Oceanview Publishing Celebrates Three Year Anniversary

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Massachusetts-based publisher celebrates three successful years, looks forward.

Founded by Bob Gussin and Susan Greger, both former executives with Johnson & Johnson, Oceanview Publishing will mark its third year in operation in October 2007.

According to Gussin, CEO of Oceanview, "In speaking with authors and attending writers conferences, we became cognizant of the frustration many authors have with larger publishers. Time and again, we heard that big publishers were hesitant to publish authors who weren't established, and that mid-list authors often received little or no support from their publishers. What became clear was that plenty of wonderful books weren't getting published and many great voices were left unheard. We created Oceanview to fill that void. While we come from science and medical backgrounds, we are voracious readers, and are passionate about books and literature. Our mission is to provide writers with the best-of-both-worlds -- the 'small publisher' size allowing the author and publisher to work closely together, coupled with a larger publisher approach of providing significant marketing, publicity and advertising support for our books."

Operating as a traditional, non-subsidy, non-vanity press and offering advance and royalties to authors, Oceanview focuses on hardcover general adult fiction with a special emphasis on works within the mystery/suspense/thriller genre.

Oceanview released five titles in 2006: Shadow of Death by Patricia Gussin, The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen, South Beach Shakedown by Don Bruns, Death Angel by Martha Powers, and Trash Talk by Bob Gussin. Oceanview released two Spring 2007 titles -- Ladykiller by Lawrence Light and Meredith Anthony and The Castro Gene by international bestselling author Todd Buchholz -- and recently released the first two titles from the Fall 2007 list -- Stuff to Die For by Don Bruns and A Grave Breach by James Macomber. Three additional titles will round out the Fall 2007 list -- Egrets to the Flames (November 1) by Barbara Anton, and Twisted Justice (December 1) as well as a trade paper edition of Shadow of Death (December 1) both by Patricia Gussin. Presently, Oceanview has seven titles slated for release in 2008, and is in the process of finalizing titles for their 2009 list.

In just over a year and a half since releasing their first title, Oceanview has received a great deal of attention: Shadow of Death -- nominee for "Best First Novel" in the Thriller Awards sponsored by the International Thriller Writers; The Perfect Assassin -- awarded the Silver Medal in the Florida Book of the Year Awards, named a finalist in the mystery/suspense category of both the Best Books 2006 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News, and the 2007 Indie Excellence Awards, sponsored by PubInsider magazine, and Silver Medal winner of the mystery/suspense category of the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards; Death Angel - selected as a BookSense Pick, finalist in the mystery/suspense category of both the Best Books 2006 Awards and the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards; South Beach Shakedown -- named best mystery/suspense in both the Best Books 2006 awards and the 2007 Indie Excellence Awards, and named finalist in the mystery/suspense category of the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, as well as the Benjamin Franklin Awards; and Trash Talk -- finalist in the humor category of the Best Books 2006 awards and the 2007 Indie Excellence Awards.

Represented to the trade by New York-based Midpoint Trade Books, Oceanview has partnered with Writers House, one of the country's preeminent literary agencies for domestic rights representation for the Oceanview catalog. In early 2007, Oceanview entered into an agreement with Waterside Productions who will handle foreign rights representation for the Oceanview catalog. In addition to reporting record pre-sales for their 2007 lists, Oceanview has sold rights for a number of their titles. Audio rights for South Beach Shakedown and Stuff to Die For were sold to Blackstone Audio, Thorndike purchased large print rights for Death Angel, and Doubleday Book Club recently purchased book club rights for Death Angel.

Susan Greger, Publisher at Oceanview commented, "What we have accomplished in these last three years is a testament to the dedication of our wonderful authors, the tremendous support we have received from the industry and the hard work of the Oceanview team."

Oceanview Publishing (http://www.oceanviewpub.com) is headquartered in Massachusetts. Members of the news media wishing to speak with a representative of Oceanview, or receive review copies of any of the Oceanview titles, are asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone -- 615.297.9875, or by email -- maryglenn@maryglenn.com

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