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Oklahoma Publisher Now Accepting Submissions

TTPH Tall Tails Publishing House is now accepting submissions for picture books and children's fiction.  ubmission guidelines can be found a

Founded in 2008, Tall Tails Publishing House is a small press dedicated to providing entertaining and beautifully illustrated children's books that inspire young people to explore the world around them. We are located in Oklahoma, and are always ready to support local authors and illustrators.


New children’s book shows the adventures to be had outside of your comfort zone. Tall Tails Publishing announces a new title sure to please. 

Okmulgee, OK—Horace the Tortoise: At the Water’s Edge is a delightful new picture book about leaving your comfort zone and trying new experiences. The picture book was written and illustrated by two Oklahoma natives and OSU-IT graphic design graduates, Krystal Russell and Tabitha Smith.

Author Krystal Russell peeks under the hard shell of a grumpy tortoise who has let his worries about the unknown keep him from learning anything new. He drags his feet until a chance encounter with a friendly toad speeds things along. The charming illustrations by Tabitha Smith add depth and wonder to Horace’s watery surroundings and bring out the true character of the grouchy tortoise and his irrepressible friend.

Horace the Tortoise: At the Water’s Edge [ISBN 978-0-9823519-1-8] is currently available for $8.99 from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the Ingram catalog.

About Tall Tails Publishing House
Tall Tails Publishing House is an independent children’s book publisher dedicated to providing beautifully
illustrated and inspirational stories for children of all ages. It was founded in Okmulgee, Oklahoma in 2008



The Chisholm Trail Book Festival held the last several years in Duncan is no more.  The event, which began under the leadership of author Tonya Holmes  and then moved to Duncan, has announced it will not continue the event citing lack of adequate leadership among board members.

This is a blow to Oklahoma's emerging and self-publishing authors who depend on venues such as this to raise awareness of their work and promote book sales.  It will be sorely missed and will leave a void right now in the state since no other book festivals appear to be scheduled for 2013.

It DOES provide an opportunity for a local community, agency, or organization to step in and provide leadership to promote Oklahoma's struggling author and publishing concerns.  There are dozens of talented authors, illustrators, promoter, and publishers in the state and they are important to the state's business and artistic profile.

Hopefully, someone will see the opportunity in this news and a book festival, conference, symposium will be offered to fill the gap.  I will eagerly await news of such an event in Oklahoma.


Author Barbara Wright Jones Named ACW Writer of the Year

Every year the American Christian Writers have a conference in Oklahoma City. At the time of the conference they choose a member for the award of Writer of the Year. 

Barbara Wright Jones, co-author of Anna's Song  recently attended their conference and was chosen for this honor. ACW has a large membership and have several conferences each year all across the United States and also a Caribbean Christian Writers Cruise.

Barbara Wright Jones is an award winning and published author of a biography, several articles, and short stories. She also has written a book of finger puppet plays and curriculum books for Spanish language teachers. She is a retired teacher who lives with her husband, Kenneth,  in Oklahoma City, OK.


Researcher Seeks Nominations for Early Storytellers

Preliminary Cover of upcoming history
They may have been a teacher, a librarian, a Sunday School teacher, or someone else but they could weave magic in an audience with their skill as an oral storyteller.  In  your town, in your community - was there someone like this?  Nominate them for mention in an upcoming book on the history of storytelling in modern Oklahoma.

Send to the following:

Your name, location, contact info
Your nominee's name, a little about why you nominate them, where they were, and what they did, etc.
Response will assume permission to reproduce information.

Submissions Sought

Misti Pryor, director/producer of Listen to your Mother: OKC  wants you, your group, your colleagues  friends, postal carriers and or barristas to submit your writing for the LTYM:OKC show. OKC has been selected as one of 24 cities in this national series of live readings on the theme of motherhood. Please take a moment to look over what we are bringing to our city, and consider submitting a piece. Oklahoma City is giving motherhood a microphone, honoring our stories, and celebrating Mother's Day in a brand new way this year. Won't you be a part of it?