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Agent 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.

Linda Glaz
Portrait of Linda Glaz
Organization: Hartline Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.hartlineliterary.com/

Linda is an author and agent with Hartline Literary Agency. Having served in the Air Force at a time when it wasn’t exactly politically correct for a woman, she blazed many firsts for women in the military. She has taught karate and self-defense for thirty years and was a National instructor and referee for the largest soccer youth group in the US for twenty-five years. She isn’t afraid to try something new. Before joining Hartline, Linda was a reviewer for online romance sites, a final proofreader for a publisher, and organized and ran two separate writers’ groups. She worked for two years as an editorial assistant to Terry Burns at Hartline. Linda is also an author, so she understands authors.
She’s a member of ACFW, AWSA, and numerous other writers’ groups. She presents nationally each year at conferences, teas, churches, workshops, and various other venues. She’s also active on social media. Linda loves to laugh and make other people laugh. There is definitely healing and joy in laughter.

Currently Seeking: Mostly fiction, contemporary romance, historic romance, romantic suspense

NOT interested in seeing: Children's, fantasy, any type of spec fiction




APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
A manuscript must be complete before submitting to me for consideration if you are a new author. At the meeting, all you need is a smile and well thought out pitch that will hook and pull me in. If your work isn't finished, feel free to make the appointment and maybe we can brainstorm!



Guidelines: http://www.hartlineliterary.com/submissions.html

Julie Gwinn
Portrait of Julie Gwinn
Organization: Seymour Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.theseymouragency.com/

Julie Gwinn, currently a literary agent with The Seymour Agency, has more than a decade in Christian publishing including serving as marketing manager then Fiction Publisher for B&H Publishing Group and Marketing Manager for Abingdon Press.

Prior to joining the publishing industry, Gwinn has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing and public relations. She uses her previous experience to aid her authors at every phase of their publishing plan.
She lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband and two children and also enjoys freelance editing, and DIY projects around the house.

Currently Seeking: I am looking to acquire:


Contemporary Romance
Mystery, Suspense or Thriller
Romantic Suspense
Spec, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Women's fiction
Amish



APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Would like to see authors who have a complete or near completed manuscript.


Guidelines:

Ali Herring
Portrait of Ali Herring
Organization: Spencerhill Associates
Title: Agent
Web Site: http://www.spencerhillassociates.com/

Ali Herring is an agent with Spencerhill Associates. Formerly a non-profit magazine associate editor, she transitioned to the literary world first as an intern for an agency in the greater NYC metro area before joining Spencerhill in 2017. She's a graduate of Berry College with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and was honored to serve as valedictorian of her graduating class. Ali lives in metro Atlanta with her husband, three children and two dogs, and represents both inspirational and secular fiction. She is open to all genres in the Christian market, but particularly likes contemporary romance, suspense and women's fiction. If you'd like a better idea of her interests, you can find her on Twitter, @HerringAli, where she is an active member of the #WritingCommunity and regularly posts #MSWLs.

Currently Seeking: I represent both mainstream and inspirational fiction. In Kidlit: middle grade (esp. sci-fi, fantasy and adventure) and young adult (all genres). In Adult: sweet romance, science fiction, southern women’s fiction and inspirational fiction. I am particularly interested in high-concept commercial fiction with a literary flair, and for the inspirational market, contemporary christian romance (though I will look at all inspy romance regardless of time period).

I don't rep picture books, memoir and non-fiction. I prefer sweet or inspirational romance, and don't particularly like narratives that go to very "dark" places.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I will be happy to look at complete and nearly complete manuscripts at the pitch sessions. However, to be considered for representation or to receive a request, the work must be complete. Please bring a copy of your query and the first three pages of chapter 1. If you wrote a prologue, please bring that in addition. (These are for us to reference only and not for me to keep.)


Guidelines: http://spencerhillassociates.com/index.php/Submissions/

Natasha Kern
Portrait of Natasha Kern
Organization: Natasha Kern Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.natashakern.com/

Natasha Kern has personally sold over 1,500 books. The agency has sold books to every major publisher and to most medium-sized presses in both ABA and CBA. Her list includes: mainstream women’s fiction, romantic suspense and romantic comedies; contemporary and historical romances; ethnic, Amish and Biblical fiction as well as thrillers, mysteries and suspense. Her clients include several New York Times best-selling authors like Terri Blackstock, Joan Wolf and Linda Goodnight, USA Today Best Sellers, PW Best Sellers, RITA winners, two Edgar winner and a finalist, and Christy winners or finalists including Tamera Alexander, Robin Lee Hatcher, Siri Mitchell and Cathy Gohlke as well as ACFW/Carol award winners including Mary Connealy, Julie Lessman and Melissa Jagears in addition to several ECPA best-selling writers including Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman and Kathleen Morgan. She has assisted several writers to move from CBA to ABA and also vice versa. Information about the agency is available on the Internet at http://www.natashakern.com

Currently Seeking: I am NOT representing: children’s stories; nonfiction; science fiction/fantasy; horror

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I want to meet with writers who have completed the manuscript they are presenting if they are unpublished. If they are published, I would prefer that their proposal be in the same genre but that is not a requirement. I will review fiction targeted toward CBA or ABA publishers. I will also consider material from authors who have been successfully indie published.



Guidelines: http://www.natashakern.com/submitting_fiction.htm

Steve Laube
Portrait of Steve Laube
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Literary Agent and President
Web Site: http://www.stevelaube.com/

Steve Laube, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, is a 35 year veteran of the bookselling industry. He began his career in the bookselling arena and his store in Phoenix was named the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) store of the year in 1989. He then spent 11 years with Bethany House Publishers rising to the position of an editorial director. In 2002 he was named the AWSA Golden Scroll Editor of the Year. The next year he became a literary agent and in 2004 formed The Steve Laube Agency. In 2009 he was named the ACFW Agent of the Year. In 2013 he was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology.

Currently Seeking: All genres of fiction are welcome with the exception of most Children’s literature.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I would like to see writing sample and a proposal during an appointment. A “one sheet” is not sufficient because it doesn’t show me you can write

Guidelines: http://www.stevelaube.com/guidelines/

Tamela Hancock Murray
Portrait of Tamela Hancock Murray
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.stevelaube.com/

Tamela Hancock Murray has been a literary agent since 2001. She was named Agent of the Year in 2017 by ACFW. She is a bestselling author of over thirty novels, novellas, and nonfiction books, and won an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Because of her experience, Tamela brings the perspective of a working writer to her role as a literary agent. She represents many top authors and continues to develop new talent. She earned her BA with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Today she enjoys living in Northern Virginia with her husband of thirty-three years. They are the proud parents of two lovely adult daughters. Her personal book collection takes up way too much room but that doesn't stop her from buying more!



Currently Seeking: As always, Tamela is looking for all types of Christian romance. She also enjoys other types of excellent Christian fiction that is polished to a brilliant sheen. If you also write nonfiction and have a great platform, Tamela is interested in talking with you.

NOT SEEKING: Children's, YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Tamela enjoys talking with writers at all levels, so feel free to meet with her regardless of where you are in your publishing career.





Guidelines: http://www.stevelaube.com/guidelines/




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.