Greg, that old thread should help, but please take care.
Tate gives the impression that they are a traditional press by calling for manuscript submissions and "accepting" some. But most people suspect they accept just about anything. They are subsidy press.
The possibility of selling 1,000 copies of a book is pretty unlikely. I think they probably count on that.
You will never find better feedback than in this particular Absolute Write Thread:http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/sho ... .php?t=992
Particularly in the more recent pages where an ex-employee is speaking out, and there is also a post there somewhere (in the last 12 months) which includes a link to a staff meeting that is painful.
My advice, always, would be to seek a traditional publisher (a real one) first of all.