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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.

Rick Acker
Portrait of Rick Acker

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Rick Acker is a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice. His unit prosecutes large corporate fraud lawsuits of the type described in his newest legal thriller, When the Devil Whistles (#1 Kindle bestseller). His other novels include Dead Man’s Rule (Top Pick, RT), Blood Brothers (4 stars, RT) and the Davis Detective Mysteries for young adults. Rick holds law degrees from the University of Oslo and the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with honors. In addition to his novels, he is a contributing author on two legal treatises published by the American Bar Association. Rick lives with his wife, four children, and miscellaneous animals in the San Francisco area.

Get legal input for your novel! Rick Acker will answer your questions on courtroom scenes, copyright law, and other writing-related topics.
A couple of caveats:
Please keep your questions writing related.
Rick isn't a tax lawyer, so he won't be able to answer tax questions.

Mandatory legalese disclaimer: By responding to questions, Rick is not giving legal advice or acting as your lawyer. If you need legal advice or representation, please retain an attorney. Also, any views Rick expresses are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the California Department of Justice.

Audra Jennings
Publicity Manager
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Audra Jennings oversees the publicity department of Litfuse Publicity Group. She also handles new project proposals and works with potential clients.

With more than 13 years in the Christian publishing industry, she has built relationships with media, publishers and authors. Audra works one-on-one with the authors to get to the heart of their message, then shapes that message for the best media opportunities available. She has secured media for authors on network TV such as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC in addition to national Christian TV programs. Audra has also worked with national and regional magazines, newspapers and radio programs as well as numerous online outlets.

The Litfuse team specializes in a holistic approach, with each campaign designed to build the author’s brand, tell his or her story, and promote his or her latest release. Through publicity, blog tours, Facebook and Twitter launch parties, interactive websites and contests, live webcasts, blog development, author assistance, and event planning, Litfuse works to provide the best coverage and the best publicity possible.

Litfuse also specializes in social media campaigns, connecting an author with his or her audience in a way that’s personal and genuine. Social media training and campaigns include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, Instagram, Goodreads, and more. They have also built launch teams, designed to provide serious online buzz that generates interest beyond the author’s typical audience.

Some of Litfuse’s publicity and social media campaigns have helped clients achieve international recognition, including ECPA, CBA, and USA Today best-seller lists.

Audra works from Litfuse’s satellite office outside of Dallas, TX.

Appointments for contracted/published authors only. Bring your catalog page and/or back cover copy of your new release, bio, website link as well as links to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.). We will talk about your upcoming release, what plans your publisher has for publicity and marketing, and what areas you as an author can support their plans and boost your readership such as social media, newsletters, giveaways, writing guest posts, and teaming with other authors.

Ken Raney
Graphic Designer
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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.

Rusty Shelton
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Rusty Shelton first spoke at Harvard on the changing world of PR and marketing at the age of 23. Today, as Founder and CEO of Shelton Interactive, he works alongside the company’s clients to start conversations that matter by providing on-target vision in an often-confusing new media environment. Founded in 2010, Shelton Interactive is a full-service digital marketing and PR agency that integrates design, social media, website development and PR—services that are normally handled by multiple agencies—under one roof.

In addition to working with leading businesses and brands (Amazon, Kellogg School of Management, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Harvard Medical School and others), Rusty has been involved in leading digital strategy for some of the biggest bestsellers of the past few years, including The One Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, The Confidence Code, by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, Big Data, by Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, Take the Stairs, by Rory Vaden, How The World Sees You, by Sally Hogshead, Eat Move Sleep, by Tom Rath, Winning From Within, by Erica Ariel Fox, Anything by Jennie Allen and many, many others.

An NSA speaker, Rusty speaks regularly around the country on the changing world of public relations, including speaking at SXSW Interactive in 2012 on the topic of “Discoverability and the Future of PR.” In addition, he has been a faculty member at the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education’s Publishing Course for the past ten years. His perspective on platform-building, digital marketing and the changing world of PR have been included in coverage from numerous top media outlets, including BBC, Forbes, Austin American-Statesman and many others.

He lives just west of Austin with his wife, Paige, two young sons, Luke & Brady and their very rowdy young black lab, Charlie.

Learn more at or @RustyShelton

Shelton Interactive is a full-service digital marketing and PR agency based in Austin, Texas. The company has worked with some of the world's most respected authors, including Ann Voskamp, Jennie Allen, Tom Rath, Katty Kay, Claire Shipman, Jon Acuff and others. To build platforms Shelton Interactive integrates services most authors and publishers have to hire out to multiple agencies – web development, social media, public relations, design and SEO – and each department works hand-in-hand with the others to ensure our clients have a well-rounded, integrated digital strategy. Learn more at

As part of each appointment we will do an abbreviated Online Brand Audit and review each author's current digital platform to generate ideas for growth and improvement.

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.