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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.

Jacque Alberta
Portrait of Jacque Alberta
Organization: ZONDERKIDZ
Title: Acquisition Editor
Web Site: http://www.zondervan.com/cultures/en-US/Product/Kidz

Jacque Alberta is the Acquisitions Editor for young adult fiction and nonfiction at Zondervan, as well as the Acquisitions Editor for the Blink imprint. She’s been with the team for ten years, and prior to her five years focusing on YA literature worked on everything from picture books to storybook Bibles and middle grade fiction and nonfiction. She is on the hunt for manuscripts that appeal to teens thirteen to eighteen, as well as talented new authors. Jacque enjoys being surrounded by books—you don’t want to see her office, seriously—is currently obsessed with Maggie Stiefvater and John Green, has a strange affinity for gnomes, knits for sanity, and lives with her dog, Tucker, just outside Grand Rapids, Michigan.



Currently Seeking: YA FICTION: I acquire with either an ABA/General Market or a CBA consumer in mind, and the type of book (genre), storyline, and level of faith content is dependent on which channel the book best fits.



For Blink (our general market-focused imprint), I am looking for contemporary fiction (often stand-alone), romance (clean, of course), fantasy (though I am not looking for much if any high fantasy), books for guys (they need reading material too!) as well as “literary” and some mystery/suspense and historical fiction that comes from a more modern POV. Unique voices a plus. Blink books, as they are intended to be shelved in secular stores, often are clean reads with a more hopeful worldview (even in cases where the overall plot is not sunshine and puppy dogs). Authors of faith naturally write from their worldview, but in Blink titles that worldview is not at a “CBA” level—think of books from authors like Gary Schmidt, Katherine Patterson, and even Veronica Roth; all Christians who write from a faith perspective, but who keep the secular market in mind in how they present their worldview.



For Zondervan (more faith-infused fiction), I am looking for contemporary with a possibility of a series, very clean romance, some fantasy, as well as some mystery/suspense and historical fiction. And books for guys. Zondervan YA fiction has a greater faith content than Blink, where issues of belief can be addressed on the surface. But I still prefer the faith content be naturally woven in / organic, in a way that feels realistic and honest. The goal is for each book to have the same quality as what is offered in the ABA, just with a Christian flavor of some sort; a book any teen would want to read because it’s so good.

What I DON’T want is chick or clique lit, books that seek to teach a lesson, or historical fiction without another compelling hook. I am not looking for dystopian books at this time. I also don’t want books that are very similar to a secular title—it can be a similar genre or germ of an idea, but I really get excited when a proposal is a fresh look that will bring the genre forward, or simply break new ground on the market.

I’m also on the lookout for writers willing to write on spec, taking an idea thought out by our editors and making it a reality.

YA NONFICTION: Since I know there are people who do fiction and nonfiction … I‘m looking for devotionals with a compelling presentation—something the market doesn’t currently offer, which would still appeal to teens. I’m open to books on dating for sixteen- to eighteen-year-olds and books on issues teens face—both done in a voice and presentation teens will enjoy. I’m also looking for people willing to write nonfiction on spec as a work-for-hire arrangement.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
For appointments, I’d like a one-sheet, with sample chapters printed and available if I need to request them. Completed manuscripts are a plus—a lot of times, if I like the idea and sample, I need to see the entire book thereafter to make sure the entire book follows through on the premise. But that’s not a deal breaker at the appointment stage.

Addresses printed on the sample and one-sheet are also great—business cards are very easy to lose or have slip out of something, but I tend to keep all the 8-1/2 x 11 appointment sheets together in one folder so they’re harder to lose.

Guidelines: http://www.zondervan.com/Cultures/en-US/Company/ContactUs.htm?QueryStringSite=Zondervan

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

Dawn Anderson 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. Kregel employee of the year for 2012, wife of twenty-plus years, mom of tweens and teens, and involved with youth at church, she enjoys reading proposals (and a few published works) in her free time.

Currently Seeking: Currently looking for titles in historical, biblical, Amish, mystery, and suspense. Any of these could have a strong romantic element.

What Kregel is currently not looking for in fiction:
Titles for kids, tweens. Titles in contemporary, literary, romance, or speculative.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I’m willing to meet with those who are writing in the genres mentioned above. I will accept one-sheets or compact proposals in hard copy; anything further will be accepted electronically. Prepublished authors must have a completed manuscript and a proposed marketing plan to be considered for publication.

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 six years, she joined the Love Inspired group about a year and a half ago and enjoys working with authors on a variety of Christian romance. So far she’s acquired three 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). While we are seeking submissions for all three lines, we are especially interested in submissions for Love Inspired Suspense right now. I especially enjoy action-adventure suspense romances, sweet contemporary romances set in small towns, 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.



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

Amanda Bostic
Portrait of Amanda Bostic
Organization: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Title: Editorial Director for Fiction
Web Site: http://www.thomasnelson.com

Amanda Bostic is the Editorial Director for Fiction at HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan). She traces her love of story back to her first reading of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when she was in 2nd grade, and she’s still amazed by the fact that she’s been getting paid to read books for more than ten years. She loves any great story, but is particularly drawn to suspense and thrillers, contemporary, women’s fiction, and Southern fiction. She makes her home in Nashville with her husband Randy and their two children.

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

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

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

Vicki Crumpton, Executive Editor for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has over twenty years of publishing experience. A recipient of AWSA’s Editor of the Year award and Fiction Editor of the Year, she has acquired a number of award finalists and winners, as well as several New York Times bestsellers, including 90 Minutes in Heaven. She holds an M. Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Seminary, is a Mensa member, and works from her home in Western Kentucky. When she’s not taking care of the menagerie, you can often find her riding a road or mountain bike, paddling a kayak, or taking photos.

Currently Seeking: Contemporary women’s, contemporary romance, biblical fiction, suspense, romantic suspense, and mystery

NOT interested in: Fantasy, sci-fi, children’s

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
We will talk to an author who has something in writing to present. Need some chapters and a complete synopsis from previously published novelists; from new novelists,a full manuscript is required to move beyond initial meeting.

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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: I am open to acquiring books for any of the three Love Inspired 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)—but I am particularly eager to find new voices for Love Inspired. All stories should have a strong Christian message, yet the focus must always be on the hero and heroine as they overcome the obstacles in their paths to find love together. We do not currently have an outlet for women’s fiction.

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

Deborah Keiser
Portrait of Deborah Keiser
Organization: Moody Publishers
Title: Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://www.moodypublishers.com

Deborah Keiser is the Associate Publisher for River North fiction by Moody Publishers. She is a graduate of Arizona State University. For eight years she worked at InterVarsity Press in production and marketing. She is also a graduate of the Harrington Institute where she studied design, and worked freelance for 10 years. Deborah and her husband, Jeff, live in the far west suburbs of Chicago and have two grown sons.

Currently Seeking: Publishing House Description:
At Moody Publishers, we are committed to helping our readers know, love, and serve Jesus Christ. We publish titles that have biblical integrity, practical insight, and literary merit. Our primary themes of focus for fiction include:

River North Fiction by Moody Publishers
We are looking for adult Christian novels which fulfill our mission in the categories of historical fiction, romance, contemporary, and suspense/ mystery. We acquire standalone titles as well as series and the word count should be between 80,000-115,000 words.

We are not currently looking to acquire speculative fiction nor expand our children’s or YA titles.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Would love to see the work of first-time authors who have the complete manuscript finished, and can provide a proposal at the conference. Published authors and those with agents can provide a proposal with three written chapters and a strong detailed summary.


Guidelines: http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_main.aspx?id=46381

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, Fiction for the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of Random House. She has been in publishing for fifteen 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 husband and daughter.

Currently Seeking: The team at WaterBrook Multnomah longs to add our list of exceptional fiction with innovative ideas and quality writing within women's fiction, both contemporary and historical, unique voices, can't-tear-my-eyes-off-the-page storytelling featuring wit, thrills & chills, and/or true happily-ever-after love.

We are not currently reviewing military novels, paranormal romances, Amish romances, zombie or robot stories, and in particular, military-alien romances featuring buggies and robots.

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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Sarah Mason
Portrait of Sarah Mason
Organization: Tyndale
Title: Senior Editor, Fiction
Web Site: http://www.tyndale.com

Sarah Mason had been on Tyndale’s fiction team for ten years, working on a variety of genres, including historical, women’s fiction, suspense, and juvenile fiction. She works with a fantastic group of authors, including Lisa Wingate, Susan May Warren, Chris Fabry, Rene Gutteridge, and Candace Calvert. A voracious reader all her life, she is passionate about the power of fiction and loves working alongside authors to make their stories all they envision.

Currently Seeking: Currently Seeking: Tyndale is currently looking at suspense and contemporary romance adult fiction. We’re NOT looking for end times/visionary sci-fi, fantasy, or YA. The most important thing we’re looking for are well-written stories with a strong, marketable hook.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I’m available to meet with new or previously published authors. A completed manuscript isn’t necessary to make an appointment—I’m happy to hear your pitch and chat about your project at any stage—but please note that only completed manuscripts will be considered for submission to Tyndale. A one-sheet with the hook, a brief synopsis, and your bio is helpful, but it’s most important to me that you come with an enthusiastic pitch and can clearly articulate the hook of your story.

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

Becky Monds is an Associate Acquisitions Editor for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. After working as an events coordinator and marketing manager at an independent bookstore in Nashville, she joined the Thomas Nelson team in 2007. She’s a new mom to twins and loves spending time with her husband, knitting, waterskiing, and, of course, reading great fiction.

Currently Seeking: I am most interested in young adult, romance, and women’s fiction. Mostly I am looking for a fresh voice that will appeal not only to the Christian market, but also to the larger general market.

Not interested in 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

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 publishing for 18 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 romantic suspense, historical romance, and women’s fiction.

Harvest House is not looking for speculative fiction or novels that graphically depict dark and edgy themes.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I always love to see one sheets, but I don’t 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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Charlene Patterson
Portrait of Charlene Patterson
Organization: Bethany House
Title: Editor
Web Site: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/

Charlene Patterson has held about every position there is in the editorial department of a book publisher and now is managing editor of fiction at Bethany House, where she’s worked since 2003. Some of her favorite things are hiking, mountains, cats, exploring the U.S. with her family, and American history. She lives in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN.

Currently Seeking: I am interested in seeing historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. I especially look for strong writing, story depth, a plot that immediately hooks me, and manuscripts of about 80k-110k.

I am NOT currently seeking fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, or thrillers.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I accept one-sheets at appointments and will request a proposal via email if I’m intrigued by the author’s pitch. At appointments, I enjoy hearing a well-thought-through pitch, especially why the project is a match with Bethany House and the current CBA market. Generally we need to see a complete manuscript before signing a first-time author.


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Ramona Richards
Portrait of Ramona Richards
Organization: Abingdon Press
Title: Fiction Editor
Web Site: http://abingdonpress.com

Ramona Richards, Senior Acquisitions Editor—Fiction for Abingdon Press, is an award-winning editor, writer, and speaker. She has previously worked on staff with Thomas Nelson, Rutledge Hill Press, and Ideals magazine. Over the course of her career, she’s freelanced for more than 20 publishers and edited more than 400 publications. She’s worked with authors such as John Maxwell, John Eldredge, Charles Stanley, Chris Seay, Eva Marie Everson, Denise Hunter, Shelley Shepherd Gray, Deb Raney, Sharyn McCrumb, and Melody Carlson.

The author of 9 books and a frequent contributor to devotional collections, Ramona has written sales training videos, feature film scripts, novels, gift books, Bible studies, biographies, cookbooks, and magazine articles. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was 10.

Currently Seeking: Abingdon Press publishes 20-22 fiction titles each year. Our focus is on contemporary romance, women’s fiction, suspense/thrillers, and speculative/visionary/steampunk fiction. Our preferences for historical romances are British Regency, US Civil War, Edwardian, and WWII. Novels set in the American West (historical or contemporary) are also welcome.

We do not publish Young Adult books or novels based on spiritual warfare, apocalyptic, or “end times” themes. I am not currently interested in historical romance novels set pre-1850 (with the exception of Regencies).



APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Since agents already have access to publishers, I would prefer to speak with UNagented authors only during appointments. Authors who have signed with agents are free to approach me during meals, in the hallway, etc. Please bring a proposal and a business card to the appointment.

We will only accept submissions from unpublished authors if the manuscript is complete. This includes unpublished authors with agents. Manuscripts should be between 80,000 and 90,000 words in length. Please be able to pitch your story in 25 words or less. Please be able to pitch yourself as an author in 25 words or less.

Before you arrive at a pitch session, please be able to answer the following questions about your story:
Why will the reader fall in love with your lead character(s)?
What is the lead character’s primary goal in the book?
Who (or what) opposes the goal? Why?
What’s at risk if the goal is not accomplished?
How has the lead character changed by the end?


Guidelines: http://abingdonpress.com/forms/DynamicContent.aspx?pageid=517&id=98

Emily Rodmell
Portrait of Emily Rodmell
Organization: Love Inspired
Title: Editor
Web Site: http://www.eharlequin.com/

Emily Rodmell has been with Love Inspired for 8 years, working on Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical lines, and has acquired more than 30 new authors during that time. Prior to coming to Harlequin, she worked as a newspaper editor and at the publisher Scholastic. She hails from sunny Florida but calls NYC home now. She’d love to see stories that keep her guessing. So send her your high-intensity romantic suspense novels and unique and interesting contemporary and historical romances.

Currently Seeking: Love Inspired consists of three varied inspirational lines that we are looking to acquire books for: 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).

For Love Inspired, books should be set in present day in North America, and the relationship between the hero and heroine should be the focus of the book. All secondary characters and plotlines should directly support the main romance. The romance should be the focus of the story and should not be overshadowed by secondary plotlines.

For Love Inspired Suspense, stories should be equal parts romance and suspense. One should not take a backseat to the other. We are looking for riveting, heart-pounding romantic suspense.

For Love Inspired Historical, we are always looking for exceptional stories set in the West. But we are actively focusing on acquiring manuscripts with non-Western settings, too. Americana (post-Civil War), European historical eras (e.g. Tudor, Regency and Victorian England, eighteenth-century Scotland, etc.), twentieth-century (turn-of-the-century through World War II) and foreign settings are all welcome.



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

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, and women’s contemporary. We also consider historical fiction and suspense/mystery.

We’re NOT currently seeking spiritual warfare, middle grade, or children’s.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Require a manuscript be complete before consideration




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Rick Steele
Portrait of Rick Steele
Organization: AMG Publishers
Title: Editor
Web Site: http://www.amgpublishers.com

Rick Steele is an accomplished writer/editor who has managed the workflow of well over 200 titles for AMG Publishers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Working with both fledgling and experienced authors over the years, Rick has been at the forefront in the production of AMG’s growing fiction line in its Living Ink Books imprint. During his time at AMG, the publishing house has launched the careers of Bryan Davis, Jenny Cote, and C. S. Lakin and now publishes books by Austin Boyd, Wayne Thomas Batson, and Steven James. Rick is in his twenty-second year with AMG. He and his wife Susan, and son Allen, live near Ringgold, Georgia.

Currently Seeking: AMG Publishers currently is focusing on middle reader and young adult books in the following fiction genres:

Inspirational Fantasy/Speculative/Sci-Fi/Visionary, including high fantasy, Biblical fantasy, epic fantasy, contemporary fantasy, dystopian/post-apocalyptic works, allegorical fiction with fairy tale-esque magic, and science fiction. All manuscripts in this category should have some redeeming quality that illustrates a Christian message or POV. Works in this category can be targeted to audiences ranging from middle reader to adult.



What We Are Not Pursuing: Adult fiction in general. Christian romance in its various sub-genres (Amish, historical, romances tied to a certain U.S. state or region, etc.), novellas or short stories of any type, Christian horror, gothic literature, manuscripts with swear words or offensive language, gratuitous violence, or overt sexuality.




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Annie Tipton
Portrait of Annie Tipton
Organization: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Title: Editor
Web Site: http://barbourbooks.com

Annie Tipton acquires full-length fiction for Barbour’s new imprint Shiloh Run Press as well as serial novels for the digital-only imprint, Shiloh Run Studios. Annie has been with Barbour since 2006 in various editorial and production roles. A fiction reader from a young age, her first favorites included The Chronicles of Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, and anything written by Judy Blume. Now her tastes are much more sophisticated as she reads and (re-reads) all 7 Harry Potter titles (along with lots of other books). Annie holds a communications degree from Milligan College (Tennessee). Originally from Wooster, Ohio, she enjoys playing the acoustic guitar, acting on the local community theater stage, sushi, beach vacations, and spending time with friends and family.

Currently Seeking: Shiloh Run Press: I am looking for historical (pre-20th century) inspirational romance. I am most interested in American settings, primarily Western.


Shiloh Run Studios: I am looking for serialized novel proposals. Interested writers should search Amazon for “Shiloh Run Studios” and take a look at the current series that are available. I am open to considering a relatively wide-range of genres here, although all proposals should be targeted toward a female audience: contemporary or historical; character drama, suspense, romance, mystery, thriller. (At this time, we are not interested in speculative, fantasy, sci-fi.)

I am NOT interested in seeing Fantasy/speculative fiction or Sci-Fi

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Full-length proposals for Shiloh Run Press:

One-sheets only



Digital Serial proposals for Shiloh Run Studios:

A (2-3 page) document:

-Author name, published works, sales history (breaking out digital ebook sales, especially), platform

-Digital serial title idea(s)

-Explanation of the series concept/hook—with some general (short) description of who the ensemble characters are

-Short synopsis of your idea for the meta-story/plot of season 1

-An explanation about the hook to draw readers to feel compelled that they MUST come back next week to get the next episode.









Guidelines: http://barbourbooks.com/pages/writersguide.aspx

M. Jamie West
Portrait of M. Jamie West
Organization: Pelican Book Group
Title: Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com

M. Jamie West traveled the world with her now-retired military husband and two daughters. She has edited many publications for military wives clubs, a homeowner’s association, an archeological publication, an historical magazine and an elementary school. She has been editing fiction for the past seven years and is currently acquisitions editor with Pelican Ventures Book Group. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, three dogs, three cats, and plenty of wildlife.

Currently Seeking: Pelican Book Group is always looking to acquire character-driven stories that both entertain and have a relevant Christian message. We take any sub-genre and lengths from 10,000 words to 80,000 words. Our YA top word count is 60,000. Please check our web site for submission information. It's always up-to-date, and by the time of the 2014 ACFW conference, we will have launched a new romance line for which we will be acquiring manuscripts.

NOT interested in seeing: While Pelican Book Group welcomes "edgy" Christian fiction, we don't want to see profane language or sex on the page. We don't want any religion-bashing or questionable clergy/church leaders. Our goal is to uplift and glorify Christ not to preach about what's wrong with XYZ religion, and we want to show Christian leaders in a respectful light. That doesn't mean Christian leaders can't be flawed, just not "criminal."

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
We do require a manuscript be complete before submission and also that it not be previously or currently published anywhere. At conference, we'd love to see synopses and/or one-sheets, but please do not offer partials or fulls, as we intake all manuscripts through a web-based form. A note to attendees who meet us in appointments: Take a deep breath and be calm. We're human, same as you. Let's just chat about your awesome project.


Guidelines: http://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/index.php?main_page=page&id=55

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

Roseanna White
Portrait of Roseanna White
Organization: WhiteFire Publishing
Title: Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://whitefire-publishing.com/wordpress/

Roseanna White has long been a word-nerd and began her editing career as a freelancer after graduating from St. John’s College, where she studied the Great Books. A professed lover of everything literature-related, she helped her husband found WhiteFire Publishing and, in 2011, moved into the role of acquisitions editor for this small press. With interests in every genre under the sun, Roseanna loves spending her days immersed in the written word, whether it be her kids’ homeschool curriculum, her own writing, or the next amazing manuscript to pass through her WhiteFire inbox. She and her family make their home in the beautiful Appalachians of West Virginia.

Currently Seeking: WhiteFire would love to add to its current strong lines of historical, historical romance, biblical fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, and contemporary romance. We also love stories with suspense or a little mystery. Stories with exotic settings are not only welcome but sought—we love working with stellar authors on projects they’re passionate about but which might have been rejected because of unusual settings or themes. We consider no genre an absolute “no” if a story has a strong hook. Above all, all our titles must meet our motto of “Where Spirit Meets the Page.”

We are NOT actively seeking cozy mysteries, children’s books, or novellas.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
We require a full manuscript from debut authors before contract but are happy to hear your pitch even if you’re not quite finished. Please bring the first page or two of your manuscript as well as a one sheet.

Guidelines: http://whitefire-publishing.com/wordpress/sample-page/what-were-looking-for/

Jessica Wong
Portrait of Jessica Wong
Organization: Howard Books
Title: Editor
Web Site: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Jessica Wong lives in Nashville and is an editor at Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. She is a graduate of the University of Denver Publishing Institute, as well as the Yale Publishing Course: Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing. Jessica has worked with a number of well-known and bestselling authors including the following: Max Lucado, Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar, Dave Ramsey, Katie Davis, Laura Schroff, Crystal McVea, Frank Peretti, and Karen Kingsbury. She is developing her own list to include inspirational memoirs, nonfiction for the next generation of Christians, and commercial fiction.

Currently Seeking: Currently seeking quality Christian fiction that includes at least two of the following: a strong platform, a truly unique premise, and fabulous writing. In terms of genre, we’re looking for historical/biblical fiction, suspense/thrillers, romance, and Amish.

We do not want to see anything too niche, such as fantasy/sci-fi, YA/children’s, etc.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I’d like to see a proposal and writing sample at the appointment. I prefer proposals with complete manuscripts ready, though not to be handed to me at the appointment but upon request. I’d also like specific information (numbers) about your platform and online presence, as well as any previously published titles’ sales figures.

Guidelines:




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.