Oak Tree Press
is an independent publisher that celebrates writers and is dedicated
to providing publishing opportunities to all writers, especially
first-time authors. We believe that books from independent presses
offer the reading public the chance to opt for quality and diversity
that is all-too-often missing in the celebrity-driven lists of the
We consider novels and
non-fiction in a wide variety of genres and subject matters with a
special emphasis on mysteries and crime fiction. We do not consider
science fiction or horror, and are very selective about fantasy. Our
target length is 70-90,000 words. Queries can be sent via email, or
regular post to any of the addresses below. We prefer a one-page
letter that recaps the book project, details any suggested marketing
connections and provides some brief biographical information on the
author. If we are interested in your material, you will be asked to
complete a marketing questionnaire. We look for authors who are
willing and eager to be part of the book promotion process with us.
We do not read long synopses, nor
do we surf to internet sites to read synopses or first chapters.
Response to queries usually comes within thirty days. We do not
consider any material which is over-loaded with obscenities, racist,
inflammatory or depicts gratuitous violence, especially against
women, children or animals.
If a full manuscript is
requested, allow two-four months for response. Include SASE for
response and, if return of a paper manuscript is desired, include
postage or cost of postage plus self-addressed mailer. Manuscripts
not returned will be recycled.
We sponsor three annual writing
contests where the winner is published. We have often declared a tie
for the top prize and published both titles, and worked with the
runners-up to revise and then published those titles. Our flagship
contest is the Dark Oak Mystery Contest, and we vary the other
genres among romance, paranormal, law-enforcement stores and memoir.
Details on the contest guidelines and previous winners can be found
elsewhere on this web site.