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


Elaine Littau said...

Dr Tate,
About a year ago I was amazed and blessed to have a telephone converstation with you. You are the founder of this great company! I still can hardly believe it. It was a pleasure speaking with you and talking over some of the things that really impress me about Tate Publishing. I am still impressed by the people who work for you. Thank you so much for your time that day. You were/are such a blessing.
Elaine Littau, author of "Nan's Journey" & "Elk's Resolve"
My marketing rep, Amanda Soderberg, is the absolute best!

Cliff Graham said...

Hear, hear. I want to sing that sort of thing from the rooftops. I suppose it is a consequence of living in the entitlement generation.