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List of victims for Tate Publishing finalized


The Oklahoma attorney general’s office is preparing a final restitution plan that could help bring to a close the case against the owners of a former Mustang-based vanity book publishing company.
Alex Gerszewski, a spokesman for Attorney General Mike Hunter, said the restitution plan against Ryan and Richard Tate of Tate Publishing is expected to be filed in Canadian County District Court in September.
He said 500 people have been confirmed as victims of the Tate’s scheme to embezzle funds and materials. The total restitution is expected to be around $900,000.
That amount is
higher than the original total to which the Tates agreed when they entered their no-contest pleas in December.
The pair pleaded guilty to 44 counts that included embezzlement, attempted extortion, conspiracy and a pattern of criminal behavior.
They were sentenced to 20 years in prison. The sentence, however, was suspended.
In addition, they were ordered to immediately pay $109,000.
The total restitution was to be determined after all claims had been filed.
The deadline was June 15.
The attorney general’s office filed the final restitution total document with the court at the end of June.
The restitution plan is expected to be filed with the court on Sept. 5 at the Tates’ next court date.
Gerszewski said the restitution is based on the amount that officials could confirm was owed to the authors through receipts, credit card payments, checks and other financial documents.
Things like future earnings could not be confirmed, thus were not included in the restitution.
Originally, then-
Special Judge Jack McCurdy had ordered the Tates to repay $825,895.22 to their customers. That number, Gerszewski said, increased as more victims filed claims against the publishers.
More then 2,200 complaints were filed against the company.
The embezzlement charges accused the Tates of taking money from authors for the publication of their material but failing to do so. They also did not return the artists’ money.
The attempted extortion charges relate to requiring the artists to pay the company a $50 processing fee for the return of their materials, otherwise, they said the material would be destroyed.
In November, the pair agreed to relinquish their rights to the material, which includes books, music, videos and other materials.
That allows victims to retrieve their materials and have the option of finding another publisher.
The investigation into the company began in June 2015 after the attorney general’s consumer product unit began receiving complaints against Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC and Tate Music Group LLC.
The complaints included failure to deliver products, failure to pay royalty earnings and of making threats to destroy files unless the artist paid a processing fee for the return of the artists’ files.
The affidavit that was filed with the case states that a review of bank records showed that monies produced by the sale of publishing or music production services were deposited into business checking accounts and then transferred to the personal checking accounts of Ryan and Christy Tate as well as Richard and Rita Tate.
Court records also indicated that the processing fees were initially deposited into the company’s accounts, but later transferred into personal checking accounts, and were used for personal transactions including dining and entertainment expenses at casinos.
The company closed in January 2017 after losing court cases that had been filed by Tennessee-based Lightning Source and Xerox.
A federal judge ordered the company to pay Lightning Source more than $2 million for money paid to Tate Publishing for the distribution and printing of 5.5 million books during a five-year contract.
Xerox was awarded $1,446,070.67 by a Canadian County judge.
Later that year, the Tates sent out an email stating that it planned to restart the business.
That notice prompted the attorney general to move forward with charges against the father and son.


  1. Linda Duncan on September 9, 2019 at 11:07 am

    It is so sad that so may people will not
    receive even a fraction of what was invested in their project with Ta⁵
    Is there any kind of target date for restitution?

    Thank you!
    Linda Duncan,

    • L.S Weir on January 10, 2020 at 1:27 pm

      I was duped by tater. They bamboozled $5000 out of me for my children’s flip book, “The Amazing Dancing Fleas/Hooray Hooray. Not only were my books a lost cause, I never received royalties, I ended up homeless, and I was humiliated! I feel really stupid for believing in this company.

      • Eugenia La Deaux Pang on March 3, 2020 at 10:39 pm

        My book Katies Kittens is Out there being Sold .I have never seen any royalties on My Book My First Book I wrote…I’ve seen it on sale in the U and in Italy I’m sure it’s All Over.How is it My Book Being Sold and I’m Not seeing a Penny on it.katies’s Kittens is My First Book and Has alot of Meaning in our Home.My Grandaughter Picture is on the Cover
        The story is a story I was telling her at Bedtime and I finally finished it and Wrote the Book…I have other Stories that I have Written But I won’t send them out.From being burned By Tate Publishing..
        Eugenia La Deaux Pang

        • Dr.Raymond Rippenkroeger on April 1, 2020 at 4:10 pm

          I too, had been not seen any royalties from my book sales. I inquired about copies being ordered and I was told they would get back with me.
          I know several family and friends ordered, copies, but Tate publishing denied it.
          I did my own sales viaa Book signings; I sold 350 copies and they couldn’t even sell one.
          I was sent to secondary Book Distributors that they sceduled. I had Barns and Noble and Powells Book specifically desiring to have a Book Signing, and to have the book on their shelves; Tate Never contacted them.
          My book is nw being sold on Amazon by Tate Publising for $122.50 to $155.20.
          They have to be shutter down.

          • vicki wigren on April 10, 2021 at 1:33 pm

            Me too I found out the audio version is also available. Why am I not getting anything? And how can they do that without me knowing about it? Who do we contact?

          • Stephen Gray on May 20, 2021 at 10:58 pm

            I signed with Tate publishing for record deal and gave $2000 to sign

          • Shannon Mass on July 19, 2021 at 11:14 am

            My father-in-law’s book, “Beneath the Vines” by Mike Mass, was published by Tate in 2016. No
            He does not receive any royalties from his book being sold now, and ebook on several different places.
            He has nothing from Tate in return.

            How can his book be sold on Amazon, Google books, etc. Ebooks -Without Mike Mass’ permission.
            He needs to be receiving royalties on whatever is sold,in whatever form.

          • Pamela Spears on August 16, 2021 at 10:35 am

            I also found my book on Amazon but I’m not receiving any funds.

          • Mary Kitchens on October 21, 2021 at 1:44 pm

            Tate did not honor their contact because an e book was never done yet my books sold with a coupon on the back page for a free ebook. I received only 2 royality checks, one for $1 and one for $.50. When I asked how many of my books sold I was told they had no record of the number of books sold. After 2 years when I mentioned no ebook had been done but the coupons for a free ebook where out there, I was told they could send me 50 free books instead. This company owes me and my readers.

        • Judy Bright-English on April 3, 2020 at 10:56 pm

          They are still selling “The Pass Around Bowl”. I have never even been told how many copies have been sold either.

          • Michelle J McDonald on June 14, 2020 at 7:29 am

            The children’s book I wrote called My Day is still being sold and i have yet to be paid. I was told that I did not submit my paperwork on time …what paperwork? So I will not get a dime. I feel like a slave. Our hard work is out in the world for free. It is still selling on Amazon…and they won’t stop selling it. I will never write another thing again.

          • Greg Pridgen on September 2, 2021 at 9:05 am

            I released my debut album with Tate Music Group in 2016. Album debuted at #1 on iTunes Top 100 Albums and I never got a single penny from album sales. I called, emailed, everything to find out my numbers. Never gave me any of that information. Now will never see any of the money due to me.

        • Regis LeClerc on July 7, 2020 at 5:50 pm

          Eugenia, I also got caught in the scam, saw my book on Amazon last week, Tim, Tobbie and the Train. Couldn’t believe it so I ordered one and got it today.
          I’m not sure where to go from here.
          If you know something that I don’t?
          Regis LeClerc

          • Pamela Allen on October 16, 2020 at 2:53 pm

            I too ordered one of my books and got it today and its not right that others are profiting off our hard work, our creativity. Isn’t there anything we can do as the authors. New Heights poetry for sensing God presence is on bookshelves everywhere. Can’t we get our own law suit together to get all our books back. They I feel belongs to us.

          • Dawn Patterson on December 16, 2020 at 6:45 pm

            I also saw my book “STIM” Spiritual Truth Inspiring Movement being sold on Amazon. I reported the product as having conflicting information, which seemed to be the only way to report fraudulent sales. The selling price printed on the back of the book is $7.99 but the Amazon (UK) store is selling it for $249.00. I gave Amazon the name of the publishers and the Amazon store I saw the book sold from with hopes to get clear things up. I’ve heard nothing as of yet from Amazon.

            When the company folded I was blessed to receive my manuscript and printed copies but because they was going out of business I was basically was made to believe that my product was being released to me with no further involvement from them.

            After about a year I randomly did a search for my book, and lo and behold it was being sold on Amazon. I emailed the seller, explained who I was and gave them some choice words. They immediately took the book down. About a week ago I did the same thing and would you believe it…?

            In my research I came across District Attorney Julie Bays of Oklahoma, Elizabeth Fulbright and Mike Hunter (Consumer Protection Agency) as people of interest in this case against the Tates. Also, there are some Youtude videos about the case. I hope this helps in confronting this monster we’re all dealing with.

            I wish the best for you all.

        • Pamela Allen on October 13, 2020 at 9:24 am

          I’m the author of New Heights poetry for sensing God presence and it’s still being sold too I just bought one to see if I could. And yep it went through. I have the rights to those books and I say they should at least give us our books that we paid to have published. It’s not right that the authors who made the rich should be left out of settlement.

        • Author Sharie Heading Deal on April 13, 2021 at 1:55 pm

          The same forme “I Wont Let Go” was on track for a big tour. I had to cancel 9 Book shows on my 300 city tour plan. Lost money and i see my paperback on Amazon selling for $177.00????
          I have recieved nothing from any of the sales from 3 stores?????
          I am waiting to hear about the suit. I filed i am in it. Its been hard to get info from the AG

      • ROBERT YOUNG on July 17, 2020 at 9:30 am

        Sadly, I was not informed in time to make a claim as I live in Switzerland but Tate owes me a lot of money for unfinished projects and also for unpaid sales. “Christian” company? You have got to be kidding. But I am a Christian and I forgive them. I will leave the rest to the justice system. They had some fine and talented people working for them.

        • katherine arnel clingan on August 2, 2020 at 1:34 pm

          wow.. I was not notified of any of this as well. I guess it is all to late now

          • Robert Gillaspy on August 4, 2020 at 6:21 pm

            Wow, they only sent me some guidelines for the music and took my money as well…. They said for me to get to a place where it was safe for me to travel toOklahoma ( have a child with a medical issue) …..Im just finding this out. They said to take as long as I needed and its all gone. Does anyone have any info to get a refund or is it just too late!?!

        • Forshia Ross on August 15, 2020 at 9:45 am

          They sure did have some fine and talented gracious people working for them. It is sad because in the beginning I was pleased with them but 2 years in things got questionable. Glad I got out and with another publisher. I forgive them too. They had a great start. A shooting star.

          • William Etheridge on August 20, 2020 at 3:26 pm

            Apparently I live under a rock and am just too trusting. I too had 2 books published by Tate. Everthing was good the first couple of years back in 2008 and I received checks. When the checks stopped coming I just thought the books were not selling. I had no idea that ANY of this had happened until I received a call from another publishing company wanting to know if I would send them the manuscripts for my books to possibly get them republished. I looked at what had happened and was and am in shock. Can any of you other authors help me out here. I am trying to find out what I have to do to get my books republished.

          • Clint Goodwin on October 26, 2020 at 3:34 am

            I forgive them. God gave me an opportunity to become a better human being by doing so. My experience with Tate was positive; until they went offshore for editing.
            My first two books carried Tate ISBN numbers. Therefore, I was concerned about future book sales connected to the Tate’ company The remedy was simple but cost me some dollars to fix. Book Locker came to my rescue. This company had great reviews by “ex-Tate” authors.
            Book Locker re-published my books with new ISBN numbers. Now, I see my royalty deposits via PayPal. Very transparent. All communications with company are visible online and recorded to protect author and Book Lockers interests. Smart business practice.
            This approach worked for me. Best of luck to all.
            Cheers – Clint Goodwin, Author.

        • Douglas Shuler on November 10, 2020 at 2:32 pm

          My Novel is still Showing on Amazon. The Onyx King:The Forgotten Son. Surely enough I’m forgotten now with what they did to me. And If that book is selling, Where is the Money Going?

        • John Marin on June 29, 2021 at 11:02 am

          I signed with TMG and was even allowed to use my own label. I signed a distributing deal with them. Since I have my own recording studio and got a friend of mine to do the art work for the CD cover I paid nothing other than the cost for the art work. They put out my CD gave me 100 cds, all was groovy. When I decided to order more copies, which those I was going to have to pay for out of my own pocket, they had gone out of business.

      • Cape Global Music. Bmi. Mitchell Rivers on October 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm

        Byron K. Massey. CD. John 3:16. Was hijacked. By TMG. A Gospel Project and my videos were tagged by them videos n songs were stated be owned by TmG. Videos answer CD. Had been shopped uploaded yrs before signing a contract for distribution only and placed advertising on TBN. BET. Radio stations listed. Were phony. Which they promised rotation . Begging for spreadsheet for yrs on end finally got one one time when I finally got email answer: 10.. cent. I got in a beginning a email listed to over seas list that did received Gospel CD response: They always asking for more money n having not done all they said they would do. For that project. Jade was rude n never answered calls unless $$ spoken on and couldn’t spend time on projects problems we had to discuss. They woulr shuffle to others operating with them n rarely they help me. And some time they answer emails or send emails for upsale svcs. I told them about concert schedule in Denver. And they said they would bk promotions provide radio information flyers: adds. Left us hanging. Also after cds were ordered: I sent pictures n print I wanted n key information: They left that out on CD cover my name. Cape Global Music Bmi n phone#. And stole who project Byron Massey Tracks are still on net n still are recognized: They skipped the owned rights copyright: Byron K Massey From New York My Artist: when he continued to visit Denver for discuss TMG. And appear at different churches. He’d be dissatisfied of me not having information from TMG. Spreadsheet. Answer of my emails pertaining to John 3:16 CD. T BN BET. Promotions promised. And sent an email once for to pay for a video I Oklahoma: what ever grieving situation we had it would be discuss with in their company n Oklahoma laws would not be gotten involved with dispute if we decided to get them to look into their business practices. I just saw this site to date n nobody contacty me us about class action lawsuit . They should be under the prison. How can people get away destroying the dreams chances for a successful project so called handling by pros that portrays as honest company n staff members. We still want to be compensated or made whole. One time I try to play the videos n tracks I personally shot yrs before TMG found out they some how took owner ship of CD claims tow be solely theirs after a long dispute with you tube a track was released said it was ours not all shown up the total CD. We wonder what really going on. N had no one to complain or couldn’t fete any information from New York Bmi he went to their office to no avail. Every artist deserves a chance for honest labels to do n honor their contract. Even though they were charging to get you more to the public to be successful. They’re a lot of artist n management producers probably still not in the know n lost out.

      • Leah dibble on June 24, 2021 at 8:14 am

        My father wrote a book with tate publishing also. He has passed since. So what happend to all the Christian book authors books and royalties. And what should I do with his books. He wrote 2.

    • sherry todd on January 19, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      What about the music artists that are just now finding out? I have a CD called Shalee”The phone doesn’t ring”, I have been with Tate for 9 years and have only received $1.44 in royalties! I didn’t cash them, the checks were are a slap in my face! I just filled out my complaint form and am mailing it Monday. My songs for my belated Mother were in top 20 in Germany. I also am on Pandora but now every site my CD is on is locked and I can not download nor buy or listen to my own works, what a disaster and HUGE disappointment! HELP, I need a new publisher!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Bonni Dance on April 30, 2020 at 2:46 pm

        I’m in the same boat, Sherry. I flew to Oklahoma and recorded some of the songs on my CD at their studio and they released the CD. Since the release and subsequent downfall of their company, my CD has been been removed from YouTube, Amazon and everywhere else it was posted. I couldn’t even share one of the songs I had co-written with a producer friend with HIM on SoundCloud because the publishing was under TMG and it’s OUR song! Can we still submit a claim after all this time? It’s almost May 2020. I think I remember receiving a royalty report a few years ago, but there was next to no money on it and I’ve NEVER received a royalty check from them. I made more selling the CDs to friends and family, than I did with TMG.

      • Pamela Allen on October 16, 2020 at 2:56 pm

        I got 2 checks for a quarter

        • Deena Levy on June 2, 2021 at 3:19 pm

          Well, I received a wee bit more than that, though I never cashed the checks (2).
          My book, ‘His Gift’, was supposedly sold across the globe…they showed it advertised in many different languages. I actually had the book registered first in the Library of Congress…in a textbook format and then, in a paperback book. I, too, have ordered my book multiple times and it is apparently no problem for these book dealers to sell a book…for very high prices, if someone is foolish enough to pay a price like that!
          Imagine…people stealing your intellectual property! Who does that?! PIRATES?! “You will know them by their fruit…”

      • Sean Haynes on February 4, 2021 at 9:41 am

        Me as well. They have been selling my (12) Album “Journey Home”. I got one check for .14! IDK what to either. I just now discovered the Law suit that seems to have been seattled back in July of 2019!

        Call me if you have any info. you think might help.


        • Mitchell rivers on June 7, 2021 at 2:04 pm

          All of use should be backed paid properly. N Oklahoma secretary of state. The da etc. Should continue to investigate All company members n $$. Still owed. This is a travesty n dishonest practice for years theives that prey on our efforts n dreams for their selfish wealth.

    • Nathan Dominguez on March 3, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      I didnt get anything. I had a book published and I cant rven sell it or buy myself a copy because of this.

      • Patsy Deppe on October 3, 2020 at 1:23 pm

        I agree, Nathan. I hired them to do a job. and what did I get? Crap!

    • Maria E. Rygiel on March 21, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      Right. I lost 3,000$ a lot of money for me.

    • Teresa Larry-King on April 3, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      They promised me so many things, took my money that I had to struggle to acquire and went out of business. I had been trying to publish my book for almost 18 years. How do I find out it my name is included with the people they took advantage of?

      • Tory Fleming on June 15, 2020 at 12:41 am

        I’m yet another victim that will never receive a dime. My book, The Last Days and The Last Days and Beyond. I had one book signing and they sent me a cheesy video, which is on my Facebook page, but what scares me is that I Googled my book title and the description, title and intro are what I wrote but the cover had John the Baptist on it. That was not my cover photo. What exactly did they do with our work?

      • James Pap Rocki on July 3, 2020 at 10:52 pm

        Took $6,000 dollars from me with the understanding to publish my story about being jailed in Mexican Prison.
        Never happened!

      • Omyni Harrell on July 6, 2020 at 10:23 pm

        I got my book published through them and as soon as i paid they went out of business i hav the same question how do i find out if my name is on the list as. Well.

    • Sheila G on July 31, 2020 at 10:51 am

      They got me too. I paid for a trailer on my second book and never got it. I wrote a letter to the owner when I was brought to tears by all of the errors and non responsiveness in general. I also did not receive many royalties and sent them evidence of that I could prove how many books were sold at a book store. They were a nightmare, literally since I lost many nights of sleep. I just gave up. I do appreciate that others didn’t and ensured they as re being held accountable for what they did to all of us.

    • Alicia Wise Clark on August 2, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      Has anyone received any restitution as of yet? ny notification that they are one of the authors that would be receiving any restitution?I keep going to the DOCKET Case as the Attorney Generals office said to and I do not see anything that would give me an answer as to if I was going to get back the 2500$ plus what the bastards stole from me in unpaid royalties!!! Please email me if you know anything.

    • Lorene A. MacCord on August 20, 2020 at 9:59 am

      I published my book “The Price of Justice” with Tate Publishing in Mustang OK. I Paid them thousands of dollars in advance. I received only a couple of royalty check less than $10.00 each. They were supposed to set up book signings and advertising. I was required to purchase my own promotion items from them on top of the $4,000 I had already paid for them to publish and market the book They set up a handful of signings that I suggested to them, Then quit completely. I couldn’t get anyone to answer or my calls. Total rip off. I tried to find out if I could get my original manuscript released and returned back to me. I got no where. They have just dropped everything. Totally turned me off to publishing. I feel robbed.

      • Lorene A. MacCord on August 20, 2020 at 10:24 am

        Also, I would like to note that I don’t live in Oklahoma. I did not see anything in the news about Tate publishing going out of business and was not notified. I just happened to someones post on face book one day. I just found this blog today, purely by accident. I feel I should have been notified and given the proper ability to respond. I would like to recover my ISBN and electronic file (text/copy ready) so I can go elsewhere to have it reprinted.
        Lorene A. MacCord
        The Price of Justice

        • Sharon Manchester on February 4, 2021 at 4:54 pm

          I am in the same boat. I had my book published, what to a few book signings, actually sold a few of my books in stores but later discovered that there were several typos and tried to get ahold of them so I could correct this problem and could not get ahold of anybody for a very long time. Finally today I decided to get online and try to find my pen name that I wrote under and the title of my book. I found my pen name and a book that was totally not me and the description matched what my book was about and so I feel totally molested and robbed and cheated and I am just mortified! And I cannot find where to go to find out what happened to my novel! I just want to know where I can go to retrieve it so that I can find another publisher! What do I do? Where do I go from here to get my book back? I Am so confused right now and I feel so betrayed! Tate publishing took me by the hand and were so good to me when I went down to their company. They had my picture on the wall and had my book display that everything and it was just awesome! And now I find out that they are crooks? I am just baffled! Can somebody just please tell me where to go from here? I want my novel republished the right way and through an honest company! Please somebody help me!

    • Jaye Ingram on September 2, 2020 at 10:07 pm

      Probation Wow!!! Where is my money I was tricked out of over 5000 dollars???? Where is our money Mike Hunter(DA), said they would get for those of us, who were defrauded by the slimy Tate’s????

      • Marysnn galitello on September 22, 2020 at 11:52 pm

        Call me ok 727 233 9350

        Tate did me wrong as well attorney general days I Sm too late for the money I been asking doctors jan this year daid czde clided on July 2019
        I never knew of. Axe at all
        Theu were meant to go to jail did not go
        Fraud us be dsid I need s lawyer did you her one
        I Sm upset still selling my books Zing Sang TJs
        No royalty st all
        I as well got grsud by
        Plrdr help me if you can thanks

      • Marysnn galitello on September 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

        We need a lawyer let’s gry together
        Marysnn Zing Dang TJs took all totality and still putting my book out

    • Hi, my name is Armida Lopez. I also published a book with tate. This is the first I have heard of any of this! how do I find out more about my book? on October 29, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      I had a sudden thought to check on my book because it’s been so long since I had heard from them.

    • Staci McCormack on December 6, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      Does anyone know if we will be notified about the process to get money or ISBN back?

    • Camilla White on December 31, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      I never received royalties nor anything from any settlement. The stole money from me and my children’s book

    • Bettie Nigro on August 26, 2021 at 1:40 pm

      I wrote a great book for children and Tate published it!! I paid a great deal of money to Tate and now I have nothing! They will not release the rights to my book. I just want my rights to my book back so I can get it published somewhere else and share it with children!!

    • Bob miles on October 1, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      I contacted the attorney general in there area, no response.
      Many attempts and zero response from the attorney general.
      Now, I am completely out of $2,800.00.
      Is the attorney general on Tate’s payroll?
      Now I see that they are paying $800,000.00 back?
      I can’t even get a penny.
      So sad!
      God will revenge the attorney general and Tate.
      The entire time the people at Tate were never kind,

  2. Etta Miller warner on September 16, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Tate published 4 children’s books for me. A Fish Named Max, Max has the Hiccups, Max’s Wish and Max’s Crises.
    I would like to get ALL my files. Art work and test. Please let me know what I have to do to get them. please let me hear asap as I need to move forward with my writings, Thanks
    Etta M Warner

    • Carolyn Williams on September 17, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Sorry for your loss, looks like we both have suffered loss due to Closing of Tate Publishing. I am willing to share what I learn and ask if you would mind doing the same?

      • Jerry Ingram on October 1, 2019 at 6:28 am

        Horrible people, the Tate’s and what they have done to us. Posing as a Christian Company they were able to take advantage of us because of our faith…

        If I find any information, I to will share it. There has been no mention of the 500 consumers who will be getting a proceed of their money back.

        Min. Jerry Ingram,

    • Marysnn galitello on September 22, 2020 at 11:57 pm

      Please help me as well thank you
      737-233-9350 pray we get money bsvk they still selling my book terrible msfr allot of money off of us get with me ok Marysnn

  3. Carolyn Williams on September 17, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Looking to recover my ISBN, electronic file and art work on Mystery In The Pines, published 2011. What recourse do I have to recover the above? Please help with any response.

    • Tom Geyer on October 7, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      Hi Carolyn,
      I was wondering if you ever found out anything about how to retrieve your file. I too was a Tate author, and would like to get my file and isbn. Would you let me know if you find anything out. Thanks, Tom

      • Darlene Cash on January 11, 2020 at 5:12 pm

        I also published a book with tate republishing, and because of what happen, lost money from this company. I would love to be able to get my ISBN. Anyone with any information please contact me.

    • You need to call Oklahoma City General office Hurry .Eva Gutierrez. Their getting our money for us on November 7, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      God bless you .mention you were scammed by tatepublishers

    • Mary Steves on December 5, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      Please call at 408.212.7921

      • Walterine Pickett on December 27, 2019 at 6:58 pm

        I am one of the authors affected by this fraudulent company. My book entitled, From Misery to Ministry: My Journey to Forgiveness has not received any compensation. They could at least repay our deposits and relinquish our ISBN# and send our original manuscripts in text/copy ready.

    • Dan Serra on June 19, 2020 at 4:13 pm

      You people need to run a search with the US copyright office.
      Even though my book shows a copyright , the search came up blank.
      I reapplied personally.

  4. Susanne Wold on September 22, 2019 at 11:53 am

    We, the little guys will, in all likelihood, get nothing for what we sacrificially paid in good faith (not to mentioned unreturned artwork). Two big companies, Lightning Source and Xerox, make out okay. Typical. And the felons who deliberately scammed and stole from us have to repay only a pittance of their theft and have their 20 year sentence suspended and you can bet they’ve hidden money so they’ll resume their lavish lifestyle. The American “justice” system once again at work. I’ve learned one thing – crime does pay and pay big. I’m glad that there will be ultimate justice for these phony “CHRISTIANS” who wouldn’t know the truth if it hit them in the heads.

  5. Margaret Keathley on October 11, 2019 at 7:42 am

    I have two books published with Tate—“The Color Story” and “Star’s Angel”. I was not one of the lucky ones who had their files returned. I did file a complaint with the OK Attorney General’s office though. I have two books that are no longer available and have found out they cannot be republished as is. I am getting emails/calls from other vanity publishers but do not trust anyone at this point. I just hope I can get at least some part of my money back. Good luck to everyone who was betrayed. I am sure the Tate family will enjoy the comforts of the 9th circle when their times comes.

  6. Hank Niceley on October 14, 2019 at 5:37 am

    I had five childrens’ books in production stage. No information about the location of these. They were paid for along with some payment for future services. I also had work in the music division. What happened to the music division and Don Johnson. I filed all papers asked for by the court and I have heard nothing from them ever. I have tried to contact the court for information with no response. Does anyone know how to get information about the present state of this case? I have several thousand dollare lost here.

    • Maria E. Rygiel on November 17, 2019 at 8:42 am

      I hear you! I never received information regarding closing. Lost 3,000$ to them for my little book. Not sure , but could swear received calls last year regarding ordering posters etc. to “promote “ book. They took advantage of so many people!

  7. Dale Piggott on October 18, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Hi, I published a book via Tate about 4 years ago. Also, I just learned about this debacle today! My question is do I now have full rights to my work (I do have copies)? So, is “Tate” out of my publishing life at this point, even though I didn’t get notification to file anything?

    Thanks, Dale Piggott

  8. Pastor Dwain Tingle on October 20, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I wasn’t even aware that I could file. Funny the big companies knew.
    Anyway, I’ve been contacted by many companies wanting to publish my book. Of course, they want me to pay for it. I’m not going to risk being scammed again. I’ve told them if they really believe in my book, they can pay for the publishing. That’s when they back off. BEWARE OF THE SCAMS!!!

    • Dan Wright on January 18, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      Be sure you know if you are talking with a traditional publisher, a self-publisher, or a hybrid publisher. Everyone’s contract is different, and the cost/profit model can vary widely from company to company. I hope you can get to the other side of all this soon, and begin enjoying selling and marketing your book.

  9. Sarah T Espinosa on October 22, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Tate published “a tribute to mommies” for me. I would like the copies and proofs for my book. How would I go about getting these?

  10. D. E. Rider on October 29, 2019 at 2:53 am

    I am another one of the “victims’ of the Tate serpant.

  11. Kristie Thomas on November 3, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Same questions….how do I get the rights to my book? Can I go to a print shop and make copies? Don’t forget to whiteout Tate Publishing and their verse from the a bible . Makes me choke.

    • Mary Steves on December 5, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Kristie , you can call this number 408.2127921

      • Sharon Manchester on February 4, 2021 at 5:05 pm

        I have called that number multiple times and keep getting a recording saying that your call cannot be completed as your party is busy. And then it will tell me to please try my call again later. Have been calling the number for a week now and have gotten nothing. I am still trying to find out how to get the rights to my book back. I will not give up! I will fight to the death if I have to because my book deserves to be out there and needs to be read just like all of yours! I say we bond together as a team And fight Tate publishing for what they have done to all of us. As many of you I new nothing about the lawsuit until it was too late and I will probably receive nothing from it because of that fact. Nobody even tried to get ahold of me about it until after the fact.. I want my book back and I want to find another publishing company so that I can get it out there again!

    • Dan Wright on January 18, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      Maybe we can help you salvage a bad situation. Did you get your production files back? The cover file too?

  12. Linda Duncan on November 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    It is so absolutely sickening that Alex Gerszewski, Spokesman for AG Hunter alluded to the fact that the AG’s office needs to confer with the Tates regarding the restitution process. WHY??? Why should they have any say-so? Truth be known, they most likely have funds in faraway places….the money from their victims. Also, they will never serve another day in a jail cell for what they did. How utterly pathetic to note that CRIME DOES PAY!

  13. John & Patricia P Cromwell on November 16, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I would like to know if we can get the printing setup so we can have my wife’s book reprinted by some else.

    • Dan Wright on January 18, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      I haven’t reached out to anyone yet who has suffered through all this. But its possible (I can’t commit without more info) we can help you with some printing. Of course, if you’re just going to use print on demand, that shouldn’t be too complicated. I feel so bad for the people on this page. 2,000 authors is a massive number.

  14. Joyce Nealy on November 16, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    how do I file a claim Sparky and the Pond

  15. Richard Wood on November 17, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    These crooks published my book “Deep Creek Canyon” a few years ago and made it appear as though they were selling well, so I believed my substantial investment seemed worthwhile until I happened upon a news report about their fraudulent practices. I now wonder how many of my books were sold and why I can still find them available on other websites like Amazon and Ebay. I wonder how many royalities I failed to received before the investigations started. I learned about this incredible mess after the deadline to file a claim had passed so I am out of luck I guess. The only contact I received was an offer to let me get the electronic file back from them, for a fee of course, so I could get my book printed elsewhere. I also found they kept these fees and never sent the files out to the Authors. Christians?? Hah!!

    • Pamela Spears on January 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

      I published with Tate one title There is a light, we were working on another title. I paid the money and they were working on my manuscript when they closed. I never received a check from them. I did not received a refund for the book they did not complete. This was a awful thing to do to people.

  16. Natalie Hardiman on November 18, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    It was so very exciting to publish my first children’s book with Tate Publishers. Nothing will erase that experience, however the fact that they are not in jail is deeply disturbing. They paid a high priced lawyer not to be incarcerated with the author’s money. The legal system now defends the criminal not
    The victim. Justice doesn’t seem to matter anymore.

    • Dan Wright on January 18, 2020 at 5:57 pm

      Were you able to get your production files? We do some children’s books, and could possibly help you with some printing.

      • Pamela Spears on August 16, 2021 at 10:42 am

        I received the last edit copy but everything shut down after that.

  17. more? Bowser on December 6, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I am amazed at the number of authors that are just finding out about this…how involved were you in regards to your investment? Most of us that were able to file claims with the AG received the emails from Tate and moved immediately to file. Most of us expect nothing, have completed what was done to republish with whatever means we have been able to snd have moved on. I am sorry that you were not aware. The deadlines have long passed for filing. Some of life’s lessons are learned from extreme situations. I guess this is yours.

  18. Joy Bowser on December 6, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I am amazed at the number of authors that are just finding out about this…how involved were you in regards to your investment? Most of us that were able to file claims with the AG received the emails from Tate and moved immediately to file. Most of us expect nothing, have completed what was done to republish with whatever means we have been able to snd have moved on. I am sorry that you were not aware. The deadlines have long passed for filing. Some of life’s lessons are learned from extreme situations. I guess this is yours.

    • Allison Kay on March 1, 2020 at 10:37 pm

      I had/have an Album out with Tate, and here is why I did not know this was happening:

      Tate Publishing is experiencing a transition period and we are no longer accepting any new authors or artists. All authors and artists will be contacted directly within the next few weeks about the status of your production and your options for completing your projects.

      Alternatively, if you wish to terminate your relationship with us before this transition is complete, please fill out and return the appropriate form for each title:
      If your book or album HAS been released, click here.
      If your book or album HAS NOT been released, click here.
      If you do not wish to terminate your agreement and continue with the transition process, no action is required and you may disregard this message.

      If you have already returned cancellation and/or file request documents, you may disregard this message.

      For the latest updates, please visit

      Between the asterisks is the only email communication I received. Due to some medical issues, I was not performing regularly, so I wasn’t really working on my Album during that month, or the few months around it. Therefore, them not being able to help me “during their transition” really wasn’t a problem. I suppose transitioning from a business to being in a court was a big change………….. And, of course, now it is too late.

  19. Alicia Clark on December 13, 2019 at 8:00 am

    I poured my heart and soul into telling my story of having a special needs baby born which was to help other parents in their journey and for my own personal healing and then to only find out that my good intentions were taken advantage of by these malicious owners, the TATES. “MY ANGEL KISS” was so important to write.

  20. Stanley Davis on December 17, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Yep! Just found out about this, is it still open to get my work back, book (Hot leads and Cold cases).

    Thanks God Bless

  21. Eric Irvin on December 19, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Are they paying out from the law suite. My music was every where. Never got a penny.. no royalties..

    • Will Tommy Jones on January 6, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      Same situation w/ me Eric. If you find an answer I would appreciate a heads up. I filed a complaint then never heard a word back from the attorney general’s office. Tate broke our contract on 6 separate occasions.

      • Sue H on January 17, 2020 at 1:29 pm

        Did anyone work with Mark Mingle? He is now at Trilogy

        • Joanne on April 21, 2020 at 9:02 am

          I just signed a contract with Mark Mingle with Trilogy & paid thousands to have book edited & published and now I’m reading these comments and I’m a little concerned and I’m wondering if I heard God correctly about this whole thing! I pray in Jesus name that God has my back on this and I lay it at His feet because I don’t know what else to do but Trust God!

          • !LA on June 21, 2020 at 12:24 am

            Did you ever publish your book, how did it go, was Trilogy a scam also ?

        • Sandra Lumbrezer on July 16, 2020 at 5:11 pm

          Yes, I also got ripped by Tate. Paid for 200 of my book, Joy in the Morning
          It is being sold but I have not received anything. I only ever received 75 of the 200 I paid for. Still have some left. Anyone want a copy? While they last, folks. Lol

  22. Cynthia Jones on December 27, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    I had a music contract with tate music group a division of Tate publishing & Enterprises. I am just finding out about the law suit. It’s been years and I paid a good sum of money as well. Will someone please update me on the status of things by reply or by email. Thank you so very much.
    God Bless,

  23. Jan Sydnam on December 29, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I went with TATE PUBLISHING because they claimed to be “a Christian company” These scammers LIED to me about my book sales, claiming “only a few were sold. If that was the case then why have so many readers from a variety of states left 5 star reviews on various book review sites? All these of people purchased my book, “Oh For God’s Sakej” yet the only check I received was for $1.36 in royalties.
    I spoke several times on the phone with “Pa Tate” and was told how “honored” they were to have such “a hard to put down book,” that would promote their business.?The Tate’s may think they’ve gotten away with their scam but remember, there’s a Judge, far greater than any earthly judge, who will hold them accountable. They stole from many of God’s beloved children. I too, no longer trust vanity publishers.
    I requested my MS back but all I got were crickets & empty promises. I’m still waiting!!
    Writing/Public Speaking are two important God given talents. Without them, I can’t meet expenses. Satan has spit on my talent with help from the Tates AND the Criminal Justice System. It IS “justice” for the Criminal/s.
    The Tates are to be pitied…but I still want what’s legally mine.

  24. Bruce Koehn on December 30, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Who can I contact to see if I can get my file from Tate so I can go with another publisher to get books printed?

    • Will Tommy Jones on January 6, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      I am having the same issue myself Bruce. I have searched high and low online trying to find out the status lof my complaint and to hopefully find a way to get my files returned to me. It has been a nightmare.

    • Debbie Motsinger on June 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      I am having same problem. But I am afraid I will lose all rights to my artwork that is in my book. Going to call Attorney Generals office tomorrow for what it’s worth. Good luck

  25. Pamela Spears on January 3, 2020 at 9:51 am

    This was a disappointing journey. I received the e-mail that they were closing. But I was not aware of how to file. There was no information regarding a class action law suit. What is the status of the Tate’s fate?

  26. Will Tommy Jones on January 6, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    I have tried to no avail to get an answer back from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office concerning the complaint I filed with them against Tate Music Group. They broke my contract on 6 different occasions and after filing my complaint I never heard a word back from Mike Hunt’s office in Oklahoma. Can someone please help me find a list or a way to get the status of the filed complaint? Thanks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  27. Diana Wilcox on January 7, 2020 at 1:20 am

    Tate Publishing hijacked my book and music cd!!! I got a couple of royalty checks for 4 cents and that was it. My book and music cd were the product of great effort, and here I only a couple copies of my book and cd that they published! And these people say they are Christian!

  28. Justin Weaver on January 7, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve been following this to see how it turned out for other authors. I am so disgusted with them. The Tates are nothing but a couple of crooks. I gave up on getting my money back two years ago. After making major changes to the story I republished it under a new title. I used New Book Authors Publishing because they don’t take any of your royalties, you own your ISBN and your publishing rights, and they did an excellent job on my book.

  29. Judy Bright-English on January 9, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    I am the author of The Pass Around Bowl. It is still for sale and I would like to find out how many copies sold at least But those snake lickers are getting away with breaking so many ten of the ten commandments it isn”t funny. How do they sleep at night? I would like my story back too.

  30. Arthur Taylor on January 18, 2020 at 9:22 am

    I sent in documents to the States Attorney when this happened and no one ever contacted me from that office regarding the civil action. I have no information at all. That office is just as inefficient as Tate. I’m very angry at both

  31. Mary Oberkrom on January 24, 2020 at 1:06 am

    I to have just found out about Tate I have not heard from them a little over 9 yrs tried calling sent emails nothing my CD is still being sold on the internet, My name is Mary Oberkrom CD Every time I hear your name, I want my music back and my royalty checks, and time lost through them holding my rights to my CD, for all these years just so they could make money, when I could have been selling them myself

  32. Ron Clark on January 24, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    This was a criminal activity at its worst. The Tates kept all of the money, shut down operations without notice, and put all of the company funds into their personal accounts. Try and stop the sales of your product and the sales company will tell you that only Tate can give them that order.

    This is a copy of the letter sent to me by the OK Attorney General. What a joke!
    Office of Attorney General
    State of Oklahoma

    January 24, 2020

    Ronald Clark
    2056 Sundance Parkway 2220
    New Braunfels, TX 78130

    RE: Restitution in State v. Ryan Tate, Canadian County District Court Case No. CF-2017-387
    and State v. Richard Tate, Canadian County District Court Case No. CF-2017-388

    Dear Mr. Clark:

    This letter is in regard to the status of your restitution claim against the Defendants, Ryan and Richard Tate. All verifiable restitution claims have been presented to the Court and included in the final restitution amount ordered to be paid as a condition of the Defendants’ probation.

    Enclosed, you will find a Restitution Recovery Form, which requests specific information necessary to finalize and process your payments. In order for your claim to be paid, state law requires that you provide your name, updated and complete contact information, and Social Security number. The form should be returned to our office at 313 NE 21st Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 no later than February 14, 2020, to avoid delays in your payments. Please note that failure to return the form with the requested information will preclude our office from processing your restitution claim, and you will not be able to receive any payments until our office receives the necessary information.

    The Court has ordered the Defendants to pay over $900,000 in restitution in monthly installments over the next 20 years. Your restitution claim has been reviewed and $665.00 was approved by the Court. Beginning no later than March 11, 2020, you will receive annual payments toward your total approved claim until your restitution claim is paid in full.

    Due to the large number of affected consumers in this case, and in order to provide individualized support and assistance, our office has created a dedicated resource for future correspondence. Please direct all questions or concerns to our office by email at

    We thank you for your attention and patience in this matter.

    Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General
    Consumer Protection Unit

    That works out to about $30.00 year. That’s a payment of $665.00 for a fraudulent theft or nearly $3000.00.

    The AG should be ashamed of himself.

    • Dee on January 29, 2020 at 5:27 am

      $900,000/500 people equals $1800. This still wrong, but it’s more than $30 a year. I wonder how much the AG office is getting paid off?

    • Phyllis Wright on June 26, 2020 at 4:13 pm

      I received the same letter, filled it out with my proof, and they said I didn’t qualify to receive my money back, and suggested I get my own lawyer.

  33. My name is Sherry Lewis Henry on January 28, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    I published my book with Tate, in 2009, If Someone is Killed and the Officials Refuse to Investigate, IS IT STILL MURDER? I lost contact with Tate Publishers, but saw my book was on Amazon all these years. I have no idea where the royalties for sales went to. I wish I had known about this lawsuit. I tried contacting Tate and also Amazon, unsuccessfully.
    I’m trying to get the book reprinted now and is becoming costly. Is there any possibility of retrieving records, etc. etc. or joining the ‘group’ now??
    Thanks, Sherry Lewis (Published as) and my adult children, Cecelia A Maurer and Aubrey J Harness

  34. Dee on January 29, 2020 at 5:16 am

    This world is truly wicked and Christianity is something to hide behind. Can you not see true colors coming through for all of these fake people and their fake religions created by men, not The Creator. What religion did The Most High create? Not Christianity. Not Churchanity. Not Relgiosity. Not Catholicism. Not Any of these. These Tates are a prime example of many Christian organizations who are full of treachery, discrimination, and lust for power, fame and money. If the Atty General’s Office and the Tates would be clean of heart and restore what they’ve stolen from everyone, there’s a chance they could be redeemed. Since they remain greedy, hateful and narcissistic, they’re showing who their soul belong to and it’s not the Creator. Righteousness is not in them or the people sending out letters saying they’re going to pay clients back $5, $10, $90 etc. a year for 20 years. Evil supports evil. The whole world is operating under the system of the Beast. Please seek the Creator and His Holy Name with all of your heart for those who call upon His Name shall be saved. This is how hard it is right now to know and call His rightful name. Study the OT, but beware of anything that does not sound like The Most High. There is nothing the Beast System hasn’t tampered with….Nothing! He’s raising up his beastly head. Don’t fear. Don’t fret. Seek His Holy Name and Call on HIM. May every victim of this fakery be blessed 100-fold!

  35. Georgia Flanagan on January 30, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Well Ron, atleast you’re one of the 500 chosen out of the over 2 thousand of us who filed a complaint. I wonder how the AG’s office picked and chose who was deserving and who didn’t matter; I guess that I don’t matter to the AG because I have not heard anything, nothing, not even an acknowledgment that they received my paperwork; that’s ok, I was told a long time ago to never put my trust in man and now Tate and the AG have proven this to be true; God sees all and He knows that giving justice to only 500 is wrong and the better choice would have been for the Tates to be in prison.

  36. Saundra Greensfelder on January 31, 2020 at 9:52 am

    My address is :1137 Ariana Rd.
    San Marcos, California. 92069

    I am looking for my restitution of $4000.00 It was my originaI payment I paid in good faith. Not realizing the mess Tate would make of this situation, I never kept record of the royalties. I do know Amazon sold many of my children’s book, The Adventures of Too Hat Crow. I never received a penny. I know I kept my end of the contract. I sold well over 500 copies. I would like to see something.Due to Tate, my book is no longer available anywhere. I can no longer purchase to sell either. Help!

  37. Brette Pruitt on March 2, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    It’s surprising that vanity publishers like this are not yet extinct. They should be. Some suggestions: Once you get your rights back, sell your own books on eBay as PDFs or upload them to Amazon Kindle or another online publishing platform. You can have a digital version and/or a paperback version. Amazon has very good instructions and techies who are very helpful. Uploading a manuscript to Amazon costs NOTHING. If you want to pay Amazon to design a cover, edit the manuscript and upload it for you, they have that service, too, at fraction of what Tate probably charged. It’s possible for anybody who is halfway computer literate to upload a book at no cost. Good luck to all of you.

  38. Terri Haynes Roach on March 4, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    I spent 4 years in law suite and thousands of $$$. I won the judgement but 3 years later, still received $.00.
    Even the justice system takes your money, and doesn’t protect the victims…

  39. David Gray on March 19, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Oh my goodness. I just learned about this. I never received any notice about any of this.

    My first late wife, Theresa (Terri) L. Gray published a book entitled “Of Fairy Tales and Happily Ever Afters: My Story of Breast Cancer” (ISBN 978-1598861044), through Tate Publishing & Enterprises. After she passed away, I continued to receive checks from the book sales for a while then payments stopped. I just assumed the book stop selling and I didn’t really worry about it.

    I have emailed the Oklahoma AG today. May be too late to do anything about it now.

  40. Ann Marie McKenzie-Caples on April 11, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    My name is Ann Marie McKenzie and I’m one of Tate Publishing Royalty Authors. My children’s book; The Four-Eyed Boy has been selling at Barnes & Noble, Family Christian, Books a million, amazon, eBay & several other online sites. I felt something was wrong because I’ve been trying to get in touch with my book marketing agent during December 2016 all through to March 2017 and could not which was highly unusual. I called and emailed with no reply. My book on bullying was just selected as one the children’s book to be featured on the Jamaica Library Service National reading competition 2017 and they need books. I sold all the books in my Possession to them and I didn’t have anymore. Tate hindered a record sale and promotion for my book that year more than ever. In the meantime I’ve been watching online where my book was still being sold online and I never got a cent since that time for royalty. Even when I learned of the court case against Tate my book was still on Amazon and Ebay selling. It was August 2018 before I saw a notice on Amazon about it not being available. Tate owed me a lot; the cost of my book $3990 plus the four years plus of Royalty monies and the halting of all promotion of my book. My book is still tied up in this court case and Tate still have my master files. And now what do I get for my loss and misfortune? I’m still waiting on the attorney general’s office and Mr. Mike Hunter to fight for us victims. I have been in liaison with them and I have submitted a copy of my book contract and filled out the form they sent me in the mail. Since then I haven’t heard anything more all they said was to wait and wait and wait…I’ll be sending the attorney general’s office another letter this week…

    • Andronica Handie on December 6, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      I was swindled also our of almost 8 k with the publishing and the marketing contract!!

      And amazon is selling my book for upwards of $700 to $800.

      What they did was just abysmal!

  41. Carolyn Myers on April 22, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    My husband published a book in 2014, “The Adventures of Willie Wonder” through Tate Publishing. We knew the book was selling but never received a dime. I went online and ordered a copy from Target. My husband contacted Tate, who stated only one book was sold and we received a royalty check for 40 cents! We read about the owners being arrested but never heard of a class action lawsuit. I just happened to check Google a few minutes ago to discover more than one company is selling my husband’s book through Amazon. Other companies, here and other countries, are also selling it. Guess we’re just screwed.

  42. Jeannie Murnette Smith on April 23, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Tom’s Angel and A Warriors path and Ranger Wade cost me over $6000.00 dollars, I got less than $20.00 in royalties in return. The last check for .69 cents.Have no idea how many were sold.

  43. Jeannie Murnette Smith on April 23, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    I had three books published by Tate’s and paid more than $6000.00.I got less than $20.00 in royalties in return.
    I would be happy just to get my money back. I am 80 rears old and very discouraged.

  44. Margaret Hosking on April 24, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    In 2016 Tate publishing accepted my manuscript and $4,000. They never did one thing towards publishing my book and after not being able to contact them in any form or receive a reply I looked on the net and found out just how many people had been scammed. In March I received a letter from the attorney general’s office that I would receive a check in the mail. I got a $200 check and will have to wait 20 years to recover what they stole.The check is only sent annually. I am 75 and will be dead and Tate will be off the hook. You can bet mr. Tate is not going without the comforts of home. The creeps should be in jail.

  45. Maria on April 30, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    I am just now learning about this information regarding a restitution for those involved with Tate. I sent a email today to see if I am on their list. I did not receive any royalties from Tate after they published and released my book July of 2015.In recent months I discovered third party sellers have doubled the price of my book and selling it on Amazon as a “novelty” item. I tried to list myself as a seller and was shut down because I did not get Amazon’s approval to list a “Novelty” item…who even knew ??? I am so thoroughly disgusted with this whole situation that moving forward I will only self publish through Book Locker! What really disappoints me the most most is that they professed themselves to be “Christian”. Thank God I now have more discernment ! These are the exact people the give Christ followers a bad name and I declare them to receive the Judgement of Jesus Christ for their deceptive actions.

  46. Nancy. Carol. Gibbon on May 2, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I. Filed. A. Complaint. Two. Years ago with County Attorneys. Office. Got. A letter. From that office a year ago. Stating. It was being. Settled and they would be in. Touch. Have not. Heard anything since. AND. SINCE. I. AM. 85. YEARS OLD. I. DOUBT. I. WILL. EVER. BE. CONTACTED. I. DID. NOT. HAVE A. LAWYER Would. Appreciate. Any. Word. About. This. Case. TATE. PUBLISHING Thank you. Nancy. Gibbon

  47. Nancy. Carol. Gibbon on May 2, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    My. Husband. Died. 20. Years ago. I. Promised. Him. I. Would. Publish. The. Book. He. Wrote. I. Did. That. But. Tate. PUBLISHING. KILLED. THAT. PROMISE AND. DREAM!!!

  48. Rachaunn Gibson on May 5, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    I was taken by Tate Publishing, never received any royalties from then I go online and google my name only to find that my book is still being sold under a new book cover. But the story is mine it still shows up on the Amazon website. When take your savings and put out your book only to in trust in a publishing company that pulled you in, stating all the things they were going to do to get your name out there, your story. This was a horrible thing that happened, very hurtful in the long run.. Oddly now to see there sentence was dropped and only serving probation so not right. I will find a way to get my story back out there somehow

  49. Samuel Hurtado "Sh'muel Hur" on May 13, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    I also lost money invested in Tate Publishing. They were suppose to publish my book “The Calendar of God.”

    God will judge them for what they did to so many victims.

  50. Mark Taylor on May 23, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    We gave Dr Tate 3,000.00 dollars for the publishing of the book,Mark”s and I have seen the book on Amazon front page Tattered cover books and many others. we see no Royaltes Mark is being drugged for a few years and held in a group home.Mark was shot at Columbine 7 bullets and three surgery;S . this as bad as the shooting. We did the book for his healing.Then Tate cheated many. Mark could not do his book because he was locked up and drugged.He needs help I am praying for that. look up You Tube and click Mark Taylor and FDA Hearing. all is true on there.

  51. Roland Johnson on May 30, 2020 at 10:04 am

    I am the Author of a children’s book titled Jeremya Jones The chosen One PT II. Never recieved any benefits from my Creative work! Enough has been said on this matter, I just want justice for all who gave their hearts work to this company!

  52. SHEILA JOHNSON on June 8, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    I TOO WAS A VICTIM BUT HAVE FOUND THAT MY BOOK IS STILL BEING SOLD ON AMAZON. Wow did they sell all of our copyrights or what is going on here?

  53. Patrick Egberuare on June 9, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    I was one of Tate’s publishing author , a sad victim also. My book was titled: “Pathway to Peace, Forgiveness and Reconciliation” I wasn’t paid my royalties unfortunately. Even close friends, who ordered my book from Tate publishing never had my book delivered to them. It was an episode of heartbreak altogether. I contacted the office of the Attorney General but haven’t heard back from them.

  54. Debra Tracy on June 14, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Is there ANY WAY to still get our book files? I was sent a CD but can’t find it! Thanks.

  55. Paulette Meeks on June 21, 2020 at 8:12 am

    My first published book (I was 73 and used my savings) was The Best for Last. I received a check for $0.93 for my royalties. I know many of my books were sold. One Church wanted some to sell and received none. Barnes and Noble tried to get copies to sell and received none. I never knew what happened. I am 80 now and finding out how these guys stole and at this point, got away with it because they have the money and lawyers to do so and we lost, many of us, our books and our life savings. So sad. If they ever become a company again that will be a huge slap in the face to all of us who have lost so much because of their crookedness and our system of justice. Paulette Meeks

    • Patsy Deppe on October 3, 2020 at 1:29 pm

      Correct, Paulette,
      Crooks always seem to go FREE!

  56. Phyllis Wright on June 26, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Tate Publishing published my book. I received no royalties. They owe me royalties, plus the money I sent to them to get my book published. I sent all the necessary information to the Oklahoma Attorney General Office and was told I needed to get my own lawyer to get my money back. Doing so would cost me alot of money. In this day and time, we all need our money.

  57. Margaret Ann Monday on July 7, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    I just googled my book and it is being sold as well. I never saw a dime, but I do have a copy so I am obtaining a lawyer to recoup my money

  58. Rhonda Dufilho on July 12, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    So, since Tate Publishing is no more, how do I go about getting my already existing book reprinted? Who owns it and how do I go about getting a release so I can republish if anyone would even touch it now?!

    • Dean A. James on September 2, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      I wonder, did you perhaps make a cover for my book titled “In The Footsteps of Lazarus”? It would have been of a wrecked car on a snow covered country road.
      If you were the person who created it…GREAT JOB!!!

    • Patsy Deppe on October 3, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      AMEN! I been wondering that myself.

    • James Gallagher on April 15, 2021 at 5:59 pm

      I was one of the victims of this fraud. I was told that Tate Publishing would edit, print, distribute and promote my book but after getting my money, all they did was print and offer my book to me at a reduced price. All selling, promotion, distribution and ultimately sales was entirely up to me. They did nothing to promote my book and made no effort to sell even one copy. When I went to Barnes and Noble to try and purchase a copy, first there were none in stock, then when the store contacted
      Tate Publishing they were told the book was sold out.
      Where can I go from here?

  59. Michael on August 23, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I was an Illustrator of Tate Publishing from 2012 to 2015 and I was able to save a copy or back up all of my illustrated books. As an artist I value all my illustrations and I take pride in them so keeping copies was merely for my portfolio. I am willing to share the files to the rightful authors. However, is it legal to do so because I am not sure who has the rights?

    • Kimberly Herrera on September 2, 2020 at 10:39 pm

      Do you happen to have mine for Love Shouldn’t Hurt?

    • Winifred Avon Reed on October 10, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      I am looking for an illustrator. Are you doing illustrations privately. If yes, contact me at I published my books in 2015
      Ladybugs of Wisteria Hollow
      Razi vs Vego “An Animal Tale of Bullying”
      i Can Wait for Parenthood (cover only)

  60. Marybeth A. Traut on August 27, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I have not heard nor received anything, but see my book is still available on certain sites at an obnoxious price! Pretty sad that all my hard earned money and time mean absolutely NOTHING! While their sentence was suspended?? What are they out and about sipping mai tais in the sun?? Christian my you know what!!

  61. Dean A. James on September 2, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    I was a victim of the Tate Publishing debacle and I cannot find the finalized list of victims. However, a family member of mine has told me that my name did NOT appear on that list. They tried to email that list to me but were unsuccessful.

    I filed a complaint with both Oklahoma Consumer Protection and the Attorneys General only a few months into 2017 after Tate closed thier business. I provided ALL the data that they requested pertaining to the embezzlement of nearly $300,000 in royalties that were never paid to me. I provided this in the middle of 2017.

    I would like to have a copy of the list of victims and an explanation of why I am not on that list (if I am truly not named on that list).
    -Dean A. James

  62. Kimberly Herrera on September 2, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    I wrote a book called Love Shouldn’t Hurt and published with state Publishing. I survived Domestic Violence and wrote this book to help
    Other women and abuse victims. I made less then $20 dollars and paid them over $4000. They would never give me my PDF Files or my books when this all went down. I can’t afford a lawyer because I am unemployed and my husband is a disabled veteran. We saved for me to publish this book. I feel like I was abused all over again. I can’t get my money back or my book. I couldn’t find an attorney to help me. Now I see there was restitution and no one notified me. I’m so lost and all my hard work has gone down the drain. If anyone can help me please reach out to me. Please

  63. Tina vincent on September 9, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    I paid $1500 to get my book published. They got down to the cover the last step and closed shop. I had my book copyrighted before I sent it to them so at least I feel protected in some way. They obviously didn’t fulfill their end so I would like to have money refunded when this lawsuit takes place. What an awful thing to do to people.

  64. Shelley wilson on September 16, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Could anyone share contact information with us. We were taken for two books by this company. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

    • Patsy Deppe on October 3, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Tate is no longer in business. You, like many others, are out of luck.

  65. Patsy Deppe on October 3, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    You tell ’em!

  66. Winifred Avon Reed on October 10, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    I am so sorry so many people have been impacted by Tate’s actions. I was also impacted. I was so excited about writing my stories that I gave Tate three books and three songs at the same time. I have never seen the victim’s list but I don’t believe I am on it because I have never received anything regarding the case. I don’t understand why this case was handled so quietly, unless those involved thought the more victims the less they would get paid. I am sending a memo to the attorney general and I hope you will too. I will simply explain how Tate’s actions affected me and request approval to use the art illustrations I paid for plus consideration for the devastation I experienced after paying Tate so much money. .

  67. Anthony Faison on October 16, 2020 at 7:47 am

    I am completely disturbed by the illegal and criminal acts committed by these heartless cowards at Tate Publishing. I just wish I could lay eyes on the Son and Father and they better pray I never do.

    In any event, can someone please tell me who to contact from the AG office in an attempt to locate my manuscript so I can reprint my book elsewhere. Sure the AG office had since enough to order the Tate thieves to surrender our manuscripts. Dies anyone know?????

    email me #

  68. Anthony Nelson on October 18, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    I don’t understand how they didn’t send out alerts to the active artists listed on TMG account. This was really handled poorly….don’t understand why it was such a secret when it was brought to AG attention. is my emeail, and any information would be appreciated due to there’s a lot of individuals still unknowing of this situation.

  69. Rose Beloved on October 19, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    I also just found out. I did terminate my contract with Tate too, but I’m surprised from 2013 till now my book is on sale on amazon and abebooks sites, and I’ve never received a penny of royalties from Tate. I’m in Africa and even trying to contact amazon is impossible because they want an American address. I emailed abe books I am waiting to hear from them. I would like to know who authorized them to sell it, and I want my royalties from the seller. My book is The Unveiling Series Book One by Rose Beloved

  70. Dr. Mohammad Qasim on October 22, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    I contacted Tate and they claimed they were Honest and trustworthy because they were very religious and fair people. They sold religion as part of their trust tactics. However, the published my book “MENECRACY”. A political and social theory book. I although did not pay any money upfront but they signed a Royalty agreement. Book became a good seller. It is still being sold online and in stores (currently out of print). In 2015, I pushed for the royalty statement and they tried to hide and deceive but then I revoked their rights to print more books.
    But on the contrary, they continued printing and selling books on their website as well as on different distributed book stores. My book has been sold in thousands and I never saw a penny of the royalties. Sad but true. If there is a lawsuit against them, please consider me in the victims as well. I hope the same scam is not repeated in history.

  71. Keith Bicknell on October 28, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I invested with Tate Publishing in 2016 to produce my book, Euclid Avenue Our scars mean something. We never received any royalties or other information despite seeing our book sold through various means. Still endeavoring to find a reputable home for Euclid Avenue and the three sequels.

  72. Angela Hoy on October 29, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Other options for Tate Publishing’s victims are listed at WritersWeekly.

  73. T.D on December 2, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    My Book is out there being sold Title: Knowing The Secret To Your Inner Self

  74. cary m kaercher on February 22, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    I have not received a dime in royalties from Tate They used religion to gain my trust. Over Three thousand invested Have not heard a thing from DA s office. C.M.Kaercher Author of Paradise.

  75. Jane maryann galitello howe on March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    I got frauded by Tate published book did not know there was a fund for us from attorney general ok did know they went to jail send me back my file I got very ill did not look into publish it again got better year or so later check just missed the lawsuits money they said he a lawyer in ok my book is being published out there for years now just today look it up 03/2021 Amazon has it for 900 they crazy others lowere Zing Sang TJs I want my full money back and plus royalist I know o got for book
    727 233 9350 call me

  76. Camilla Damron White on March 26, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    I had my children’s book published and was cheated by Tate Publishing as well. They kept all of my royalties and now I have no one to go to to get my book republished. It was one of a series. So sad.

  77. Camilla Damron White on March 26, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    I had my children’s book published and was cheated by Tate Publishing as well. They kept all of my royalties and now I have no one to go to to get my book republished. It was one of a series. So sad. I would like to have my royalties as well. Amazon has mine with different prices to. Please contact me.

  78. Keith Allen Ball on April 1, 2021 at 9:39 am

    I signed with Tate to produce a Country Christian Album. Sent them $1200. to secure the project, months in and continued to send them funds for printing of label, recording of the sessions and received only music background that sounds like a computer generated sound track. It was terrible! I then was scheduled to fly to Mustang Oklahoma from Ohio, another $600. for a round trip and $400 for a 3 day Hotel stay. When there I voiced my concerns that the music they recorded was terrible and not fit for professional release. They indicated it was top notch. I contacted Ryan Tate directly and he said it was something to be proud of! I disagreed and asked for a professional recording and not a computer generated sound track . It never happened! I went directly to the main office to introduce myself because they made it sound like I was a great person and artist! When I got to the office I was treated as a trespasser, very cold and obviously not welcome. They didn’t have time to talk with me. I have paid them thousands of dollars with promises that never came thru. I was embarrassed that I had been robbed and now have a CD with a insert that looks like a bad copy of a photo and a CD that is produced so bad it is worthless! They did market the CD and I received a whopping .85 cents in royalties, I still have the worthless check. Tate promised to advertise me on Radio, Show cases and all the sorts that the big labels do. The were willing to do so if I purchased the CD’s for sale, the trips to shows, Tee Shirts, Posters and news paper articles. I did this for a while just to be set up in coffee shops and book stores to play music unplugged and lost thousands of dollars. This company is doomed to hell for portraying to be Christians, and stealing so much money from people. I don’t expect to ever receive any restitution since I just located this today! I never received any email, phone call or even a simple text of anything regarding the Tate’s. My music is no where to be found other than the bad recording I have of it myself.

  79. Johanna Bright on April 28, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    I signed up with Tate in 2014. My book us of poetry titled “My Resume” I found out about tate by accident It was just that they filed bankruptcy. I invested $4,000. I went through the entire process and was pleased because my book was in so many stores. I got the ad video, and 25 books were sent to me before it was published and I got it in an ebook format. They even set me up with a face book page. Things were going week until they weren’t. I received 2 royalty checks of about roughly $25 then they stopped. I couldn’t contact them. Tried the answering service. Left messages. No answers. They ghosted me. I have no way of finding out what happened to my property. How do I even begin to recoup such a huge loss. Can’t sell a book of you don’t have it. 🤦🏾‍♀️😔

  80. Rosa Brinkman on June 21, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    I have three books circulating. I’ve invested over 7,000 for “In My Fathers Footsteps, Blinded By Blood, and Within These Walls.” I also contracted to have future books published…No royality!

  81. Steve Rush on June 26, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    This is the email I received from them. I heard nothing afterward.

    Tate Publishing is experiencing a transition period and we are no longer accepting any new authors or artists. All authors and artists will be contacted directly within the next few weeks about the status of your production and your options for completing your projects.

    Alternatively, if you wish to terminate your relationship with us before this transition is complete, please fill out and return the appropriate form for each title:
    If your book or album HAS been released, click here.
    If your book or album HAS NOT been released, click here.

    If you do not wish to terminate your agreement and continue with the transition process, no action is required and you may disregard this message.

    If you have already returned cancellation and/or file request documents, you may disregard this message.

  82. Shannon Mass on July 19, 2021 at 11:16 am

    My father-in-law’s book, “Beneath the Vines” by Mike Mass, was published by Tate in 2016. No
    He does not receive any royalties from his book being sold now, and ebook on several different places.
    He has nothing from Tate in return.

    How can his book be sold on Amazon, Google books, etc. Ebooks -Without Mike Mass’ permission.
    He needs to be receiving royalties on whatever is sold,in whatever form.

  83. Shawn Sheldon on August 8, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    I am the Author of the book Stranded (1st in a series called the Dragon Ship Series). It is still listed on sites like Amazon. How do I get back all materials? What restitution is available. I never received royalties. Also I want proof for my next publisher that I am no longer bound by any contracts with Tate. Finally, I was never notified about my rights to file a claim. I only found out way after all proceedings completely by accident.

  84. Donald W Myers (Grandpa Don Myers) on August 14, 2021 at 6:27 am

    I had “The Adventures of Willie Wonder” published in 2008 by Tate Publishing and have as of yet to receive a single cent in royalties though I’ve seen where the books has been sold even in foreign countries. I have four more books ready to be published but don’t know who I can trust.

  85. DONNA DEINES on August 14, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    I am a victim also. I never received notification that Tate Publishing and Entertainment went out of business and only received two royalties checks of .43 cents. What a joke on Tate and me? A slap in our faces when Olakhome released them to pay back the writers and musicians for what they lost. Never going to happen. We have lost more than the money we put in and the royalties, but we were treated as non-humanbeings on trust and integrity.

    I have done everything I was told to do or sent to me by the Attorney General in Oklahoma, but I have never received a note, letter, or email from the Attorney General on the lawsuit. Around the same time, Amazon was shifting around their books and announced it would shut down the Shelfari in favor of Goodreads, which Amazon owns. If you can not find your books, they are in Goodreads.Inc.

    They are selling the books under the old front covers and back covers. I have reprinted my old book with a different publishing company in Children’s Amazon, not in Goodreads.Inc. They are selling the old books and the new books. I have not received any notes, letters, or emails on what’s sold and money assets. I notified them that the new book is under and register in Washington DC.

    Where are the money, copyrights, and where are my royalties besides .43 cents? Certificate of Registration, collections of money, royalties money properly in a safe place as they collect our belonging and laugh with their cigars blowing smoke in our eyes and Oklahoma state. I move on to better things and laugh out loud in the ordeal with Tate Publishing Company. They have the headache, not me!

  86. Mamie Cowser on August 18, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    My name is Mamie Cowser, author of The Bird Left Behind. I received no notice regarding Tate’s demise. I would really like to get my book file from Tate so that I can republish my book.

  87. Mamie Cowser on August 18, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    I am the author of The Bird Left Behind. I am just finding out about Tate’s demise. I would like to at least get my complete book file including the covers so that I can republish my book. Why the attorneys didn’t make this a requirement is beyond me.

  88. Jeanne Vadala O'Donnell on August 25, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    I too paid $5000 for Tate to publish my book. When I heard they were going out of business, they told me I could get my book on a CD for $50 to take to another publisher. I guess it was a last ditch extortion. How do I recover financially from this? My book is A Child Left Behind, Seeking the Keys to Adulthood.

  89. Keith Bicknell on August 29, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    How do I ensure that neither Tate or anyone associated with it uses my book that was published through them? Will anyone contact me concerning their activities as well as their failure to ever produce royalties? I need answers in order to move my books forward.

  90. Zack Harvey on October 5, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    I was lied to by this company much like everyone else here, for me it was over a novel: Exile & The Trial of Kings. I had won a court case against them wherein they were ordered to pay over $7,000.00 plus 3% interest annually. This was in 2016, and to this day I never received a single dime, nor royalty payment, while my novel also remains illegally online. I was never informed about this “enrollment period” for a class action lawsuit, and am being told now that I have missed the deadline. Now, I’m no genius here, but I fail to see how I can have a court order from 2016 against them, and yet the attorney general’s office is denying me any required aid because I was supposed to sign up for a this combined lawsuit I was never informed was occurring. Far as I see it, injustice on all sides of the board, I wouldn’t want such things on my conscience come judgement day before Almighty God.

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