For the record, people who publicly lie to me or my readers are going to get called on it.
Last, night the comment thread on my post about Mystic Press turned into a veritable circus. This is partly my fault, because sometimes I like to give my site’s trolls a little rope.
It would appear that the owner of the former Mystic Press and the newly established Phoenix Fire Publishing, Tabetha Jones, came by to defend herself against complaints of fraud and failure to deliver services. And she brought all her little friends to help clear her name.
Actually, she brought her alter egos. That would be the more accurate term. But they didn’t exactly help her cause.
When I noticed that Tabetha Jones, Skylinn Wicker, and Rai Willis were posting comments and submitting contact forms from the same IP address (why do people always create fake personalities to defend themselves?), I threw my hands up and stopped engaging Tabetha. In light of this, comments from Anna Lovelace, Louise Charleston, Eris Kelli and Cindy Franks are suspect.
I’m Going On Record Now: Stay Away from Phoenix Fire Publishing
If you’re an author researching Phoenix Fire Publishing before signing a contract, I want you to consider something:
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that all of these people defending Mystic and Phoenix Fire aren’t really Tabetha, they’re actually legitimate customers. And let’s say that all the customers complaining are making everything up. A person would still have to be a fool to recommend Tabetha’s company.
Why? Well, take a second look at the original comment thread (which is now closed) and notice what kinds of details her defenders, supposedly just other authors publishing with her, know about the complainants’ business dealings. The best thing you can say about Tabetha—even giving her the benefit of the doubt—is that she is completely unprofessional and will tell her other customers your business.
But it’s ridiculous to give the woman even that much credit. So I’m settling the score, at least as far as Suess’s Pieces is involved in this mess.
Tabetha’s alter ego, Skylynn Wicker, questions my commitment to the truth by pointing out that her contact form submission wasn’t published on the blog like I’d promised earlier. She says:
I used the contact form and MINE isnt posted?
I’m going to say this with all the respect I can muster, and it ain’t much: Whatever your real name is, you’re a fucking liar, and you’re done shitting on my playground. On this blog, we deal in verifiable truth and honest testimonials. Take your fraudulent-ass comments and misrepresentations somewhere else.
UPDATE: Comment thread closed as of 11:00 a.m. EST. It should be pretty clear why.