Writers Guidelines

Who Is OakTara?

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Our Audience

We reach a broad spectrum of readers—those with an established faith, those investigating the Christian faith or other religions, those without a belief system but searching for meaning and purpose in life, as well as those who may not walk through the door of an inspirational bookstore but who avidly shop the Web. Ms. must be written from a Christian perspective/worldview but with language/wording that can reach the broadest possible readership.

What We Publish

Inspirational fiction for adults, teens, and children (8-12) in a wide variety of genres.

Biblical ▪ Children’s & Family Classics (ages 8 and up—no picturebooks)
Classic & Allegory ▪ Fantasy ▪ Futuristic ▪ Historical ▪ Humor ▪ Issues ▪
Legal & Political Thrillers ▪ Mystery & Detective ▪ Romance ▪
Romance-Suspense ▪ Sci-Fi ▪ Suspense ▪ Young Adult
Nothing under 30,000 wc.

▪ Highly selective nonfiction

Issues ▪ Holiday/Seasonal ▪ Devotionals/Discussion Guides (discussion guides only if part of a regular nonfiction book and you have a platform) ▪ Inspirational ▪ Parenting/Family ▪ Self-Help ▪ Writers Books (by OakTara invitation only)

No poetry, plays/skits, or unsolicited memoirs/autobiographies. Nothing under 30,000 wc.

Faith Matters Line

Faith Matters includes Bibles, Eleutheria, Falling in Love, Inspire, Agonia, and Iotopia lines. All manuscripts for the Faith Matters line are hand-selected by OakTara or created by OakTara from our regular line and must be submitted to OakTara per the instructions in these Writers Guidelines and Submit a Ms.

▪ Barbour-OakTara Partnership

OakTara publishes titles through OakTara, as well as through the Barbour-OakTara Partnership. All manuscripts must be submitted to OakTara per the instructions in these Writers Guidelines and Submit a Ms.

▪ Blogs

At the Edge (no unsolicited blogs) Faith Matters (no unsolicited blogs; by OakTara invitation only) Bindings (OakTara authors may submit blogs for consideration per instructions provided to OakTara authors; non-OakTara authors by OakTara invitation only)

How We Work

Authors receive royalties from book sales and may buy copies of their books, if desired, at discounts based on qty purchased. While we do not offer advance royalties, we do not charge fees. We offer a net royalty that is double the industry standard. We cover all publication and marketing costs. We produce both paperback editions and ebook editions.

What We Are Looking For

Mind-stretching, heart-transforming, life-inspiring fiction and nonfiction

▪ Quality writing ▪ Original ideas, unique perspectives ▪ Current, relevant issues ▪ Real (not cardboard) characters, compelling plots, intriguing settings ▪ Books that reach both head and heart ▪ A Christian worldview ▪ Authors who have platforms or are growing platforms through various venues

What We Will Not Accept in a Manuscript
▪ Gratuitous sexual content ▪ Excessive violence ▪ Offensive language

FAQs for Writers ▪ Submit a Manuscript