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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.

Jeff Gerke
Jeff Gerke
Deadline: 8/24/2015
Genre(s): Speculative Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: FILLED
Web Site: http://www.jeffgerke.com

Bio: Jeff Gerke is a 5-time Writers Digest author whose books include Plot Versus Character, The First 50 Pages, and The Irresistible Novel. He is the founder and former owner of Marcher Lord Press, which published Christian fantasy and science fiction novels and won numerous Christy Awards and ACFW Carol Awards. He is the author of 6 Christian novels, under the pen name Jefferson Scott, and he currently makes his living as a freelance editor. See more about Jeff at http://www.jeffgerke.com

What to Send: first 10-15 pages

speculative novels (they can be for adult or YA)

Lisa Jordan
Lisa Jordan
Deadline: 08/01/2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.lisajordanbooks.com

Bio: Married over 25 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 romance that promise hope & happily ever after. She is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary Management. Additionally, she serves on the My Book Therapy leadership team and hostesses the MBT Voices Facebook group. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys hanging out with her family, reading good books, watching chick flicks. 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.

DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills
Deadline: 09/05/2015
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; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at http://www.diannmills.com .

What to Send: First chapter and synopsis

Writers will receive a physical copy of critique at the conference.

Mindy Obenhaus
Mindy Obenhaus
Deadline: 08/15/2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site:

Bio: It took Mindy Obenhaus forty years to figure out what she wanted to do when she grew up. But once God called her to write, she never looked back. She’s passionate about the craft of writing and touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. Mindy served as ACFW’s Carol Awards Coordinator for four years, but found herself on the other side of the table when her debut novel, The Doctor’s Family Reunion, was named a 2014 Carol Award finalist. Mindy lives in Texas with her husband and two of her five children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her grandkids.

What to Send: First chapter and a synopsis or up to 20 pages

Robin Patchen
Robin Patchen
Deadline: 08/01/2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Speculative Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site:

Bio: Robin Patchen is a multi-published author and freelance editor specializing in Christian fiction. As the copyeditor for Redbud Press, she has the privilege of working with exceptionally talented contemporary romance authors. 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 and the synopsis

I am a freelance editor specializing in Christian fiction.

Deborah Raney
Deborah Raney
Deadline: 09/01/2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: FILLED
Web Site: http://www.deborahraney.com

Bio: DEBORAH RANEY's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched Deb’s writing career. Twenty years and thirty books later, she's still writing. She and her husband recently traded small-town life in Kansas––the setting of many of Deb’s novels––for life in the city of Wichita. They love traveling to visit four grown children and five grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deb on the Web at http://www.deborahraney.com.

What to Send: First 20 pages of the manuscript (author may include brief synopsis, but it will not be critiqued)

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin
Deadline: 08/15/2015
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.sarahsundin.com

Bio: Sarah Sundin is the author of seven historical novels, including In Perfect Time (Revell, 2014) and Through Waters Deep (Revell, August 2015). Her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A mother of three, Sarah lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. You can find her at http://www.sarahsundin.com


What to Send: First 20 pages plus synopsis

Melissa Tagg
Melissa Tagg
Deadline: 08/31/2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.melissatagg.com

Bio: Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit communications coordinator, and contemporary romance author for Bethany House. Her most recent releases include From the Start, the first full-length book in her new Walker Family series, and an e-novella, Three Little Words. She's also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. When she's not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching classic movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at http://www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What to Send: First 20 pages plus one-page synopsis

Can include 1-3 specific questions about anything they'd specifically like help with. I'm very active in My Book Therapy and loooove to talk story elements, dialogue and voice.

Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner
Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner
Deadline: 09/01/2015
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.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 of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified family law paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and several Top Picks by Romantic Times magazine.

A member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, Oklahoma Paralegal Association, and a former member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, she is currently a proud military wife and an expatriate Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River.

To find out more about Kathleen or connect with her through social media, check out her website at http://www.kathleenybarbo.com.

What to Send: First 20 pages

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

Shannon Vannatter
Shannon Vannatter
Deadline: 09/01/2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.shannonvannatter.com

Bio: Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. Her debut novel won the 2011 Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. She’s had 8 contemporary romances released through Love Inspired Heartsong Presents since 2010 and is contracted for 7 more titles through 2016.
Vannatter has taught an adult continuing education course on novel writing at Arkansas State University and fiction workshops at writer’s conferences including: American Christian Fiction Writers National in St. Louis, MO, Ozark Romance Writers Conference in Springfield, MO, Life Press Christian Writers’ Conference in Memphis, TN, the Ozark Creative Writers’ Conference in Eureka Springs, AR, Arkansas Writers Conference in Little Rock, AR, and theWhite County Creative Writers Conference in Searcy, AR.

What to Send: First thirty pages and synposis

I'm very thorough and critique line by line

Karen Witemeyer
Karen Witemeyer
Deadline: 08/15/2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.karenwitemeyer.com

Bio: Christy Award finalist and winner of both the ACFW Carol Award and HOLT Medallion, CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes Christian historical romance for Bethany House, believing the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at: http://www.karenwitemeyer.com .




What to Send: First 15 pages plus single-page synopsis

I prefer working with experienced authors who are looking to take their manuscript to the next level by focusing on areas such as deepening POV, strengthening author and character voice, and creating action/conflict that propels the story forward in a way that will capture a reader's/editor's attention.



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, 2015: Late Registration rates in effect. - September 1, 2015: Walk-in registration rates go into effect.