Tuesday, January 12, 2010

PSWA Conference: Publisher Oak Tree Press



The photo is of Billie Johnson (far right) and some of her authors who attended the PSWA Writers Conference last year.

She will be in attendance again to tell you what she is looking for in a manuscript. She'll be on a panel with two other small press publishers.

Billie Johnson has a B.S., Business and spent more than twenty years in Corporate America. Since its launch in 1998, Oak Tree Press has released more than 50 titles, mostly mysteries but also in the romance genre, self-help and a high-concept picture book. Twelve titles are scheduled for 2009, and we are shooting for twenty in 2010.

OTP books meet all standards of the industry with professionally-designed covers (our designer’s day job is on Madison Avenue in NYC!) and handsome interiors. Our retailer’s discount meets industry norms, and our books are fully returnable. OTP sponsors three annual writing contests—Dark Oak for mysteries, CopTales for true-to-life law enforcement stories and Timeless Love for romance, and the top prize is a publishing contract. Winners have gone on to larger publishing houses and been nominated for national awards. Details are on the website www:OakTreeBooks.com.

Always on the look-out for new ways to support OTP authors, Johnson launched three client-centric features in the summer of 2008. A company blog, www.otpblog.blogspot.com gives authors and friends of the company a spot to share triumphs, trials, tips and techniques with colleagues. July 2008 saw the premier issue of COLOPHON, our in-house newsletter filled with insider information on the book business and a crash course in book marketing. At this same time, OTP made the decision to step into Amazon’s Kindle program.

You can sign up for a one-on-one with Billie Johnson if you register for the PSWA Writers Conference.

2 comments:

Cheryl said...

This is definitely a publisher I would like to meet someday. I've represented some of their books and I've never been disappointed by them.

A chance at a one-on-one is very nice to have. We had that at the WriteAngles Conference I attended in November, along with an agent panel that dissected a random selection of submissions. Very informative and interesting.

One of my friends got a chance to pitch to an agent and this agent requested the first three chapters. We're still waiting to hear back, but that alone was worth the cost of the conference.

Cheryl

Jacqueline Vick said...

I'm a huge fan of The Pot Thief series by J. Michael Orenduff, which is put out by Oak Tree Press. Excellent writing, good-looking book.