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Editor 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.

Beth Adams
Portrait of Beth Adams
Organization: Howard Books
Title: Senior Editor
Web Site: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Beth Adams is a Senior Editor at Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. Previous to that, she worked at Guideposts and Random House. She has degrees from Princeton University and New York University, and she has written a number of novels under various pen names, which she will reveal for the right price. She works out of the main Simon and Schuster office in New York and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young daughters.

Currently Seeking: Looking to acquire commercial fiction, specifically in the genres of romance, suspense, and Amish. We’re especially looking for established authors who actively engage with readers, work hard to publicize and sell their books, and enjoy the editorial process and working with a team of publishing professionals.

We are not interested in children’s, YA, poetry, fantasy, sci-fi

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Appointment information: We prefer that you have a completed manuscript before you make an appointment. Please bring a one-sheet with a one-to-three-sentence elevator pitch and short synopsis as well as an author bio that highlights your platform.


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Dawn Anderson
Portrait of Dawn Anderson
Organization: Kregel Publications
Title: Associate Editor
Web Site: http://www.kregel.com

Dawn Anderson (Associate Editor, Kregel Publications) passionately loves the career to which God has drawn her. A graduate of Cornerstone University with an English major and a psychology minor, she began proofreading professionally in college, but took the circuitous route through typesetting, teaching high school English, homeschooling, and play directing before finally settling down to editing full time. Wife of twenty-plus years, mom of tweens and teens, and involved with youth at church, she enjoys reading fiction, eating out, playing games with live people, and watching movies with her family.


Currently Seeking: For Kregel, Dawn currently acquires and edits both fiction and nonfiction over a variety of genres and categories for Christian audiences 13 to 99.

What Kregel is currently looking for in fiction: Adult or YA titles in historical, biblical, Amish, mystery, suspense, contemporary, and romance , or some workable combination of these. Kregel is not looking for titles for kids or tweens, or for literary, allegorical, or speculative fiction. Kregel seeks fiction that is entertaining, with exceptional storytelling and with a spiritual arc. Kregel avoids blatantly preachy or agenda-driven stories.



APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I’m happy to meet with prospective authors at any stage of their journey, but to be seriously considered for publication, prepublished authors must have a completed manuscript. Without a completed manuscript, prepublished authors will not be asked to submit anything but may use the appointment time to practice their pitch and ask questions. Proposals from previously published authors should include publisher(s) and sales of previous titles.



Guidelines: http://www.kregel.com

Shana Asaro
Portrait of Shana Asaro
Organization: Love Inspired
Title: Associate Editor
Web Site: http://www.harlequin.com

Shana Asaro is the Associate Editor for Harlequin’s Love Inspired series romance line. Having been with the company for over seven years, she enjoys working with authors on a variety of Christian romance. So far she’s acquired nine new authors for the Love Inspired franchise and is eagerly seeking more fresh, exciting voices. Shana studied journalism in college and worked at a literary agency before coming to Harlequin. Recently married, she’s enjoying the start of her own happily ever after with her husband and their crazy but adorable dog.



Currently Seeking: Currently Seeking: Love Inspired consists of three varied inspirational romance lines: Love Inspired (contemporary romance 55,000-60,000 words), Love Inspired Suspense (contemporary romantic suspense 55,000-60,000 words) and Love Inspired Historical (historical romance 70,000-75,000 words). I especially enjoy action-adventure suspense romances, sweet contemporary romances set in small towns, Amish romances, Westerns, storms, dogs and a little bit of humor or quirkiness. Unique settings are also always fun to see.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
While having a complete manuscript ready is beneficial, it is not a requirement to pitch to me. Multiple editors from Love Inspired are attending the conference, so please choose only ONE of us to pitch to.



Guidelines: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=538&chapter=0

Jessica Barnes
Portrait of Jessica Barnes
Organization: Guideposts
Title: Series Fiction Editor
Web Site: http://www.guideposts.org/

Jessica Barnes has worked with inspirational fiction her entire career. She spent six years at WaterBrook Multnomah, working on award-winning titles, and is now the Editor, Series Fiction at Guideposts.

Currently Seeking: Currently Seeking: At Guideposts, we put you in touch with fiction that warms your heart and helps you see the infinite possibilities of God’s work in our lives. You’ll discover stories of home, family, and community, of memories and new beginnings, and of holding each other up in fellowship and faith. You’ll find true-to-life characters, charming settings, and compelling stories that offer a satisfying and always wholesome reading experience.

We are currently NOT accepting book proposals for publication. We are, however, interested in finding writers for our direct mail continuity program who are able to write charming, gentle women’s fiction in the mystery or general fiction genres.



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Stephanie Broene
Portrait of Stephanie Broene
Organization: Tyndale House Publishers
Title: Senior Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://www.tyndale.com

Stephanie Broene is a Senior Acquisitions Editor who has been a part of the Tyndale fiction team since 2006. Before coming to Tyndale, she worked in a different sector of the publishing industry as the editor of a regional home and garden magazine. She has always loved the way fiction can entertain, move, and challenge readers, and now considers it a privilege to work with many best-selling, award-winning authors across a variety of genres. A graduate of Calvin College, Stephanie lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with her husband and young son.

Currently Seeking: Tyndale House Publishers is currently seeking authors with a strong voice who understand the challenges of the changing marketplace and are excited about engaging with potential readers. We’re interested in commercial fiction with a memorable, marketable hook, mainly in the contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and suspense genres, or an interesting combination of more than one genre.

We are not currently seeking YA, biblical, Amish, or historical fiction set during the Victorian or WWII time periods.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION

We prefer that authors request an appointment with only one representative from Tyndale, and also that debut authors have a complete manuscript before requesting an appointment. I am happy to accept one-sheets but am most interested to hear a well-crafted, intriguing pitch that catches my attention and pulls me into your story, as well as a brief author bio.





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Tony Collins
Portrait of Tony Collins
Organization: Monarch Books and Lion Fiction at Lion Hudson
Title: Publisher
Web Site: http://WWW.LIONHUDSON.COM

Tony Collins is the publisher of Monarch Books and Lion Fiction at Lion Hudson plc. He founded Monarch as an imprint of Kingsway in 1988, then bought it from Kingsway in 1992 and ran it for seven years as his own company before selling it on to Angus Hudson Ltd in 1999. In 2004 Angus Hudson and Lion merged to form Lion Hudson plc. Tony has managed the imprint throughout these various changes.


In 2013 Tony started Lion Fiction as a new imprint within Lion Hudson plc. He is responsible for finding about sixty books a year. He has also owned and published three Christian magazines. Tony is a Reader in the Church of England, and preaches regularly. He has two daughters, five step daughters, and four grandchildren. Last fall, he walked the Camino (the pilgrim route 490 miles) to Santiago de Compostella.

Currently Seeking: In the context of ACFW I am looking for novels which

· will travel around the world (we have a strong international sales presence). All our fiction is published in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and other markets. We also work hard to sell rights in other languages and are working with partners in 210 languages.

· which can be offered confidently to those without faith. It is important that the authors who work with Lion Fiction do not assume a Christian readership. We are looking for books that build plots and characters around profound Christian insights: the power of truth; the nature of service and servant leadership; the place of sacrifice; the potency of forgiveness; the possibility of redemption; the place of healing and reconciliation in human affairs; the possibility of the miraculous. Our books do not have an agenda, but rather a spiritual foundation.



I am particularly interested in crime, thrillers and historical fiction.



I am not interested in seeing books that are addressed exclusively to the CBA marketplace.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I would like to see a one page synopsis and the first three sample chapters. If the book is not yet written I will also need to know the likely word count and completion date.



Guidelines: http://www.lionhudson.com/contact.asp#auths

Andrea Doering
Portrait of Andrea Doering
Organization: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Title: Executive Editor
Web Site: http://www.revellbooks.com

Andrea is an executive editor with Revell Books, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group, with over 20 years publishing experience in academic, ABA, and CBA based companies.
She holds an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Maine, and has published several children’s books and short stories, and when not reading loves to be in or on the water, swimming or sailing with her husband.

Currently Seeking: What I’m looking for:
Right now mainly contemporary women’s fiction, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, legal suspense/drama. No fantasy, no YA, no historical at this time. Full length works of 80,000 words or more.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Debut authors must submit completed manuscript for consideration. Proposals for previously published authors must include sales of previous titles.


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Susan Downs
Portrait of Susan Downs
Organization: Guideposts Publications
Title: Senior Fiction Editor
Web Site: http://www.guideposts.org/

Susan Downs serves as a series fiction editor for Guideposts Publications. Included in her responsibilities is the oversight of a direct-to-consumer mystery series, which releases a book every four-to-five weeks.

Susan’s editorial career began at age 10, when her newspaper-publisher father paid her a nickel for every error she could find while proofreading copy. As a multi-published author with experience as an acquisitions editor for another CBA publisher, she brings a well-rounded perspective to her editorial assignments.




Currently Seeking: Guideposts is on the lookout for new authors to add to their direct-to-consumer continuity series. We typically work through agents and request "audition" materials, which we review to select a team of eight to ten authors for each series. Guideposts publishes up to three series consecutively that average twenty-four books in a series. Each author contributes two or three books per series. We prefer to work through agents to establish our series' authors, but we will possibly consider unagented authors.


For examples of Guideposts' adult-fiction series, go to: http://www.shopguideposts.org//adult-fiction.html









Guidelines: http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/fiction

Melissa Endlich
Portrait of Melissa Endlich
Organization: Love Inspired
Title: Senior Editor
Web Site: http://www.eharlequin.com/

A native New Yorker, Melissa Endlich has worked in the publishing industry for almost twenty years, over ten years for Love Inspired Books. She is currently the Senior Editor for Love Inspired, acquiring contemporary inspirational romances. Melissa considers herself very blessed that she gets to work with some amazingly talented authors. And after so many years in publishing, she still gets swept away by tales of knights in shining armor, rugged cowboys and sweet single dads. While not working at her dream job, Melissa watches a scary amount of television, is a huge movie buff, and enjoys baking for her family and coworkers.

Currently Seeking: Information coming soon

Guidelines: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=538&chapter=0

Daisy Hutton
Portrait of Daisy Hutton
Organization: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Title: Vice President and Publisher, Fiction
Web Site: http://www.thomasnelson.com

Daisy Blackwell Hutton was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After completing her education at the University of Mississippi (B.A. English & French) and Washington University in St. Louis (M.A. Comparative Literature), she moved to New York in to work in the publishing industry. Her first job was answering the phones and reading manuscripts at Grove/ Atlantic, and from there, she went on to spend time at the Georges Borchardt literary agency in New York, and the Perseus Books Group and Harvard Business School Publishing in Boston, before moving to Nashville in 2008 to join Thomas Nelson as VP of International Licensing. Daisy is a passionate fiction reader, and her areas of particular interest include mystery/ suspense, fiction in translation, and the 19th century novel. Daisy is married to Matthew Hutton, a musician and English teacher, and they have two young sons, Leo and Silas.

Currently Seeking: HarperCollins Christian Publishing is acquiring great storytellers with unique ideas who are committed to connecting with readers in the social media space. We acquire both established and debut authors and are most interested in contemporary women’s fiction, contemporary romance, general fiction (non-genre), and suspense.

NOT interested in seeing Sci-fi/fantasy

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
For unpublished authors, please only request a meeting if you have a completed manuscript. Please bring a 1-2 page pitch to the appointment that includes your hook, a brief synopsis, your bio, details on your social media involvement, and sales figures for any published works.

Guidelines: http://www.thomasnelson.com/consumer/dept.asp?dept_id=1117900&category=Contact-Us#Submissions

Tina James
Portrait of Tina James
Organization: Love Inspired
Title: Senior Editor
Web Site: http://www.eharlequin.com/

Tina James is Executive Editor for Love Inspired Books. She also manages the Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical lines. She has worked at Harlequin since 1995. From the moment she learned to read she could usually be found at a bookstore or the public library searching for a good book. She is actively acquiring for Love Inspired Books and looking for stories in a variety of genres including heartwarming inspirational romance, inspirational romantic suspense and inspirational historical romance.



Currently Seeking: Love Inspired consists of three varied inspirational lines that we are looking to acquire books for: Love Inspired (contemporary romance 55,000 words), Love Inspired Suspense (contemporary romantic suspense 55,000 words) and Love Inspired Historical (historical romance 70,000 words). While each Love Inspired line offers our readers a distinct promise, their objective is the same. We’re looking for compelling stories with engaging characters, a sustained conflict and an emotionally satisfying romance. The focus must always be on the hero and heroine as they overcome the obstacles in their paths to find love together. The Christian faith element is integral to all storylines but should feel natural not preachy. Books submitted to Love Inspired Suspense need to be high intensity suspense from start to finish, not mystery or cozy mystery. The book should open with danger, and the hero and heroine need to remain in danger throughout the book and in each other’s company the vast majority of the time. It should be equal parts suspense and romance.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
As there are multiple Love Inspired editors attending, please only request an appointment with ONE of us.

Guidelines: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=538&chapter=0

Dave Long
Portrait of Dave Long
Organization: Bethany House Publishers
Title: Senior Acquisitions Editor, Fiction
Web Site: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/

Dave Long serves as Executive Editor, Fiction, with Bethany House Publishers where he’s been working with talented best-selling and award-winning novelists across many genres since 2004. Prior to migrating to the editorial side of the company, he spent six years in the marketing department. He and his family live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Currently Seeking: ICurrently seeking novels with a strong voice that understand and deliver in their genre. Most interested in seeing contemporary fiction (including mystery/suspense, romantic suspense and romance), “book club” fiction, historical fiction, and historical romance.

Not seeking: YA fiction in any genre. End times fiction. Sci-fi.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
If you’re a first-time novelist, you’ll need to have your novel completed before meeting with a Bethany House editor. Please choose to meet with only one Bethany House editor.



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Shannon Marchese
Portrait of Shannon Marchese
Organization: WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
Title: Senior Editor, Fiction
Web Site: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/

Shannon Marchese is Senior Editor for the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House. She has been in publishing for nineteen years, serving in publicity and marketing roles before moving into editorial. She's acquired and edited acclaimed nonfiction and award-winning, best-selling fiction since 2002. She lives in Colorado Springs with her family.

Currently Seeking: WaterBrook Multnomah plans to continue providing quality Christian fiction from within Penguin Random House family by acquiring unique voices, presenting faith and life in a thoughtful and transformational way. Most interested in contemporary women’s fiction, family saga, romantic suspense, psychological suspense, diverse novels, historical with a twist, contemporary social narratives, i.e. stories that take on what’s happening now.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Writers are recommended to have completed at least one manuscript - which does not have to be the one being pitched- and that those who make appointments bring writing samples, not just a one-sheet.

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Ami McConnell
Portrait of Ami McConnell
Organization: Howard Books
Title: VP, Editor-in-Chief
Web Site:

Ami McConnell is VP, Editor-in-Chief at Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Her editing credits include New York Times bestsellers and RITA, Carol, and Christy award winners. She has edited renowned authors Colleen Coble, Ted Dekker, Homer Hickam, Karen Kingsbury, Max Lucado, and Frank Peretti, among others, and has been recognized for excellence by the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She serves on the Advisory Board of The Buechner Institute at King College and lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

Currently Seeking: Looking to acquire commercial fiction, specifically in the genres of romance, suspense, and Amish. We’re especially looking for established authors who actively engage with readers, work hard to publicize and sell their books, and enjoy the editorial process and working with a team of publishing professionals.

We are not interested in children’s, YA, poetry, fantasy, sci-fi

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Appointment information: We prefer that you have a completed manuscript before you make an appointment. Please bring a one-sheet with a one-to-three-sentence elevator pitch and short synopsis as well as an author bio that highlights your platform.



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Kim Moore
Portrait of Kim Moore
Organization: Harvest House Publishers
Title: Senior Editor
Web Site: http://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/

Kim Moore, a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers, has been in CBA publishing for more than 19 years. Though she has a passion for fiction, Kim works with both fiction and nonfiction authors, including Mindy Starns Clark and Stormie Omartian. Kim shares her life with three gorgeous cats, and she and her housemates make their home in the green and beautiful Pacific Northwest.





Currently Seeking: Harvest House is looking for fabulous storytelling in a wide variety of genres. Clean writing that sings, engaging characters, compelling settings, intricate plots, believable story lines. And especially inspirational content that feels organic to the story and not simply tacked on.

Harvest House is not looking for speculative fiction or novels that graphically depict acts of violence.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I always love to see one sheets, but I almost never review writing in the appointment. I want to get to know the author and hear from them their passion about their story. Novels don’t have to be complete to meet with me, but I only accept complete manuscripts for consideration. We are looking for a word length of 100,000 or more words. Meeting with authors is my favorite thing at a conference, and I would be happy to see first-timers who simply want to practice a pitch.



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Becky Philpott
Portrait of Becky Philpott
Organization: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Title: Associate Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://www.tnzfiction.com

Becky Philpott is an Acquisitions Editor for the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan imprints at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Her favorite books are ones with compelling characters and story—whether real or fictional. Becky lives just outside of Grand Rapids, MI, with her husband and two black cats. In her spare time, she figure skates competitively.

Currently Seeking: Seeking: contemporary romance, historical romance; romantic suspense, contemporary stories of relationships—family and otherwise; dramatic, yet uplifting stories

What I’m not looking for: children’s, fantasy, sci fi, visionary, apocalyptic, futuristic


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
For unpublished authors, please only request a meeting if you have a completed manuscript and if you are writing in the genres listed above. All authors should come prepared with a one sheet that includes a 25-word “elevator pitch,” the genre, a 300-500 word description of your work, plus your one-paragraph bio with contact information, website and blog site (if applicable), etc. If you have an agent, please provide his/her contact information. If we want a complete proposal, we will ask for one to be emailed to us.


Guidelines: http://www.zondervan.com/cultures/en-US/Company/Policy/Submission.htm

Raela Schoenherr
Portrait of Raela Schoenherr
Organization: Bethany House
Title: Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://www.bethanyhouse.com

Raela Schoenherr has been a member of the Bethany House Publishers fiction acquisitions team since 2008. She has worked with authors like Elizabeth Camden, Nancy Mehl, Jen Turano, Melissa Tagg, Kate Breslin, Bethany Pierce, and Melissa Jagears. A graduate of Bethel University, she makes her home in Minneapolis, MN and is active on Twitter at @raelaschoenherr.

Currently Seeking: Bethany House’s core needs are historical romance, romantic suspense, women’s contemporary, and suspense/mystery. We may also consider historical fiction, fantasy, and YA.

We’re not currently seeking end-times, spiritual warfare, or chick-lit.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I’m happy to meet with authors with manuscripts at any stage, but a manuscript will need to be complete for BHP to consider it for publication.





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Shaina Turner
Portrait of Shaina Turner
Organization: Tyndale House Publishers
Title: Acquisitions Assistant
Web Site: http://www.tyndale.com

Shaina Turner is a Social Media and Acquisitions Editor who has been part of the Tyndale fiction team since 2012. Having graduated with majors in English and Interactive Media, her expertise lies in navigating the ever changing world of social media. She takes pride in helping authors best convey their heart and message across all online platforms in addition to managing Tyndale fiction’s social media presence, Crazy4Fiction. A Midwestern girl born and raised, Shaina lives in the Chicagoland area.


Visit http://www.tyndale.com to learn more about our product line, company history, and corporate identity.

Currently Seeking: Tyndale House Publishers is currently seeking authors with a strong voice who understand the challenges of the changing marketplace and are excited about engaging with potential readers. We’re interested in commercial fiction with a memorable, marketable hook, mainly in the contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and suspense genres, or an interesting combination of more than one genre.

We are not currently seeking YA, biblical, Amish, or historical fiction set during the Victorian or WWII time periods.

Guidelines: http://www.tyndale.com

Christine Whitaker
Portrait of Christine Whitaker
Organization: Whitaker House Publishers
Title: Acquisitions
Web Site: http://www.whitakerhouse.com

Christine Whitaker is the author liaison and production coordinator at Whitaker House, where she has spent ten years working in communications and development of fiction and nonfiction books alike. She is a graduate of Wheaton College. Christine is part of the third generation of the Whitakers, a family committed to publishing and proliferating Christian books that engage and inspire for over forty years.

Christine loves meeting writers and hearing about the stories they are developing and the inspiration behind them. She believes we all have a story worth telling, and she is grateful to be part of an industry that has a deeper purpose behind every word.

Currently Seeking: Whitaker House is looking for thoughtful, well-written fiction with a redemptive framework, as well as, authors that have and are continuing to build a platform. We are especially interested in romance, both contemporary and historical, as well as Amish fiction. We look for fictional proposals with the potential to be a series. Whitaker House is not currently interested in women’s, speculative, fantasies, mysteries, children’s or young adult fiction. When signing a first-time author, we prefer to have a complete manuscript.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
For appointments, a one-sheet and a short writing sample are sufficient. For unpublished writers to be considered, a full manuscript must be complete.

Guidelines: http://www.whitakerhouse.com/downloads/WhitakerManuscriptSubmissionGuidelines.pdf




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.



August 20, 2015: Late Registration rates in effect. - September 1, 2015: Walk-in registration rates go into effect.