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Paid Critiques

For an additional fee of $40.00 (over and above Conference Registration Fees) you may opt to purchase critiques of your manuscript and/or synopsis and a fifteen-thirty minute critique session with the reviewer of your choice.

All submissions should follow standard manuscript formatting unless otherwise noted (Courier or Times New Roman font, 12 point font size, double spaced with 1-inch margins). You will be contacted and provided with instruction regarding your reviewer's preferred method of delivery. Submission must be received by the reviewer's deadline.

The Conference Appointment Coordinator, Casey Miller, will schedule your critique appointment. You will receive the date/time/location of your appointment in your registration packet you receive at the conference.

Adding a Paid Critique to your choice of additional options will be part of the Conference Registration process. Payment will be submitted along with Conference Registration Fees.

PLEASE NOTE: The Paid Critique service includes only ONE critique of the work submitted. Critiques of revised pages ARE NOT included and SHOULD NOT be requested from your reviewer.

Reviewers Available

Please read each reviewer's guidelines as they vary per submission length and entry deadline. On the Conference Registration Form, you will be asked to indicate a first and second choice, in the event your first choice is unavailable. Critiquers only have a limited number of slots available. Selection is done on a first come basis, so be sure to register early.

Bonnie Engstrom
Bonnie Engstrom
Deadline: 06/30/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site:

Bio: Bonnie Engstrom holds a BA in English from the University of Southern California and studied Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as post graduate work at the University of California at Irvine.
She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with husband Dave of fifty years, is the mother of three grown children and the proud grandmother of six grandchildren, four of them who live in Scottsdale and two in Costa Rica.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and an original invited member of Gayle Roper’s Fiction Mentoring Clinic, Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, 2003 mentored by James Scott Bell. She is a Pro member of Romance Writers of America and a member of Christian Writers of the West, the regional Arizona chapter of ACFW. She has judged the ACFW Genesis and the Carol Awards contest numerous times. In addition to giving complimentary critiques to many ACFW writers, she has been an influencer and reviewer for Sharon Dunn, Deborah Raney, Brandilyn Collins, Dan Walsh, Sharon Shrock, Richard Mabry, A.K. Arenz, Kathryn Cushman and Linda Windsor.

She is a former education columnist for two Southern California newspapers. Her entire adult life has been comprised of writing and volunteering in education from co-founding a unique parent-cooperative community preschool to writing and publishing hundreds of PTA newsletters that she laid out by hand with a waxer before computers made late nights easier! She still volunteers in her grandchildren’s classrooms.

Almost all of her stories are set in Arizona and in California where she used to live. One is set partly in Sweden in the cities and towns where her husband’s and her ancestors lived.

What to Send: Twenty-five to thirty pages, depending where an obvious break ends, such as a chapter or scene. I would like a brief synopsis and potential back cover blurb included.

I am open to critiquing novellas, too.

Liz Johnson
Liz Johnson
Deadline: 07/01/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site:

Bio: By day Liz Johnson is a marketing manager. She makes time to write late at night—that’s when she thinks best anyway. Liz is the author of nine romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She’s also a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. She makes her home in Nashville, where she enjoys exploring local music, theater, and making frequent trips to Arizona to dote on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories of true love filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.

What to Send: First chapter (up to 15 pages) and short synopsis (2-3 pages)

I have written a novella, category romances (Love Inspired), and full-length trade books and can help you navigate the varying requirements for any of these, so please specify your target word-count and genre. I'll give you balanced feedback, including encouragement and clear suggestions to help your first chapter shine.

Lisa Jordan
Lisa Jordan
Deadline: 07/01/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Speculative Fiction, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.lisajordanbooks.com

Bio: Married 27 years to her real-life hero, Lisa Jordan knows a thing or two about romance. She and her husband have two sons. By day, Lisa works as an early childhood educator. By night, she is an award-winning author for Love Inspired, writing contemporary Christian romances that promise hope & happily ever after with her fifth novel, Lakeside Romance, releasing in August 2016. She is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary Management. Additionally, she serves on the My Book Therapy leadership team. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys hanging out with her family, reading good books, and snuggling her puppy while Netflix binging. Visit her at http://www.lisajordanbooks.com .

What to Send: 1st chapter or up to first 20 pages plus synopsis

Writing for Love Inspired has taught me how to craft a strong opening chapter with the necessary elements category editors want to see from the beginning. If you're considering writing for a category publishing house that has a shorter word count than trade houses, I can help to ensure your story has those essential components. Even if you're not targeting a category publisher, I can still provide you with a critique based on storycraft because of the skills I've learned from being mentored by Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck and going to My Book Therapy's workshops and retreats. Their storycrafting principles have revolutionized my writing and empowered me to become a published writer.

Deb Kastner
Deb Kastner
Deadline: 07/15/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Speculative Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site:

Bio: Publisher's Weekly Bestselling, award-winning author of 28 novels, Deb Kastner enjoys writing contemporary inspirational western stories set in small communities. She feels especially blessed to be able to include faith as a natural and genuine part of her characters' lives.

She is fortunate to live and write in beautiful Colorado, where she lives with her husband and a pack of miscreant mutts. She is blessed with three daughters and two grandchildren. Her favorite hobby is spoiling her grandchildren, but she also enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to music (The Texas Tenors are her fav), singing in the church choir, and exploring the Rocky Mountains on horseback.

What to Send: FIRST CHAPTER WITH SHORT (2 PAGE) SYNOPSIS

I AM HAPPY TO CRITIQUE ANY GENRE. MY SPECIALTY IS CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE, BUT I READ WIDELY.

Pam Meyers
Pam Meyers
Deadline: 08/10/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.pamelasmeyers.com

Bio: A native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, author Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago with her two rescue cats. Her novels include mystery romance Thyme for Love, which has recently been rereleased on Amazon and her 1933 historical romance, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Love is All We Need (the sequel to Thyme for Love) will release in 2016, and Second Chance Love, a contemporary romance, from Bling!, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, will release in January 2017. She served as Genesis Coordinator for four years, and was a member of the ACFW Operating Board, when it was in operation, for five years. She has also judged many writing contests and taught Deep POV in an ACFW online course. When she isn’t at her laptop writing her latest novel, she can often be found nosing around Wisconsin and other Midwestern spots for new story ideas.

What to Send: First Chapter or first 15 pages and synopsis

DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills
Deadline: 08/10/2016
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.diannmills.com

Bio: DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

What to Send: First chapter up to 15 pages and a page and half synopsis

Please double space.

Ane Mulligan
Ane Mulligan
Deadline: 06/01/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.anemulligan.com

Bio: Ane Mulligan writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea. She's a multi-published novelist, playwright, and a humor columnist. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, she resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband, chef son, and a wooly mammoth…uh, English mastiff.

What to Send: First 15 pages plus synopsis OR first twenty pages

I critique like an editor

Carrie Stuart Parks
Carrie Stuart Parks
Deadline: 06/01/2016
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.carriestuartparks.com

Bio: Carrie Stuart Parks is an FBI trained, Certified Forensic Artist. The author-illustrator of numerous best-selling drawing and watercolor books, Carrie moved on to writing fiction. Her debut novel, A Cry from the Dust, published by Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian, finaled in the Selah and Christy competitions and won the prestigious Carol Award for Mystery/Thriller/Suspense for 2015. She was mentored in her writing by NYT best-selling author Frank Peretti.

What to Send: First 20 pages

I'll be looking for ways to up the tension and create a page-turner.

Robin Patchen
Robin Patchen
Deadline: 07/15/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.robinsredpen.wordpress.com

Bio: Robin Patchen is a multi-published author and freelance editor specializing in Christian fiction. As the freelance copyeditor for Redbud Press, she has the privilege of working with exceptionally talented authors writing contemporary romance. When she’s not polishing Redbud’s novels, Patchen loves mentoring new authors and helping established authors polish their books. She enjoys reading and editing almost every genre.

For more information about Robin Patchen, visit her website at robinsredpen.wordpress.com.

What to Send: First 20 pages


Allie Pleiter
Allie Pleiter
Deadline: 08/01/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.alliepleiter.com

Bio: Award-winning multi published author Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, twenty-seven novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing.

What to Send: FIRST 20 PAGES PLUS SYNOPSIS

MULTI-PUBLISHED IN WOMEN'S FICTION, CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE, HISTORICAL ROMANCE, AND NON FICTION.

Carrie Turansky
Carrie Turansky
Deadline: 07/15/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: FILLED
Web Site: http://www.carrieturansky.com

Bio: Bestselling author, Carrie Turansky, writes historical and contemporary romance for WaterBrook Multnomah, Love Inspired, and Barbour. She is the winner of the ACFW Carol Award and the International Digital Award, and has had 14 novels and novellas published since 2005. She enjoys traveling for research, working in her flower gardens, making healthy meals for family and friends, and pinning on Pinterest. Learn more about Carrie and her books at: http://carrieturansky.com.

What to Send: First 20 pages, plus a 1-3 page synopsis

I love to encourage aspiring authors and help them move toward publication. I will give encouraging feedback and show you how to improve and polish your manuscript.

Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner
Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner
Deadline: 08/01/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.kathleenybarbo.com

Bio: Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than fifty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and Book of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.

Sadie’s Secret, a Secret Life of Will Tucker historical romantic suspense novel and the winner of the 2015 Romantic Times Inspirational Romance of the Year, is in stores now: http://harvesthousepublishers.com/book/sadies-secret-2014/

When not wearing her writer’s hat, Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and an expatriate Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River. Connect with her through social media at http://www.kathleenybarbo.com .



What to Send: First chapter and one-page synopsis

Be sure and tell me your book's genre--romance, mystery, etc--and it's estimated completed length (if known).

Preslaysa Williams
Preslaysa Williams
Deadline: 08/01/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.preslaysa.com

Bio: Preslaysa Williams is a multi-award winning writer of Inspirational Romance. Her work has won the 2015 ACFW Genesis contest and the 2015 Indiana Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Opportunity contest. Her work was also a double finalist in the 2015 Windy City RWA Four Seasons contest, and another manuscript was a finalist in the 2015 Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star Contest. She has a Master's degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor's of Arts degree from Columbia University.

What to Send: Up to the first 20 pages of your manuscript plus a 1-5 page synopsis. The manuscript and synopsis should be double spaced and in Times New Roman or Courier New, 12 point font with one inch margins. Please send an Microsoft Word .RTF or .Doc file.

I will provide a macro and micro level critique of your work.

Jaime Jo Wright
Jaime Jo Wright
Deadline: 07/15/2016
Genre(s): Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.jaimejowright.com

Bio: Professional coffee drinker, Jaime Wright, resides in the hills of Wisconsin. She loves to write spirited turn-of-the-century romance, stained with suspense. Her day job finds her as a Director of Sales & Development. She’s wife to a rock climbing, bow-hunting Pre-K teacher, mom to a coffee-drinking little girl, and a little boy she fondly refers to as her mischievous “Peter Pan”. Jaime completes her persona by being an admitted social media junkie and coffee snob. She is a member of ACFW and has the best writing sisters EVER!

What to Send: First 15 pages plus synopsis

Please include your links to your social media sites as well (FB page, web site, blog, etc) to help me learn who you are as a person so I can better understand what goes into your writing.



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