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Get To Know Oceanview Publishing

Established in 2006, Oceanview Publishing was founded on the principles of excellence in independent publishing. They have provided mystery, thrillers, and suspense titles to readers around the country, which includes their best-selling title The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen. Known as one of the fastest growing independent publishers in the U.S., Oceanview Publishing’s titles have received many awards and nominations such as Independent Publishers Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, and ALA Book of the Year. These awards exemplify their dedication to works that create emotion, thrill, and chilling storylines.


Learn more about Oceanview Publishing in our recent interview with Lee Randall, Publishing Manager for the last 2.5 years.

Q. What do you think makes a good book?
A. Good writing, of course. Add to that a compelling protagonist and supporting characters. Throw in a strong dose of tension that builds throughout the narrative—ensure a gripping and suspense-filled storyline and support it all with accurate facts and authenticity.

Q. What do you look at when signing authors?
A. In addition to a well-written mystery or thriller, we look for originality and that elusive “voice” which will make its way into the minds and hearts of readers. For experienced writers, we evaluate their track record of sales, awards, reviews. And for debut and experienced writers, we consider their ability and intent to help “sell” their books—book tours, presentations, conferences, social media, e-blasts, potential fields of influence and professional contacts. We like to rely on our trusted agents’ experience with the author as it’s important to us to publish authors who are cooperative and open-minded.

  Q. Describe your publishing house in one word.

A. Quality

Q. What differentiates your publishing house from others?
A. Our single-minded focus on mystery, thriller, and suspense puts us among only a few independent publishers. Our books are available in all formats—print, digital, and audio. Our history of awards, bestsellers, endorsements from well-known mystery/thriller writers, and consistent reviews in the top trade journals, as well as our personal and corporate support of thriller/mystery organizations, places us in very good alignment with the mystery/thriller world.

Q. What’s the most unique book you’ve read from your collection?
A. Each book is unique in its own way, but we’ll call out A Kind of Justice and its sequel Seven Suspects by Renee James. In the words of Jodi Piccoult, “You’ve most likely never met a narrator like Bobbi. Tough, tender, funny, full of heart—and a transgender woman—” The author herself is transgender, a great example of authenticity in bringing a story to life.

Q. How has the digital era affected your publishing house?
A. Dramatically. We were one of the earlier publishers to position our titles with all the major ereaders, and in doing so, we experienced an important synergy of formats. We have participated in some of the “e-specials” and have found these to be tremendously helpful in “discoverability” of our authors. When the promotional price goes away, the halo effect for both full-priced ebooks and for paper books of the promoted author remains for some time.

Meet the Team

    Bob Gussin, CEO

  Pat Gussin, President/Editor-in-Chief

  Emily Baar, Associate Editor

David Abolafia,
Director of Marketing & PR