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Agent Appointments

The opportunity to have personal, fifteen minute appointments with Editors, Agents, Mentors , or PR/Media Professionals is a valuable highlight of the conference. These provide a great way to learn first-hand about the writing industry, to pitch your manuscript or work-in-progress, and to brainstorm ideas, get encouragement, and benefit from industry professionals.

All appointments are available on a first pay, first slotted basis. Appointments will be scheduled by the Conference Appointment Coordinator, Casey Miller. You will select multiple choices for your appointment needs when you register for the conference.

Ann Byle
Portrait of Ann Byle
Organization: Credo Communications LLC
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.credocommunications.net

Ann Byle is a literary agent with Credo Communications where she represents fiction and nonfiction authors. She spent years as a freelance journalist before the newspaper business collapsed, and continues to write for online and print publications including Publishers Weekly and Grand Rapids Magazine. She is author of The Making of a Christian Bestseller and the upcoming Christian Publishing 101, and coauthor with Bethany Hamilton of Soul Surfer Devotions and Troy Evans of The Edge of Redemption. Ann is also cofounder of Breathe Christian Writers Conference. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband and four children.

Currently Seeking: -I am looking for fiction in these areas: cozy mystery, suspense, romantic suspense, romance, contemporary, historical. I am looking for a combination of interesting story, unique voice, top writing skills, and a strong social media presence.


I am not interested in:
-Science Fiction
-Horror
-Children's picture books
-Poetry


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Published authors: Please bring writing samples and a brief proposal that includes sales history and social media numbers. Unpublished authors: Please bring a proposal and three sample chapters, and have a completed manuscript available upon later request.




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Sarah Freese
Portrait of Sarah Freese
Organization: WordServe Literary Group
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.wordserveliterary.com

Sarah Joy Freese is an associate agent with WordServe Literary. She loves reading through queries and attending writing conferences to meet new excellent writers. Sarah especially enjoys working with authors to make their manuscripts publishable; she has edited several manuscripts that are in various stages of the publishing process.

Before Sarah joined WordServe, she worked several years as an English teacher, at both high school and college levels. She also worked as a collegiate tutor for various community colleges and the college from which she obtained her masters’ degrees. Even then, she was honing her editing skills by working with authors in various stages of their PhD dissertations.

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in English and communications from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also has an MA (emphasis in creative writing) and an MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Sarah is married and enjoys life with her husband, baby boys, Mason and Matthew, and two birds, Brewster and Beamer. When she is not working, Sarah enjoys crocheting, watching NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy and playing Euchre.


Currently Seeking: Looking for Christian books of any genre, fiction or nonfiction.

Not interested in poetry.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
What I’d like to see during appointments is a few pages that highlight your idea if it’s nonfiction, and a synopsis, character list, and the first 10 pages of a novel.





Guidelines: http://www.wordserveliterary.com/submissionguidelines.html

Rachelle Gardner
Portrait of Rachelle Gardner
Organization: Books & Such Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.booksandsuch.com/

Rachelle Gardner is an agent with Books & Such Literary Agency, representing both fiction and nonfiction. In the publishing business since 1995, Rachelle previously worked for two publishing houses in positions encompassing marketing, sales, international rights, acquisitions and editorial. She has also edited over 100 books. As an agent, she loves helping authors strategize and build their careers, and takes great joy in sharing the important milestones in a writer’s journey. Writers can get to know Rachelle through her blog, RachelleGardner.com and at the agency website, BooksandSuch.com

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Currently Seeking: Currently seeking: Fiction for women in these genres: contemporary, historical, romance, suspense, literary, or general women's fiction. If you're hoping to break in to Harlequin/Love Inspired, talk to me! I'm NOT looking at speculative, sci-fi, fantasy, or YA/children's. I represent non-fiction as well, and I'm looking for authors who have strong platforms.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I'd like you to bring a brief synopsis and the first chapter of your novel - not for me to keep, but just for me to look at. A one-sheet is great, too, if you have one.



Guidelines: http://www.rachellegardner.com/talk-with-publishers-and-agents/

Linda Glaz
Portrait of Linda Glaz
Organization: Hartline Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.hartlineliterary.com/

Linda S. Glaz has been an agent with Hartline Literary Agency for four years as well as being a multi-published author. She loves to find a jewel in the slush pile as well as meeting with authors at workshops and conferences. She has worked as an editorial assistant, final proofreader, and as a reviewer for a romance site. She's a member of AWSA and presents at conferences/workshops nationwide. Discovering new talent with fresh voices and encouraging those not quite ready for publication are her biggest joys.

Currently Seeking: Always looking for wonderful new romance novelists as well as suspense authors. Combine the two and I'm thrilled. I love a great mystery or murder! Historic novels and historic romances are favorites also. Not interested in children's books, and handle only a few YA titles. Women's fiction is fine if it isn't too dark. Amish or other alternatives like Shaker and Quaker are awesome. I do look at some non-fiction but it doesn't grab me like a great novel.

NOT interested in seeing: Children's, speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy) Women's fiction that is too dark

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I'd love to see a 25-30 word pitch, a short synopsis and the first 2-3 pages. Novels must be complete for me to consider. More than anything, I'd like to take the time to get to know the author. Just be yourself and relax.


Guidelines: http://www.hartlineliterary.com/submissions.html

Michelle Grajkowski
Portrait of Michelle Grajkowski
Organization: Three Seas Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.threeseasagency.com

From the moment Michelle Grajkowski first opened the doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000, she has been living her dream. (What could be better than surrounding yourself with amazing authors and their exciting and imaginative books?) Since then, her agency has sold almost 700 books to all the major publishing houses, and has grown from one agent to three!

Michelle’s client list includes New York Times Bestselling Authors Kerrelyn Sparks, Katie MacAlister, C.L. Wilson and Cathy McDavid. She primarily represents romance, women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction along with select non-fiction projects with a terrific message. She is currently looking for fantastic writers with a voice of their own.

When not curled up with a great manuscript, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, children and her two silly puppies, Libby and Gizmo.

Currently Seeking: Looking for all sub genres of romance, women's fiction and young adult. I also am interested in historical fiction and select nonfiction projects, specifically self help, fitness and family issues.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I prefer not to take anything with me from the conference, so attendees can just bring a great pitch, samples of published books and a smile.

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Julie Gwinn
Portrait of Julie Gwinn
Organization: Seymour Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.theseymouragency.com/

Julie Gwinn has been a professional in the public relations, advertising industry for more than 21 years for organizations such as The American Red Cross, the YWCA and Dye, Van Mol and Lawrence public relations and advertising agencies in Nashville. Julie was most recently the Marketing Manager with Abingdon Press, was previously Fiction Publisher for B&H Publishing Group and in 2013, won ACFW's Editor of the Year Award.

Currently Seeking: I would like to see: romance (both historical and contemporary), mystery and suspense (true-crime and medical), spec and fantasy, "guy" fiction

Would not like to see: dystopian, angels and demons, women's fiction unless it is unique

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Would like to see authors who have a complete or near completed manuscript.


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Jim Hart
Portrait of Jim Hart
Organization: Hartline Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.hartlineliterary.com

As a full-time agent with Hartline Literary Agency Jim Hart has had the privilege of meeting and working with an amazing and eclectic group of authors, spanning multiple genres, in both fiction and non-fiction.

Philippians 4:8 is the filter in which Jim uses to select any material “….whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Jim gets excited when Christians use their creative spark to fire the imagination of others. He is also passionate about the local church, its role in the community, and in seeing people becoming mature followers of Christ. He is a credentialed minister with a back-ground as a song writer/musician/worship leader, as well as in youth ministry. Jim’s previous professional experience also included pre-press management for a large direct mail publisher, and also managing a Hunger Program for a large urban inter-faith ministry.

Currently Seeking: Jim is looking for unique and engaging fictional suspense/thrillers, romance (contemporary and historical), women’s fiction, literary fiction, and some YA sci-fi/fantasy. If you have a New Adult book – let’s talk! Also interested in non-fiction regarding church growth, Christian living, and the arts in the Church. Keep in mind that non-fiction topics require a certain level of credentials, experience and expertise.

I am not looking for Amish, children/middle reader/picture books, poetry, devotionals.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
For appointments I am interested in authors who have a completed manuscript. For the actual appointment please bring a one-sheet, your contact information and TWO sample chapters (as I will be flying and will have limited space for proposals).



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Natasha Kern
Portrait of Natasha Kern
Organization: Natasha Kern Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.natashakern.com/

Natasha Kern has personally over 1,500 books. The agency has sold books to every major publisher and to most medium-sized presses in both ABA and CBA. Her list includes: mainstream women’s fiction, romantic suspense and romantic comedies; contemporary and historical romances; ethnic, Amish and Biblical fiction as well as thrillers, mysteries and suspense. Her clients include several New York Times best-selling authors, USA Today Best Sellers; RITA winners an Edgar winner, and Christy winners or finalists including Tamera Alexander, Robin Lee Hatcher, Siri Mitchell and Cathy Gohlke as well as ACFW/Carol award winners including Mary Connealy, Julie Lessman and Melissa Jagears in addition to several ECPA best-selling writers including Beth Wiseman and Kathleen Morgan. She has assisted several writers to move from CBA to ABA and also vice versa. Information about the agency is available on the Internet at http://www.natashakern.com

Currently Seeking: I am NOT representing: children’s stories; nonfiction; science fiction/fantasy; horror

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I want to meet with writers who have completed the manuscript they are presenting if they are unpublished. If they are published, I would prefer that their proposal be in the same genre but that is not a requirement. I will review fiction targeted toward CBA or ABA publishers. I will also consider material from authors who have been successfully indie published.



Guidelines: http://www.natashakern.com/submitting_fiction.htm

Jessica Kirkland
Portrait of Jessica Kirkland
Organization: The Blythe Daniel Agency
Title: Marketing and Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.theblythedanielagency.com

Jessica Kirkland joined The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc. as Marketing and Literary Agent in 2012. She acquires both fiction and non-fiction and has a strong command for helping authors with book development. Jessica thinks outside the box as a marketer, and her experience as a business owner has helped her teach authors how to brand themselves more effectively. She brings a lot of creative ability and innovative thinking to the publishing industry and to the agency. In addition to helping acquire and build new talent, Jessica has a strong background in sales, which has led to the successful positioning of our authors. She speaks frequently at writers conferences on marketing, blogging, and the life of a writer. She also does blog critiques and independent author consulting for traditional, hybrid, and indie authors. Jessica represents several finalists and winners from the ACFW Genesis Contest. Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications and a minor in Marketing from Sam Houston State University. When Jessica isn't helping authors write their books, she writes on her own website http://www.iliveloud.net where she encourages people to make their moments count. Jessica lives in Texas with her husband, Robb, and 7-year-old triplets. She can be bribed with hugs and gluten-free cupcakes, and enjoys chatting with authors on Facebook and Twitter.

Currently Seeking: Looking for right now:

Non-fiction writers with unique messages or stories (can be memoir or christian living etc..). Specifically, I like topics such as women's issues, politics, health/wellness, cultural issues, etc..

Non-fiction for 8-12 year olds for the Christian market.

Bloggers. I am looking for unique bloggers with a growing audience who are interested in publication and have solid book ideas.

Gift book concepts/proposals for both the christian market and general market.

Cookbooks. I will only take a cookbook idea from someone who has a large online presence.

Fiction: Women's fiction or Romance only at this time. I am not taking any debut authors at this time, unless they have a large marketing platform, are co-writing with an author with a proven sales record, or have been mentored by an established author.

Indie Fiction Authors: I am looking for indie fiction projects that have strong sales and the potential to become film. If pitching a book-to-film project, please come with a treatment in hand.

At this time I am not looking for: Young Adult Fiction, children's picture books, Bible Studies.




APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Please have a completed manuscript before you pitch. For the pitch, I would like a one sheet, business card, and three sample chapters (Due to air travel, I may or may not take the sample chapters with me).





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Steve Laube
Portrait of Steve Laube
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Literary Agent and President
Web Site: http://www.stevelaube.com/

Steve Laube, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, is a 35 year veteran of the bookselling industry. He began his career in the bookselling arena and his store in Phoenix was named the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) store of the year in 1989. He then spent 11 years with Bethany House Publishers rising to the position of an editorial director. In 2002 he was named the AWSA Golden Scroll Editor of the Year. The next year he became a literary agent and in 2004 formed The Steve Laube Agency. In 2009 he was named the ACFW Agent of the Year. In 2013 he was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology.

Currently Seeking: All genres of fiction are welcome with the exception of most Children’s literature.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I would like to see writing sample and a proposal during an appointment. A “one sheet” is not sufficient because it doesn’t show me you can write

Guidelines: http://www.stevelaube.com/guidelines/

Chip MacGregor
Portrait of Chip MacGregor
Organization: MacGregor Literary, Inc.
Title: President
Web Site: http://macgregorliterary.com/

Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor LIterary, Inc., a full-service literary agency that works in both CBA as well as the general market. Chip has been working in the publishing industry for three decades, and made his living as a freelance writer and editor for several years. He is the author of numerous books, including a couple of bestselling nonfiction titles, and formerly served as a publisher with Time-Warner Book Group. He began working as an agent fifteen years ago, and has represented hundreds of titles. The authors he represents have won every major CBA writing award, and their books have been on all the bestseller lists -- New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Amazon, the CBA and ECPA lists, and one title he represented hit #1 on the New York Times list. Eight years ago he began his own literary agency, and over the past five years he has consistently been one of the busiest literary agents in the United States. He works with both fiction and nonfiction titles, but the majority of the business he is currently doing is fiction. Chip has an undergraduate degree from Portland State University, a master's from Biola University, did doctoral work at the University of Oregon, and post-doc work at Oxford University. A well-known speaker at writing conferences and via online writing sites, he lives on the Oregon coast.



Currently Seeking: Well-written commercial novels for the Christian market. Chip is open to seeing romance, thrillers, romantic suspense, thrillers, historical, literary, and Amish fiction. The most important aspect in evaluating a proposal is the writing quality. For MacGregor Literary to seriously consider your work for representation, you'll need to have a completed manuscript.

Not looking for Apocalyptic end-times novels, most spec fiction, biblical fiction, allegory, short story collections, or novels written completely in haiku. Or even partially in haiku.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
While I’m happy to talk about your story, your career, or the industry, I won’t consider a novel for representation unless it is complete. It will also help if you tell me I look tall.




Guidelines: http://macgregorliterary.com/resources/index.php

Tamela Hancock Murray
Portrait of Tamela Hancock Murray
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.stevelaube.com/

Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency is a full-time literary agent bringing to her clients her past experience as a bestselling novelist and author of nonfiction as well. In 2001, her novel, Destinations, won the RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the Short Historical category. Tamela has been a literary agent since 2001. She joined The Steve Laube Agency in 2011. A native Virginian, she holds a BA with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband of over 30 years and their youngest daughter. An avid reader, Tamela feels blessed by the Lord to have a career in Christian publishing, where she enjoys long-term relationships with key publishing professionals in every top CBA publishing house.


Currently Seeking: Tamela continues to seek novels with strong romantic elements, whether aimed at CBA mass market or trade book publishers. At this time she is emphasizing stellar historical novels but is open to outstanding contemporary novels as well.

NOT SEEKING: Speculative, spiritual warfare, children's, Middle Ages, novels set in the 1950s-2000

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Tamela prefers that debut authors have completed the manuscript they wish to discuss and can tell her their plans for their next novel or two. Established authors do not need a complete manuscript. Tamela is
happy to meet with authors regardless of where they are in their careers. If you are not sure what to do about agency representation or what your next step should be, Tamela is happy to share her thoughts.
Author appointments are one of her favorite parts of the ACFW conference!





Guidelines: http://www.stevelaube.com/guidelines/

Mary Sue Seymour
Portrait of Mary Sue Seymour
Organization: The Seymour Agency
Title: Literary Agent and Founder
Web Site: http://www.theseymouragency.com/

Mary Sue Seymour, nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Agent of the Year, has been agenting for 20 years and is listed as a top deal-maker for inspirational fiction on Publisher’s Marketplace. She has sold multi-book deals to Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Harvest House, Bethany House, Cook, Harper One, Guideposts, Abingdon Press and others. She travels the country and world presenting writing workshops, mentoring writers and doing appointments with them. She has been a guest agent at The Women's Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, has attended the London Book Fair and has traveled to almost every American city to writing conferences and she'd loved every minute of it. If you'd like to see current sales, conference pictures or recent covers of books she's sold, please visit her web site.

She represents several best selling Christian authors such as New York Times best selling author, Shelley Shepard Gray, Beth Wiseman, Mary Ellis, Amy Clipston, Don Reid of the Statler Brothers, Vannetta Chapman and so on; her writers have won numerous publishing industry awards, have been written about in Publisher's Weekly and other publications.

Mary Sue likes to keep busy since her sons, Matt and Luke, named after the gospel writers, have grown up. She ran the Disney half marathon this past January and took 317th place in her age category of 55-59. She teaches art on cruise ships in exchange for a complementary cruise for two [which has made her exceedingly popular with her friends!]. The most important aspect of Mary Sue's life is her faith in Jesus Christ. She attends two churches - one service at 9:00 - the other at 11:00 and she is never fearful of witnessing about the love of Christ.

Currently Seeking: Information coming soon

Guidelines: http://www.theseymouragency.com/Submissions.html

Karen Solem
Portrait of Karen Solem
Organization: Spencerhill Associates, Ltd.
Title: President
Web Site: http://www.spencerhillassociates.com/

Karen Solem represents a broad range of commercial fiction including women’s fiction, thrillers and mysteries. A number of her clients have become New York Times bestsellers and though it’s wonderful to have that kind of recognition, she still takes a lot of pleasure in discovering and working with new talent. Karen brings an editorial background as well as a business background to assist her clients. Prior to becoming an agent Karen had 25 years of corporate publishing experience, as editor, editor-in-chief and publisher.

She counts herself among the lucky people who knew early on what they wanted to do. She always wanted to own a bookstore, and loved reading, discovering new writers, and being transported by what she read; the natural choice was publishing. In 1980 she joined Simon & Schuster as editor-in-chief of Silhouette books. She had never read a romance before her interview but found that not only did she love reading them, but that the writers are so very talented. With her development of Silhouette from four books a month to a division that released more than 24 titles a month, there was an explosion in the demand for romance and women’s fiction of all kinds. Many of those Silhouette writers went on to huge successes; authors such as Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Barbara Delinsky and Debbie Macomber are just a few of many who got their start in romance. At Silhouette she began one of the first series of Christian romances called EvenSong which debuted in the mid 1980's

In 1990, to broaden her publishing background she moved to Harper Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins, as Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, where one of her mandates was to build a women’s fiction program: and to be the liaison with Harper's sister company Zondervan. Through that she developed a program to publishing many of the Zondervan nonfiction books in mass-market paperback to mainstream booksellers. After five years, Karen left corporate publishing to be a literary agent, where she enjoys not having to walk that line between publisher/employer and author. Being the author’s advocate exclusively is rewarding and a pleasure. She was previously associated with Writers House where she worked for nearly six years.

Currently Seeking: Really looking for mystery, suspense, romance or bigger women's fiction.

Not seeking in Young Adult material and no science fiction

Guidelines: http://spencerhillassociates.com/index.php/Submissions/

Les Stobbe
Portrait of Les Stobbe
Organization: Stobbe Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent and Founder
Web Site: http://www.stobbeliterary.com

An active Literary Agent for 20 years and Executive Editor of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, Les Stobbe also serves as director of International Christian Writers. He has been denominational editor, newsletter editor, book editor, book club vice-president, CE Journal editor, curriculum managing editor, and president of a book publishing house. He has written curriculum, journalism lessons, 14 books and hundreds of magazine articles. He loves working with writers of both non-fiction and fiction.

Currently Seeking: Looking for adult fiction and non-fiction. I will also consider YA fantasy and contemporary fiction.

Not interested in seeing fantasy and Sci-Fi or biblical fiction.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I prefer interviews with fiction writers with already completed manuscripts. A one-page synopsis and a few pages from Chapter One is all I have time for.

Guidelines: http://www.stobbeliterary.com




You must be at least 18 years old to attend conference without a parent/guardian present with you at all times.

Participation of an individual presenter, agent, editor, or publisher in the ACFW conference does not constitute endorsement by ACFW. Conference attendees are advised to use due diligence and take personal responsibility when choosing industry professionals with whom to schedule appointments or enter into agreement.