Preparation for the event. *grin* *wink*

I don’t know how to do a poll on here,  I am just going to let you vote on comments as to which book of mine I pull the first three paragraphs from to compare to the first three paragraphs of one of the first two books by Tabetha Jones’ draven witch saga, which she wrote as Zoey Sweete.  You don’t need to have read my books. Just randomly choose a title you like.

This is just for shits and giggles.

BOOKS BY JANRAE FRANK

 

LYCAN BLOOD

 

Serpent’s Quest

Fireborn Law

If Truth Dies

Kynyr’s War

The Exile Returns

Kady’s Vengeance

The Shadowed Princes

 

DARK BROTHERS OF THE LIGHT

 

Blood Rites

Blood Heresy

Blood Dawn

Blood Wraiths

Blood Paladin

Blood Arcane

Blood Harvest

Blood Hope

Blood Lies.

JOURNEY OF THE SACRED KING

 

My Sister’s Keeper

Sins of the Mothers

My Father’s House)

Children of Wrath

THE SHIT HITS THE FAN

And boy howdy does. I’m sick of the games being played with me and rusty. Therefore, I am publishing all of the letters I have received from the perpetrators.

FROM LINDSAY

On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM, Lindsay Anne Kendal <88888> wrote:

Thank you for your email. It is appreciated.

This blog was pointed out to me by Tabetha, she told me my cover art was being ripped to shreds and that I had to get on there. I too apologie if it seemed I came in guns blazing. I was just so shocked and upset to see my name on there, I lost my senses and wrote without taking a step back and thinking. I have been warned that I may be tainted by association, and it seems that now I have. I haven’t revisited the blogs. I don’t want to see my name slated for creating a few covers. I also believe people have attacked my personal blog, and I don’t want to read that either. It has upset me, I won’t lie. I know people are upset with what has happened with the publishing house, but that is absolutely nothing to do with me. Tab and I were friends months before she started working with Mystic. She, Wendy and Brandy (the original owners of Mystic) were all authors at my publishers before they went to do their own thing. I know Wendy caused a lot of problems, she is a scam artist and now runs several other companies. I am friends with some of the authors she damaged and I know first hand Wendy and her husband, Robert, were scammers as they tried scamming me. Luckily, my publisher warned all her authors about their unethical business practices, as she called it. I then cut all ties. I did try to warn Tabetha and shortly after she became the sole owner. I supported her, told her if she put her mind to it then she could really do well with the company. Not long after, only a few months, things went on the decline.
She asked me to go on board creating covers for her and doing some promo timeline banners. Then people started coming to me of their own accord and I really enjoyed what I was doing. But first and foremost I am an author.
I am friends with Tabetha away from all of this, I have been for around eighteen months now. I will continue to be her friend, but I will not be getting involved with this any more. A friend is all I am, and I do graphics when needed. I am not a business partner, employee, I’m freelance. I have no dealings with anything other than the graphics and I have no intentions of changing that. I don’t want any deeper involvement. I am friends will all the authors, past and present and they all know they can speak with me in confidence. I’ve met some amazing people through Tabetha and the companies and I would like to keep them as friends. I take great pleasure in speaking with them. I know a lot more than I’m telling from both sides, but I will never betray anyone by giving out that information. I’m known for being open, honest but also trustworthy and I don’t ever want that to change.
You may quote anything you like from my blog, not that you need it, but you have my full permission to take what you like. Like I said earlier, I won’t be visiting the blogs again.
If you would like to pass this on to Cussed (if that’s correct) then please feel free. It would be nice for her to know that I’m not a loud mouth bitch, like I may have initially come across as being. Please also excuse any typos, I’m currently trying to write this on my phone in the back seat of a car.
I do appreciate your email, and thanks again.

Lindsay

FROM “WENDY”
——– Original Message ——–

Subject: info about mystic
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:00:50 -0800 (PST)
From: Wendy Hayes-Hunyor <*****>
Reply-To: Wendy Hayes-Hunyor <*****>
To: janraefrank@gmail.com <janraefrank@gmail.com>
My Dearest Cussedness,
 
This can be on the record or off, either way it needs to be out there. I am the former owner of Mystic Press and have been following its recent closure. I was contacted several weeks ago by several attorneys representing the authors that once were signed with Mystic when I owned it and Tabetha Jones merely worked for me. She was so naive that I have to say how proud I am that I actually got her to feel important and do work for free. She is a hell of a worker and puts a lot of time and effort in that really I just didn’t want to do. I don’t care if this makes me look bad or what people think of me but I guess you could say my conscious  is getting the better part of me. 
 
I was signed with World Castle Publishing with my manuscript the same time Tabetha and her former co writer were signed. Her co writer eventually became my co owner even though she was lazy as a damn cow, no wonder Tabetha dropped her from the series. I admit I should have listened to Tabetha when she warned me about her but the trouble I am now in is my fault and can’t blame anyone else. We both ended our contracts around the same time and I decided to open Mystic Press up. Tabetha worked for me doing client services. She made sure deadlines were met, clients were up to date on all information, and an occasional book trailer or two. She was going to school and I recommended she take some English Comp classes so she could start editing for me. She was eager so right on the spot she did it. 
 
Now, I admit the co owner and I went behind her back and opened up several new business’ because trouble was coming. We took money we shouldn’t have. All I can say is that Tabetha didn’t know half of what was really going on. When I told her I was closing down she asked to take over, and thinking it would get me out of the mess I had created for myself I signed it over. But unfortunately that was not the case. At the end of October all that came to bite me in the ass and with documentation filed on Tabetha’s part she proved she was free and clear of anything that had happened. I may be facing jail time but at least finally you dumb asses with have the story you always wanted.
 
Tabetha took over and as I heard through the grapevine it wasn’t months later that previous authors were already beating down her door for money that had been handed over when i owned the company. Now I am not saying I took it (I’m not going to admit all my dirty details) but Tabetha really had no idea what she was getting herself into. 
 
By no means am I coming to her rescue, or defending her but you people really know how to get things twisted. Now as for as her having alter names. Sorry wrong on that again. I have met both Skylynn and Rai. They did some blogging for us and actually came to my house several times. I didn’t really care for either really. Skylynn was self involved and Rai was a whiny bitch with this poor pitiful me attitude. But Tabetha was friends with them and they did good work. Did I pay them, well that’s my secret too. Did i pay Tabetha, my secret as well. Did i take authors money and not render services, again my secret. 
 
I wont give away all the information, I’m not stupid. So I set her up. I sent authors her way just to watch her fail. Some published their work, some didn’t want that long. That got what they wanted out of her and in return dropped their suits against me. The deals you can strike with people who are desperate to get published. I will say this for Tabetha Jones, she did way more for her authors than I ever would have. I wouldn’t have paid for their editing. I wouldn’t have paid for all that expensive swag. And I certainly wouldn’t have gone broke making sure my authors had everything they wanted. 
 
Now I did read somewhere she used her aid money to run the company. She didn’t have any aid money left. She happens to go to one of the most expensive online schools there is. I also read that people have tried contacting me to get my story. Another lie. No one has contacted me. In fact I believe they quoted me as never have to known a Tabetha Jones. This is the first and only time i have done anything and I just figured I’d help out with the hate campaign against Tabetha. 
 
Poor stupid naive girl, I am sure if she knew what she was signing on to when I gave her the company she would have ran the other way. And I am grateful she didn’t because when it crashed and burned it went all on her. 
 
As much as I hate to admit it, Tabetha hasn’t scammed anyone, she was just set up. I am a bitch like that. My book wasn’t selling and hers was doing far better than mine, and I wanted to do something to trash her name. It’s a dog eat dog world. And Tabetha is trusting enough to be used like that. Infact one author that scammed her happens to be a very good friend of mine. I hated that it came down to this but hey I wasn’t going to be out done by someone like her. Never done anything wrong. always trusting, big smile, big sweeteheart. I hate bitches  like that. 
 
I must say thought she did one thing I didn’t even think she would do. She opened up Phoenix Fire and I must say she is doing a better job than i thought. I checked out her authors, all well written, all standing behind her and working together as a team. Something I never had when I owned Mystic. Which really just pisses me off. 
 
Also I do want to clear one bit of info up. In the State of Texas and county she lives in you do not have to register for an at home business unless you make over a certain amount. I do medical transcripts and a few other things, yes i am still in the publishing world, but under a different name and company. That info you won’t get out of me. I won’t out myself all the way. So this Lepplady I keep seeing everywhere, I checked out your daughters fanfic page where some of her work is posted and I will agree with Tabetha’s editors and betas, her work plan sucks. Doesnt need a rewrite, it needs to be burned trashed and forgotten about. 
 
So what I am a bitch that took Tabetha, left her with the blame and got away with shit. I was just smarter than her. Did she steal money? No. Did she scam people? No. Does createspace give out refunds for services? No. Does Lightning Source? No. Is she responsible to give back money after editing and marketing services have been done? No. I have seen her books through Mystic. Every upcoming author she had listed in the back of the book. Do you know how much time and money that takes to remove a book and remove that author and reupload the work? 
 
This Lily Crussell, seen you around, heard the sob stories, and that mysterious virus, you really think Tabetha is smart enough to pull something like that off. Why don’t you look at other people that have it out for you. I had several friends that picked up the same virus, it was a random thing but no you jumped quickly at her. And you didn’t complain when you got scammed by that one company that was putting you in print. You didn’t pay back all those donations people made for you. I had a very dear friend that contributed to that for you and I din’t see you offering up any money. Maybe you got what you deserved. 
 
Again I am not her to defend Tabetha or applaud her. But she’s not a liar either unfortunately. IF she was I would have pinned everything I did and intend to do on her. This Phoenix Fire I think it has potential and it really leaves a nasty taste in my mouth to think she might just do it this time. Lindsay, what can I say about Lindsay. Her art has improved but her mouth still needs a leash. These other authors that was with Mystic that transferred over after I left, well I applaud them. Thank you for a job well done. I wanted to see that good toe shoes bitch burn. I always hated that she did everything RIGHT, she always went by the BOOK, and never did anything WRONG. I was trying to make money and she got in the way. Her and her too good ways, and ‘we have to look out for the authors best interest’ bullshit. 
 
I don’t care what people think of me. I will make my money. I will get where I want to go and I don’t give a damn on who I have to step on to get there. Did I mention it pisses me off that Zoey Sweete books are doing so well and mine is like shit. Fucking cunt bitch. Jealous, yes, I am jealous. She has overcome everything I threw at her and still going. But you guys, I want to thank you guys. You did a bang up job of making her look like a sorry ass and I loved it. All these blogs that are trashing her, thank you all from the bottom of my black heart. 
 
Now as I said you can post this, print it and light it on fire, so whatever you like. I just wanted to finally to let someone know that Tabetha Jones really isn’t the bad person in all this, I set her up and damn proud. She knows it too. We just went to court over this right before she shut the doors to Mystic. Well, I was in court her attorney, little dick weed of a man, had what he needed to put me against the wall. 
 
So what else do I have to lose. So why not help you folks out and give you piece of knowledge. If you ever go to fuck someone over make sure they dont keep their paperwork. make sure they aren’t Tabetha Jones. 
 
What will I do now? I will continue to publish and own companies. I’ll change my name again, and open a new company and no one will ever know of Mystic or my dealings because the new name, new person will never have done those things.
 
So what if I’m an evil bitch. So what if I let it go too far. So what….cry me a river and shred a tear for the bitch that went down with the ship. 
 
 
As for the co-owner of Mystic when I owned it and co-owner now of my other companies, I am afraid she will be a bit upset about this but i don’t think she’s been following all of it. She got over it a bit easier than I did. I just didn’t want to be outdone, especially by Tabetha Jones. Oh, and the slut comment, classic, I know that pissed her off. She might be a tattooed exparty girl but slut, not her thing. Too bad cause then you and I could have a field day with that one.
Cussedness, let me know if you ever wanna bash her trash her or just talk shit, cause I hate her. I hate she out smarted me. I hate she had the facts and everyone found out that I was indeed the bad guy. But who says i cant have fun now. The court proceedings are over so i can say what I like. You wanted the story for your ‘timeline’ here you go. 
 
You either feel like a dumbass as I did when I found out Tabetha had been smart about her ways, or don’t care at all. I just thought I would ruin someone else’s thoughts of her. I couldn’t make her look bad, so why should anyone else get the chance. The stories she posted on those other blogs telling ‘her’ story. Well I got to hand it to her, I guess there’s not a lying bone in her fucking body. What’s a white lie going to hurt? I did it to my authors. I promised them the world, even her, did they get it no. 
 
Will I always hate her? Yes. Will always do what i can to ruin her life? Yes I will. Will I go after Phoenix? No, because if I do, I might be sitting behind steel bars. I can’t touch Phoenix, but you guys are doing that for me. Even though I have yet to see her do anything wrong but yes, you are tearing her world apart for me. Kiddos to you for that. 
 
If there is anything else I might be able to help you with just let me know. I love doing what I can to humiliate Tabetha Jones. Bitch outsmarted me, outsold me, and I just don’t let go very well. Yeah, I fucked up. I took Mystic and ran it into the ground and then pushed it all off on her. It wasn’t right but I wasn’t going to go down for it. I even let her take that dumb ass submissions manager with her. Ha! She thought I was doing her a favor. And Lepplady most staff that works for you has access to all company emails and company blogs. Personal accounts no.  
 
Think of me what you will, I have thicker skin than Tabby Cat, I wont scream and cry to defend myself. I fucked people over, I was good at it. End of story. Tabetha on the other hand, the reason she defends herself so is because well, even as much as I hate to admit it, shes telling the truth. Damn that tasted bad coming out of my mouth. But if anyone is going to take her down it will be me, just havent thought of a way to do it yet. I wont touch Phoenix, nope, I will go after her as Zoey Sweete. I’ll ruin her rep through her books this time since the company thing kind of blew up in my face last time. So off I go to plan my next scheme. Any ideas…although starting with her author pic looks like a slut is a great one. I think I will go with that first.
I will wrap this up feel free to, like i said you cant say anything to me that hasnt already been said. I am a bitch, I am greedy, I am very good at what I do. Ask Tabetha I am sure she will tell you.
Sincerely
Former Owner of Mystic Press
Wendy Hunyor
 
P.S. Please do NOT disclose my email address. That is to remain private.
_____________
FROM THE POSSIBLY MYTHICAL DAUGHTER OF MARTHA WILSON

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Query
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 05:26:13 +0000
From: Laura Wilson <*****>
To: janraefrank@gmail.com
Dear Ms Frank

I have been given your email address and believe you are the site owner of one of the blogs my mother, Mrs Martha Wilson, has recently been commenting on. If this is not the case, please disregard this email and all its contents.
I am one of Mrs Wilson’s daughters, I am writing to ask you to please block or do whatever is necessary to prevent my mother from commenting on your blog in future. I have asked for the site owner of the blog which goes by the name of The Rusty Nail to please contact me with regards to this issue.
I need offer no explanation for my request, however I shall give you one in brief.
We fear my mother is about to become an very unwell woman. The concerns I have had for the last couple of months have only been intensified while reading the posts on both yours and the other blog site. An example of this, my mother was a nurse and wonderful one at that, she states on your blog she left her employment only 6 months ago. This is not the case. My mother actually left work almost three years ago. If I attempt to tell her this, she thinks I’m losing my mind. She has started repeating herself constantly, become obsessive over the most nonsensical and unimportant things. Such as the topic on your blog. At other times, she struggles to remember my name. Some days she is perfectly fine, other times, very confused or neurotic.
We have visited several doctors and she will be under going a series of tests and examinations in a couple of weeks time. My fear is this may be the start of a form of Alzheimer’s.
She is currently visiting family in the south of England, none of whom are aware of what has been going on. One of my brothers has travelled with her and intends on informing them. At the precise moment in time, only he and I are aware of the happenings and we hoped to keep it that way until the festive season had passed.
Do not bother trying to search for my identity on Facebook, I know people on your site seem keen to do this. I’m a police office, we are not allowed to join social networks. If you wish to speak, I can provide you with a telephone number or of course you can email any time.
I ask that the last few post’s made on The Rusty Nail blog site be deleted. I do not want Lindsay to know I have been on there should she decide at any point to read the posts. I will be visiting Lindsay in the course of the next week to portray the unhappy news. I would however like to allow her to enjoy the New Year celebrations before breaking her heart.
I appreciate any help you may be able to provide. I’m afraid I will not be able to reply for a while, as my shift starts in an hours time. I will however check for any responses you or the other site owner may have sent.
I look forward to hearing from you and hope you can assist me in this matter. May I also take the time to apologise on my mothers behalf for all the messages posted. The thoughts of her being on a blog like this makes me rather unhappy. Especially when she has been spoken too in such a crude and unfriendly manner. Your latest comment in regards to my post speaks volumes of your character.
I do not expect this to be made public, this is sent to you in confidence and should be treated as so. These details are personal.
Regards
Laura
 
 

Royalties and Contracts

I’ve been asked to write about royalties and contracts as many new authors have run afoul of bad or scammy publishers and need to know their rights and how to tell good from bad.

Two writers organizations (there are more) have model contracts that immediately came to mind so I’m posting links to them.

EPIC MODEL CONTRACT

EPIC is a good organization. They have an award that has gotten some fine reactions. However, they charge their members (this can and ought to be paid for by the publisher instead of the author) in order to cover the costs of their yearly convention, which can be a lot of fun for their authors and others.

SWFA MODEL CONTRACT

The SFWA contract is mainly directed at doing business with the majors and middle ranks, but can be a great source of information for those doing business with the small press. SWFA has public information pages which ought to be read with frequency.

The traditional publishers have long had a graduated royalty rate based upon how many copies are sold. They base their royalties upon cover price. But the average breakpoints have been 8%, 12%, 15%

You will find cover price as the base  in the royalty clauses of both sample contracts.  The standard for ebooks is 40% of cover price if sold directly through the company store and 25% of cover price when sold through distributors. Most ebooks are sold through distributors and very few ebook publishers are set up to host a store on their site. A good example of how a onsite store is set up can be found at Renebooks (Renaissance Ebooks).

Small press royalties on print tend to be 10% of cover price.

Never ever go with a contract that says royalties are based upon net or gross receipts. These are too easy to abuse and hard to track. Companies will include all of their costs (cover, editorial, PR) into their calculations, making the total come out of the author’s due royalties.

On the flip side, Amazon, for instance, has ways to view the sales figures for books that have you as author. This one I have not figured out for myself, but Angeline Hawkes uses it for all of her book sales regardless of publisher, and she is a very savvy author.

Reputable writers organizations are a must for the protection of authors. Most will not grant admission to self-published authors, however EPIC and NWU (National Writer’s Union) will.  HWA (Horror Writers Association)  will give an affiliate membership to authors with small press credits. One of the largest services that a good writers organization will give you is access to their grievance committee, which will go to bat for you against bad publishers and try to get you paid.

 

Sword and Sorcery at Goodreads

A bit of good news for me.  Periklis, one of the mods at An Earthier sort of Fantasy: Sword and Sorcery group on Goodreads recently invited me to join and gave me my own spotlight. My Chimquar the Lionhawk stories were widely published in the late 70s and early 80s. Wildside brought out a print collection of the tales under the title In the Darkness, Hunting, which is also the title of a novelette published by the Dragon Magazine from TSR in 1981. I have not posted anything yet, I’m way too tired to do it justice, but once I get a good night’s sleep I will be jumping right onto it. So watch this spot tomorrow.

The strange case of Lindsay's Aunt

Let’s start here with Lindsay’s bio. What I want you to notice here is that Lindsay says she lives with the following people: her parents, her sister, and two dogs. There is no mention of an aunt. Why mention the dogs and not the aunt? Especially if they were supposed to be close? Also Martha mentioned a brother of Lindsay’s living with them in her reveal. But Lindsay does not mention a brother either. Does she even have a brother?

I have taken screenshots of everything I’m linking you to.

Lindsay does the same thing to others that she accuses others of doing to her.  Read down to the third review.

I have complained in the past about false PR. This girl reviewed Lindsay’s book with great enthusiasm. This girl is also the face on the covers of Tabetha’s novels of the Draven, starting with Blood Magic.  You will note that the review is also riddled with grammar errors, spelling errors, and fairly empty headed.

Here is a link to Lindsay’s self published novel, Guilt of the Innocent.  The plot is your typical adolescent wish fulfillment tale of special powers and romance. The writing is chewing gum sentences. Without the circle jerk handsies from Tabetha’s harem of sycophants, I doubt that Lindsay would get any good reviews at all.

Lindsay wants to present herself as damaged goods emotionally. However, she also says she holds down three jobs.  She is only 6 months younger than my daughter. My ex was an abusive asshole; my daughter has PTSD. So I feel competent to recognize genuine damage. Lindsay is not damaged.

“Martha” says that referring to Lindsay as “the young artist” is normal for someone of her years. She claims to be 57. I’m 58 and would never refer to my daughter as “that young game designer” as if she were a child prodigy.

“Martha” claims to know nothing of computers, yet the first home computers came out while I was still in high school. It was “Martha’s” and my generation that got them first. So we know a huge amount about them.

“Martha’s” voice was clearly designed as a persona by someone who cannot write characters well. No Brit of my generation would speak the way that “Martha” speaks.

Oh, and Martha just posted a comment about not seeing what was abusive about Lindsay’s review. HAHAHAHAHAHA.  Yet, the mildest of criticisms of Lindsay are considered abusive. Pot meet kettle.

Lindsay started following me on twitter yesterday. I have blocked her.

I think this is enough to start with. Tally Ho! The Game is Afoot.

 

Tainted by Association: hows and whys

As I watched the arguments happen between two of my commenters over Lindsay, I felt that I had to discuss the topic of becoming tainted by association. First, this process of assumption that birds of a feather flock together is not always true. The only way that Lindsay can or will be considered “tainted” (not my word) is if she continues to champion Tabetha.  I have been assured that will not happen again.

Simply because a freelancer (whether artist or writer)  has done work for a questionable company does not stain their reputation.  Depending upon the circumstances, some of those jobs should be left off the resume as they have no worth. Freelancers do not have influence with a company. I’ve seen some freelancers fade out of sight after making bad decisions in relation to friends and employers, and then come back to find substantial success. It all depends upon the person themselves and whether they have the strength. These “taints” don’t carry over and most people will forgive and forget the little guy.

As for friendship, it’s an odd duck. We are friends with people for complex reasons and we always want to think the best of them. To drop a friend lightly is become a fickle individual. Telling Lindsay to stop being friends with Tabetha will have the same effect as telling a teenager to who she can and can’t date, with about as much success. Let it drop.

Pulling the subject of Lindsay into this conversation is diverting us from dealing with Tabetha herself.

Phoenix Fire: The Project

First, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who have posted here to bring so many aspects of the matters to my attention. I appreciate all of you.

You might notice that I have now created a page to document all that has gone on with Mystic/Phoenix Fire since it’s inception. Anyone who can give me dates and information on matters should feel free to contact me at janraefrank (at) gmail.com. Please tell me whether the information is on the record or off the record, etc.

And a mea culpa. I used the word “slut” in reference to Tabetha. I did it to set up a semantics one to three and it turned out to be a far too severe trigger word. If I had given it more thought I would have come up with one that was far more  useful for illustrating my point and far less provocative. For that I apologize to my readers.

The nice thing about timelines is that they are devoid of emotion and just list absolute facts. Facts and logic can lead to clarity and a deeper understanding of matters.

Several years ago, I had a rather vicious stalker. I informed him that if he did not leave me alone I would make him my next hobby. Needless to say, he did not enjoy becoming my hobby.

I do have a complaint about all the glamour photos that female paranormal and horror authors seem to be addicted to. What you look like is no clue to whether you can write well or not. I much prefer the photos of science fiction and fantasy authors who would rather look endearing or intelligent or both.

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