About the Cofounders

OakTara was founded by two veterans of the publishing world, Jeff Nesbit and Ramona Cramer Tucker, to step into the marketplace gap to provide dozens of writers with new opportunities—from first-time publication to widening the readership for already-established authors—and to seek those readers who wouldn’t traditionally enter a Christian bookstore but who avidly shop the Web. “Our goal is to provide readers with something different, vibrant, and new—not ‘just the same old thing’ that they’ve seen, time and again, from other inspirational publishers.”

Jeff Nesbit, Managing Director of OakTara (www.oaktara.com) has written 20 inspirational and commercially successful novels for publishing houses, including his latest blockbusters, Jude, Peace, and Oil, for publishing houses such as David C. Cook, Tyndale, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Harold Shaw (now WaterBrook/Random House), Victor Books (now part of David C. Cook), Hodder & Stoughton, and Summerside/Guideposts. Formerly VP Dan Quayle’s communications director at the White House, Jeff was a national journalist with Knight-Ridder, ABC News’ Satellite News Channels, and others, and director of public affairs for the National Science Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration. His public affairs consulting firm, Shiloh Media group, represented more than 100 national clients, such as the Discovery Channel networks, Yale University, the American Heart Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Red Cross. They helped create and launch three unique television networks for Discovery Communications, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Lockheed Martin, and developed programming and a new cable TV network concept for The Britannica Channel; global programming partnerships for the successful launch of the Discovery Health Channel, including a novel CME programming initiative and the Medical Honors live broadcast from Constitution Hall; and programming strategies for the creation of the first-ever IPTV network developed by Lockheed Martin. Jeff was the co-creator of the Science of the Winter Olympics and the Science of NFL Football video series with NBC Sports that won the 2010 Sports Emmy for best original sports programming, as well as the Science of Speed, a novel video series partnership with the NASCAR Media Group. Jeff is Executive Director for Climate Nexus, Strategic Advisor and Cofounder of Thrive Sports/Thrive Entertainment Network, and writes a weekly science column for U.S. News & World Report called “At the Edge” (www.usnews.com/news/blogs/at-the-edge).

Ramona Cramer Tucker, Editorial Director of OakTara (www.oaktara.com), has been on the cutting-edge of mainstream and inspirational publishing for over 30 years in a wide variety of positions, including: Senior Editor, Tyndale House Publishers; Editor, Today’s Christian Woman magazine and Executive Editor, Virtue magazine (Christianity Today, International); Editorial Director, Harold Shaw Publishers (now WaterBrook/Random House); as a freelance writer, editor, and/or editorial strategist for Simon & Schuster, Random House, Viking-Penguin, Zondervan, Nelson, Baker/Revell, InterVarsity, Howard, David C. Cook, Barbour, HarperCollins, Summerside/Guideposts, Wiley, Chosen, and other publishers. She has taught writing and journalism at colleges and universities, including Biola, Moody, Wheaton College), has served as adjunct professor at Wheaton College, and has spoken and taught at numerous writing, editorial, and library conferences over the past three decades, including Write to Publish, Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference, ECLA, Florida Christian Writers Conference, Called to Write Conference, St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference, and ACFW groups.