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Last Updated On: October 4, 2017

Contact Information

Business Name: Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC
Corporate Address:
127 E Trade Center Terrace
Mustang, Oklahoma 73064 USA

Customer Service

Phone Number: 405-376-4900
Company Contact: Ryan Tate - CEO
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Average Rating: 1.22 out of 5
Based On: 37 Reviews
Number Of Comments: 98

Damage Reports

Reported Losses: $74,783.88
Average Reported Losses: $2,021.19

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I got robbed

I signed a publishing contract in 2014 with Tate publishing and they charged me over $4,000, which at the time said was refundable.

When I tried to cancel my contract they refused to let me cancel.

It became difficult to get ahold of them on the phone. But they would constantly send me emails about buying more books, or advertising expensive packaged deals.

They managed to make a fairly well cover for my book, but the editing was horribly done. There were typos, and added mistakes that I did not make.

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All I wanted was my book published they lied and took me for $1,500

I was the last gospel recording artist at Tate Music Group’s recording studios. I recorded my CD on January 12, 2017. Photo session on January 13 and the company closed down on January 17, 2017. I lost $2,000.

Greetings from The Addis Revolution/V3 Music Productions.
To whom this and all complains is viewed by. The Addis Revolution signed a contract with tate for a 6 song EP. order CDs from tate 5 months ago for my 59th Annual Grammy Ballots Celebration / CD Release Party held on January 29th 2017 and has not received the order or a email explaining why. . . .

I signed with Tate Music Group in 2015 with a music album. My contract clearly states that they would promote my music. No promotion was ever done on their end! I had a song on the album that I knew was gonna be a huge hit, but never was due to the lack of it, my contract said I would get my retainer fee back once I surpassed a 1,000 copies, well how can I do that with no promotion!!! My AR rep changed without my knowledge which honestly didn’t thrill me. So time came around for me to get… Read more »

Reported loss: $5000.00

We paid $5000 in fees and never received any royalties for our sales

Make sure you file your complaint with the Oklahoma Attorney General. He is investigating Tate Publishing as I type. https://www.ok.gov/oag/Consumer_Protection/

I too was scammed over $2,000 and they breached my contract…big time. I thought it was just me. I am a single mom…I needed that money. Not a dime in royalties when I KNOW books were purchased.

After seventeen years, Dr. Richard Tate, creator of Tate Publishing, has shown his true colors! The Tate family has closed its doors after ripping off thousands of Christians who paid to have their books published. I had one of my novels printed by this so called Christian company in 2006. I attended the National Christian Book Sellers Convention in Atlanta a year later. Ryan Tate, the son of Richard and Rita Tate, invited 70 authors for coffee and donuts plus a deceptive pep talk. The Tate speaker proclaimed over and over again to us, “You are Authors!” My heart sang.… Read more »
My name is Souljourner (Charnette) Howard and I am the author of Bought Lessons; a work that was published by Tate last fall. I wish I could say that Tate did an outstanding job in representing me and getting my product out in a timely a professional manner, but sadly you (Tate) did not. The easiest part of publishing with Tate was the payment process. The editing or lack thereof was a hindrance. Why someone in a non-english speaking country (and who was not an English specialist) would be allowed to edit my project was a common practice that I… Read more »
Hi, my name is Betty Ward in Lady Lake, Florida. My first book with Tate went well. I signed my second contract with Tate in December 2016. This book was to be completed, off the press, the end of March 2017. I moved from Orlando to Lady Lake in February. I am now devoting my time and energy in finding out what I need to do to get my money back. I need to know if I can go forth with another publishing company at this time. I am vivid, and I would be interested in starting a class action… Read more »

I tried to get in the class action with morgan and morgan and was turned away?

Dr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, PhD

My book, published in 2014 by Tate Publishing and promoted in 2015, just won the 2016 Living Now Evergreen Bronze Medal Award to commemorate “world-changing books published since 2000.” I also purchases a Publisher for Life agreement with Tate, with the hope and plan of publishing my next book manuscript, which is nearly complete. Now, with this new development, I feel cheated out of both my money as well as the opportunity to publish my next book.

The Tate’s knew what they doing all the time. Most of their staff did to. One of the greatest cons in years.

My book was published in 2013. I received all books I initially ordered. I was happy with Tate Publishing until we got to the marketing department. Tate Publishing marketing did help me with 2 book signings. I received a couple of small royalty checks the first year but none since. They promised an ad on Dish Satellite TV that neither my family or friends ever saw and Tate can’t prove to me Dish actually ran the ad. My book was also put on Amazon as an eBook as promised by Tate Publishing Marketing Director, but the price was extremely high,… Read more »

The vast majority of Tate Authors sold less than 100 books. This didn’t stop them of from preying upon the dream of so many who wanted to be full time authors yet did not possess the skills to achieve it.

I was in the same boat as al of you and considering a class action law suit. This was not the proper way to end a company
. My third book was ready for release and a fourth was already sent to production when they filed bankruptcy. I never receive a royalty check. Their information submitted to me was so poor an account of book sales, I knew I could not trust them. I am still reviewing my legal rights.

I have published 2 books with Tate and was in the in process of republishing my first book when this happened. I had a feeling something was up when my calls were not being returned or when after much complaining some different people would call back making excuses. I can’t believe this. I am so devastated. I paid $1040 for revising my script and republishing it. I was looking forward to all my plans for the reissue of my first book. Any advise or suggestions from anyone?

I would love to participate in a class action suit against this company. Any suggestions anyone?

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I had been so excited to have finished my book and was ready to publish, I had read some of Tate Publishing reviews that I had found and the company seemed to be a good Christian Company with God centered beliefs. So, I took my manuscript and my money to Tate Publishing to make my story come to life. Unfortunately, they took my money and now their doors have been closed. I don’t have my money or a published book. Where do I go from here? I don’t know. Now I am not going to feed my hurt to slander… Read more »

Jaimie, never give up and always trust in Him. Tate is and was like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I will gladly discuss your Ms. with you along with where you are in the process. I believe that God puts people together for a reason. Give me a jingle please and God bless… Dennis @ Moneysaver Editing

Thank you Jaime–you voiced my sentiments exactly! I did receive my first book order and had 3 book signing events, locally. I pray that every book that went out will bless someone and that they will find the Lord. That was my purpose for writing it. (Sabados con papa)

Still waiting to hear something from Tate but without avail.My book was supposedly to start editing from December 2016 . made many calls but phone unanswered. This was my first book , which took me almost 8 years to write, Very disappointed. Don’t know what else to do. Help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dean, I hope you did not pay them upfront. Maybe I can help you. Please contact me thru my LinkedIn site or call me at 845-343-4110…

God bless… Dennis @ Moneysaver Editing

Sharyl Radigan Maglionico

I just discovered my book on Amazon. It says “out of print limited quantities available”. That means they have some? Did they sell some and not pay out the royalties? My children’s Christmas book was all ready to go to print, supposedly….I even ordered 100 books so I could get them out for Christmas. I not only paid to get the process started, I paid $1000 for a rush (in September) and ordered the books a month before Christmas. I didn’t receive anything and now am out almost $3000.

I have also been ripped off by tate and have recently found out that AFTER they closed their doors they raised the price of my book on Amazon and also on Barnes&Noble.com. That means they are still profiting from my book or they wouldn’t have raised the price. I have spent hours on the phone with Amazon. My hands are tied, I cannot remove my book from either of these sites. Check it out if your book is being sold on any websites or book stores, Tate is still profiting.

Ripped me off for 4500 or more. Not counting the royalties they haven’t paid in years.

I got an email from Tate Publishing in Sept. 2016 for a contract to publish 3 books for the price of 1 book. So I agreed to the contract and sent them my money and 3 of my books. Now after recieving the same email as Wendy Harvey. My friends are waiting for my books to be released for sell at the end of March which is around my birthday.. It was gonna be a special birthday, but not now.. I paid $895 for 3 books and they have 4 of my books.. They need to be stopped from doing… Read more »

Wow, I can not believe all this, I just tried to get in on the class action suite against Tate, I got pushed to call the bar in my state. Anyone else have this happen when trying to get involved with the class action law suit?

I am filing a class action lawsuit against Tate Publishing. I have the same complaints as everyone here, so I will save you the time. If you want in, then please contact Morgan and Morgan at 877.605.3086 or http://www.forthepeople.com. If we do not unite in this we are going to be the only ones that lose.

I am also one of the authors affected by this disaster. My 2nd Book with them “Out From the Emerald Woods” made it all the way through the production process and is currently in the marketing process and I can not get any copies of my book to sell. They are telling me that I have to send them $50.00 in the form of a check or money order to even get my files and proof copy. All phones have been disconnected and all email contacts come back mailer daemon.

They should mail your docs back free of charge. Tate, rip-off til the end. I have warned writers about Tate for over 5 years. Thanks God, some listened. God bless CL and I hope the matter gets resolved.

Dennis @ Moneysaver Editing

Hello, we are also authors with Tate, and also have money owed to us, not having access to our files (unless we sign away and PAY for our own rights.) No way. Does anyone know if there is anything (class action, etc) that is being discussed? Many thanks for any help.

I’ve almost come to the conclusion that I hate Christians but I’m sure there is some decent ones out there. But Tate Publishers have iced my cake!! I sent a general inquiry about publishing my book with them in November 2016 with their $895.00 contract. Rita Tate called me right back so I sent her a few chapters. Four hours later Richard Tate called me explaining how impressed Rita was with my work and offered the contract. I paid due and signed the contract. Neptalie Ponferrada emailed me with details where to send my manuscript. Mid December 2016 I sent… Read more »

Back in 2007, Richard Tate called me on the phone and shared how wonderful my book was after reading a few chapters. Deep down, I had a red flag. I’m more of a teacher than an author. Even so I handed over $4,000. After meeting several Tate staff members a year later at the National Christian Booksellers Convention my heart sank. They were so disingenuous! I knew I’d been had!

Robert, there is always a self-publishing option thru Createspace and Amazon KDP. Might I also suggest that you join LinkedIn. It’s free and there are 100″s of writers there that will gladly share their knowledge. I have been a member for almost 7 years. Please check it out and God bless…Dennis @ Moneysaver Editing

Hello Robert, I am a Christian and share your frustration with Tate’s unethical, illegal, and certainly un-Christian business practices. They in no way treat us, their employees, or their service contractors as dictated by the Bible, so please don’t confuse their despicable behavior with how a Christian company should behave. I am pursuing legal action against them for multiple incidents of breach of contract, as are many other authors who have been deceived and ripped off by Tate Publishing. You’re right that we need to pray for them and they do need to right the wrongs they’ve perpetrated against so… Read more »
From the email notification from Tate Publishing announcing that they were closing their doors permanently leaving 35,000 authors out in the cold, there was no prior notice to prepare violated authors. The next and last email notification from this charlatan publishing company was to provide authors the opportunity to have their files returned under the condition that they terminate their contracts. Our files are being held hostage if we do not comply with their demand to release them from our only weapon for litigation. Would it not be foolish to allow this company to cancel our contracts when they cannot… Read more »

Thank you for your information. I too am a Tate author since 2012. I have filed with OK Attorney General and received a call back. They were very nice and took all information. However, were not very hopeful as to any restitution for losses. Not sure what they will do. I’ve lost nearly $12k with all the promises, gimmicks, speakers bureau, unpaid royalties, advertising, books never received. It’s disheartening. Didn’t know about this Creative Space. Something to add to the list.

Nancy, 12K is a lot of money. Those at Tate, as we know, will pay in the end. Good luck and God bless…

Dennis @ Moneysaver Editing

Thank you so much for recommending the Facebook page for x Tate victims. I just requested membership and sent a message to “Guido” the page administrator.
I do hope that we will keep in touch regarding any actions with this publishing monster. You could email me at fwhite645@gmail.com


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