Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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
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.
Dr. Richard Tate, Founder
Monday, December 7, 2009
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.
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...
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
Monday, November 16, 2009
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.
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
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!
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!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
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
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 :)
I believe in TATE...Let me tell you, TATE is the best thing around...I'm so glad I found TATE.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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
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
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
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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
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.
Friday, August 28, 2009
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!!
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
Subject: my book
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.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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.
Monday, July 27, 2009
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”
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
"THE THRILL OF BECOMING AN AUTHOR...TATE PUBLISHING..."
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
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
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,
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,Claude
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.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
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.
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.
May the Lord continue to bless you and the work you are doing.
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
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...
Author: Barbie R
Date: 06-02-09 05:17
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
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 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,
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
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!
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
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
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
Subject: Startling publishing comparisons
Saturday, May 2, 2009
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.
Nathan Harmony both who were there even in the midnight hours.
Richard Tate who got me started.
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;
Monday, April 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
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.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Dr. Richard Tate
Thursday, March 26, 2009
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
DR. RICHARD TATE
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!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
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 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
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!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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 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
Friday, February 6, 2009
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
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.
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