"You simply sit down at the typewriter, open your veins, and bleed."
~ Red Smith
Okay, so most of us aren't writing our books on typewriters anymore... But while technology has improved exponentially since this 1949 quote, the truth of Smith's statement has not. Writing is hard, so hard it feels like we are pouring out our blood to create this thing–this poem or short story, novel or epoch. The good news is that once we type the end, we get to be done, right?
Yeah, not so much. Not even in Smith's day was typing the end the actual end of an author's journey. Editing, formatting, cover design, promoting, publishing, marketing... the end of any given manuscript is only the beginning of an author's work.
This is where Oak & Pine Publishing Services comes in.
While you focus on getting to the end, we are here to help you prepare for what's beyond that. From coaching you through outlines, proposals, and even manuscripts, to professional beta reading, and beyond, our services are completely customizable to fit your needs.
Integrity - from our prices to our feedback, we will always be upfront and honest with our clients.
Value - we believe in giving more in value than we ask for in payment.
Grace - more than basic courtesy, we extend respect for our clients opinions, experiences, and truths even when they differ from our own.
Quality - We provide only services and add-ons that we know we can do well.
Hi, I'm Cassandra Lee
The founder and owner/manager of Oak & Pine Publishing Services, LLC.
When I was five years old, I told my mother I wanted to be a professional author. Instead of laughing at me, my mother gave me the most useful piece of advice I've ever received: if you want to be an author, you need to learn to take criticism with grace.
I'm not sure if my mother imagined that twenty-some years later, I would be using her advice every day. As a multi-published indie author, I get criticism all the time: reviews, ARC readers, crit partners, beta readers, and my unicorn of an editor, Amy. But more than using Mom's advice as an author, I have found it to be invaluable in my author services business.
At Oak & Pine, I strive to provide quality critique with a giant dose of grace. My goal is not to take over your project, but to help you help yourself make it the best it can be.
Why am I qualified to do this?
I've been beta-reading for authors (both published and not) for over fifteen years. I am not professionally trained, but have studied writing craft and business independently for almost as long as I've been aspiring to be an author. I have honed a critique technique (say that three times fast) that puts YOU, THE AUTHOR at the center. Every comment I make on a manuscript, and every suggestion I make for a business, is about making the best of your words, not making your words mine.
I also have a passion for research and tend to use my own author platform as a testing ground for new marketing techniques before I ever recommend them to my clients.
On a more personal note...
My work history is in education, banking, and working with a communications team at a megachurch. I was the team writer/editor on the latter for just over three years, and enjoyed working closely with multiple departments to produce sermon series and content. My main role was to write the weekly devotions and questions for our bulletin. Since adopting our son in 2020, I have stayed at home and worked on building my author career and business.
Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, reading, and painting... as well as the occasional home renovation project. I like my tea strong and my books romantic or mysterious, and wish there was a way to watch Great British Bakeoff without needing to devour an entire carton of cookies.
My husband and I have been together almost fifteen years now. We have one kiddo and a very fat husky who fill our hearts and home with love (and mess). Recently we moved from Colorado to Missouri, and while I miss my mountains, I am loving the emerald, rolling hills we now call home.
Above all, I love helping other writers on their journey to becoming authors and businesspeople. I look forward to working with you!
~ Cassandra Lee