Considerations on Tate Publishing

Posted on March 18, 2010. Filed under: Publishing | Tags: , |

Recently, Ed Wilson wrote a post on self-publishing. She made a great number of points about the process of getting your book self-published. On that particular post, a person made a comment about a certain publisher, and I decided to investigate.

The commenter pointed out some research she was doing on publishing and mentioned Tate Publishing, which bills itself as a Christian publishing agency for new and unpublished novelists. I’m always on the lookout for new publishing agencies to check out if and when I decide to search out publishers of my own, and I was intrigued enough to click on their link.

The home page for Tate explains that the company is looking for new authors to both publish and market. Tate has connections in major bookstores, like Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and others. According to the website, Tate also has the ability to edit, design covers for, publish, and market writing from unpublished authors.

Accepting unsolicited manuscripts is no big deal for Tate as they are constantly on the lookout for authors. Unlike a majority of other traditional publishers, Tate is accepting manuscripts in various ways, including through their manuscript submission link. The company thrives on helping new authors find their way into the wide world of publishing, so long as the authors write works that do not contradict the Christian values of the company. (I found nothing indicating that they published solely Christian books, so I’m assuming they publish in the general market as well.)

So what’s the catch? Tate accepts manuscripts, assesses them for their publishability, and takes on the authors who fit the criteria. It’s a dream come true for aspiring authors everywhere, and like certain other publishers must receive ridiculous amounts of manuscripts each year. If you’re good enough, your passion for writing and submitted manuscript could land you a publishing contract with this distinguished publisher.

In addition, Tate offers some of the highest royalty rates in the industry, according to their website in any event. After reading all that, I was hooked. No, I’m not jumping right in; I have nothing to jump in with yet. However, I’m cautiously seeing what I can find out about the company.

I originally wrote this post with some suspicion. I was concerned about Tate for a few reasons, mostly having to do with their required author investment remarks. I decided to do a more in-depth probe to see what I found out and submitted my name and email to receive more information.

As the email mentioned being copyrighted and confidential, I’m afraid I’ll have to be vague on what it said. However, it did offer much more information than I found on their website, very detailed, and full of insight on how the author investment idea works. I’m not completely sold as it seems a tall order to fulfill, and I have a few questions I’d like answered that weren’t addressed on site or in the email. However, I’m curious enough to keep searching.

With that in mind, does anyone have any good tips for finding information about publishers? Distribution rates? Average number of volumes sold? I’d be interested in doing a more targeted search on Tate before I commit to anything. (Granted I need a nice, finished copy of a novel finished, first.)

I’m also considering calling the number provided in the email and asking to speak to the founder. If you happen to fill out their information sheet, take a look at the video that pops up with the ‘thank you’ page. You’ll find it as entertaining and amusing as I did, I’m sure.

What are your thoughts on Tate? Not even on your radar? Heard any good or bad opinions? I’d be interested in hearing about it.


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