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Specialty 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.

In selecting Speciality Appointments with PR/Media Professionals, we request only contracted/published authors request these appointments.

Jennifer Deshler
Portrait of Jennifer Deshler

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Jennifer Deshler is owner of SkyWrangler Strategic, a firm dedicated to marketing, content development, and branding. Prior to launching SkyWrangler, Jennifer was VP of Marketing at Thomas Nelson Publishers. Over the course of 15 years, Jennifer took on successive roles in the company and built a strong foundation for researching and developing new ways to connect with consumers through digital technologies and traditional marketing.

With almost six years focused specifically on Christian Fiction, Jennifer has helped New York Times, USA Today, ECPA, CBA, and Christian Retailing best-selling authors including Ted Dekker, Colleen Coble, Rachel Hauck, and Terri Blackstock to realize their goals for book sales and brand awareness.

Jennifer has a personal passion as an avid reader, to share the power of story. From first-time authors who need to build a platform to helping turn experienced writers into New York Times bestselling authors, Jennifer brings experience and a fresh approach to creating marketing and digital strategies, and long-term branding.

Ken Raney
Graphic Designer
Portrait of Ken Raney

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Ken Raney has been an illustrator and graphic designer for over 40 years and has had 2 children’s picture books published. Ken has worked in the corporate world for 25 years as an Advertising/Marketing Manager. Lately, Raney has launched an entertainment website for Christian teens and tweens at Currently he makes his meager living designing and illustrating book covers, publications, and websites for Christian organizations and authors.

People should bring any design item they want Ken to review/critique. e.e.: business cards, book covers, flyers, one sheets, book marks, etc. Or Ken will be happy to answer any design questions you might have.

Sima Thakkar
Social Media Publicist
Portrait of Sima Thakkar

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Sima Thakkar joined the PR by the Book team in 2013 as the Social Media Publicist. Sima works with the campaign managers to consult with clients on social media strategy in order to help form a cohesive voice and message across all platforms. She has several years of digital marketing experience and has helped both small and large companies leverage social media to create brand awareness and ultimately grow their business. She also runs a personal blog called where she has been featured in Refinery29 and TVAsia.

Appointments for contracted/published authors only

Jeane Wynn
Portrait of Jeane Wynn

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WYNN-WYNN MEDIA was formed in 2001 by Jeane Wynn and her husband Tyson. Jeane began in publishing in 1989, working in sales at NavPress. She was soon promoted to a team that developed and launched Clarity magazine, while also doing marketing work for Discipleship Journal and Current Thoughts & Trends.

Since then, Jeane has worked in various positions in publishing, which have given her a well-rounded view of the industry, which is essential as she navigates the ever-changing world of publicity. Before starting Wynn-Wynn Media, she hired and worked with a number of publicists in her capacity as a marketing manager.

Wynn-Wynn Media thrives due to a combination of Jeane’s love of good books, her personal care and attention to the authors who create them, and her understanding of all aspects of publishing, from acquisition to editorial to sales to marketing. Wynn-Wynn Media is a full-service publicity firm, and the Wynns work with the entire spectrum of media, including print and electronic publications, television and radio broadcasts, podcasts and live online radio, websites and blogs, social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and other emerging media tools to ensure the best and most opportunities for their clients.

Some of Wynn-Wynn Media’s latest campaigns have seen clients recognized on the New York Times, USA Today, ECPA, CBA, and Christian Retailing best-seller lists.

At Wynn-Wynn Media, we strive to for integrity, creativity, deliberation, and consistency every day for every client.

Jeane holds a Bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV Sales & Management from Oklahoma State University. She and her husband and business partner Tyson Wynn live in their childhood hometown, where they run Wynn-Wynn Media from a vintage store-front on Main Street.

Appointments for contracted/published authors only
Bring your one sheet on the title, bio, website link.

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, 2014: Late Registration rates in effect. - September 1, 2014: Walk-in registration rates go into effect.