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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.

Rachelle Gardner
Portrait of Rachelle Gardner
Organization: Books & Such Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site:

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, and at the agency website,


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.

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.


Linda Glaz
Portrait of Linda Glaz
Organization: Hartline Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site:

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

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!


Julie Gwinn
Portrait of Julie Gwinn
Organization: Seymour Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site:

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

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


Jim Hart
Portrait of Jim Hart
Organization: Hartline Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site:

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

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.


Ali Herring
Portrait of Ali Herring
Organization: Spencerhill Associates
Title: Agent
Web Site:

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 last August. With a diverse background in communications and editing, she graduated valedictorian of her class at Berry College in 2001 where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Ali is a mom of three, including her middle-school aged twins, a wife of one, and lives with an ever-growing menagerie of pets in Georgia. She is active on Twitter and blogs occasionally too. On Twitter: @Herring Ali. Blog:

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.

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.)


Greg Johnson
Portrait of Greg Johnson
Organization: WordServe Literary
Title: President & Literary Agent
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Greg Johnson is the Founder and President of WordServe Literary Group and He has been a literary agent for 21 years, and has personally represented more than 2,200 books and negotiated more than 1,700 contracts valued at more than $40 million to over eighty different publishing houses.

Before working with authors, Greg wrote 23 non-fiction books and more than 200 magazine articles. He worked for five years as founding editor for "Breakaway" magazine, and spent ten years working full time with youth in the Pacific Northwest.

Greg is married to Becky who works closely with him in evaluating authors and their manuscripts. Together they have six adult children, along with six grandchildren. They make their home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Greg is married to Becky who works closely with him in evaluating authors and their manuscripts. Together they have six adult children, five sons and a daughter, along with five grandsons. The Johnsons make their home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Currently Seeking: Greg is looking for adult fiction in these categories:

Women’s Romantic Suspense
Contemporary Women’s

Not looking for:

Children’s Picture books or YA fiction

A proposal and writing sample are requested during an appointment, though to be able to take on a novel for possible representation, it will need to be completed.


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 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 six years, and was named Agent of the Year in 2016 by American Christian Fiction Writers. You can learn more about her agency at:

Currently Seeking: Kirkland Media Management provides representation for U.S. and Canadian authors with inspirational messages, working in partnership at every level from project concept to completion. We pursue the best creative talent and mine broad opportunities for our authors across all media formats—books, TV, film, e-books, and audio. Jessica is looking for strong stories that encourage, equip, challenge, and change.

Here is a more detailed list to guide you:


Romantic Comedy and/or Contemporary Romance (Sweet and clean, but doesn’t have to be CBA)
Women’s fiction

Note: Jessica is looking for seasonal stories that can be sold to companies like Hallmark (particularly their Christmas, Spring Fling, or Wedding line up).


Memoir. Jessica is looking for stories that are inspiring and have the ability to show Christ to the masses.
Christian Living
Special interest topics: prayer, defeating fear, holistic health, faith, spiritual warfare, humor, pet memoirs, prophecy

Note: Jessica is particularly looking for another pet memoir (dog or horse related).

Not looking for: Children’s, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA, Devotionals, Short Stories, or Poetry

Please bring a one sheet and two sample chapters for me to review. If I like the idea, I’ll request a digital copy of your full proposal.


Steve Laube
Portrait of Steve Laube
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Literary Agent and President
Web Site:

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.

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


Tamela Hancock Murray
Portrait of Tamela Hancock Murray
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site:

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

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


Jessie Stover
Portrait of Jessie Stover
Organization: Seymour Agency
Title: Associate Agent
Web Site:

Ever since Jessie was a little girl she was obsessed with stories. She acted out her favorite movies with friends, wrote her own epics in high school and loved talking shop with any author she could get her hands on. As a 2017 honors graduate from Taylor University with a degree in Professional Writing Jessie’s eyes were opened to the dream job while learning about literary agents in college. Through a practicum with Julie Gwinn, Jessie was taken on as an Associate Agent for The Seymour Agency in Winter of 2017.

Jessie is constantly on the lookout for a fresh voice, strong pacing, detailed world building, and unique main characters. She is interested in acquiring YA and New Adult fantasy, as well as contemporary romance, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, a brain twister (think Inception or Black Mirror), and is a sucker for military novels, especially anything to do with long separations or reunions. Jessie is not interested in erotica or heavy fact laden historical romances, but will be on board if it’s anything like Poldark.

As the wife of an Active Duty Airman and slave to her own creative mind, Jessie’s days are full of variety, knitting, and tea drinking.

Currently Seeking: I'm looking for YA adventures/fantasy, as well as romantic suspense.

Not interested in non-fiction, children’s books, poetry, devotionals or short stories.

I’m looking for a complete or almost complete manuscript. One sheets are welcome, will follow up with an email inquery for writing samples.


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.