Good news or bad news first?

I’ll start with the good news, since the bad news overrides it. Tate Publishing accepted The Magic Telescope for publishing! Yay 😀

Bad news: I have to turn them down.  For one thing, I don’t have $3990 for a publicist.  They did say the would work with me somehow on that, but an author friend brought these websites to my attention:  

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2007/02/happy-valentines-day-from-writer-beware.html

http://www.thelostogle.com/2012/06/05/10-things-ive-learned-about-tate-publishing-ceo-ryan-tate/

http://chuckpalahniuk.net/forum/1000026/what-do-we-know-about-tate-publishing

http://www.writers.net/forum/showthread.php?111452-Recent-experience-with-Tate-Publishing-company-out-of-Oklahoma

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/misc/tate_publishing.html

So now I have mixed feelings. I mean on the one hand, I know an author who was published by them and loves the company. I’ve seen her book and heard her positive experiences so far.  But she hasn’t sold enough books to get the refundable retainer for their publisher back yet.  I hadn’t really expected them to accept my story, since it’s the first publisher I’d sent it to, so I hadn’t delved too deep and researched them yet.  I was looking forward to what they had to say. I guess I was expecting something a little more detailed about what they liked and if they felt anything needed work, etc., but all I got was a generic letter of acceptance.  But hey, I’m new to this, so I really don’t know what to expect.  Maybe if I accepted, that letter would come later. Nearly $4000 is a lot of money to just hand over to someone, especially when you have a family and other responsibilities to consider.  I’d definitely need to do some more research and quiz them on some things.  But since I don’t feel comfortable even working on some kind of plan for the retainer, I’m just gonna pass for now. So I’m happy/sad about the whole thing.  As much as I don’t want to, I think I’ll end up getting a literary agent, if I can find one who is willing to represent me. Back to the beginning. Sigh…  

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