Oak Tree Press ~~ Guidelines for Submissions
Oak Tree Press is an
independent publisher that has been in business for more than 15 years
and has published more than 200 books.
What We Are Looking For....
We consider fiction and non-fiction in a variety of genres, although our
special emphasis (and expertise ) is publishing mysteries, crime
fiction, suspense, police procedurals, and books by and about other
public safety personnel.
We also occasionally
publish romances, westerns, children's books and some young adult work.
We are less likely
to be interested in poetry, supernatural themes, non-fiction including
textbooks, technical manuals, self help, cookbooks, coffee table books,
or collections of essays, business related books or books on politics or
We basically never
publish sci-fi, fantasy, porn, erotica or anything that is overloaded
with obscenities, racism, inflammatory language or depicts gratuitous
We are also unlikely to publish the work of authors who do not live in
North America, as we have found the legal and logistical issues involved
in international marketing are difficult for a small press.
Since we do not ask our authors to
contribute financially to the production costs needed to bring out the
book, we limit our acquisitions to writers who are enthusiastic and able
to promote their work. While experience and expertise in marketing is
not a requirement, what will be expected is the ability to work with our
marketing staff to create and execute a long-range marketing plan.
Our target length is 70-90,000 words.
How to Submit....
In order to be considered, please make sure your submission includes the
1. A one-page cover letter
describing briefly who you are, why you decided to write this book and
who you think the market for the book would be.
2. A one-page synopsis of the
book. The synopsis should include;
b. Word Count
c. two-three paragraph summary of the book.
3. A one-page biography that also
highlights any other works of yours that have been published as well as
any pertinent marketing experience you may have had.
4. The first 20 pages of your book
Your submission should be in a Microsoft Word (or compatible) document.
Your 20 pages should be double-spaced.
Queries should be sent via e-mail to Query@Oaktreebooks.com.
What Happens Next....
If after reading your synopsis, biography and first 20 pages we are
interested in your work, we will ask you to complete a marketing
questionnaire that will assess what resources you will bring to the
process involved in marketing the book.
At this time, we will also request a full manuscript and will expect it
to be substantially error-free. Thus, we suggest that before you
consider submitting a query you have your book carefully edited.
Because we always have many manuscripts in process, you should expect
that it will take 30-60 days for us to review your manuscript and