Complaint / review text:
I am currently an author with Tate. I've been reading all these complaints and I feel like I'm reading my own letter. One thing I've learned in my long life is that when one or two may have a grief, it usually is a misunderstanding, but when the grievances are consistent and many, the issues are true. I don't see how Tate can get by with defrauding person after person. It is my understanding if an establish business takes money for a service and does not render said services, that is a felony. Isn't that what Tate is doing?
I signed up with a contract stating I would receive advertisement and royalties. I have sent several emails, spoke with the marketing manager and have been given promise after promise, yet with no avail. I think it's humorous how they do not understand what I mean when I ask for the number of online sales. They send me the number of books I've bought. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out they are skirting around the question and will never give me the truth. I think the way Tate handles the production of your book hinders your success. I can't get errors corrected, I have to do my own marketing, I do my own set-ups for book signings, prices of the books are higher than well-known authors. I can go on forever.
I believe Tate sets the authors up for failure. They want you to buy books directly from them than direct traffic to the online bookstores. And if you sell anything online, God forbid if you receive the royalties. As my position with Tate is now... They are ignoring my calls and emails. I'm beginning to think I've been blacklisted. Either way, I'm breaking my contract. If I self-publish, I can buy books at a fraction to what I pay now, I can still have book signings and I will have more control over pricing, corrections and so much more. I would be making more money and I can submit my work to other publishers and agents.