Oak Tree Press now has an intern, Christy Dyer, who will be working with acquistions. I was curious about her so decided to ask a few questions which she was kind enough to answer.
Marilyn: Tell us something about you, such as where you are from and what are you doing now.
Christy: I am from New Lenox, Illinois. And I am just currently working at Oak Tree Press, but looking for a job. Gotta move on in the "real" world.
Marilyn: What did you always want to be when you were a kid.
Christy: I knew I wanted to work with books. I was a huge reader when I was a kid. I was entertaining the idea of becoming a writer, well actually I still am! It's just hard actually writing down the story!
Marilyn: What do you do for fun?
Christy: Read, write, watch movies...I pretty much live a boring life at the moment!
Marilyn: What kind of books do you like to read and do you have a favorite author?
Christy: I really enjoy fantasy. I like to go to a completely new world as see what authors can come up with using their imagination. And there are the small town murder mysteries that I enjoy reading with my mom.
My favorite author...that's a tough one. When in doubt, I turn to J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, or J.K. Rowling, of Harry Potter series.
Marilyn: Christy, exactly what will you be doing as an intern?
Christy: I will reading over people's queries that they send to OTP and answering them, reading over manuscripts, and any other odd job that someone needs done. I am also looking for editorial work, like reading people's pieces to find any copy editing mistakes, so if anyone needs that I would be happy to do that!
Marilyn: Will this experience be helpful toward your future goals?
Christy: Yes, because I want to work in a publishing house and help authors bring their story to life so others can read and enjoy them. Also, it gives me the other view on what publishing houses are looking for in authors so when I actually write down that story, I know what to send them.
Marilyn Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
Christy: Just that I am excited to do my work here and hope that I can do well!
And a note from Billie Johnson, Publisher: We encourage all authors who have a submission pending with Oak Tree Press to give Christy an email to introduce yourself to her at Cjdyer@gmail.com. Since Christy plans to be in the book biz for many years to come, getting to know her now might be a plus for all concerned!