Tuesday, December 22, 2009


When you are as large a company as is Tate Publishing you are not below the radar. We observe daily bloggers, internet sites, media outlets, newspapers, and everything else across the planet where our name or the names of our authors are mentioned. We see them all and reply in kindness. There is so much confusion in the world about publishing we discount most of the foolishness due to a lack of understanding. We always offer a contact for anyone on any blog site and to date after offering that many times we still do not have a taker. It makes me aware of the fact that folks who are rejected by our company (98% are who submit) don't handle that very well. That is understandable. However, our authors many times see these blogs and reply themselves. They are the best source of understanding. We have carried an A+ rating with the BBB for years and plan to continue to operate in a manner that will see that continue. The posts below are for your insight. They are from two of our authors who were responding of their own volition to nonsense they had read on a blog...enjoy.

Date: 12-16-09 11:36

I do not understand why so many people keep saying such wretched things about Tate, I got offered a contract, and If you actually talked with them.......they are soo..willing to work with people if they want to! That of course is up to them, I haven't had a bad experience yet..I can't wait til my book is printed!! I think they are amazing so far...and I am sure they will exceed my expectations! I email them pretty much daily...Stacy to be exact, and she takes the time out to answer me, every single question...anytime!

Re: About publishing with Tate
Author: M. L. Date: 12-20-09 23:31

I recently had my first book published by Tate, and it was just released... I wrote this book last year when I was deployed to Iraq. I never planned on writing a book, but God put this in my spirit while in the desert. The day that I arrived home on American soil from Iraq, I got online and looked for Christian publishers and Tate seemed to be the most credible. I emailed them my manuscript and they called me the same day to tell me they wanted to publish my book. I was very excited about this because I am a "nobody" in this industry and Tate wanted to bring me in. The publishing process was kind of lengthy but I was kept informed of everything that was happening. I had the final "say so" of anything concerning my book and I was impressed by the follow up of any issue I addressed. I was very satisfied by my book cover design and the book layout. My book is in all bookstores nationwide along with having done some television interviews that can be seen on YouTube. I am new to this industry but my vision for my book is a motion picture and music sountrack, thus proving that our God is almighty. I thank Tate Publishing for giving me the opportunity to worship God through my writings and I look forward to what God is going to do with my book


Tate Publishing has always been on the cutting edge of the publishing business. The newest additions to our marketing programs which are the best in the industry for our few authors who get published by our house is not only the fabulous new 3-D children's books, but now, every Tate author book which releases will be featured and advertised in commercials produced in our media division and aired NATIONWIDE during the release of the work. Now the potential for millions to see the new release and information about the work sets Tate Publishing authors miles ahead of anyone else. Congratulations to our authors and to our staff for this fantastic new element of our nationwide marketing program.
Dr. Tate


What do all of these famous artists have in common? They have all been visiting with our staff at Tate Publishing about their book and music projects. We are delighted to see such fine individuals becoming a part of the Tate Publishing family.
Dr. Tate


Tate Music Group Now offers a brand new service to all TMG artists. We are now creating and producing Viral Commercials that will help promote the artist, album and single.

Viral videos in themselves can be used in a number of ways to promote an artists music, from being uploaded to their MySpace page, to being played before a performance, and even going straight to YouTube and other video sites. Tate Music Groups team of Multimedia Producers will build the Viral Commercial around the artist’s music, using their photos and album artwork to capture potential consumers and build excitement and visibility for the music.

Not only do we hand over the video to our artist in order for them to use as they see fit but Tate Music Group also guarantees National and Regional TV exposure on major music TV networks (MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT, BET, FUSE...). TMG is running national and regional commercial spots based around album release dates, events or for a blanket periods of time.

This is a huge game changer as it allows TMG to guarantee National TV exposure to any artist who wants to take advantage of this option.


I received a nice contact from a mom of 5 children who wanted to know if I would be interested in a book written from a mature experienced mom to younger mothers. I would be delighted to have our staff take a look and get back to you. Please contact me and send a copy of your work for our review. I look forward to your contact at richard@tatepublishing.com
Dr. Richard Tate, Founder

Monday, December 7, 2009


The publishing arm of our company was thrilled to have the long time manager of the Oak Ridge Boys to publish his breakout book with us, "How to Make it in the Music Business." It is a fantastic book written by Jim Halsey who has managed and created the careers of some of the top names in the music industry.

He was visiting with us this week when country music artist of the year Mr. Neal McCoy was in town talking with us about several projects. To our amazement, Jim presented to Tate Music Group a guitar signed by all the Rolling Stones. It is an incredible piece of history which will be proudly displayed in the music studios. Thanks to Jim Halsey for this gracious act.


When my son, who is President and CEO of our companies told me he had challenged our production staff to come up with a way to create our children's books in 3-D I never doubted him and our staff for a second.

Only two weeks later, we began to roll off the presses the only 3-D children's books in existence. Every Tate Publishing children's book will now be available in a 3-D version with glasses included in the book for viewing.

When I saw the final product I was absolutely amazed! On each page it appears you can "reach into" the action. What a great benefit to each of our authors. Once again, our fine staff have raised the bar to a new level of achievement. 3-D children's books today and who knows what amazing things will come tomorrow? Hologram books??? Don't put it past them at all...

Richard Tate


We were so delighted to welcome last week music legend Mr. Kenny Rogers. Kenny flew in to meet our entire staff and to meet with executive staff about his books. We look forward to working with him on several outstanding projects in the works.

A few days after Kenny was here, two time Couintry Music Artist of the Year Neal McCoy came to meet with us about his book and music projects.

Both of the fine gentlemen are class acts all the way and Tate Publishing and Tate Music Group are honored to be able to consider a partnership with them. I will keep you informed as to the process and forthcoming projects.

Monday, November 23, 2009


We were delighted to have country music legend, Mr. Kenny Rogers in our building to meet with us about his desire to have Tate Publishing publish his books. He was delighted with the meetings with our staff and we are very pleased at the potential of his works with our company. There is much more on our web sites at www.tatepublishing.com and www.tatemusicgroup.com including photos of his visit. Welcome Kenny Rogers to Tate Publishing and Tate Music Group!

Monday, November 16, 2009


Dr. Tate,

When I first started writing my book I knew it would be hard for me to do because I am mostly bed ridden. I wrote the book from laying flat and I had a broken arm from passing out do to my pyhsical disability. But, I told my husband if one person's life changes because of my book then it will be worth all the hard work.

I was sitting at my book signing saturday with my legs up and my iv flowing and a lady stopped and grabbed my hand and asked, "are you L.A.?" She began to cry, saying her life has been changed because of the book. She said she suffers from my rare condition and found the book a month earlier and couldn't believe there was a book on her condition even on the shelf. She said I had to drop to my knees I was overwhelmed to finally find someone who could relate to my illness. She then said she no longer feels sorry for herself. She said I attend church and thought I new Jesus as my Savior, but after reading your book I knew I was not saved. She said she followed the prayer on the last page of the book and asked Jesus into her heart. She said, I cannot begin to tell you how over the last month how my life has changed because of your book. You saved my life, I was living for myself and now I am living for Jesus Christ and I can handle my illness better. Tears flowing down her face, she thanked me. Her husband was with her and said, yes, she is totally changed and is helping others.
I knew right away she was that one person I was talking about while writing and editing the book. Two people bought the book for their doctor to read and to place in their offices.
For me it isn't about how many books I sell, but that the people who need Jesus will find the book. Even if it is a few hundred. I could have left God out and sold the book to more sick people.

Thank again for giving me a voice, for so many years I have written,faxed, emailed, beggged , pleaded and cried because I was never heard, but Tate gave me a voice, a voice. Thank you for letting me tell the world that I do believe in Jesus Christ, that he is my life and He is the answer to my problems.
LFA, author


November 16, 2009

Dr. Tate,

I want to express my deepest gratitude for helping this issue become a blessing. Dave Dolphin was a pleasure to speak with today, and this all went so smoothly. He was receptive to my need, as were you, and I was truly amazed at how easy you made everything. Thank you so much for considering an author. It means more than you know. Have a great day. I sure did!

All the best

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Many of you may not know that Tate Publishing owns and operates a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art print facility here near our corporate offices in Oklahoma City. We just recently completed an 8,000 square foot additon to accommodate our growth and business has just never been better. We are adding new staff each month. One area we have wanted to bring in house for some time and are finalizing at this moment is the ability to produce dust jacket case bound (hardback) versions of our books and children's books. We are about to purchase the equipment which will make that happen and once again we will move to the front of the class in the publishing industry. Hardback is coming very soon and I will keep you informed.
One of the most exciting things we are doing as one of the largest producers of full-color children's books in the nation was a recent concept of my son, Ryan, who is President and CEO of both our publishing and music divisions. He has led the staff to be able to develop the technology to produce and release each of our beautiful children's book in the standard color versions and also in full color 3-D!!!!! Each 3-D book will come with an enclosed pair of 3-D glasses for viewing. Tate Publishing not only continues to lead the industry in so many areas but also sets new standards and raises the bar every single day. I assure you that there will be more fantastic ideas to come from our staff. 3-D books...on the way.
Richard Tate, Founder and Chairman of the Board
Tate Publishing


Dear Patricia,

Thanks so much. I get emails such as this every day and always share them with our staff. It means more to us than you could ever know that our combined efforts in this joint venture have made your dreams come to a reality. We are thrilled to have you as a part of the few authors who are in the Tate Publishing family!

Dr. Tate


Dear Dr. Tate,

I sincerely want to take this opportunity to extend a thank you to you personally for making my dream come true. Writing is my passion (which I take very seriously) and Tate Publishing has made it a reality for me; much, much appreciation to you and your wonderful staff. I am truly blessed.

Just a quick FYI….I am flying from Florida (home) to Texas this afternoon for two book signing events, one for my first book, The Talking Tee Shirt, and the second book signing for Passionate Promises. This is living the dream! Thank you so much!

Patricia M.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Thanks to this fine Tate Publishing author for taking time to tell us about his experience...I LOVE to share these emails I get each day with my "blog" friends...

Dr. Tate

Good afternoon,
I wanted to take a moment to thank the Tate Publishing family for helping me share my story. I grew up being different and not knowing why until I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 22 in October of 2007. Last year I decided to share my story because so many parents of little children who have Asperger's now have asked me what life has been like. I think they want to get an idea of what the teenage years and adulthood can be like for their kids. I'd also like to reach a wider market than just those who have Asperger's or autism which is why I'm even more excited to be working with Tate Publishing because while someone else might have published my story, their target audience primarily focuses on people with autism or people who work with autistic individuals. I would like the entire world to understand what autism and Asperger's Syndrome are.
I would like to do a lot of speaking about autism and my life and also already have a few places asking to host book signings. I'm extremely impressed with Tate Publishing. I've done a lot of research and you have an amazing production team and your marketing plans seem top notch. So I just wanted to say thanks for helping me share my story and help other people in need. God Bless.

T. B.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Dr. Tate,

I would like to thank you for all you and your staff at Tate Publishing have done for me. It has been, and continues to be, a wonderful experience, and I certainly look forward to the next one. I know it will be even better, because I know what to expect this time, so I can just enjoy the ride! The book has provided me with opportunities and experiences I would never have had otherwise. Now I am looking forward to my new contract, and to moving ahead...

I truly appreciate the fact that everything in my contract was exactly as promised...I also appreciate your promptness in refunding my author investment. (she sold 5,000 books and received her investment back-the best deal in the industry for a first time author) I look forward to dealing with your company for years to come!



Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Hi Mr. Tate!

My name is Ashley W. and I met you when I was signing with TMG this summer! I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know how pleased I am with the services. My album process is going great and I can't wait for you to hear it! I have a feeling good things are going to come from it and I truly believe that we (meaning TMG and myself) are going to go far with this assuming everthing stays on track! Anyways I just wanted to say thanks to you and TMG for everything and I look forward to what is to come!!! Have a wonderful week :)

Ashley W.


One of our fine marketing representatives received this wonderful contact below and sent it on to me...I am so proud to hear this news constantly from our authors...I wanted you to hear this wonderful news.

Richard Tate

I believe in TATE...Let me tell you, TATE is the best thing around...I'm so glad I found TATE.
Marcia L.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


I received the following email copy today from one of our authors who had contacted her marketing team about the outcome of her event. Our marketing people work HARD with each author in a COOPERATIVE effort to make book sales happen...This is a result of an author understanding the process of being in a team!

Richard Tate


I had the most amazing weekend ever. At a festival near the Pea Ridge Civil War Battlefield, I sold 195 books in three days (counting my documentaries) My sale total was $5,038. 27.
I worked my tail off and it was COLD in the tent, but I'd say it was worth it!

Friday, October 9, 2009


Richard Tate

Dear Dr. Richard Tate,
Thank you so much for publishing my book... For years I have been silenced from a horrible disease that know one knew about... Thanks to Tate publishing, people who have never heard of it are learning what it is and how it effects our lives. Others tell me they couldn't put the book down, and they are not sick, but it made them appreciate the fact that they can go out side and see the sun and feel the wind, unlike myself.
Over the past decade I have written everyone (publishers) I could think of over and over and have never heard back, making me feel so unwanted, so unimportant. I do not want to be a celebrity,but it is my prayer that maybe I can get...others in the world to know what is wrong with them. IT is a disease people have and it takes them five years to get a diagnosis. IF they could hear my story they would find support on my website. It would help thousands. These people need hope...in the fact that someone else is going through what they are going through.
I did have to go by ambulance on a stretcher for my book signing, but it was great, lives were touched and one person has already come to know Christ.
I want to thank you from deep in my heart for letting me finally talk, and tell my story to help others. Words cannot express what publishing this book means to me, because it is helping so many people. My release date hasn't even come yet and I have sold several hundred books.
Thank you Tate Publishing for not only making my dream come true, but for following God's will, and that is no small thing. God is certainly using this book to glorify him, event through suffering.
Thanks does not say enough.

LF Adams author

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


I recently began a study of the leadership principles of the great president, Abraham Lincoln. True leadership seems to be absent in American politics and business culture. I am amazed at the systems in place in businesses, schools, and even in families which are considered to be good leadership.
The sixteenth president would have been dismayed, in my opinion after reading his words, at the sad state in America. Lincoln wanted his subordinates to be productive, successful, and enjoy their work with a passion.

James Burns stated, "Leadership is leaders inducing followers to act for certain goals that represent the values and the motivations-the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations-of both leaders and followers. The genius of leadership lies in the manner in which leaders see and act on their own and their followers values and motivations."

By modern standards Lincoln's success would be considered nothing short of a miracle. He was a man who really knew how to lead.

At Tate Publishing, our goal is now, and always has been, the benefit and success of the few authors who become part of our publishing family. We want to be sure we too, are the leaders in this challenging industry with principles and ethics that would make President Lincoln proud.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Although it is beneath the dignity of the company and the authors to reply to some of this, I will instead write about my own experience and let authors decide themselves.My name is Cliff Graham. I live in San Antonio, TX, and am a real author, not a Tate Publishing "crony." I published my first book with them, "Call of Duty," in 2008. The process went exactly according to how it was presented to me, with neither rosy promises nor cynicism. It has done just fine for a nonfiction title written by an author with no national platform for a niche market.Based upon the quality of my second book, a novel about King David's Mighty Men titled, "Day of War," I was offered a different and more personally beneficial contract than the author investment contract I initially paid. This was unsolicited and a pleasant surprise, as my first book had only been out for a few months when I submitted the second manuscript. So Tate took a risk on me. An actual financial risk on an unknown author. That sounds a lot like traditional publishing, right?Everything went great, from acquisitions to editing. The book was selected as a Top Pick for special presentation to buyers at Barnes and Noble in New York City. Tate, along with every other publisher, picks the books that they believe will be the most marketable and presents them to these buyers. I had no say in that process, nor did I pay anything for it. That pushed the release date of the book to September 29, 2009, six months later than I initially thought. Which was fine, because the Barnes and Noble buyer did indeed pick up the title for regional distribution in Texas. That means that on or near the release date, the book will be on actual store shelves in Barnes and Noble. If it is successful there, they will pick it up for broader distribution.Things took an interesting turn when the filmmaker David L. Cunningham (The Path to 9/11, To End all Wars) read my book (after coming across my website, http://www.lionofwar.com). He loved it so much that he contacted Tate Publishing immediately for the film rights. I as the author own all the rights to the book, so they put him through to me after carefully screening to make sure he was who he said he was. Cunningham brought me up to Dallas where he was working on a project and we had a meeting that lasted several hours, during which he communicated his vision for the film and for the rest of the books in the series. I left the meeting convinced that he was the right guy to make the movie. On August 24, 2009, I signed a six-figure option deal for the rights to my book (no I am not instantly rich, it takes time for money to be doled out in the film industry). Representatives from Tate Publishing helped me incalculably along the way. I was assisted by attorneys as well. It is in the very early phase of development, but progress has been swift. There will be a press release in Daily Variety (The Wall street Journal of Hollywood) in the coming weeks with the names of the people attached and involved in development. Please look for it either in print or at www.variety.com, and look for the line about "published by Tate Publishing." Individuals involved during this process were:Director/Producer David L. CunninghamUnited Talent Agency representatives Ramses IsHak and Mike Sheresky.Attorney Patti Felker (the 2008 Entertainment Attorney of the Year)Tate Publishing Marketing Representative Jim MillerTate Publishing Marketing Director Mark MingleAll of this, and the book has not even officially released yet.I am currently finishing the second novel in the series that Cunningham and his production partners are developing into a major motion picture franchise. Throughout the process, all of those involved on the film side were complimentary of the professionalism and competence of Tate Publishing staff.As a result of this new exposure, I have been in contact with various agencies and "traditional" publishers (as they define it) seeking to represent or publish the remaining books in the series through their channels. I intend to stay with Tate Publishing, because they are the future of the industry. I don't want to leap out of the battleship for a luxury suite on the Titanic.I say things so matter-of-fact because it is important to deal with facts when you are trying to be heard amidst the whining of people of questionable intent. I write a blog about the experiences of the Tate author as I know them, http://www.tateauthors.blogspot.com I encourage you to read it if you are a prospective author considering Tate Publishing. It's designed to be somewhat of a rebuttal to much of this madness in the discourse concerning Tate Publishing. You can email me directly at tateauthors@gmail.com with questions of any kind.Many authors already have, and I have been able to counsel them on whether Tate is the right option for them. Everyone on this board assumes that Tate offers every author at least the investment option, but that is not true. I have had to speak with authors who have been turned down by Tate, as their book did not justify the considerable resources spent on each title.Please follow my blog for information about the further experiences of this Tate Author.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


I am very disappointed for any business that struggles and fails. In our business, marketing is king. It is for that reason we have the best in the business here in the Oklahoma City office and also in the Tulsa marketing office. Book shows just are not doing well and even though our professional marketing staff continue to attend those shows we have known for some time that our efforts one-on-one with the buyers at the chains we sell to and with the distributors and wholesalers is the best way to go. Our authors get one-on-one marketing help. We actually sit on the offices of the buyers and present our titles on behalf of our authors. Cancellatons such as the one reported below are more and more common but have no real effect our what our marketing people do in person and with the author. Business and sales are booming with Tate Publishing.

Christian Book Expo Canceled For 2010

Publisher's Weekly reports that the first Christian Book Expo in Dallas was not a success due to poor attendance. The event won't be held next year. The show won't go on in Dallas. The Christian Book Expo, an innovative consumer-focused book show, won’t be repeated next year. The board of Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, show sponsor, decided not to stage another event in 2010. Attendance at this year's show, held March 20-22 at the Dallas Convention Center, was 1,500; organizers had hoped for 10,000 to 15,000. The show left the organization with a $250,000 shortfall, according to ECPA president and CEO Mark Kuyper. "We want to clean up the debt before we consider future options," Kuyper told PW in an e-mail.
There is a great market for such an Expo, but the timing couldn't have been worse for the Expo's debut year. With the recession and massive cutbacks in consumer spending, this just wasn't the best time for a new book convention.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way." - Charles Dickens

My blog usually sounds like a proud father. I get so many dozens of wonderful emails from our authors about their great experiences that I simply have to share them. I was criticized by an anonymous blogger the other day on this site who told me to "shut up" about how great our authors are. I am sure his courage would have directed him to give me his phone contact so we could chat but that would be too much dignity to face his remarks. When Charles Dickens wrote these amazing words above he must have had a telescope to time travel to 2009.
My heart breaks with the anger I see and hear in people. So few seem to be responsible any more. Maybe it is because I am pushing 65 years on this planet. Maybe I am just a good observer. People say things that are just cruel. At the store, at school, at work, at church...people are just angry. The internet has given these bullies a platform to hide, that right, to HIDE behind a computer. I dare say that the angry, sarcastic people who get under your skin would not have the gumption to say those words to your face.
Our company has never enjoyed greater success. We just added over 6,000 square feet of beautiful new state-of-the-art facilities for our growing staff. Our sales for our authors has never been greater in our history and each quarter for years it has grown.
I ask you to join me in refusing to believe the "boo birds" who just want to complain and not to act. Don't fall prey to the cynical, do-it-for-me attitude which permeates so many in this generation. Be kind. Be kind.
Richard Tate
Tate Publishing

Friday, August 28, 2009


Dear Karyn,
I cannot begin to tell you how much your kind words mean to everyone in the company. It is why we exist and what we work for. Thanks for taking time to make our day!!
Dr. Tate
From: Karyn H
Good afternoon all! I just wanted to take a moment to send a brief note, and tell you what a fabulous time I'm having as a newly published author (thanks to Tate Publishing for providing me with this amazing opportunity!!!). I have already shared this with my marketing representative, as well as with Mark Mingle, but I wanted to share it with the rest of you also. If you have time, or if you're so inclined, click on the newspaper link below and check out the article that was in our local newspaper this morning. I am humbled, flattered, and simply on cloud nine... not only by what was written, but because of the responses I've gotten just today. I've shared all along that, while I'd love to have massive sales of my book over time (who doesn't love profit?), it's more about helping others, or positively touching someone's life as a result of sharing some of my experiences. By mid-morning today, I'd gotten a couple emails from people who stated that they have had similar life experiences, and it was my story (hadn't even read the book yet, just hearing about it brough on this reaction) and they have gained hope for their own survival and strength to overcome their circumnstances. Wow, that's powerful! It's been my goal to help someone, somewhere, somehow through my writing, and to think that is actually happening already!!! I feel so blessed, and wanted to share this joy with you all! Thanks for your continued support, your encouragement, and your willingness to take a chance on me - a new author from a rural North Dakota town! Thanks, and God Bless!!Karyn

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


To: Dr. Richard Tate
Subject: my book

Hi Dr.Tate,
I know you are a busy man, but I just wanted to tell you what a fantastic job Briana did with the editing. I put the wrong verse reference in and she caught it. Also, Blake has done a tremendous job with the cover design. He brought my book to life, now I just have to decide on which cover. I went to the book store today to get some other thoughts and I have asked my family to help me choose. Now I am asking God, by believing the verse- Commit whatever you do to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3. Thanks again, you have an awesome staff.
Chris E.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


My Beloved Publishing Family: I just now received my first proof copy of my first book, I give you all an cyberspace hug.

It looks phenomenal and awesome, the presentations, colors, layouts, it all is beyond amazing. No wonder you all are the best, I am so blessed and will make a special prayer of thanksgiving for you and Tate!!! I am so thrilled, so very thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eddie, the layout, it all is amazing, I hope I have not forgotten anyone in the process, please forward if I have.

B Webb

Monday, July 27, 2009


Dr. Tate,

I...wish to share this with you.

I want to thank you for publishing my book, "Lost Faith to Living Faith." Not many Christians get the opportunity to express their love and faith in God, and I am blessed that you have given me this opportunity. This is where the true joy lies, and hope that we all can not aspire, but rather INSPIRE, by using what God has blessed us with to spread the Kingdom of God. May God continually bless you and Tate Publishing. I am working on my 2nd book also, “Lost Faith to Living Faith, Part II”

Ren R


Mr. Tate:

I just wanted to let you know how happy I've been with Tate Publishing. Your people are the best! Everything my contract called for was delivered and more.
You need to give a raise to: Janey Hays, Amanda Reese, Melissa Madole, Kylie Lyon, Kandi Evans & Jim Miller, they have been great all the way through. Thank you again and I look forward to our next book together. Oh Yea! Curtis Winkle is a good guy too.

Wayne M. W


Breanne Ml has left a new comment on your post

I have ready through many of your comments on this blog, and it is all so impressive. I pray that it is God's will for me to work with Tate Publishing in the future, I would be so honored.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Dr. Tate,

I received my shipment of books today! They look absolutely great! I was overcome by such emotion that it is hard to explain. I praise God for using me to write this cute little book that is so immensely powerful because it contains the truth, which is God's word! I thank GOD for a publishing company such as Tate Publishing who read my manuscript and saw it's potential. Thanks to all of you at Tate Publising. May God continue to bless you abundantly!

Friday, July 10, 2009


Dr. Tate,
I have received the first copies of my book from Tate Publishing and they are beautiful!! . . . more than what I had ever dreamed they would be! Thank you so very much for the confidence you have placed in my ability to see this through to completion . . . now begins the even more daunting challenge of promoting the book, but I am ready for that, too. I am working with your Marketing Dept, and have already scheduled a multitude of venues over the next few weeks . . . anticipation is beginning to build during this busy pre-release season and I am shipping out books daily. I thought you both might want to take a look at the incredible website

Just thought you both might like to see where I am now, after signing my contract with Tate Publishing. I thank you for allowing me the platform to share all that God has done, through one beautiful life. And that story continues today. With thanks in Him,
Sandy Badgett

Monday, June 29, 2009


I am Rev. Claude W. K. Your company has published two of my books and I am now waiting completion of my third book with your company.
During my booksigning tours, there has been nothing but praise for Tate Publishing.
We made the rounds the past weekend from our home in Alabama. Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Mobile and Spanish Fort, AL and Pensacola, FL, were events set up by your marketing representative.
In these times with nothing but bad news, you might want to hear that Tate is flying high and appreciated in South Alabama and Northwest Florida. We heard nothing but praise for Tate Publishing Co. from the Barnes & Noble Booksellers staff, and even a customer who picked my book up said, "Oh, that's from Tate. It'll be Christian."
We were graciously received at each of the stores and they went out of their way to accomodate us, especially when we entered from the 100-degree heat outside.
Your staff members that have worked with me have been outstanding and my wife and I are appreciative.
Your servant in Christ,


Hello Dr. Tate---
We have just completed my first book with Tate Publishing.
The official release date will be August 18, 2009.
I just wanted to tell you what a pleasure it has been working with everyone on your talented staff--a real joy!
I signed the contract with you on August 4, 2008 and 10 months later I had books in hand---very impressive!

So, thank you again for your wonderful staff---I am looking forward to working again with them on my second book.
And thank you for your generosity in so many ways---including royalties and free shipping for authors!

Continued blessings in the Lord to you and your staff.

Gary S

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Dear Richard,

I want to thank you and Tate Publishing for the books I just received. I appreciate all you have done for me. It has been such a blessing for me down through the years to work with such wonderful people and such an amazing staff of professionals.

I appreciate the outstanding job done by Kalyn, Leah and Lindsay. They all showed tremendous professionalism. I am pleased and excited with the finished product and the marketing program.

May the Lord continue to bless you and the work you are doing.

Kenneth M


I just had to drop you a line and tell you how happy I am that I chose Tate Publishing.
your team is amazing, I had the most wonderful people to work with. I am writing a series
of Detective Brodie novels, volume one is selling good. I can not wait to finish volume two,
I have recieved a lot of request for it. all this would not have been possible if not for
Tate Publishing.

Thank you
Susan B

Thanks from an author...

I want to let you know that I am having a very pleasant experience with Tate Publishing. My book is entitled The Adventures of a Common Man. I am a 1st time author and know next to nothing about the world of publishing. I researched many companies, but choose Tate because of the positive things I read about it on blogs and the fact that you publish family friendly material. This is a decision I do not regret.
Every contact I have had from Melissa Huffer to Jaime Bode has been uplifting. When talking with me, all seem to make me feel as if I am the only person on their agenda and there is no hurry. Also, all listen and make comments that indicate my words were indeed heard and understood. When Melissa told me Tate would like to offer me a contract, she actually told which part of my book she enjoyed the most and "why". I was totally blown away by that.
During my initial interview with Jaime Bode (my conceptual editor), it was evident to me that she was extremely interested in helping me write a better book. I did not expect to hear from her again until the end of this month, but I received an e-mail from her telling me that she was "fully engrossed" in my book and suggested that I had done a good job on it. I do not know if that is standard procedure to say, but it sure makes one feel good.
I truly appreciate the words of encouragement and positive feelings your staff project.
I can not wait to see the final outcome and hope that it a success for both of us.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Someone who does not understand the publishing business at all posted negative things about our company.  They did not take the time to call us, email us, or ask us anything.  Just whine.  One of our authors saw the post and posted the following in rebuttal...

Dr. Tate

Author: Barbie R

I am a Tate Publishing author. I am not sure who this man is talking about, but that is nothing like my experience at Tate.

From the moment I was accepted and offered a contract, all of my dealings with Tate Publishing have been exceptional. The staff has been courteous and helpful. I am a first time author and have had many questions and concerns.

I wanted to be in a partnership, as well. I did my research and found it is very difficult for a first time author to get a deal. Tate has taken a chance on me and I was willing to deplete my savings for an opportunity to get my book published. I have not gone into this expecting to become a millionaire. I have a story to tell and they have helped me tell it. I have had creative input, all the way from the formatting of the pages, spacing in the text, and I chose my oover. I received assistance every time I took a step. When my book sells 5000 copies I WILL get my money back and I WILL be able to have a second book published without any cash outlay. No one mentioned that fact.

My book is professionally bound and beautifully formatted. As far as them printing in Texas, Tate Publishing is a PUBLISHER, not a printer. There is a difference.

I think you have been unfair and very unkind with your words, and, quite frankly, if your tone and expletives are any indication, I am glad we don't share a publisher!


I just received this from a Tate Publishing author and wanted to share it...

I just want to say thank you to each one of you who helped in the process of my book. You have all been so nice to work with. I would recommend you to anyone looking to publish a book.

I never had the thought to write a book until God spoke it to my heart 2 ½ years ago. I didn’t know how to do any of this, but I told God that I would write and that I expected him to work out every detail of this book, and he has been soooo faithful to work out every detail and has just amazed me. I have so many stories of before this book came to you, one especially of how I found Tate publishing.

Last spring I submitted my book to Christian manuscripts submission online, hoping a publishing would be interested in this book. Last may God spoke fall to my heart on the timing of when that would happen. Well here is how I found your company.

My daughter was in soccer and we got to know this couple (Phil and Becky) during the season, she was a Christian and he wasn’t a believer. They were such a fun couple to sit with at each game. Third to the last game my daughter’s youth leaders came to watch and so I introduced them to Phil and Becky at the soccer game in July. Becky was talking with the youth leaders and then Phil looks at me and says “I don’t go to church.” I went home that night and thought he just kicked the door open to be witnessed to.

So my plan was with 2 games left to ask him what was keeping him from church. The day before the next game God spoke to my heart and said he wanted me to give Phil my book. I thought was a crazy idea, don’t know him well enough to give him my book, but God said to me I want him to hear about me the way you talk about me in your book. I wanted to be obedient but this was scary, I decided to obey, I printed off my manuscript and brought it to the 2nd to last game. I told his wife ahead of time and she said “did you know he is an avid reader, he reads a book every night.” I was shocked, confirmation or what? So I asked him the question about what’s keeping him from church and we talked for a while. Then I gave him the book. The last game he came back and gave it to me, he read it the night I gave it to him and he looked at me and said “who are you going to have publish this.” I said I didn’t know yet. And he recommended to check out Tate (he knew someone that had a book published from you).

I had never heard of Tate, so I looked you up on the internet and submitted it to you. Then fall came and you called to tell me you were almost done reviewing it. I actually had another publisher call the same day. A couple weeks went by and I had to let the other publisher know with in 2 weeks if I wanted to sign with them. I didn’t know if you guys were going to say yes, so I prayed for God to show me which publisher to have and I prayed you’d call within the next week to tell me, the very next morning you call and accepted it, so I knew that I should walk through this process with Tate.

Thank you for taking this on. I need to tell you something, as I was looking for publishers God spoke a promise to my heart. What he said was I will bless the publisher that picks up this book and brings it into completion. I know that he will bless your company, in his ways. Thank you for being obedient, I believe what God has laid on my heart for those that are hurting is important, even if he only intends for it to touch just one person, it is worth it.

I wanted to share that with you all, God is so faithful as we follow what he asks of us.

Thanks you again,

Wendy K.


Our staff and consultants montior author web sites daily.  They are filled with malcontents, unrealistic individuals, and those who monitor those web sites do nothing but create a forum for complaining and self-entitlement.  The world does not owe you a living.  If you view one of those sites you might be well served to consider the source.  Complainers and nothing more.  Call me on my personal cell number before you make any decisions about what you read on the world-wide web.  It is total nonsense from people who do not have the ability to help you with the truth.  If you want the facts and real help.  Call me or our people.  We may not be able to help you but we will give you the facts.  If you want to talk with someone who thinks the world owes you a living...get out there and blog.  You will find plenty of company.
Dr. Richard Tate


I usually ignore these kind of contacts but since Dog Ear Printing (a vanity press) is presenting incorrect information about our company on the internet I felt it would be appropriate to post this item.  If you ever have questions about Tate Publishing, call me personally at 1-888-361-9473.
Dr. Richard Tate

From: Anonymous <noreply-comment@blogger.com>

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "What does distribution for your book really mean?":

I wish I had found Tate Publishing before I made the mistake of publishing my book with Dog Ear Publishing. It has been a nightmare experience for me, but my point here is only to report what happened. I am not trying to trash Dog Ear.

I will start with the positive. The book itself is very well made, and the cover is beautiful. The book has received rave reviews on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and Powell's Books. This includes a recent five star review by Mid-West Book Review.

One might think that any publisher would be happy to have a book that is receiving rave reviews from total strangers. That is apparently not the case with Dog Ear.

I have been begging Dog Ear to send the book marks and post cards and other marketing materials that I paid for many months ago before they ever started working on the book. The book was published on November 24, 2008 and I still have no marketing materials from Dog Ear.

I had to beg Dog Ear to build the website that I paid for. When they finally got it ready I was so embarrassed by the way it looked that I paid another company to build a website that might actually sell some books.

I have told Dog Ear repeatedly that I have business groups setting up a very large book signing event, complete with press releases and probably TV interviews as well. Nevertheless, I still have not received any of the marketing materials.

I had to go to another source and have book marks made just so I would have something to use to help make people aware of the book. At this point I don't know if I will ever receive the book marks and other marketing materials from Dog Ear.

I also paid Dog Ear to make the book available through Kindle on Amazon, and to allow browsers to look inside the book on Amazon. Despite my constant reminders and begging, that still has not been set up.

Dog Ear told me to expect an 8-12 week timetable from submission to publishing. That also proved not to be true. I started emailing and calling after 8 weeks because I had heard nothing from Dog Ear.

It was about two weeks before I heard back from anyone. I received a huge apology that my book had gotten off the usual track, and promises were made that it would be expedited. These turned out to be empty promises.

Weeks later, with still no visible progress, I received the same apology and same assurances that publication of my book would receive priority attention. These were also empty promises.

With all the great reviews and attention that my book is receiving, I also regret using Dog Ear as a publisher because it does not have distribution and marketing channels for books that it publishes.

Because of all these problems that I had with Dog Ear, I started looking for other alternatives, and that is how I found Tate Publishing. I don't know if Tate Publishing will agree to publish a second edition of my book, but they are at least reading it, and they have been very prompt and courteous in responding to my inquiries.

If you have not made a decision about who to partner with on publishing a book, I recommend that you not make the same mistake that I made.

Monday, June 1, 2009


Gentlemen -
My name is Michael P. and I am one of your new authors.  I wanted to take this time as we draw near to the point where my book goes to print to express some thoughts to you.
From the beginning, when Janey Hays contacted me from Acquisitions to say my book had been accepted for publishing through the final stages with Stephanie Woloszyn in Creative Design, the journey has been extraordinary.  If the sampling of people on your staff that I worked with is a representation of your entire staff, you have an awesome and talented group of people working for you!
Amanda Reese in Editing went way beyond any job description to tirelessly work through the process and in that process, helped me to become a better writer.  Kandi Evans produced a cover design for my book that I felt so matched the content and the character of the book that it brought tears to my eyes. 
If I left anybody out, I apologize for everyone who worked with me on my book was professional, articulate, courteous, and always encouraging!
If the Lord permits, it would be a pleasure to meet you in person.
Now to marketing!
In Jesus,
Michael P.

Friday, May 15, 2009


This nice email was sent to one of our fine marketing representatives who work so hard setting up events for authors.


 I had a great weekend at the North Texas Book Festival.  Not many people turned out, but it was a great experience.  I met two other Tate authors from Texas.  Only two of my books sold, but that was more than several people around me sold.  A young woman representing Hastings Book Store was there.  She came to my table to talk to me about Tate Publishing.  You are her favorite publisher.  She said your books were higher quality than any she has seen and talks up your company every chance she gets.  She borrowed one of my books to show some of the other authors.  One comment she made was that Hastings had received a book once that was very thin, poor quality and the price was $20.  She said if that had been Tate Publishing the price would have been $8.99.   


Sue B

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I just received the email below from one of our acquisitions staff members and her experience with one of our fabulous marketing representatives.  I have been so proud of the culture of our company.  We were honored last year by the State Chamber to be named to the prestigious honor as "Best Place to Work in Oklahoma."  Tomorrow night we are being honored for the second year in a row as the "Best Place to Work in Oklahoma" award winner.  I was thinking of that honor just as the email below arrived in my inbox.  The reason our few authors get the kind of service they get is because of the daily culture of support and caring among our fine award winning staff.  I wanted to share this email with the friends who follow my blog...
Dr. Richard Tate 

Dr. Tate,

I want to commend Traci Jones for a continually doing such a great job. I know that I, as well as other reps, have had nothing but an outstanding experience working with her. She bends over backward for authors, and it doesn’t matter what is asked of her, she not only steps up to the plate, but she steps up to the plate with a smile. In my opinion, she worked hard to get where she is, and she values her job and is continually grateful and appreciative. She doesn’t take it for granted, and she is honored to be in her position. In short, she not only serves authors with her actions, and therefore serves Tate, but she serves with her heart. Employees like Traci, in my opinion, are a rare find. I have never been in marketing so I hope I am not speaking out of turn, but I hope throughout the years that I have learned a little about customer service, and I would stack Traci Jones up against anyone as far as this area goes. Thanks for letting me share!  

Stacy B.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Dr. Tate:
I just wanted to tell you that it was a pleasure meeting you and all those at Tate
Publishing yesterday.  The humble and joyful spirit of you and your staff was
evident and assures me, along with the quality of Tate Publishing, this is a good
company to be working with.
I met with several who were just a pleasure to talk to and work with, like Vince
Conn, Curtis Winkle and Nathan Harmony.  This really does not come as a surprise,
because whenever I have talked to or emailed anyone at Tate, this spirit of
cooperation and joy in their work has always come forth.  You are all to be commended
for what you are doing.
I look forward to working with you and what you and your wife have founded and trust
the Lord will continue to bless you and guide you in all the directions you take with
his wisdom any business needs.
Take care. 
Mark W

Monday, May 4, 2009


I received this fine email below from an author who "gets it."  Our authors make money but the purpose she outlines below is certainly worth merit...
Dr. Tate


If you are seeking money, then you have set up the wrong standard to write by. If you write for God or for the people to glorify God then you will succeed in the way that God meant for you to succeed.

The famous author Frank Herbert took six years to write "Dune" and won the Nebula and Hugo awards the same year for it. He was paid $7,500.00. It was a science fiction/fantasy with a religious allegory.

His children and his grandchildren finally saw an income from it but the author, like Moses, did not see the promised land while he yet was alive.

We are either meant to write or not meant to write. It is up to the author first, then the publisher, to make sure the book is the best it can be to present it to the public.

The money should not be a factor. If you want to make money then do that like other people and stay on a full-time job. If you do make money with your work that only proves you have earned the praise of some men. It still doesn't prove you earned any praise from God unless the work glorifies him in some way.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I received the following email today from an author and wanted to share this with you.
Dr. Tate

Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2009 9:57 AM
To: richard@tatepublishing.com
Subject: Startling publishing comparisons

Hey Dr.
 I never was impressed by these other publishers and their Hype. Let me tell you why I picked Tate Publishing. I belong to many Police organizations and one of them is The Fraternal Of Police which is a national organization of over 400 members. Recently There was an article about my story and book and in the same issue was an small ad by a retired NY State Trooper who wrote his fifth book. I E mailed him and asked him who his publisher was and he said Author House. He also said that he met another author  at a book signing and he spoke to him about his publisher. This author said Tate Publishing. He said that they are the best and he would never go with anyone else.  The Trooper then told me that he was so impressed that he seriously thought of changing publishers.   I then researched your company and was very impressed and that is why I chose Tate.  I would love to call you and talk to you .. . Maybe Police organizations might be an area for you to promote. It seems all us cops want to write stories. I will call next week.  
Take care
Jack J

Saturday, May 2, 2009


     Thanks so much for this kind email.  It means all the world to us to hear this from you.  We will continue to move forward with every integrity to continue to deserve your respect and trust.
Dr. Tate

Dear Dave;
As the Word states I will enter His gates with thankgiving in my heart and His courts with praise. The thanks today is for the wonderful work your team did on my novel. I was impressed by their efforts all too often they offered help when I was in a world of the unknown as a first time writer. Here are the folks I would like to thank by going through you.
Emily Wilson who I would never have made it to this point.
Amber Gulilat
Nathan Harmony both who were there even in the midnight hours.
Rachael Sweeden
Richard Tate who got me started.
Michelle McCormack
Kylie Lyons
Lindsay Behrens
Melissa Madole
If by chance I forgot someone it was not because of the efforts I am just not good at rememering who all I have been in contact with over this time. So thanks to the entire team. I look forward to another novel which is already complete with Tate Publishing.
In Jesus Christ;
N. M.

Monday, April 27, 2009


I have posts from time to time from authors wanting personal questions to be asked.  I had a post last week from a nice lady by the name of Diane and she provided no means of answering her.  If you respond to any of the posts here please let me know how to reach you and I will be DELIGHTED to give you a personal response.  I always answer these queries personally so be sure to give me that contact information.  When you publish a reply to one of my blogs it does not give me your email address and I always prefer replying privately.
Dr. Tate

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Dear Dr. Tate,
       Yesterday, April 21, marked the official release of The Twist in the Road, and with hundreds of advance copies in circulation nationwide, the response from people has been tremendous.  My wife and I have received countless cards, letters, and e-mails, but the e-mail which follows is particularly heartwarming.  My father, who is eighty-one years old (but lives life like he's forty-one) was in Nevada in February to meet an old friend (also eighty-one!) regarding a start-up aircraft company.  My dad gave him a copy of my book.  His friend lost his wife last year, and my dad thought that he might appreciate a copy of my book.  The e-mail his friend sent me pretty much tells the story, so I am forwarding it to you with his permission.

  " I want to thank you and your staff for your knowledge, expertise and guidance as my story went from a rough manuscript to a marketable product.  In the last few months, Sharon and I have spoken to numerous organizations and have shared our story about the adversities we have overcome, and it is always gratifying to watch people light up as they listen to us.  Through our challenges, God has given us a vehicle to be able to make a difference to others; through Tate Publishing, we have the springboard that we need to do the work God has called us to do.  God bless you all!


Insightful article from a lady who was on the NYT bestseller list: http://www.genreality.net/the-reality-of-a-times-bestseller

A few years ago I made a promise to my writer friends that if I ever had a novel hit the top twenty of the New York Times mass market bestseller list that I would share all the information I was given about the book so writers could really see what it takes to get there. Today I’m going to keep that promise and give you the stats on my sixth Darkyn novel, Twilight Fall.
Here is the first royalty statement for Twilight Fall, on which I’ve only blanked out Penguin Group’s address. Everything else is exactly as I’ve listed it. To give you a condensed version of what all those figures mean, for the sale period of July through November 30, 2008. my publisher reports sales of 64,925 books, for which my royalties were $40,484.00. I didn’t get credit for all those sales, as 21,140 book credits were held back as a reserve against possible future returns, for which they subtracted $13,512.69 (these are not lost sales; I’m simply not given credit for them until the publisher decides to release them, which takes anywhere from one to three years.)
My net earnings on this statement was $27,721.31, which was deducted from my advance. My actual earnings from this statement was $0.
My advance for Twilight Fall was $50,000.00, a third of which I did not get paid until the book physically hit the shelf — this is now a common practice by publishers, to withhold a portion of the advance until date of publication. Of that $50K, my agent received $7,500.00 as her 15% (which she earns, believe me) the government received roughly $15,000.00, and $1594.27 went to cover my expenses (office supplies, blog giveaways, shipping, promotion, etc.) After expenses and everyone else was paid, I netted about $26K of my $50K advance for this book, which is believe it or not very good — most authors are lucky if they can make 10% profit on any book. This should also shut up everyone who says all bestselling authors make millions — most of us don’t.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Dear Dr. Tate,
     We just wanted to share a picture from K's first book signing. The staff at Borders said that her signing was one of the best they've had. She sold 30 books in 2 hours. We would like to thank you once again for believing in her and helping us out so much. Your staff has been wonderful, and Karrah hopes to make you proud.
Thank you again,
D, S and K


Dear Dr. Tate,
    I have just received my personal copies of my book Dogs at Large and I am thoroughly pleased with everything about the book and the service given by everyone in all departments.
    I know you receive a lot of these testimonials, but I would like to mention two qualities I have been especially impressed with in dealing with Tate Publishing.
    First, at every stage of the publishing process, you do what you say you will do, when you say you will do it! How rare it is to find this level of efficiency in the business world today.
    Secondly, you responded to me, as the author and you actually listened to my concerns and suggestions. Again, such a rarity!
    It has been a truly rewarding and refreshing experience to work with everyone at Tate Publishing.
    Warmest thanks,

Monday, March 30, 2009


Greetings and salutations, Dr. Tate.

I Just wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks. We have been searching for a "true" publisher for quite some time and finally feel we have succeeded.

My family and I have been disappointed and let down by many of the scammers and unscrupulous so-called publishers, and are quite thankful for the time and attention
your firm appears to provide to seasoned and first time authors alike.

Have a wonderful day and a fulfilling year.

Warmest regards,


Friday, March 27, 2009


In 2007 Tate Publishing was named by the Chamber of Commerce as the "Business of the Year." For an unprecedented second year in a row, the Chamber once again honored Tate Publishing in 2008 with the same distinction as a two-time winner of "Business of the Year." In 2008 Tate Publishing was named by the Oklahoma Business Council to the prestigious honor of the "Best Place to Work in Oklahoma" award. We were just informed that for the second year in a row we have received the "Best Place to Work in Oklahoma" award again! The award means so much to our company because it comes from our employees. We are delighted to have received these honors and will continue to do all we can to merit their trust.
Dr. Richard Tate

Thursday, March 26, 2009


So glad to have this wonderful email to share with you today.
Dr. Tate

On Mar 24, 2009, at 11:14 AM, F M wrote:

I am a recently published author from Tate Publishing... I have had a fantastic experience with Tate Publishing. Your staff is focused, professional, timely, and sensitive to the author’s creative process. I am currently in the marketing stage. I have been working with marketing. I have a vision that the world can read this book, as it is a dairy that depicts the perils of abuse, the power of alcoholism, and the destruction to the soul that occurs in abuse. As I watched the Oprah show on abused women, the missing component the question of why women stay, why women tolerate abuse, was the power of God. AS I turned my life over to God, literally and faced the demons of my own soul, a mightily change in me occurred. I explained this to the producers of the Oprah show. I expect that I will be hearing form them shortly. My vision is for Tate Publishing to prepare for the powerful use of the media in the marketing of this book. I know that this book can make a difference in the lives of women suffering from abuse. I know that the answer is in the hands of God, surrender, and allow the grace of His hand to literally change us into true disciples of the Lord. I look forward to a continued relationship with Tate. Thank you for your fantastic company, for all that you company stands for, and for the partnership we have created. I also have a completed screen play. It was inspired by the work of C. S. Lewis, it is called “Fallen Angel.” It is a story about the temptations of Satan upon the world. I would like to submit it as well to your company.Thanks for all you stand for.Always,

Tuesday, March 24, 2009



Good morning,

Last summer I started the process of publishing my first book through your company. I am just writing to thank you and everyone I worked with. What an amazing group of individuals I was blessed to work and even meet with when I came to do the audio of my book. Everyone at Tate Publishing was so genuinely friendly and yet professional. Each person I worked with was so very good at what they do and they really helped me to make my book read better and look amazing. What a blessing!I am in the process of writing another book and will be forwarding the manuscript to you as soon as it is finished. I just had to let you and everyone involved know that you made this such a great experience for me. I would recommend Tate Publishing to anyone. God bless you abundantly!

Mary D

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I received the following emails sent to us from authors who have worked with our professional editors. I am very proud to share these with you. Our authors get the very best...and nothing less.
Dr. Richard Tate

"Vince is knowledgeable. He never failed to respond to a question I had, and he went out of his way to meet me when I showed up in Mustang. Before I submitted the manuscript to Tate, a veteran writer told me, “Those editors will not go over your work with a fine-toothed comb. You better be good because you will be stuck with your own abilities.” But that writer was wrong. Vince Conn kindly but thoroughly walked me through the editorial maze with skill. I am proud of him."

"After having spent so much time writing the manuscript, I was too familiar with the content and the flow as I was accustomed to it. Angela's "fresh eyes" brought to my attention many things that could be said better, other things that were redundant, and some sections that needed much more explaining."
"She pointed out areas in my manuscript which needed strengthening and/or clarification. She also pointed out areas with transition problems. Angela was a joy to work with, very encouraging and professional."
"Emily gave me candid, kind and honest feedback about how I could improve my book without insulting me. I heeded many of her suggestions. She also was very flexible about sections of the book that I chose not to change. This was a great experience for a first time author."
"Emily made me a much better writer. I have no doubt whatsoever that the finished product is much, much better today than it was when I originally submitted it. Her suggestions were "spot on" and she was always there to answer any questions that I had in a very professional and kind way."
"He hammered me where I needed it and he praised where he thought it appropriate. We met as strangers, worked ascolleagues and parted as friends. I began to understand how his head works and I believe he got completely behind the way my heart beats. We coulddebate, discuss, differ—all to improve the end product. And don’t leave the humor out of the equation."
"Meghan was pleasant and affirming to work with. The best thing I liked was that I could tell she had truly read the book carefully and with great interest. All of her comments were in line with the progress of the story and made it better. I never got the feeling that I was "just one more author." Meghan offered several insights into the content of the book, suggested areas that needed strengthened such as character differentiation, and pointed out inconsistencies and confusing passages."

Thursday, March 19, 2009


I am not a real "blogger" like some of our staff who are prone to share their professional insight into the industry. I do that from time to time but many times I like to share phone calls, emails, letters, and other contacts I receive (and I get hundreds) from folks who talk about their experience with Tate Publishing. We are aware at Tate Publishing that manufacturing and producing a book is critical work but a critical part of our intense efforts is in marketing. I received the following email this week and I was so pleased I wanted to share this information with you. I am like a proud father of the work of our dozens of professionals in every division. The email was forwarded to me by one of our marketing staff.

Richard Tate

Dr. Tate,

I just spoke with the manager of a bookstore, whose name is Ray...he told me the following:

He recommends Tate Publishing to potential authors because he is familiar with our titles and is impressed with the quality of our cover design and editing. He said that he is approached by self-published authors at least twice a day, and “there is no comparison” between our product and the titles that the self-published authors present. In his words “you provide a valuable service.”

He knows we are selective, and that the titles we sell have gone through editing, design and layout. He was also impressed that our authors are assigned a marketing representative. He said he often deals with authors who are completely on their own, and their events are always failures. His store does carry Tate Publishing titles on the shelf.
Ray was impressed by the book signing event support that we offer to our authors, which he says nobody else provides, “unless you’re a bestselling author.”

Just thought I would pass along that some of our biggest fans are bookstores which are familiar with our work.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


The email below just came to me and I simply had to add this to my "brag blog!" This author has done several books with us and is so typical of the happy authors we love to work with. I just heard from a prospective author who said she heard about Tate Publishing from one of our authors at a book signing for that author our marketing division had set up in Indianapolis. She said that the Tate author she met was one of the nicest people she had ever encountered. Thanks to each of our fine staff for making these kind of remarks possible.
Dr. Tate


Hey Guys-

I wanted to take the time to let you know how truly grateful I am to be a part of making a difference in the world, with you. I had such a great sense of joy to see you in person (sorry I missed you Trinity) and seeing TATE in action first hand. It is obvious to me that GOD is supporting your efforts and will continue to bless all that you do. I saw GOD working through each one of you, and everyone that I met in person. As I continue to surrender to where I am called to be, and how I can use my time here to serve the highest good, I know that being a part of the TATE family is a part of that calling.

It has been a honor for me to see you guys grow in the many ways that you have. I commend all of your efforts and devotions to being a part of the change that we need to see. I love you all and appreciate you very much so.

Keep doing what you do!

With gratitude-

RR, Florida

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I have been watching the economy with great interest as I am sure many of you are as well. I cannot pick up a newspaper, turn on the radio, or listen to the evening news without hearing that "Chicken Little" is running rampant across our nation proclaiming that "the sky is falling, the sky is falling!" I realize there are difficult issues Americans must face regarding their personal financial situations. My prayers are with them each day in my personal quiet time in the morning. Each Monday morning when our entire company meets for a time of prayer requests for our authors and staff we continue to lift up in prayer the financial needs of our fellow Americans.
The good news is that Tate Publishing and Tate Music Group are, in the midst of all that is happening, growing daily. We continue to add new jobs, and increase our sales and marketing position in both industries, while we maintain our corporate policy of remaining debt free. We have just improved our print and production facility and even though it was already state-of-the-art, the new color processing equipment just purchased and installed at our plant has taken our products to an even higher level of quality. If you are an author or artist with Tate Publishing or Tate Music Group, you are part of a growing, dynamic company that has never been in better financial condition. Thanks to each of you for makiing this possible and to all our outstanding staff who work with diligence and fervor to keep Tate at the top of the list of successful companies.

Friday, February 20, 2009


I am always pleased to get these kind of contacts from our authors...I wanted to share this with you. In Monday staff meetings each week our entire staff prays for author requests and the process of our company. We pray that our team will be a blessing to our authors. Here is a result of that company culture and our respect for our authors.

I received a frantic voice message late last night from one of our children's book authors. She left me a number to call back today about what she said was a critical problem with her book. When I called her back she immediately apologized for the late call and said that she had spoken with Jim Miller of our staff and everything was fine now and told me she did not need to speak with me after all and appreciated being able to have my cell number to call about possible problems. She went on to say that when she called her editor, Jim Miller, about her concern about something that had been accidentially left out of her book she said that he was, in her words, "Fabulous." She said, "Dr. Tate, Jim Miller is a true professional. When he called me back and we talked he was so wonderful, caring, and helpful that I had tears in my eyes of the gratitude for his work. I did not believe my story could be better than how I had written it. He not only made my story better but made it fabulous with his ideas, suggestions, and insight. He is typical of everyone I have worked with at your company. He returns phone calls and emails immediately, is polished and skilled, and treats me with great respect. I could not be happier with Tate Publishing and it is totally because of Jim Miller. I know that my work with him will be over very soon and I will be moving on to cover design and layout. I am excited to do that but I am deeply saddened that I will no longer be working with Jim. Please give him my thanks for making this problem go away so quickly." I told her I would inform Jim of her call and words. This effort is the standard we expect from every employee in the company.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


From time to time, we see on the internet other companies try to discredit Tate Publishing. They get desperate in their attempts. One such company even has a brazen ad on their site which shouts, "Don't Use Tate Publishing." Their remarks are ludicrous and incorrect. When you do things like competitors sometimes do it eventually comes back to bite you. We received a lengthy email from an author who signed with that self-publishing vanity press with list after list of complaints, lack of service, failure to provide what was promised, and much more. We will not stoop to post those complaints sent to us (the reason for the email was that the author writing was contacting us to say he wished he had signed with Tate if we would have taken his book) about that publisher. Not our style. Just remember. When you read things on the internet make sure you check out the facts. We are sorry to hear about the bad experience but I am not at all surprised.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Blogging can be a nice communication and point of contact. It can share information, connect nice folks, update seekers regarding needs they have and how they can be met, and much more. However, we all are aware of the fact that there are a lot of "school yard bullies" out there who have made the internet and blogging their way of moaning, whining, and complaining without having to verify anything they are saying or accepting any cuplability, verification or responsibility. The saddest element is that some folks read this nonsense and believe it. Sad.
It was reported to me today by a friend in the publishing industry on the east coast that Writer's News Weekly is reporting that negative bloggers have been hit hard legally. It is high time they get what is coming to them that has been long overdue. David Kuzminiski who is the owner of Preditors and Editors has been sued for libel for his remarks on that "so-called" author friendly web site. He was hit with a $250,000.00 penalty award in favor of the press according to the report I received. There are two others against that same blog site which are pending their penalty award. To confirm any of this you may want to check the Writer's News Weekly web site. If I have any of my information wrong please let me know. If all of this is true, it is about time that those who have nothing more to do than complain and misrepresent have to "pay the piper." Planning to blog? Watch what you say and make sure it is true and responsible. We do.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I always, as I have mentioned in earlier blogs today, appreciated it when our authors take the time to write and tell us of their experiences. I just received the following letter...

Dr. Tate and the Tate Publishing Family,
A special "thank-you" to the Tate Family and staff for helping me to achieve a dream for my grandchildren. It has been a blessed and exciting year working with the nicest people I could ever hope to know. You are truly a great company and I am proud to be a part of your family.
Irene H.

Thanks Irene!!


My visit to Tate Publishing
This past Friday I was in Oklahoma City for a conference and decided, at the invitation of my editor, to visit the offices at Tate Publishing. I've been in the business of boosting these guys and working very hard to ensure that their authors are satisfied and informed. I've been able to recommend them to several new authors, who then submitted material. I've worked many hours and at no compensation, so I figured it might be a good idea to at least stop by and see if it would actually live up to the image that I have been helping them project. Sure, I have been extremely satisfied with my experiences thus far and I wanted to lay eyes on the place for myself. The reception area is stylish with a friendly atmosphere. The girl working behind the counter was very perky when she asked how she might assist me. My editor walked down the hallway and began to show me around the cramped office building. Tate is actually spread out over several different campuses because they grew too fast for their infrastructure, and one of their major goals, my editor explained to me, was to eventually build one massive building that could house all branches of the company. There are now over one hundred employees, and as I poked my head into each office it seemed like all of them were sitting in four tiny rooms. Most employees operating under these conditions would be grouchy at their cramped workspace. I have worked in similar circumstances and remember just how crabby I was all the time. I'm sure everyone at Tate has their moments, but I was caught off guard at the genuinely warm greetings I was given at being introduced as one of the authors for the company. Each person took off their headsets, looked up from their screens, and put their phones on hold to say hello to me. I arrived at Dr. Tate's office, and he likewise put down his workload to greet me. He was very busy and there was going to be a company meeting that afternoon, but he took the time to chat with me a moment about how happy he was to meet me and to say that he looked forward to seeing me again in the future. I also met the marketing director and he was very friendly as well. After chatting with a few more people I asked if I could meet Ryan, the president of the company, but his secretary said that he was running around that day. Which was unfortunate, because I have spoken with him on the phone and looked forward to meeting him in person, but his being busy was consistent with the rest of the staff. They all looked and acted like they were moving with passion and purpose; something sorely missing in most work environments. I saw a stack of contracts sitting on the receptionist's desk awaiting Ryan's signatures. Next to those were books being examined by marketing representatives. Everyone, without exception, greeted me with a friendly smile. I did not warn them ahead of time that I was coming, nor did any of them know that I was the guy who ran the Tate author's blog so they could be putting on their best faces.Near the stack of contracts were two large mail bins stuffed and overflowing with envelopes. Dr. Tate, who had walked down the hallway at that point, grabbed me by the shoulder and asked, "Do you know what those are?" He was pointing at the bins of envelopes. I shook my head.He said, "Those are royalty checks. 1,400 of them. Best part of my job is signing those checks, because I love seeing how successful our authors are becoming. One check in that pile is a royalty check for $20,000. If you ever find someone who tells you we aren't a royalty publisher, tell them you saw this yourself."It was a theme I have picked up several times when speaking with Tate people. They are quite passionate at defending themselves against the attacks by some groups who claim they are a Print-on-Demand, or Self-publisher. This is not the case. They simply have a business model for publishing that more closely resembles other business models in the corporate world, and the older traditional publishers are green with envy.It works like this: suppose I were to bring you a product for you to sell. It has no proven history of sales, nor does it even appear that it works. But I will insist and demand that you pay an exorbitant amount of money to me for providing you with this product. You assume all the risk for it, assume all the costs for it, and if it fails, you lose a tremendous amount of money.That is the traditional publishing model, and it is why those companies are failing. Time magazine ran an article on this several weeks ago, which I linked to below in a previous blog entry.Tate Publishing took everything that worked for the traditional model (screening manuscripts selectively, providing structured editing and marketing, mainstream distribution) and threw away all of the areas that have proven to be failing (paying advances to every author, wasting millions of dollars on failed product, assuming all risk).The result is that an author is pre-screened for quality, then when they pass that test, they are offered a contract that best fits their book. If the book is exceptional and is clearly a marketing bombshell, that author is paid an advance and their book is published. Another option may be that the book is good but it might not sell enough to justify an advance quite yet, so the contract offered to the author is that Tate will assume all costs in producing the book. The third option, and the one that most authors fall under, is for the author to pay a relatively small amount (around $3,900) in relation to the production costs as an investment in their work, and Tate assumes all of the rest of the cost. This way, Tate's bottom line is protected, and their author has a vested interest in the book succeeding. The best part of this contract, though, is that as soon as the book sells 5,000 copies, that author investment is refunded and the author is offered an advance on their next book.This is the business model of the publishing future, and it is why this company has grown so fast that they are now considered a major publisher by Barnes and Noble--which means that they get a good shot at premium shelf space in Barnes and Noble stores. It makes no sense for an author to just simply expect a publisher to do everything for them. No one else in all of capitalism operates that way and succeeds.I left satisfied. They are exactly who they say they are. I even got to meet the people who have worked on my books, and they all expressed their enjoyment of the process