted, right down to having two of Tabetha’s bogus companies on the cover as the publisher even though one of them was supposed to be defunct at the time. Check that post out HERE.
Very recently, one of the authors from Wicked Enticements asked if anybody has a hard copy, for legal reasons. I’m asking around about that. But, just in case nobody has a copy they’re willing to part with, I’m looking around to see if I can find it online. What I found is disturbing.
I’ve posted many times in the past how important it is for authors to google themselves and keep on top of any potential illicit sales or associations. And I’m suggesting it again today. The reason? Because Wicked Enticements is still out there.
On Amazon.com in America.
On Amazon.com Europe.
On Amazon.com Canada.
On Amazon.com Japan.
On Amazon.com France, they let you know that it’s out of stock but invite you to order it. Then, when it comes in, they’ll deliver it. I don’t know if you pay up front, but it bears consideration that it might be possible that money can still be generated from that title.
You get the idea.
On all of those sites, the book is listed as being out of stock and unavailable (except maybe in France. Not sure), but that’s not the whole point.
Authors that contributed work to that book have long since parted company with Tabetha Jones and want nothing to do with her. They don’t want to be associated with her in any way, shape, or form. Some of those people still pursue a career in writing, and the last thing they need is for their names to show up on such a failed product.
Yet there it is. Big as life. Years later. With all their names still on it.
That’s one of two things:
1) Either Tabetha’s too lazy to clean up her business and remove titles.
2) It’s her ultimate power play, her egotistical control over her victims by refusing to let them get away from her.
Those authors don’t want their names anywhere near hers. But by refusing to take old titles down, she can thumb her nose at them, perhaps trying to prove that once she’s got you, she never lets you go, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
In this case, perhaps it’s best that she’s either too lazy or sociopathic to take that listing down. As long as it remains, those authors have proof they can use against her. So google away, kids. Find any information she refuses to take down about you and use it.