Complaint / review text:
First, authors who are considering using Tate Publishing and/or authors who are experiencing issues with timely book deliveries and royalty payments, contact the Oklahoma Attorney Generals Office (405) 521-3921 http://www.ok. Gov/oag/. They can provide the number of complaints filed against Tate Publishing as well as an unbiased opinion about this company.
The first complaint against Tate Publishing on this site was submitted March 28,2010. Since that time, over 71 authors and online customers of Tate Publishing have posted reviews about their experience with Tate Publishing. The majority of these reviews have been negative. Over the course of three days in May of 2015 Tate Publishing finally responded to these complaints. Notice on the first complaint submitted March 28th, 2010, that Tate Publishing did not respond until May 11th of 2015 to offer some assistance, FIVE years after the complaint was filed. They went on to respond to every complaint over the course of three days.
It appears their three day run of finally responding to customers was a publicity stunt because Consumer Affairs was coming up first on Google searches when a search for Tate Publishing Complaints was performed. Over and over, Tate Publishing talks about giving their authors a positive experience. If this is the case, why did it take years for them to respond to authors concerns and/or complaint? They have yet to respond to complaints filed since their three-day-run of responses. Why have they not responded to these authors?
Tate Publishing claims to only publish 3-4% of manuscripts submitted. The truth is that each Acquisitions Editor has a mandatory number of contracts they must bring in every month. Directors such as Trinity Tate, Dr. Richard Tate and Allen Finch will relentlessly email their staff numerous times every day wanting to know how many potential victims will sign contacts, how many people can they get to sign that day, what is being offered, how many calls are being made to authors, how much money will be brought in by the end of the day etc. Richard Tate has even sent out emails on different occasions telling the Acquisitions Department if they couldn't meet their goal, they should get jobs where they are only required to say "Do you want fries with that?"
Ryan Tate has asked Acquisition Editors who are behind on goal who they would like him to fire since they aren't bringing in enough money. Acquisitions Editors are not questioned about the quality of submissions or books signed, only the amount of money they are bringing in. If they don't meet a certain number of contracts, they are not paid their bonuses and are threatened with losing their jobs. This is the reason they may seem so pushy or desperate for a contract to be signed.
Tate Publishing markets themselves as a "mainline, traditional publisher." I know of no other main-line publisher taking someone else's work (print ready files) and directly publishing them as their own [publishing process]. I also know of no other "main-line traditional publisher" that requires their Acquisitions Editors to bring in a certain number of contracts every month and pays employees based on the quantity of the contracts brought in vs. The quality of contracts brought in.
They promise each author a marketing representative. If you scroll through their website and count the number of books they have published and then divide that number by their six or so marketing representatives, it would appear that each marketing representative would have thousands of authors assigned to them. Can one marketing representative effectively assist thousands of authors at once? This probably explains why authors have such a hard time reaching their marketing representative.
For years Tate Publishing has boasted an A rating on the BBB site and often referred customers to that site. Dr. Tate held a position on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Better Business Bureau. Just this week they had no choice but to downgrade their rating from an A to a B due to the number of complaints filed by authors regarding their experiences with Tate Publishing. They have a comparison chart on their website and no other publisher comes close to the number of complaints filed against them.
Winters Publishing Group (winterspublishinggroup.com) is being operated by Tate Publishing. The contact phone number on http://www.winterspublishinggroup.com/privacy-policy / is the same as Tate Publishing's phone number. Tate Publishing has been deceitful before. He claims those positions would be replaced locally when they were eventually picked up in the Philippines. Again, do your research before making any decisions. Call the Oklahoma Attorney General Office at (405) 521-3921 http://www.ok. Gov/oag / and ask their opinion on this business before paying any money to them.