The executives of this firm swindled its clients, lied with every broken promise, and crushed the emotions, dreams, and bankbooks of their unsuspecting customers.
I am saddened for their clients who are the real losers at the hands of this publishing company going-out-of-business that I write this article. However, I, a customer of Tate, joyously jump for glee that they are no longer able to create havoc in the lives of other brilliant writers and creative minds coming to them to produce and publicize their works of art. Their last fishing trip for gullible writers has ended. We are smarter, more aware of the cracks in the bricks of the pathway to success and publication.
IF YOU HAVE SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH TATE – DO THE FOLLOWING
- Get out a copy of the contract you signed with Tate Publishing.
- ReRead that contract.
- Look for the 90-day cancellation clause, or writing that says that “either party may terminate . . . with cause”. You certainly have cause for cancellation, and hopefully 90-days has passed since you signed the contract.
- If you have a supply of completed books you purchased from Tate, you own those books and you can continue to sell your books.
- Tate is not operating as a business anymore, so if you use the website form, send an additional short letter terminating your contract, by mail to each of the addresses shown requesting proof of delivery for your records.
- If you terminate your contract online and send the $50.00 fee for termination, there is no guarantee that you will receive your material. You may want to do as requested for the record, it is totally up to you.
- You may want, if you have an electronic copy of your book, resubmit your document to a publisher of your choice, or one of the print-on-demand options such as CreateSpace, etc. However, on the other hand, you may need the electronic files they are promising to send if you complete the form and pay the $50.00 charge. Remember, this is at your own risk, and only you can make this decision.
- You own your work unless your contract specifically states otherwise, but more than likely, you are the owner of your work, manuscript and/or book.
- Tate is attempting to sell your contract to other publishers. If you do not break your contract with Tate, you have no choice in who, and if, they sell your existing contract.
- Sadly, there will not be any money returned to the authors for monies paid, royalties, or money due you because of the huge lawsuits of Xerox and others have filed.
- Additional address to send your letter: Ryan Tate, 1100 West Camellia Way, Mustang, OK 73064. I am not sure, but this could be Ryan Tate's personal home address.
- It is not recommended that you walk away from your contract without some response.
- If you are a member of the NWU.org, National Writers Union, you may want to contact your chapter for legal advice. If you are not a member of the National Writers Union (NWU) you may want to look into this organization, and consider joining the union for your protection and receive their legal advice.
[The information above is in no way intended as legal advice, instructions, and response to your particular contract or legalities with Tate Publishing Company. It is intended as general information you should follow in all contracts, doing your due-diligence, and protecting your rights as an author, writer, and individual. If you have concerns about your legal rights with Tate Publishing Company, you are encouraged to contact your personal legal resource referring to your contract and situation.]
The NWU (National Writers Union) is for book authors, journalists, business, and technology writers.
In keeping with its mission to defend writers’ rights and improve writers’ economic conditions, the NWU, through the collective efforts of its members, can provide a host of resources, benefits, and services to those who join.
Some of the areas of concern to writers and journalists are:
Copyright assistance, NWU Authors Network – Helping you promote your work on tour, Health Insurance, Contract and Grievance Help, Union Plus Benefits. Plus so much advice, tools to earn more, and significant events year round. This union exists across the United States, helping writers and journalists to be noticed, supported and promoted. It was established to benefit and support the writers, authors, and journalists who have struggled for equality.
Lee Christine Roman,
Proud Member of the NWU in NY