It appears that Jones Harvest Publishers, the vanity press run by huckster Brien Jones, has finally died in shame. His company website has disappeared and he's reportedly closed the pitiful little storefront that he operated to convince his gullible "authors," primarily senior citizens, that their poorly-printed books would be available in brick-and-mortar stores.
I have been receiving letters from people who are customers of Jones Harvest stating that there is no way to contact them. So I did some of my own investigating and found out they were right–the website has been down for at least a week. The emails are being returned. No one is answering the phone…
Rumor has, he's decided to become a writer instead…
UPDATE 10/11/2011 (11:41pm): Maybe I spoke too soon. Here's what Brien Jones wrote a few weeks back on his blog:
So, You want to start your own company? It’s lonely at the top…
As far as THIS SERIES is concerned EIGHT is DEFINETLY ENOUGH.
Also because THIS subject is closest to my heart it will probably not be terribly amusing—ESPECIALLY if you’re underpaid and stuck in a dead-end job with AN ASSHOLE for a BOSS.
Recently I was HORRIFIED TO LEARN that was precisely how my colleagues viewed ME.
THAT’S MY FAULT. As with EVERY rule, law, or responsibility IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE. In fact, NOT knowing makes the situation WORSE.
THAT’S NOT how things USED TO BE. If you spent a day working in our office last year you wouldn’t have thought BRIEN JONES was in charge of ANYTHING.
My wife and co-founder Brandy (who remains UNIVERSALLY REVERED) had clearly been at the helm.
Then I stepped in and made a couple VERY BAD DECISIONS. As a result of those decisions what had been a vibrant, happy and even slightly profitable little company augured into the ground.
Clearly I’m no good at running things.
For example MY LATEST HIRE has failed to meet every benchmark and quota imaginable (aside from FARTING) and often appears only long enough to ask if we’ve RECEIVED ANY CHECKS.
THAT ATTITUDE is not unique.
Over the past five years we’ve had QUITE A FEW PEOPLE that think MONEY JUST RAINS IN OUT OF THE SKY and we’re not CATCHING IT RIGHT.
Huh. Maybe they're onto something, after all…
Now we’re losing our last and BEST COLLEAGUE. And THAT is a CRISIS.
It is well known that the word ‘CRISIS’ in Japanese, (危機=kiki) is a combination of ”danger” and 機=”fucking up completely.”
ALL SUMMER I have been busting my ass to pay people that are just farting around, LITERALLY. (And THEN listening to THEM lecture ME about responsibility!)
That’s all over now kids!
But JONES HARVEST PUBLISHING is very much alive. It’s just going to be UNDER OLD MANAGEMENT.
I’ll still be around! AFTER ALL, if you read about me on the internet THE WHOLE THING WAS MY IDEA.
No matter WHAT happens we’ve already beat the odds!
According to Business Week, “The data show that, across sectors, 66 percent of new establishments were still in existence 2 years after their birth, and 44 percent were still in existence 4 years after.”
OCTOBER 24, we begin our SIXTH YEAR! I can’t WAIT to see the new DEATH-THREATS!