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Mentor 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.

Bonnie Calhoun


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Bonnie Calhoun is the Owner/Director of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance (CFBA) where she has 250+ book reviewers that twice weekly do blog tours for the latest in Christian fiction. She is also the Owner/Publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine (CFOM), a six-year-old 50+ page Ezine with columns and articles by the best and brightest authors and professionals in Christian fiction. Bonnie serves as the Northeast Zone Director of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She won ACFW’s Mentor of the Year for 2011. She also teaches social networking and blogging at several conferences throughout the year. And she has the first book in a new YA series with Revell publishing in Oct 2014 titled Thunder: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles). You can find her on Facebook at and o,n Twitter (@BonnieCalhoun), and on GoodReads.

For writer mentoring help or PR bring a list of questions or a few sample pages. For help with Facebook or a blog bring a laptop with a wifi connection and the ability to log into your site.

Lena Nelson Dooley


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Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 800,000 books in print. Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with over 30 having their first published after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins, and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books.

Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. Mary’s Blessing was a Selah Award Finalist. It appeared on a review site’s Top Five Reads in 2012 list. Her blog A Christian Writers World received the TBCN Readers Choice 2013 Blog of the Year award.

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blog radio show.

Lena has an active web presence on Shoutlife, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books.

I'm happy to:
*Answer questions you might have about writing or the writing business
*Help you maximize the impact of the time you spend on social networking using Hootsuite
*Encourage you if you're discouraged

Elizabeth Goddard


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Elizabeth Goddard is an award-winning author of twenty romance and romantic suspense novels, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies—winner of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011. After acquiring her computer science degree, she worked at a software firm before eventually retiring to raise her four children and become a professional writer. A member of several writing organizations, she judges numerous contests and mentors new writers. In addition to writing, she home schools her children and serves with her husband in ministry.

Come prepared to discuss general questions as well as publishing expectations and/or disappointments. I’m available to encourage aspiring writers, offering that needed nudge so they can stick to goals and move their writing to the next level.

Ronie Kendig


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Ronie Kendig grew up an Army brat and married a veteran. Her life is never dull in a family with four children and three dogs. She has a degree in psychology, speaks to various groups, volunteers with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and mentors new writers. Rapid-Fire Fiction, her brand, is exemplified through her novels: Dead Reckoning, the Discarded Heroes military series, which includes acclaimed novels Nightshade, Digitalis, Wolfsbane, and Firethorn, and A Breed Apart, her upcoming series about military war dogs. Ronie can be found at on Fa,cebook ( , Twitter (@roniekendig), and GoodReads.


As a seasoned veteran of the ACFW conference, I know attending can sometimes be daunting—but awesome—overwhelming, yet exhilarating, so if you need a battle buddy to share the load with, let’s talk! I’m glad to answer questions you might have about writing and navigating this industry, or simply someone to help you decompress and assimilate information with. If you’d like me to look at a writing sample or a chapter, please bring that to the meeting. Please keep in mind that these appointments do not allow for an in-depth look, but I’m glad to take a peek at your first few pages.

James L. Rubart


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James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, THE CHAIR, SOUL’S GATE, MEMORY’S DOOR, and SPIRIT BRIDGE (May ’14). During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman.

For the marketing appointments:
· What is the most nagging question about marketing you’ve always wanted to ask, but been afraid to?
· What three things are you doing right now to build a platform?
· What is the most unique thing about you? (Not about your writing, about you.)

For writing/career appointments:
· What are your three most pressing questions about the publishing industry?
· Becoming an author requires a strategic plan of study, networking, and platform building. What is your plan?
· If you could wave a magic wand, what would the next three years look like in regards to your writing career?

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.