Saturday, December 20, 2008
Again, Happy Holidays, and thank you for all you've done to make my dreams come true.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Recent new articles tell a different story around the industry. For instance:
-Simon & Schuster cut 2% of its total workforce.
-Michael Hyatt announced that Thomas Nelson is cutting 10% of its workforce.
-Random House axed some of its top people and announced it is restructuring--and will disband the Doubleday Publishing Group.
-It has been reported that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has let go of several employees (the company doesn't comment on personnel matters). Becky Saletan, the publisher, has been let go.
-Borders' stock price fell under one dollar. That's a very bad thing--if their stock price stays under $1 for ninety days, they have to do a consolidation of stock (the opposite of a stock split).
-Doubleday reported that The Gargoyle, a first novel for which it paid $1.25 million in advances, flopped, selling 34,000 copies.
-Penguin Group chairman and CEO John Makinson there will be no pay raises this year. He said he cannot guarantee there will be no job losses or layoffs in the coming year.
-Macmillan US Chief John Sargent set a pay freeze for all employees.
-Chronicle Books laid off 5% of it's staff last Monday.
I hate to see this happening but for those few authors who are signed with Tate Publishing, and for our incredible staff of dozens and dozens of fine professionals we are grateful for our growth which is a result of our hard work and the hard work of our fine authors. We are planning for a banner year in 2009.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Hallelujah! Again, thank you so much for this opportunity. Every step of the way at Tate Publishing has been a joy. Every one of the staff I interacted with were so easy to work with and so accommodating. You truly have made our dreams come true! K.K.
Monday, December 1, 2008
As he spoke on, I kept glancing at a small item I have had on my desk for years. It is a simple acorn. A little tiny acorn. It is a constant reminder to me that all great achievements start small and with nurture and persistence they can become a mighty oak. As the old parable states when the man asked God to make him like a mighty oak, God answered, "Certainly," and gave him an acorn. Starting as a published author is so similar. You must work with us as your publisher to get the book done well, produced beautifully, marketed with enthusiasm, and then watch it grow. Eventually you have a mighty oak that casts benefit and shade to all who gather under it's branches. The pages of your book is filled with leaves. The leaves of a book and the leaves of a mighty oak tree are so similar. They both take time and lot's of effort. We partner together to make that happen. We are gratified to have been informed that in 2009 we will be one of the top ten book sellers in the industry with the world's largest book wholesaler. It did not happen overnight. Remember the lesson of the acorn. We have.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
With the recent news from Ingram, I could not help but to think of the many lives that have been, and will continue to be, touched. It is only through each one of your efforts that the stories written, and songs shared, are able to reach the hands of the people that they do. If it wasn't for the dedication, hard work, and passion from each of you, there would not be a single book, or cd for the people to appreciate. Whether your efforts, in any one project, reach hundereds or thousands, they can never go unnoticed. Take the time to appreciate the great work that you are part of and know that it is only with your efforts that it is possible.
May your hearts be filled with joy and your minds graced with peace.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: October 14, 2008. Les and Sharon Duncan are scheduled to be on the season premier of the popular television series, HealthCorner, January 4th, 2009.
Les, the author of Brain Storms; Surviving Catastrophic Illness, and a survivor of four brain hemorrhages and two brain surgeries suffers from cavernous angioma, an incurable disease that causes veins in the brain and spine to become knotted and tangled, and sometimes bleed resulting in stroke and/or seizure.
“Each time Les had a brain hemorrhage our lives changed instantly. One moment, he was able to see, hear, walk, and talk – the next minute he was severely handicapped and so many things we had taken for granted were gone”, says Sharon Duncan.
Cavernous angioma is the most common form of vascular malformation in the world, affecting 1 in every 150 people, but it is little known because the condition is often mis-diagnosed as an aneurysm or stroke without exploring the underlying cause. In a recent interview Les said, “There is a real need to raise awareness of this debilitating disease both in the medical community and amongst the general public. I am honored that Lifetime TV and Health Corner have given us this opportunity.” They always wanted to publish a book on this subject and Tate Publishing Company made their dream a reality.
Health Corner airs every Sunday morning on the Lifetime network at 9:30 a.m. Eastern/8:30 a.m. Central. (http://www.mylifetime.com/lifestyle/health/walgreens-health-corner-1)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
HarperCollins to Cut Writer Advances
By M . RICH NEW SERVICES
HarperCollins Publishers is forming a new publishing group that will substitute profit and cost sharing with authors instead of cash advances and will eliminate the costly practice of allowing booksellers to return unsold copies.
In a move that surprised many industry insiders, HarperCollins announced on Thursday that Robert S. Miller, the founding publisher of Hyperion, the adult books division of the Walt Disney Company, would leave his post of 17 years to lead this new, as yet unnamed entity.
The new unit is HarperCollins effort to address what its executives see as some of the more vexing issues of the book industry. The idea is, Lets take all the things that we think are wrong with this business and try to change them, said Mr. Miller, 51. It really seemed to require a start-up from scratch because it will be very experimental.
The new group will also release electronic books and digital audio editions of all its titles, said Jane Friedman, president and chief executive of HarperCollins, a unit of theNews Corporation.
At this moment of real volatility in the book business, when we are all recognizing things that are difficult to contend with, like growing advances and returns and that people are reading more online, we want to give them information in any format that they want.
The new group is entering a difficult market for books generally. Citing economic uncertainty, the Borders Group announced last month that it was considering selling itself. Barnes & Noble also said it expected first-quarter results to be slightly down from the previous year.
Author advances and bookseller returns have long troubled the publishing industry. Best-selling authors can command advances so high that publishers often come away with slim profits, even for books that are significant successes. Publishers also sometimes offer high advances to untested authors in the hopes of creating new hits, but those gambles do not pan out.
FIRST: REMEMBER, BOOKS ARE NOT BOUGHT, BOOKS ARE SOLD AND SUPPLY AND INVENTORY DOES NOT DRIVE DEMAND.
I am delighted to respond to this question which comes to me frequently. Tate Publishing is proud of our history of accepting for review unsolicited manuscripts from unknown authors. We also publish the works of authors who are household names. We look at all manuscripts on the basis of four elements. First, when our staff reviews each work sbumitted on the basis of the potential of an author advance. Each potential advance has several critical elements which include the potential of the author, the subject, etc. We have given advances from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars to authors. Second, we review a work, if it does not meet our criteria for an advance, on the basis of no advance but no financial investment from the author. With this level Tate Publishing absorbs all of the financial risk. We have many authors each year who qualify at this level. It ALWAYS has to do with marketability and the potential of the individual author. Next, we have the author investment program. This fabulous industry renovating offer to an author is only given to the few (we receive tens of thousands of manuscripts and in 2007 only 3.5% made the cut) who we believe we can sell at least 5,000 copies of the book. Once the book sells 5,000 we REFUND the author investment of $3,985.50 and guarantee an advance for the next book. Many authors have enjoyed this success. So, do you want an advance? Let us know and we will tell you what we discover about your work when we place it before the marketing test. Good luck to each of you as you seek a publisher!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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The following statement about "anonymous" writers is directly from the http://www.wikihow.com/ website which deals with issues such as this.
"Anonymous letters can be both psychologically and ethically difficult to deal with. This is because the author usually knows that he/she will have free reign with the content of their letter. This tends to make the letter writer over confident as well as highly critical. Psychologically and morally they are no longer bound by the rules of society and instead act as they would if no person were there to judge them."
I would certainly do not plan to judge anyone but would love to have the opportunity to learn from "anonymous" something valuable more than the fact that they do not want to take responsibility for their words and actions. I would never post a statement or question on this blog from "anonymous" since I do not know if they are serious about the question or about the truth. Too bad, conversation and interaction can do wonders...for everyone but "anonymous." I am confident that if I sent "anonymous" an "anonymous" email it would not be well received and "anonymous" would not be a happy "anonymous" person. If any potential authors, current authors, or just interested folks want to call or chat...let's do it face to face. "Anonymous" just does not work for me and I doubt it works for you either.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Dear Mr. Tate,
Thank you so much for standing up against Absolutewrite.com. You are not only representing Tate Publishing, but hundreds of independent publishers and literary agencies that have been falsely judged by disparaging, hurtful and libelous comments on the Internet. Blogs and web sites that offer free advice to "save unknowing writers from being used by scam artists" have some sort of motivation for doing so. Whether that incentive is to draw an audience to offered services or products, benefit through the sale of advertising on their site, or most likely to influence readers with a self-serving agenda—there’s definitely some underlying reason for what might at first appear to be virtuous and altruistic actions.
Martin-McLean Literary Associates, LLC has been successfully selling mss and giving new writers a chance since 1986. The Internet has created many new obstacles, however, we've stayed on course, concentrating on selling mss for our clients and doing our best to ignore what goes on in cyberspace. Unfortunately, a lot of valuable time is wasted on defending ourselves and responding to questions written by potential writers or worried clients.
Your efforts are appreciated more than you know. Thank you.
Friday, October 17, 2008
That awful blog at the AW site--Bravo! I can't speak for anyone but myself, but thank you and Ryan for coming to bat for Tate's reputation, and your authors, which I am one of. Again, thank you and God bless you both.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I will soon be a Tate published author! I'm very pleased to have had my manuscript accepted...
Your "exec staff blogs" is an excellent addition to your website. Keep up the excellent work!
PAMELA MARY J, Author
Gordon W. F, USN (retired)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
As I was sitting in my office I kept thinking, what would I need to know about a publisher to make a decision about my book? What is going through an authors head as they contemplate this industry? I hope you this post will address your questions.
According to the AAP America buys 4.5 million books every day, 1.6 billion per year. America counts for only 5 percent of the world population, yet Americans purchase 35 percent of all books that are sold worldwide. The majority of Americans never see the inside of a bookstore. 75% of all books are bought elsewhere. Less than 1% of all authors who have written a book are allowed free access to the majority of the readers in America. Today, over 270,000 new books are published each year and yet there are 16% fewer bookstores to sell those books.
At Tate Publishing, we want God's perfect will to be accomplished for your dream of publication as well as the goal of our publishing company to succeed with the books of unknown authors. We were thrilled to be named by a national writer's association in 2006 as "The Publisher of the Year." Our focus on helping our authors was one of the reasons we were selected for this honor from many publishers that were under consideration. We proudly hold the highest rating possible by the Better Business Bureau and in 2007 we were named by the Chamber of Commerce as "Business of the Year." In 2008, Oklahoma Business Magazine and the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce named Tate Publishing to the prestigious list of the Top Fifteen Companies in Oklahoma. At the awards dinner held at the Cox Convention Center Ballroom the rankings were announced and out of the fifteen named Tate Publishing was named to the #2 ranking in the entire state.
We receive tens of thousands of manuscripts each year and only accept a tiny fraction for publication and distribution. Our staff is pleased to have you as a part of that elite group of potential authors, and is delighted to have been able to offer you a publishing contract. We want your book and only few ever hear that from us or any publisher.
We accept books in three ways. 1-We look at the book on the basis of it meriting one of our generous author advances. 2-We consider a book on the basis of Tate Publishing absorbing 100% of the financial risk and the author having no personal investment. 3-We absorb 90+% of the risk and the author has an investment of only $3,985.50. The best thing about item 3 is that once the book sells at least 5,000 copies we refund the author investment and on the author's next book we either offer an advance or the author has NO financial investment.
5 VERY IMPORTANT functions for a Tate Publishing author
1- A TRADITIONAL PUBLISHER HAS DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS SET UP THAT ARE ESSENTIAL FOR MAKING YOUR BOOK AVAILABLE IN STORES.
Publishers are set up with wholesalers who warehouse their product for them. Book stores order directly through database systems that wholesalers have set-up so orders are done professionally and easily. 99% of all bookstores in the country do not work on consignment. If you want your book to be available in any store, the first question that store manager will ask is, “From whom do we order the book?” If you answer, “From me,” that store is no longer interested. They don’t want to deal directly with authors, because they would be dealing with hundreds and hundreds of authors begging the store to have a copy of their book in that store. Also, publishers have return policies that protect stores from having product that they purchase and couldn’t sell. No store wants to have to deal with 500 individuals at a time. They want to deal with one wholesaler they can contact to buy all the books they want. Tate Publishing works with the largest most dependable wholesaler in the country- Spring Arbor/Ingram. They distribute to every major retail chain and brick and mortar store in North America. All we have to say to any store we talk to is, “That book is available through Spring Arbor/Ingram.” The book store manager lets out a sigh of relief and orders the books.
2- A TRADITIONAL PUBLISHER HAS THE ABILITY TO PRINT AS MANY COPIES THAT ANY BOOK STORE, WHOLESALER, OR CHAIN COULD REQUIRE.
As an author, if a major retail chain asks for 10,000 copies of your book, would you be able to fill that order by yourself? Could you print, package and fund that order knowing that you won’t see any return on your cash outlay for at least 120 days? If you answered, “yes,” then you don’t need a publisher. We own and operate a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art printing facility and can print as many copies as needed of your book for distribution. We are also in the large press division with the major book buyers.
3- A TRADITIONAL PUBLISHER REPRESENTS YOUR BOOK DIRECTLY TO BUYERS AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS THAT DECIDE WHAT BOOKS A STORE WILL CARRY.
No author can call the buyer for a major chain and say, “I would like to meet with you about this book I wrote.” They don’t have time to sit down with thousands of authors with great books and talk about why he or she believes that book will sell. BUT, as a publisher, we can sit down across from our normal buyers with whom we have relationships with and say, “This is the book, this is the author, this is why you need it and MORE IMPORTANTLY, this is how much money we are spending to promote it.” Our marketing staff does this each month on your behalf and we sell to 26 chains in North America as well as distribute in Great Britain, Canada, and Australia. If a buyer for on of these chains of bookstores decides to carry your book, they want to know that a) the order will be filled in a timely fashion b) deadlines will be met c) catalog space (our last feature-book in on major chain store catalog cost a little under $4,000) will be funded promptly and your space will be professionally designed. If they are dealing with a publisher with whom they have worked with before they know these things will occur and they are more likely to buy.
4- A TRADITIONAL PUBLISHER KNOWS THE INDUSTRY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.
Would you rather spend your time and money trying to figure out how this whole publishing thing works, or would you rather have a publisher in your corner backing you financially as well as educating you as you make important decisions about your book? We know the process, we know what needs to be done, and the information you have access to by being a part of Tate Publishing is priceless. You want to know how something works, just ask. We are here to educate our authors, because the more you know the more help you are to us in the success of your book. To have the answers to your questions at the end of a toll free call is a priceless option for an author.
5- A TRADITIONAL PUBLISHER DOES ALL THE WORK ON THE ACTUAL BOOK PRODUCTION.
You are assigned your very own editor who will not only do you technical edits, but your conceptual editing as well. You will also work closely with some of the best professional artists, graphic designers, and lay-out designers to have an outstanding product which will be produced at our book production plant.
SO, IF YOU ARE CONVINCED YOU NEED A PUBLISHER,
THEN THE GOOD THING FOR YOU IS YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY THE BEST-
With Tate Publishing
1. You maintain all the rights to your book
2. You have complete access to an eager and friendly staff who is here to assist in your success by being available to you at all times
3. We are a Christian based, family owned company, founded on principles that first and foremost further the kingdom of Christ
4. You are not promised the world. We offer you very precise and clear options that we don’t think we can do, but what we know we can do
5. You have final say and approval on what goes to print. It’s your book; you should have final say in what happens!
6. Our books are manufactured with the highest quality product and service standards in the industry at our own plant.
7. Fast turn around times, and realistic production schedules are a common part of our company standard with each book.
8. We are the only company in America that puts the amount of time, effort, and financial resources into unknown authors and pays for the total production of your book in it's audio format.
9. We guarantee a full refund of the author participation investment when your 5,000th book is sold. THIS INCLUDES ANY AND ALL BOOKS PURCHASED BY THE AUTHOR. In addition, we offer advances and special programs for any future books with us once an author hits that 5,000 mark.
10. We create a professional promotion and individual marketing plan for each author. The individual marketing plan and book signing plan is created for every author is AT NO EXPENSE TO YOU. Your book is marketed and promoted to buyers, print media, television media, book review agencies, independent and mainline retail stores all over the world. If you have an idea or suggestion, or a wish for your book we will never let that go unnoticed. We take to heart your vision and your goals, and we develop a realistic approach to penetrate the market the best way possible to benefit everyone involved in this process and ultimately SELL YOUR BOOKS!!
Thank you for allowing me to share this LENGTHY POST with you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call at the toll free number listed on the blog page or simply email me.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I just spoke with a potential author that recently received a contract from us. During our conversation she mentioned she had been to a Berean bookstore in her area requesting to see a copy of a book published by Tate. .. they were extremely helpful .. . The author also went to an independent Christian store and was told the same thing. She was even asked to come back for a book signing at both stores when her book is published! She was pleased with the responses she received. When I began to explain that our Director of Marketing had recently been to Cincinnati to meet with Berean buyers she responded by saying, “I know, I read his blog site.”
Tate Publishing Acquisitions
Tate Publishing author Carla C. loves her book cover! She commented to Tate Publishing’s Acquisitions Rep Stacy Baker “I love my cover and I must say that I've had such a wonderful and positive experience with Tate Publishing.” What kind words from a Tate Publishing author who has some great things ahead! You’ll want to keep an eye out for Tate Publishing’s new and highly anticipated release of the new book. You won’t want to miss this one!
It's not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.-Theodore Roosevelt
SOME THOUGHTS ON THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF LEADERSHIP
As a Japanese philosopher once said, "Fix the problem, not the blame."
Self confidence and courage
A keen sense of Justice
Definiteness of Decision
Definiteness of Plans
The habit of doing more than paid for
A pleasing personality
Sympathy and Understanding
Mastery of detail
Willingness to assume full responsibility
At the very moment I sat down at my desk my phone rang. It was one of our authors calling from the east coast. Diane was wanting to tell me how much it meant to her that she had been able to get published and how wonderful it was working with our staff. She said that they always stayed in touch, took her project seriously, met and exceeded every expectation, and even more. We get enough criticism from time to time from aspiring authors who do not understand why we would reject their manuscript for publication. It is always a delight to hear from someone who has ACTUALLY WORKED with us and our staff who shares with me their exceptionally positive experience. That is our minimum goal with each author who signs with Tate Publishing. Have a great Monday yourself and may all your phone calls be positive!