Friday, November 8, 2013


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website,, for a complete list of all the great books we have available. But now, for your reading pleasure, our authors have news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs and more to share with you as we head into the Round-Up…

Publisher, BILLIE JOHNSON, is pleased to announce that MARILYN OLSEN is now Senior Acquisitions Editor at OTP. For several years, MARILYN has been OTP Editor for our CopTales line, plus provided invaluable support in other business matters. MARILYN helped us formulate our acquisitions strategy going forward from the staff changes we experienced this summer and develop a structure to accommodate our growth. This made it obvious to all that she was the right person to head up our acquisitions team! To learn more about MARILYN's background, please visit our STAFF PAGE To submit a query or check on a pending query, please email her at

Oak Tree Press’ yearly contests have come to an end and BILLIE has some 2013 Contest Winners to announce!! Can I get a drum roll please?…..

Dark Oak Mystery contest: C. C. HARRISON with “Disappearance of a Small Town Hussy”

Mystic Oaks contest: AMEE HAGLER with “Zodiac Antique Collectors Society”

Police Blotter (Coptales) contest: THONIE HEVRON with “Intent to Hold”
Congratulations to each one of you! And I look forward to working with you on your books. Welcome to the OTP family!

CATHY G. COLE of has a new feature on her blog titled "Acorns from Oak Tree Press." Each Wednesday, CATHY will introduce her readers to a new Oak Tree Press mystery by focusing a post mainly on a synopsis of the book, the book's cover, and a little bit about the author. That particular book's cover will remain on the sidebar of the blog for an entire week until it's the next author's turn. So, attention all OTP authors, get in line to be featured on the blog!  

JOHN M. WILLS' title “The Year Without Christmas” was the new feature's inaugural post, and through social media and fellow book bloggers, the link has been widely dispersed and the post is receiving a lot of hits.

“Locked Within” kindle edition by HELEN OSTERMAN is running for FREE again on November 10 & 11. Get your copy at and tell your friends about this best-selling book in The Emma Winberry Mystery series.

VELDA BROTHERTON, author of “The Purloined Skull” invites you to get a peek at her latest mystery. The first chapter is featured at D. Renee Bagby Presents First Chapters website. One chapter is not enough! Click the following link:

JOHN M. DANIEL, author of “Hooperman: a bookstore mystery” is interviewed by Lucy Walton on her website "Female First." Lucy asked JOHN some challenging questions, and JOHN says he was surprised by some of the answers he came up with! Please stop by:

TERRY AMBROSE, author of “License to Lie,” appeared at the Casa de Oro Library to discuss how to avoid scams and cons on Saturday, November 2. In his Crime Fiction column on, he also published a review of Carolyn Hart's "Death by Surprise" and an interview with New York Times Bestselling author of military thrillers, Dale Brown. The interview and review are also available on Terry's website at

OTP would like to introduce KEN OXMAN, a brand new member of our publishing family. KEN's title "The Reluctant Assassin" will be coming out in 2014. He submitted a nice piece about Word of Mouth Marketing. Enjoy! 
George Silverman, founder of Market Navigation, wrote that Word of Mouth is the most powerful force in the marketplace.
With Billie’s encouragement and her wonderful “Author’s Handbook”,  I’ve been thinking about the marketing business, what it means to me as a (new) author and how to go about it. Man is it a big subject. With no real marketing background – or so I thought, I was floundering. Where to begin in such a complex, costly business? TV, radio, print ads, direct sales, telemarketing – how could I meaningfully get into any of this? Then I discovered Mr. Silverman’s Word of Mouth ideas. How? Through family, friends, forums, discussion groups, specialty groups, book clubs, parties, dinners and every other means where someone can tell someone else about my book.
Here’s an example: I was at a friend’s birthday party, thirty of us taking over a section of a restaurant. At my table were my wife and another couple. The conversation got on to books (contrived or not it doesn’t matter) and I began telling the couple about my upcoming novel. I admit the wine helped but I was in form, telling the story about my story. The discussion got loud and other tables got involved until the whole party new about my book and were talking about it. Somewhat embarrassed I got them back to the birthday girl, but not without a private delight at how quickly I had got the word out – even if initially unplanned. So there it is, Word of Mouth.
Imagine this: if ten people (friends, whoever) hear about your book and they tell ten friends and those ten tell ten friends and this goes on a few more times you’d end up with millions knowing about your book. No kidding, try the math. Remember the story of placing one grain of rice on the first square of a checker board and then doubling it on each consecutive square. There wouldn’t be enough grains of rice in the world to cover the whole board. Incredible but true. Word of Mouth is powerful. It’s cheap, easy, probably fun and the only real criteria is to believe in your work and enjoy talking about it. ~ Ken Oxman
BERYL REICHENBERG, children's book author, will be demonstrating her butterfly book form and talking about Monarch butterflies at the Curious Cup Grand Opening at their new location at 5285 Carpinteria Ave in Carpinteria on November 9 from 11:00 am - 12 noon. She will stay around to talk with customers about her five Oak Tree Press books during the afternoon. The Grand Opening runs until 4:00 pm. BERYL invites you to come by the bookstore for a chat and to learn how to make a Butterfly Book.
BERYL recently had a table at the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove at their Open House. The Butterfly Grove is part of the California Parks Service and is located along Highway One south of Pismo Beach. The Butterfly Grove will be selling BERYL's new book “When Caterpillar's Dream” during the butterfly season which runs from November to March.

JOHN LINDERMUTH, author of “Sooner than Gold” has a book signing event this Saturday, November 9, from 9:00am – 12 noon at the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library, Shamokin PA. Stop by and see JOHN and get your autographed copy of this great historical mystery.
Last Saturday, JOHN participated in the 2013 Family Reading Festival at the Fairlane Village Mall, Pottsville PA. He also placed books on consignment at a new gift shop in the mall.

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” is currently at the New England Crime Bake being held through November 11. The event is being held at the Hilton, 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA.
ILENE is having a busy weekend and will be at Ahavat Torah, 1179 Central Street, Stoughton, MA this Sunday, November 10 at 2:30 pm.

ILENE will be serving on two upcoming panels at the Cinnaminson Library, 1619 Riverton Rd., Cinnaminson, NJ. On two consecutive Thursdays, November 14 and November 21 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Subjects will be "What It Takes to Break into Publishing" and “Two Fiction Genres: Cozy Mysteries & Inspirational Women’s Fiction: Essential Elements of Each.”

MARY MONTAGUE SIKES will have a one-person exhibition of her Animal Art at Prince George Gallery in Williamsburg, November 1 – 30. In addition to the 26 “A to Z” paintings, she will show two larger works she created for book signings with her novel, Jungle Jeopardy.” One of those paintings is “Guatemala Parrot” shown here. She also painted “Billy,” the jaguar from her story.

RADINE TREES NEHRING, author of “A Fair to Die For” will be having an all-day book signing at T. Charleston and Sons Booksellers, Grand Village Shops in Branson, MO on November 15. RADINE will be at the quarterly Ozarks Writers League meeting at College of the Ozarks on November 16th. 

NICOLA FURLONG, author of the upcoming “Teed Off!” will be speaking on electronic publishing at the Greater Victoria Public Library on Thursday, November 21. The library is celebrating National Novel Month.

SHIRLEY HICKMAN, author of “Sarah Darlin’” and MARILYN MEREDITH aka F. M. MEREDITH, author of "Dangerous Impulses" are giving a presentation on “How to Get Published” on Saturday, November 23 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Porterville Art Gallery on Main St. Topics will be: What Does it Take to Write a Book? Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing, Small Presses, What Comes Next? Both authors will have copies of their books for sale.


LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer,” asks if you are a reader, author, editor, aspiring writer or if you just like being around ‘book people’? She wants you to attend EPICon 2014 in San Antonio, Texas between March 13 and March 15. Why? Read her blog and find out!

DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” blogs this week about his new release and shares a few notes about writing the story. This new title is the third book in The Border Trilogy. Catch up with DAC here:

JOHN DANIEL, author of “Hooperman: a bookstore mystery” had eight guest writers contribute 99-word stories to his blog about failure to communicate. This week’s blog is titled "You meant...what??"

JOHN was also featured this week on fellow OTP author BILL DOONAN’s blog at Novel Spaces. DOONAN is the author of "American Caliphate." JOHN describes the odd but intriguing career of the "bookstore cop." What's a bookstore cop? Come to and find out, and find out why Hoop isn't right for the job.

That wraps up the Round-Up for this week. I hope everyone enjoys the Weekly Round-Up as much as I enjoy posting it for you.

As always, if you have something you would like to submit to the Round-Up, send me an email at Big or small, old or new. I would like to keep our corral full of news! Comments, questions or suggestions are welcome too. Have a great weekend, everyone.~ Suzi

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Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Terrific as usual!

Billie Johnson said...

Suzi...I agree with Marilyn...great job!


marja said...

Suzi, Great job! Marilyn, Congratulations and welcome! And love reading about what's going on with everyone.
Marja McGraw

thoniehevron said...

A great job. It's so wonderful to find out what other OTP authors are up to. I constantly find marketing tips from these creative people! As a new member of the OTP family, I truly appreciate this weekly news.
Thonie Hevron

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Welcome Ken; it's a friendly group and thanks Suzi for the usual incredible job. Beryl

Eileen Obser said...

Welcome, Ken. And congratulations to the new Oak Tree mystery winners.

Suzi, many thanks for this week's Round-Up!

Bookworm said...

Thanks everyone :) I am working on the new post for this week...stay tuned...suzi