Complaint Review: Tate Publishing - Mustang Oklahoma
Tate Publishing Hiding information from the author Mustang Oklahoma
*REBUTTAL Individual responds: martha
I have two books published through Tate Publishing LLC. Both children's books were published in August/Oct, 2011. Over the past 3 years, I have been trying to obtain a (sold amount) from this publisher. I was told by Ryan Tate, "sorry, we do not provide this information to the author's".
During 2011 and a portion of early, 2012 I launched the books all over the world, in several book stores. Most of the stores that I was able to contact, did accept and did advertise the books in their stores (online) and (walk in). As the months go by, I tend to notice that the books appeared to be selling and over time, noticed that the stores advertised "sold out", "out of stock". I even landed on Amazon's Best Selling Children's Turtle Books for about 6-8 weeks. With this being said, I had to sell at least a few books, and then some. By the way, Tate tends to re-fill sold orders to the book stores in about 4-6 months, they are not in a hurry.
I again, tried to contact the publisher to see how many books, really sold. I keep receiving the answer of "sorry, we dont advertise that information", or I dont even receive a reply. I did contact the Attorney General in Oklahoma and a complaint was filed. I believe this was in 2012. Ryan's response was "we did nothing wrong" and we dont advertise this information to the author's. The case was then, closed.
Recently, 7/26/2014 I contacted Melanie Hughes (Director of Production) to demand my electronic files, including the rights so I could move both books, to another publisher. I again, received NO reply. I filed another complaint with the Attorney General in Oklahoma and the BBB and an answer from the publisher is still, in waiting. I dont see how this publisher or any other publisher is able to hide this (sold amount) from the author. Also, if I did receive an amount, I would not trust this publisher, anyway. Tate Publishing appears to be a highly shady business which again, appears to be a snake in the grass.
I do believe the publisher is enjoying royalties to no end and continues to hide this information from every author. "As long as we keep this information from every author, they never reach their 5000 sold mark and we get to take endless vacations, thanks to every author" method. They are as shady as Al Capone and Baby Face Nelson. Tate, if you are reading this, I hope every author moves their book(s) to another publisher and your doors, close. DO NOT use this publisher, you will never receive an honest and straight answer.
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