Welcome Krista Stroever, senior editor of Steeple Hill to the blog! Thanks for joining us, Krista. I’d like to talk about the upcoming ACFW conference in September.
Robin: You’ve attended various conferences over the years. In your opinion, what makes ACFW’s conference stand out from the others?
Krista: Few of the conferences I attend (with the exception of some of the trade shows) are exclusively Christian fiction & romance. It’s refreshing to attend a conference with people who are doing what I do!
Robin: Any advice you’d like to offer to a 1st time conference attendee?
Krista: Relax! Honestlyâ€”most people are so nervous themselves about attending that they wonâ€™t even notice anything you do! Also, take notes and accept that itâ€™s just not possible to attend everything.
Robin: As an editor taking appointments, what do you look for most in a new author?
An established author?
Krista: In a new author, I look for the fact theyâ€™re querying me on a complete manuscript, a sense of their bookâ€™s hooks, a concise keynote, and a knowledge of what my house publishes.
In an established author, I look for the latter 3 items, as well as a strong sales track record, info on their marketing/promotional/subrights history and an exciting new project.
Robin: Some people have said an editor will request something from each appointment they have at a conference–simply because it’s easier to reject via snail mail rather than face-to-face. What’s your stand on this?
Krista: I canâ€™t speak for all editors, so it may certainly happen, but as several prospective authors can tell you, I have rejected projects not suitable for my house right at the appointment. Thereâ€™s no point in my wasting your time.
Robin: Can you share with the bloggers some specifics of what Steeple Hill, and you in particular, are looking for now?
Krista: The biggest opportunities for new authors lie in the Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical lines. Weâ€™re looking for strong character-driven romances and are particularly eager for new talent in the romantic suspense genre.
For the Steeple Hill womenâ€™s fiction line, we prefer established authors.
We are not looking for chick-lit for the Love Inspired line from new authors, and we are sufficiently inventoried in cozies.
Robin: What are you looking forward to the most about the upcoming conference?
Krista: Fellowship! (And great new projects, of course.)
Robin: We’ve all shared the horror stories of worst pitches, stalking of agents/editors, and most horrible moment. What BEST moment of an ACFW conference can you tell us about?
Krista: The best moments are when you get to reconnect with authors you work with, but donâ€™t have the chance to see every day.
Robin: Thank you so much for stopping by and giving of your time to answer my
questions. I look forward to seeing you in September!
Krista: My pleasure!
Robin here: So, you haven’t registered for the ACFW conference yet? What’re you waiting for? Go. Now. Here. Register. You’ll feel better!