About Our Editors

At Oak Tree Press, we are acutely aware of the importance of going to press with a CLEAN, ERROR-FREE textblock. We do all we can in-house, but our razor-thin operating margins leave no room for  the expense of an expert editor. Therefore, we have developed relationships with several editors.

While we have no financial arrangement with these editors (any deal is strictly between the editor and the author), we have worked with them on previous projects and know their work to be excellent,  their pricing fair, and their ethics above reproach. We encourage authors to consider their services.

Why not give your book project the polish to make it stand out to editors, reviewers and retailers?

John M. Daniel, editor

John M. Daniel was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University, a copy editor for the Stanford University Press, and a Writer in Residence at Wilbur Hot Springs.  He has taught fiction writing at UCLA Extension and Santa Barbara Adult Education and was on the faculty of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference for nearly twenty years.  He has also taught classes and led writing workshops for the Klamath Falls Writer’s Conference, the Golden Triangle Writers’ Conference, the Dallas/Fort Worth Writers’ Workshop, the Pima Writers’ Workshop, and elsewhere. John’s stories and articles have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, and he has written fourteen published books, including five successful and well-reviewed mysteries (two of them published by Oak Tree Press).

“My wife, Susan, and I are both former booksellers; and we own Daniel & Daniel, Publishers, Inc., a small-press literary book publishing in McKinleyville, California. I also provide professional literary support services, such as manuscript evaluation; developmental, line, and copy editing; writing; and mentoring.” For more information about John’s literary services, see http://www.danielpublishing.com/litserv.htm.

For a quote on your manuscript, contact jmd@danielpublishing.com, or call toll-free 800-662-8351.

Lorna Collins, Editor

With her husband, Larry, Lorna wrote a memoir of living and working in Japan to build the Universal Studios theme park in Osaka, Japan, 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park. They have also written two mysteries set in Hawaii together: Murder… They Wrote, and Murder in Paradise, Along with three other authors, Lorna has written several romance anthologies:Snowflake Secrets,Seasons of Love,Directions of Love (winner of the EPIC eBook Award), andAn Aspen Grove Christmas. Their next book, The Art of Love will be published in September 2013. She is the solo author of Ghost Writer, a fantasy/mystery/romance set in and around Laguna Beach, CA. Learn more about Lorna on her website: http://www.lornalarry.com.

For a quote on your manuscript email Lorna at: 31months@cox.nets

Kathyryn Contrell, Editor

Picture this: It’s July 2004, while well lubricated in the middle of a crowded bar at a national writers conference, victim advocate and malpractice insurance investigator Kathy Cottrell was handed her first published novel. The experience, similar to what it felt like when her first-born child was placed in her arms shortly after the birth, remains with Kathy to this day.

She uses the years spent maneuvering the twists and turns of Rejection Road, as well as her time as Senior Editor with The Wild Rose Press, to teach new, and not so new, authors examples of what to do and not do, whom to listen and not listen to, in order to hold that new baby in their arms.

For a quote on your manuscript contact: kathryncottrell@yahoo.com

Marilyn Olsen, Editor

Marilyn Olsen, editor of Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides: Stories By and About America’s Public Safety Heroes, was publisher and principal writer for Indiana’s Finest, an 80-page quarterly magazine about the Indiana State Police. During that time she published more than 400 articles about law enforcement. She is the author of two published books, Gangsters, Gunfire and Political Intrigue, the Story of the Indiana State Police and Women Who Risk: Profiles of 11 Women Who Do Extreme Sports. She is co-author of two medical books and is co-editor of CopTales 2000, an anthology of 37 police stories. For 10 years she was co-owner of a public relations and graphic design firm and for five years, national director of public relations for a retirement community development company. Currently, she is a freelance editor, marketing consultant, ceramic sculptor and textile designer. She is one of the founding members of the new PSWA and has serves as its president. She is also the immediate past president of the Washington Press Association. She and her husband live in Bellingham, WA.

For a quote on your manuscript contact: Marilyn.Olsen44@gmail.com.

Michelle Perin, Editor

Michelle Perin spent seven and a half years as a police telecommunications operator with the City of Phoenix (AZ) Police Department.  She holds a Masters degree in Criminology and Criminal justice from Indiana State University and has been published in numerous law enforcement publications including Law Enforcement Technology, Law & Order and Police magazine.  She writes two monthly columns for Officer.com – one on communications/police life and one on juvenile justice.  Michelle has done volunteer work as an advocate for sexual assault victims and veterans.  She is currently a volunteer firefighter in the small Oregon town in which she lives.  She rides a Triumph America motorcycle with the Patriot Guard honoring those who have served our nation.  She currently works at Jasper Mountain, a psychiatric residential treatment facility for severely traumatized children.  She enjoys spending time with her two adolescent sons, watching ice hockey, and volunteering at the local ferret shelter. Michelle has been a member of PSWA since 2005 and has been the contest coordinator since 2007.

For a quote on your manuscript contact: michelle@thewritinghand.net

Marilyn Silverman, Editor

Marilyn Silverman, a native New Yorker, possesses an extensive and impressive background in the book publishing industry, where she edits books in a broad range of academic disciplines: history, political science, literary criticism, philosophy, religion, and business. Quite often she  receives recognition for her editing expertise in the acknowledgments. Her  editing was praised on a radio show broadcast in Ohio and hosted by the author of  a book she edited on U.S.-Jordan relations. As a book critic, Marilyn was cited on the cover of  a book on religion written by the esteemed attorney, Alan Dershowitz as well as in the New York Times Book Review. An article she wrote on the Holocaust was reprinted in Byline Magazine, the official publication of the New York Press Club. She also was a judge in the Deadline Club's journalism award competition. Marilyn has a B.A. in English from Long Island University and an M.A. in Political Science from New York University.

For a quote on your manuscript contact: msilverman2010@optimum.net