Tate Publishing - Contract & Services Reviewed in The Fine Print of Self-Publishing
FORMAT OF BOOKS: Ebook, audio book, paperback, and hardcover
GENRES ACCEPTED: Tate is a Christian publishing company, but it does not specify that its books need be on Christian topics. Tate accepts most genres, but will not accept books that contain any: obscene or explicit material, unnecessary profanity, vulgarity, or inappropriate or graphic love scenes. Tate does have an extensive "Statement of Belief" that all authors must acknowledge. The Statement is provided along with the publishing contract.
PUBLISHING FEES: Tate is a hybrid of self-publishing and a more traditional publishing model. It doesn't offer publishing packages, but rather asks the author to participate in a partnership. In this partnership between Tate and the author, both parties contribute funds toward the process of getting the book designed, marketed, and distributed.
In most cases, the author is asked to contribute $3,985.50 to the publishing process. Tate promises to contribute $15,700 to $19,700 of its own resources to the book, saying, "We pay for the production, printing and distribution and marketing of the books we publish." Tate's contract provides that if an author sells five thousand copies of her book (or purchases five thousand of her own books), not only will her investment be returned, but her next book will be published for free. However, the author is not required to publish any additional book with Tate. As part of its publishing services, Tate provides:
• A choice of an audio book, book trailer, website, or social networking site setup (one option is included in the publishing package). The author can pay for any of the others; prices denoted below.
• Audio book ($999, if purchased separately)
• Copyright, LCCN, bar code, and UPC code
• Distribution through Ingram, Spring Arbor, Appalachian, and smaller distributors
• Book sales and availability through 25,000 stores and libraries, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Walmart, and Tate Publishing
• Marketing: A representative told me that the bulk of Tate's $20,000 investment in each author goes toward marketing, which would initially focus on local bookstores and media. A Tate informational email says that the publisher promotes the book through catalogs, online promotion, publicity, and the annual CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) conferences.
• Ten copies of your book
• Editing: copyediting, technical editing, and conceptual editing
• Custom cover design
• Custom interior
• Ebook creation and distribution (through Amazon.com and Tate's website)
• Website design and hosting ($399 if purchased separately): The website is part of the Tate website and not an individual domain and author site.
• Video book trailers ($299 if purchased separately)
• Dedicated marketing representative
• Publicity: Every event and book is promoted to local and national media for the life of the work.
• Distribution: Tate Publishing's books are all 100 percent returnable and warehoused, not simply made available for order or on a list.
NOTE: To read the full review of Tate Publishing in The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, and learn more about its printing fees, royalties, contract terms, etc., you need to purchase the book.