OakTara is passionate about creating a new market for inspirational books, especially with readers who may not 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.
With other publishers choosing to focus on only a few “top name” authors, OakTara has stepped into the marketplace gap to provide dozens of writers with new opportunities: from first-time publication, to widening the readership for already-established authors who have yet another gem to publish or an out-of-print book or series they’d love to have available once again.
The book marketplace has changed.
Years ago, all books were sold mainly through bookstores. Today online book sales as a percentage of all books sold have grown fivefold in just the past two years and show no sign of slowing down. (In February 2011, Amazon was named the #1 book retailer in the nation.) For this reason, OakTara focuses primarily on the online book market while working with a variety of large distribution partnerships and also selectively with regional or local bookstores in the U.S.
OakTara assists authors in broadening the readership for their novels through new ways to reach their own network and contacts, as well as channels to reach a wide, diverse audience of all ages and stages. Authors receive an electronic media kit, as well as extensive marketing tips. On the OakTara website, authors have their own author page, featuring a photo and bio, author interview/video via an embedded Windows Media Player (if available), links to their books and personal website, and book page(s), featuring book cover, promotional copy, link to their author page, and embedded book trailer (if available). Author videos and book trailers will also be cross-marketing to a host of broadband sites specializing in inspirational titles.
A broad, diverse range of books
OakTara’s excellent books span all ages (for children, youth, adults) and a wide variety of genres. Fiction genres include: Biblical, Children’s & Family Classics, Classic & Allegory, Fantasy, Futuristic, General, Historical, Humor, Issues, Legal/Political Thrillers, Mystery & Detective, Romance, Romance-Suspense, Sci-Fi, Suspense, and Young Adult. We also publish very selective nonfiction.
OakTara books are available from www.oaktara.com and www.facebook.com/oaktara through major online retailers (www.amazon.com, www.christianbook.com, www.buy.com, www.booksamillion.com, www.cokesbury.com, www.target.com), as well as other national retail outlets and distributors, including Follett, Bowker, Indiebound, The Book Depository. OakTara books are also available in ebook through www.amazonkindle.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and www.familyaudiolibrary.com.
Founded by two veterans of the publishing world, Jeff Nesbit and Ramona Tucker, OakTara creates opportunities for new, talented Christian writers and established Christian authors.