So you stumbled on this little forum, let's get this started.
Tate Publishing is a publishing company based in Mustang Oklahoma. Founded by Richard and Rita Tate in 2004, the growing Christian-based company took on many authors and employees over many years to become a recognizable name in the business. Unfortunately, their reputation of poor communication and timeliness has marred their ability to sustain a full office and retain contacts with their authors.
As of January 19th, 2017 - it appears the company has begun a "transition phase" for their authors. They've provided two pdf forms for authors for marketing or general release (which may include files). DO NOT SIGN THESE.
I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC and its subsidiaries, officers, executives, employees, and any such heirs they may have. I understand that termination of these agreements does not entitle me to any refund or monetary compensation whatsoever.
The Marketing Release form also requires a 50$ processing fee to get your files. All authors who've published through Tate Publishing hold copyrights over their books - please check your contracts to validate this and what parts of your book may not be covered under the copyright.
If Tate Publishing failed to file copyright on your book, you may do so at Copyright.gov. There is a filing fee, but using a third party to assist in filing will incur additional cost to your copyright claim.
If Tate Publishing or any other organization or individual has infringed on your copyright, use the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Coordination Center to claim Intellectual Property theft.
This website was intended to bridge the lack of information for anyone who wishes to be a part of the conversation. Since Tate Publishing appears to be closing their doors, this website is intended to provide as much and as clear information as possible to authors and provide resources, contacts, and an open forum of communication.
If you choose not to participate in the conversation, you are still free to peruse the forum, documentation, and resources without providing any contact or private information.
Commenting or creating an account here does not constitute any binding contract between the website administrator or the user (you) in regards to providing Tate Publishing the company or Tate family information regarding or within this website. Hence, this site is not required nor intend to validate information provided by the users or commenters and will not provide any of this information (willingly) to Tate Publishing unless under court order (and lots of kicking and screaming).
Any information collected in the profile or registration process is not required and will not public. If the moderators of this site deem that information important enough to be made available to the public, in the form of a change in the terms and conditions of the use of this site, every user will be individually provided the option to OPT-IN to providing that information to the public on this website. OPT-IN means no information will be made public on this website unless you, the user, give us permission to make that information public on this website.
We encourage you to continue to reach out to Tate Publishing and staff to resolve your issues with the company, process or practices. Their official contact information is below for your convenience.
Publishing & Enterprises, LLC
127 East Trade Center Terrace
Mustang, OK 73064
(888) 361-9473 (toll-free)
(405) 376-4900 (direct)
(405) 376-4401 (fax)
(UPDATE) Seeing as their website is now no longer allowing you to contact them - you can call the Attorney General of Oklahoma at (405) 521-3921
That out of the way, you may
The distribution of books was outsourced to Lightning Source, and Ingram Publisher. You can contact them to see what options are available. There were other distribution points for Hardcover books as well, but I don't have their information readily available.
- Peruse the forums
- Register an account
- Comment on forum topics
- Create forum topics
- Report to IPR Center the theft of your Intellectual Property
- File a complaint with Amazon for Infringement - this may not be the proper method of complaint with Amazon
I'm collecting this information to more properly organize which individuals within the company were in which positions during your publishing process.
Tate Publishing stored Author and Artist assets slightly differently throughout their process. These include, but are not limited to, Illustrations, Websites, Copy (text), Production Materials (PDF's, Print-ables), Video or Animated Media. This information is important to consider when filing a class action lawsuit or an intellectual property infringement. By collecting this information, I can make better decisions on what processes or suggestions to provide for both suits. In the slim event that all author/artist files are made available - this information will provide rapid assistance to which files are being requested.
Any authors who fill out the form who are:
- interested in pursuing additional publishing/production with another company
- will be emailed with a list of publishing and production options
- interested in self-publishing
- will be emailed a list of self-publishing resources, contacts gathered through this process (like previous employees who are interested in working with their authors)
- interested in a Class Action Suit
- will be contacted via Email or by Phone and be offered to be put in contact with any lawyers or organizations interested in pursuing a class action suit