MUSTANG, Okla. - There’s more trouble for a metro Christian publishing company.
Tate Publishing is already facing a $1.3 million lawsuit, and the owners are accused of not paying royalties to its authors.
The Better Business Bureau has suspended Tate's accreditation.
Tate authors are upset over not getting paid.
“They promised to promote this book and keep track of all the sales and send me royalty checks,” said Valerie Alexander.
Alexander lives in Portland, Oregon.
A Google search led her to Tate.
She paid them $4,000 to publish and market the book she poured her heart into.
“They presented themselves as a Christian company dedicated to helping new authors and, you know, I wanted my book to be promoted to junior high school aged kids,” Alexander said.
She recently got two tiny checks from Tate.
“I got two checks for 27 cents, and I thought ‘Yay, I guess, I sold two books this quarter,’” Alexander said.
She says those checks bounced, leaving her with a $38 bank fee.
Wednesday, we learned several people were let go from the print shop in the middle of a $1.3 million lawsuit with Xerox, which rents printers to Tate.
CEO Ryan Tate downplayed the lawsuit to us earlier this month, and he planned to sue Xerox.
“Xerox is really a small part of our manufacturing process,” Tate said.
Tate’s car was at the office Wednesday, so we stopped in, but we were not welcome.
A manager never came to speak with us, and our crews were asked to leave.
This time, when we called Tate, all we got was his voicemail.
So far, Tate has not filed a counter suit against Xerox.
The Better Business Bureau board is currently reviewing the complaints against Tate to determine what to do about its rating.