Tate Publishing & Enterprises
$3,000 a month for 20 years, ouch.
Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC was a Christian publisher that printed books of all types. In general, it operated on the vanity press model in which most authors paid for the publication of their books. Its publishing charges may have been refunded for books with sufficient sales volumes. The company was founded by Richard and Rita Tate and was located in Mustang, Oklahoma. The company also ran the Tate Music Group record label.In May 2012, 25 employees, out of over 200, were fired. According to the company president, this was a disciplinary action rather than a layoff, in response to employee leaks of confidential information related to rumors that the company would be outsourcing its operations to the Philippines.In January 2017 Tate ceased operation and notified the public that they would no longer accept new authors.In December 2019, Richard and Ryan Tate, respectively the former founder and CEO, plead no contest to 44 criminal charges, including embezzlement, attempted extortion, conspiracy and racketeering, that were laid in a Canadian County, Oklahoma district court. The presiding judge in the case issued an order related to how customers would be granted reimbursement for their estimated $900,000 in losses over the next 20 years.
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