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Allen Arnold
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    CE5: The Wildness of Writing with God

Allen Arnold, recipient of the 2012 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award, loves the story he is living. From the mountains of Colorado, he oversees Content & Resources for Ransomed Heart Ministries (led by John Eldredge). Before that, he spent 20 years in Christian Publishing. He’s honored to have been the founding Publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction, overseeing more than 500 novels during his eight years as Publisher. But that doesn’t really describe the man. Allen loves hanging out with his family, craves the beach, is more in awe of Jesus each day, drinks salsa from a glass, is hooked on the TV series “Once Upon a Time”, savors deep conversations of the heart, and is passionate about helping others, especially storytellers, discover the story God is writing with their lives.

 

 

Jeff Gerke
Website: http://www.jeffersonscott.com
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    CE4: The Irresistible Novel

Jeff Gerke has written five fiction how-to books for Writers Digest, including “The Irresistible Novel,” “The First 50 Pages,” “Plot Versus Character,” “Write Your Novel in a Month,” and “The Art & Craft of Writing
Christian Fiction.” Jeff is a multi-published Christian novelist, full-time freelance editor (at http://www.jeffgerke.com), and the founder and former publisher of Marcher Lord Press, which he sold in 2013 after an
award-winning 5-year run.

He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and 3 children.

 

Amy Green
Website: http://www.bethanyhouse.com
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    CE7: Stress-Free Marketing

Amy Green is the fiction publicist at Bethany House Publishers, making her home in the frozen North of the Twin Cities. A typical workday for her involves planning book tours, setting up interviews, pitching books to review publications, running BHP’s social media, and connecting with bloggers. Her favorite part of her job is helping authors come up with ways to share their stories with more readers. Although she doesn’t mind getting free books either. She has taught guest sessions on marketing for classes at Taylor University, where she graduated with a degree in Professional Writing.

Rachel Hauck
Website: http://www.rachelhauck.com
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    CE3: In-Depth Brainstorming/Story Equation

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, best selling author of twelve novels with more to come. It’s her desire for readers to find hope and escape in the stories she writes, and inhale a bit of the fragrance of Jesus’s love.

Rachel is a past president of ACFW and currently serves on the Executive Board, as well as the worship leader for the annual conference.

Kristen Heitzmann
Website: http://www.kristenheitzmannbooks.com
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    CE1: Keys to Compelling Stories

Christy Award winning author of twenty bestselling novels, Kristen Heitzmann loves to share her passion for writing with excellence. She has taught the craft of fiction for the ACFW national conference, the Colorado ACFW Peak Conference, keynote and fiction track teacher for the Called to Write Conference in Kansas, workshop instructor for the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, and many other writing events. A love of words and storytelling driven by the desire for excellence brings a unique aspect to her instruction. She is constantly looking for fresh ways to bring out the best in developing writers.

A Colorado native, she loves hiking the Rocky Mountain trails by her home—preferably all by herself. She lives with her husband, various family members and friends, pets, and wildlife.

Cynthia Hickey
Website: http://www.cynthiahickey.com
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    CE2: The Successful Series

Multi-published and Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey is an Amazon bestseller and had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with two new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. (Talk about a series success story!) Cynthia is considered one of the leading, cutting-edge hybrid authors of our day, earning her full-time living from her writing. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013, 2014, and 2015 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, along with novellas in Barbour collections. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads.

She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.

Traci Hilton
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    CE6: Tricks Rich Indies Use

Traci Tyne Hilton is the author of the Mitzy Neuhaus Mysteries, the Plain Jane Mysteries, and the Tillgiven Romantic Mysteries. She has been indie publishing since 2010, and though she’s had offers from small and large presses, she hasn’t gone hybrid yet.

She’s been #3 on Amazon’s free list three times and has hit the top 100 overall at Amazon with her paid titles. She has also been in the top ten on Amazon’s Religious Fiction authors list. In other words, she has a good handle on how to make a living indie publishing.

She loves the publishing side of the business as much as the writing, and has passion for sharing it with others.

She also loves teaching Bible and missions and speaking to large and small groups at her church.

Melissa Tagg
Website: http://www.melissatagg.com
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    CE7: Stress-Free Marketing

Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy. Her latest contemporary romance, Here to Stay, released from Bethany House in May 2013, and her 2014 releases include Three Little Words and From the Start. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies and daydreaming about her next book. She also weirdly thinks marketing can be pretty fun. She blogs regularly and loves connecting with others.

Janice Thompson
Website: http://www.janicehannathompson.com/
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    CE2: The Successful Series

Janice Thompson is the author of over 100 books for the Christian market, including the best-selling “Weddings by Bella” series which has sold over 200,000 copies. She is known for her light-hearted romantic comedies and her “Bridal Mayhem” cozy mystery series. Her tagline: Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters pretty much sums up her take on life.

Janice lives in Spring near her children and grandchildren. She balances her time between writing, baking, teaching, directing musicals at a local Christian theater, playing with her grandbabies, and scolding two naughty dachshunds, who seemed determined to try her patience on every level. 

Susan May Warren
Website: http://www.susanmaywarren.com/
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    CE3: In-Depth Brainstorming/Story Equation

Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over forty novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. A six-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol award. A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!

She is also the founder of http://www.MyBookTherapy.com a sto,ry-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at: http://www.susanmaywarren.com



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