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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.

Timothy Beals
Portrait of Timothy Beals
Organization: Credo Communications
Title: President
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Tim Beals has been president of Credo Communications, a literary agency, and publisher of Credo House Publishers, an independent book publisher, since 2005. He has also been an adjunct professor of publishing, editing, and professional writing at Cornerstone University since 1989.

Tim earned his undergraduate degree in English and philosophy at Cornerstone University and then began his publishing career as an editor at HarperCollins Christian Publishing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He completed a master’s in professional writing from Western Michigan University and later earned his business degree at Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business.

After 25 years of working for other publishers, large and small, Tim started his own companies in the service of authors and readers during a period of rapid change in the publishing industry. As president and publisher, Tim fills his days working closely with authors and publishers, bringing words to life. He also travels worldwide to meet with authors and encourage their craft.

Tim is sometimes a coach, sometimes a critic, sometimes a counselor, but always a cheerleader. He believes that a book is less like a product—a thing—and more like a person—even a friend—the unique and irreplaceable offspring of an author’s heart, mind, and soul.

Currently Seeking: Currently looking for: biblical, contemporary, historical, international, military, regency, and western

NOT looking for: allegory, Amish, fantasy, YA, romance, speculative, suspense, thriller, mystery and science fiction

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Entire manuscript and completed proposal required.




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Keely Boeving
Portrait of Keely Boeving
Organization: WordServe Literary
Title: Associate Agent
Web Site:

Keely Boeving is an Associate Agent with WordServe Literary, representing a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the Denver Publishing Institute, she began her career in New York working in the editorial departments of Bloomsbury and then Oxford University Press, where she acquired books for the trade history list. She moved back to Denver in 2014 and began her own freelance editorial company before joining WordServe the following year. She enjoys skiing, cycling, cooking, and spending time with her husband and their puppy, Rufus.

Currently Seeking: Seeking fiction in the following genres: literary; historical; contemporary; and general women’s fiction; as well as YA and middle grade manuscripts (but not in the sci-fi or fantasy realms). I also represent nonfiction, and am looking for smart proposals on women’s topics including motherhood, relationships and marriage, work-life balance, and vocation.

NOT interested in seeing: Romance, cozy mysteries, speculative, sci-fi, or fantasy.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Please bring a synopsis or full proposal, as well as the first chapter.



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Rachelle Gardner
Portrait of Rachelle Gardner
Organization: Books & Such Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.booksandsuch.com/

Rachelle Gardner is an agent with Books & Such Literary Agency, representing both fiction and nonfiction. In the publishing business since 1995, Rachelle previously worked for two publishing houses in positions encompassing marketing, sales, international rights, acquisitions and editorial. She has also edited over 100 books. As an agent, she loves helping authors strategize and build their careers, and takes great joy in sharing the important milestones in a writer’s journey. Writers can get to know Rachelle through her blog, RachelleGardner.com and at the agency website, BooksandSuch.com

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Currently Seeking: Currently seeking: Fiction for women in these genres: contemporary, historical, romance, suspense, literary, or general women's fiction. If you're hoping to break in to Harlequin/Love Inspired, talk to me! I'm NOT looking at speculative, sci-fi, fantasy, or YA/children's. I represent non-fiction as well, and I'm looking for authors who have strong platforms.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I'd like you to bring a brief synopsis and the first chapter of your novel - not for me to keep, but just for me to look at. A one-sheet is great, too, if you have one.



Guidelines: http://www.rachellegardner.com/talk-with-publishers-and-agents/

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

Julie Gwinn has been a professional in the public relations, advertising industry for more than 21 years for organizations such as The American Red Cross, the YWCA and Dye, Van Mol and Lawrence public relations and advertising agencies in Nashville. Julie was most recently the Marketing Manager with Abingdon Press, was previously Fiction Publisher for B&H Publishing Group and in 2013, won ACFW's Editor of the Year Award.

Currently Seeking: I would like to see: Suspense/thriller, Cozy Mystery, and Romance


Would not like to see: Women's fiction, Historical, or YA


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


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

Jim Hart is an agent with Hartline Literary Agency. He currently represents both veteran debut authors and is active in both the Christian and general markets.

Currently Seeking: Jim is looking at select fiction in these categories: suspense/thrillers, romance (contemporary, historical, suspense, Amish), women’s fiction, and some speculative and sci-fi.

He is not interested in children’s/middle grade fiction


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I am looking at authors who have a completed proposal and manuscript. For the appointment please bring only a one-sheet. If I am interested I will invite you to e-mail the proposal and manuscript.



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Jessica Kirkland
Portrait of Jessica Kirkland
Organization: Kirkland Media Management
Title: Agent
Web Site:

Jessica Kirkland, a literary agent and entrepreneur, is the owner and primary agent with Kirkland Media Management, LLC., a Texas-based boutique agency that specializes in publishing & film contracts in the inspirational market. Jessica possesses a unique skill set as an agent, which includes a strong command of sales, marketing, and creative development. She loves discovering new talent and identifying stories that have the capacity to change the world. Her outside-the-box thinking and keen business sense have allowed her to excel in the publishing industry and emerge as a champion for traditional and hybrid authors. With her eye always on the big picture, Jessica represents fiction and non-fiction clients who continue to thrive in an ever-changing publishing environment.

Jessica graduated with honors from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Marketing. She is a popular conference speaker where she teaches on publishing trends, marketing, blogging, and the writer’s journey. She has been an agent for over five years, and was named Agent of the Year in 2016 by American Christian Fiction Writers.

Currently Seeking: Seeking:

Fiction: Sweet Romance, Women¹s Fiction, or Suspense for either Christian or General market.

Non-Fiction: Writers with unique messages‹Memoir or Christian living. Topics may include: women¹s issues, faith, family, politics, health/wellness, cultural issues/opinions etc. Gift books and creative project ideas are welcome. Cookbooks (only if large platform).


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Please have a completed manuscript before you pitch. For the pitch, I would like a one sheet, business card, and three sample chapters (Due to air travel, I may or may not take the sample chapters with me).





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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 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.