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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 teens and young adults, 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 18 to 99.

What Kregel is currently looking for in fiction: Adult titles in historical, biblical, Amish, suspense, contemporary, and romance, or some workable combination of these. Kregel is not looking for titles for kids, tweens, or YA, or for literary, allegorical, or speculative fiction. Kregel seeks fiction that is entertaining and from a distinctly biblical worldview, with exceptional storytelling and a spiritual arc. Kregel does not want 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

Kelsey Bowen
Portrait of Kelsey Bowen
Organization: Revell Books, a Division of Baker Publishing Group
Title: Acquisitions Associate
Web Site: http://www.revellbooks.com

Kelsey Bowen is the Acquisitions Associate at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, where she’s worked for four years. She has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and, when she’s not editing, she loves to write fiction with a good cup of Starbucks coffee close by. She is also active in her church as a worship leader, and does freelance work as virtual assistant and editor for HoffmanFit, an online-based personal fitness and nutrition training program. She currently lives with her husband Kyle and her adorable Hava-doodle dog, Izzo, in Jenison, MI.

Currently Seeking: In terms of acquiring, I am looking for suspense, romantic suspense, strong contemporary fiction (including romance), young adult speculative fiction (protagonists aged 16 and up), and new adult fiction. I’m open to historical fiction as well, though it’s not my first priority.

I am not interested in seeing any children’s fiction or middle-grade YA fiction. I’m also not looking for novels that are set in a foreign country.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
For first-time authors, I do require that a manuscript must be complete before consideration. For all authors, I would like to have a proposal and writing sample available to discuss at the appointment.


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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 has spent a lifetime looking for books. After years as the publisher of the Monarch Books and Lion Fiction imprints at Lion Hudson, a leading British Christian publisher, he has now undertaken a new role as editor-at-large, checking under logs and at the back of cupboards for literary treasures. In 2014 the Association of Christian Writers gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to Christian books. He is a Reader in the Church of England. His own book, Taking My God for a Walk, about a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella in Spain, has just been published.

Currently Seeking: In terms of fiction, I am looking first of all for books that will travel, in the sense of appealing to readers in many different countries. I am eager to find top-quality books with heart, and a point. We publish in a range of genres, but do particularly well with crime and historical fiction. I am also eager to source non-fiction titles for the Monarch and Lion imprints.

I am not interested in books that are aimed solely at an American audience. We don’t publish academic books, or poetry.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
For interviews at ACFW it is really useful if attendees can produce a one-page synopsis, a personal profile, and a sample chapter of their work, preferably the first.





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

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 over twenty years. 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, spends way too much time on social media, and enjoys baking for her family and coworkers.

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. We’re especially looking for Amish romances for all three of the lines.


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

Karli Jackson
Portrait of Karli Jackson
Organization: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Title: Associate Editor
Web Site: http://www.thomasnelson.com

Karli Jackson is an Associate Editor for Fiction at HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan). She loves to read women’s fiction with a vivid sense of place and—of course—a little romance. She lives in Nashville with her husband and their dog, Toby.

Currently Seeking: Currently seeking: women’s fiction, contemporary and/or split-time romance

Not interested in: children’s, suspense, romantic suspense, historical



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.


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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: I am seeking novels with a strong voice that understand and deliver in their genre. Most interested in seeing mystery/suspense/thrillers, romantic suspense, “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
Web Site: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/

Shannon Marchese is Senior Editor for the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House. She served in publicity and marketing roles before moving into editorial, and has directed the fiction program at WaterBrook Multnomah for the last eleven years. Authors she has edited and acquired include award-winning and best-selling authors Cindy Woodsmall, Jane Kirkpatrick, Susan Meissner, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Katie Ganshert, and Lori Benton, among others. She lives in Colorado Springs with her family.

Currently Seeking: WaterBrook Multnomah plans to continue providing high quality Christian fiction from within the Penguin Random House family by acquiring unique voices and presenting faith and life in a thoughtful, transformational way. Most interested in contemporary women’s fiction, family saga, romantic suspense, psychological suspense, diverse novels, historical with a twist, and contemporary social narratives. {Surprise us.}

Not seeking: Amish fiction, historical novels set on the 19th century American prairie, dystopian YA, romancey romance.


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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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, brand-new daughter, 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

Katie Sandell
Portrait of Katie Sandell
Organization: Howard Books
Title: Associate Editor
Web Site:

Katie Sandell is an associate book editor for Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster—located in Nashville, Tennessee. Howard Books is most famous for publishing the Duck Dynasty Books including Happy, Happy, Happy and Duck Commander Family. Katie has been with Howard Books for over four years and received her BA in English and Sociology at the University of Georgia. She’s had the pleasure of working with fantastic fiction authors such as Lynne Gentry, Stephanie Landsem, and Kara Isaac. Books are her passion and she is thrilled to be living out her dream of working in the publishing industry by learning about product development and the editorial path a book takes from manuscript to bookstore.

Currently Seeking: I am looking for submissions for contemporary Christian fiction from authors who are social media savvy and include something unique in their books—a fresh plot, strong compelling voice, or unique storyline.


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

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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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. A graduate of Bethel University, she makes her home in Minneapolis, MN and is active on Twitter at @raelaschoenherr. In her free time, she enjoys running, trying new restaurants, attending the theater, and watching football.

Currently Seeking: Currently Seeking: I’d love to hear from authors who can distinguish their projects from other current fiction offerings and articulate what sets them and their project apart from the crowd. Genres I am interested in are contemporary (women’s and family drama), romantic suspense, unique historical romance, suspense/mystery/thriller, historical fiction, fantasy, and YA.



APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
BHP will only consider complete manuscripts for publication, but I am available to meet with authors who are in process with a current manuscript and have completed manuscripts in the past.







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

Jan Stob is a senior acquisitions editor with Tyndale House Publishers. She has worked on the Left Behind series, as well as projects with Joel Rosenberg, and Randy Alcorn. Her recent acquisitions include Jan Watson, Mel Odom, Rene Gutteridge, Candace Calvert, and Allison Pittman. She loves discovering new talent and unique concepts and enjoys working with authors who share her passion for publishing books that bring hope to a troubled world.

Currently Seeking: Tyndale’s fiction team takes the corporate mission seriously—striving to reach both readers of fiction who are spiritually grounded and those who are spiritually searching. The team focuses on developing a fiction line with products that fall along a broad spectrum of genre and content and publish a wide range of genres: suspense, women’s fiction, romance, historical, and contemporary. We aren’t looking to fill specific genres; we are looking for well-written stories with great hooks.

We do not publish sci-fi or fantasy

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I prefer meeting with authors who have completed their manuscripts. Please come to the appointment ready to give a brief summary of your novel. Tell me what is unique and marketable about your story. If your story has a marketable hook, I will ask you to send a proposal. Unfortunately with expensive bag fees, there’s a limit to what I can carry home, so I’m not looking to take a proposal or one-sheet with me. I’m not looking to critique your writing during this appointment. Hook me with your concept so I’ll request a proposal, and I’ll review your writing when I can give it the attention it deserves.

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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

Sheryl Zajechowski
Portrait of Sheryl Zajechowski
Organization: Waterfall Press
Title: Editor
Web Site:

Sheryl Zajechowski joined the Waterfall Press editorial team in April 2016 and brings a total of eighteen years of publishing experience across many genres of commercial fiction and different publishing roles at Brilliance Audio. From sales to editorial work (developing abridgments) to contracts, Sheryl has a well-rounded approach to publishing that is author-friendly and title-focused. Sheryl currently supports Waterfall Press as well as the Brilliance Audio imprints. Some of the authors on her Brilliance Audio list include bestsellers Nora Roberts, Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, and Sherryl Woods. Based out of our Grand Haven, Michigan, office, Sheryl is acquiring and developing inspirational fiction as well as non-fiction (Christian Living) titles for 2017 and beyond.

Currently Seeking: Part of the Amazon Publishing family of imprints, Waterfall Press publishes inspirational fiction and Christian Living (non-fiction) books. For fiction we are looking for commercial, clean, and wholesome stories in the categories of romance, women’s fiction (book club fiction), suspense, and thrillers. We also have room for some historical fiction. We are growing our fiction list and actively are looking for a few more titles to publish in the first half of 2017. Full manuscripts are appreciated from a mix of established authors and new voices with captivating stories to share.

We are not interested in young adult, children’s books, Amish fiction, Regency or American Prairie/Western historical novels, speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy) or essays.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Pitch us your book, but to ensure a productive meeting we ask you to bring your book proposal (can be one page) with a brief synopsis, title positioning that includes comparative titles, why your book is unique in the category, past sales information if you are a published author, your author marketing strategy, and at least three to five consecutive sample chapters and a full story outline if you do not have a fully written manuscript.



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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.