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Editor 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.

Shana Asaro
Portrait of Shana Asaro
Organization: Love Inspired
Title: Associate Editor
Web Site: http://www.harlequin.com

Shana Asaro is the Associate Editor for Harlequin’s Love Inspired series romance line. Having been with the company for over seven years, she enjoys working with authors on a variety of Christian romance. So far she’s acquired nine new authors for the Love Inspired franchise and is eagerly seeking more fresh, exciting voices. Shana studied journalism in college and worked at a literary agency before coming to Harlequin. Recently married, she’s enjoying the start of her own happily ever after with her husband and their crazy but adorable dog.



Currently Seeking: Currently Seeking: Love Inspired consists of three varied inspirational romance lines: Love Inspired (contemporary romance 55,000-60,000 words), Love Inspired Suspense (contemporary romantic suspense 55,000-60,000 words) and Love Inspired Historical (historical romance 70,000-75,000 words). I especially enjoy action-adventure suspense romances, sweet contemporary romances set in small towns, Amish romances, Westerns, storms, dogs and a little bit of humor or quirkiness. Unique settings are also always fun to see.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
While having a complete manuscript ready is beneficial, it is not a requirement to pitch to me. Multiple editors from Love Inspired are attending the conference, so please choose only ONE of us to pitch to.



Guidelines: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=538&chapter=0

Amanda Bostic
Portrait of Amanda Bostic
Organization: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Title: Publisher for Fiction
Web Site: http://www.thomasnelson.com

Amanda Bostic is the Publisher for Fiction at HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan). She traces her love of story back to her first reading of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when she was in 2nd grade, and she’s still amazed by the fact that she’s been getting paid to read books for more than ten years. She loves any great story, but is particularly drawn to suspense and thrillers, contemporary, women’s fiction, and Southern fiction. She makes her home in Nashville with her husband Randy and their two children.

Currently Seeking: We are looking for fresh voices that will appeal to both the Christian market and to the broader general market. We’re passionate about finding great writers, who have great hooks, who genuinely care about and are willing to invest in their readers, and who are fun to work with. I’m most interested in romantic suspense, suspense, Southern fiction, women’s fiction, and romance.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
For unpublished authors, please only request a meeting if you have a completed manuscript. For all, please bring a 1-2 page pitch to the appointment that includes your hook, a brief synopsis, your bio, details on your social media involvement, and sales figures for any published works.




Guidelines: http://www.thomasnelson.com/consumer/dept.asp?dept_id=1117900&category=Contact-Us#Submissions

Cynthia Hickey
Portrait of Cynthia Hickey
Organization: Winged Publications
Title: Editor
Web Site: http://www.forgetmenotromances.com

Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold over a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.

Currently Seeking: Have a fiction story that doesn't fit into a mold? Want to enter the publishing world but don't want to do it all alone? Winged Publications is a royalty paying ebook/print publisher that is actively seeking new clients who are committed to their readership and willing to be a part of a publishing family. We are looking for clean and/or inspirational romance or fiction that leaves the reader with a warm, fuzzy feeling when they turn the last page.




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Tina James
Portrait of Tina James
Organization: Love Inspired
Title: Executive Editor
Web Site: http://www.eharlequin.com/

Tina James is Executive Editor for Love Inspired Books. From the moment she learned to read she could usually be found at a bookstore or the public library searching for a good book. She has been with Harlequin for over twenty years and has had the opportunity to work on many series lines and special projects. She is seeking heartwarming inspirational contemporary romance and compelling inspirational contemporary romantic suspense projects.




Currently Seeking: I am actively acquiring inspirational romance for the Love Inspired series (contemporary romance 55,000 words) and the Love Inspired Suspense series (contemporary romantic suspense 55,000 words). We’re looking for compelling stories with engaging characters, a sustained conflict and an emotionally satisfying romance. The focus must always be on the hero and heroine as they overcome the obstacles in their paths to find love together. The Christian faith element is integral to all storylines but should feel natural not preachy. Books submitted to Love Inspired Suspense need to be high intensity suspense from start to finish, not mystery or cozy mystery. The book should open with danger, and the hero and heroine need to remain in danger throughout the book and in each other’s company the vast majority of the time. It should be equal parts suspense and romance. Guidelines: https://harlequin.submittable.com/submit

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
As there are multiple Love Inspired editors attending, please only request an appointment with ONE of us.

Guidelines: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=538&chapter=0

Dave Long
Portrait of Dave Long
Organization: Bethany House Publishers
Title: Executive Editor, Fiction
Web Site: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/

Dave Long serves as Executive Editor, Fiction, with Bethany House Publishers where he’s been working with talented best-selling and award-winning novelists across many genres since 2004. Prior to migrating to the editorial side of the company, he spent six years in the marketing department. He and his family live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Currently Seeking: Currently seeking novels with a strong voice that understand and deliver in their genre. Most interested in seeing contemporary fiction (including mystery/suspense, romantic suspense and romance), general “book club” fiction, historical fiction, and historical romance.


Not seeking: YA fiction in any genre. End times fiction. Sci-fi.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Happy to meet with currently unpublished authors, but you’ll need to have completed at least a first draft of the novel you’d like to discuss.





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Rachel McRae
Portrait of Rachel McRae
Organization: Revell Books
Title: Acquisitions Editor
Web Site:

Rachel McRae serves as an acquisitions editor at Revell Books. She fell in love with Christian publishing in college and went on to spend 19 years with LifeWay Christian Stores in a variety of roles, however Senior Book Buyer was her favorite. Rachel enjoys reading books that are fresh and unique and loves that her job allows her to present them to a wide variety of readers. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Currently Seeking: We are actively seeking novels in the romance, romantic suspense, contemporary, historical, and suspense genres. We are not looking for children’s, middle grade, or YA fiction in any genre, speculative, or Sci-Fi.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Revell will only consider completed manuscripts for publication from first time novelists. Please be ready with a brief summary of your novel. I’m eager to hear what makes your story unique and what special marketable avenues it will have. I also appreciate authors who understand their audience and are active in a variety of ways to engage with them. I will not be taking proposals or one sheets with me. For the concepts that intrigue me, I’ll request a proposal and will review it after the conference.



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Becky Monds
Portrait of Becky Monds
Organization: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Title: Editor
Web Site: http://www.thomasnelson.com

Becky Monds is an Editor for the fiction department at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. After working as an events coordinator and marketing manager at an independent bookstore in Nashville, she joined Thomas Nelson in 2007 as an editor in Fiction. She loves spending time with her husband and twin toddlers, knitting, waterskiing, and, of course, reading great fiction.

Currently Seeking: I am most interested in young adult, romance, and women’s fiction. Mostly, I am looking for a fresh voice that will appeal not only to the Christian market, but also to the larger general market.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
For unpublished authors, please only request a meeting if you have a completed manuscript. Please bring a 1-2 page pitch to the appointment that includes your hook, a brief synopsis, your bio, details on your social media involvement, and sales figures for any published works.



Guidelines: http://www.thomasnelson.com/consumer/dept.asp?dept_id=1117900&category=Contact-Us#Submissions

Raela Schoenherr
Portrait of Raela Schoenherr
Organization: Bethany House
Title: Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://www.bethanyhouse.com

Raela Schoenherr has been a member of the Bethany House Publishers fiction acquisitions team since 2008. A graduate of Bethel University, she makes her home in Minneapolis, MN and loves to connect with writers on Twitter at @raelaschoenherr. She grew up reading Christian fiction and is privileged to work with the excellent authors publishing in Christian fiction today. She loves talking books of all kinds and gets especially excited talking audiobooks.


Currently Seeking: Genres I am interested in are contemporary (women’s and family drama) and “book club” fiction, contemporary romance, women’s suspense, romantic suspense, unique historical romance, suspense/mystery/thriller, and historical fiction. I’d love to hear from authors who can articulate what sets them and their project apart from the crowd and have a clear idea of what their project compares to in the current market.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
BHP will only consider complete manuscripts for publication, but I am available to meet with authors who are in process with a current manuscript and have completed manuscripts in the past.





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Jan Stob
Portrait of Jan Stob
Organization: Tyndale House Publishers
Title: Senior Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://www.tyndale.com/

Jan Stob is the director of fiction at Tyndale House Publishers. Since joining the fiction team in 2000, she has enjoyed working with authors from concept development through publication. She loves discovering new talent and unique concepts and enjoys working with authors who share her passion for publishing books that bring hope to a troubled world.

Over the years, she’s had the pleasure of working on several bestselling projects including the Left Behind series, Safely Home by Randy Alcorn, and The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate. She looks forward to new acquisitions releasing from Beth Vogt, Carla Laureano, Heidi Chiavaroli, DiAnn Mills, and Allison Pittman. Jan and her husband reside in the Chicago area, near their two married sons and their amazing first grandchild.

Currently Seeking: I’m interested in looking at beautifully written stories with great hooks in the genres of suspense (forensics, crime procedurals, psychological thrillers, and romantic suspense) time slip (other than WWII), and Southern women’s fiction. I prefer only those with complete manuscripts request meetings. I’m not interested in seeing a writing sample at this time. Come prepared to effectively communicate the hook of your story.

I’m NOT interested in seeing fantasy or science fiction.



APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I prefer meeting with authors who have completed their manuscripts. Please come to the appointment ready to give a brief summary of your novel. Tell me what is unique and marketable about your story. If your story has a marketable hook, I will ask you to send a proposal. Unfortunately with expensive bag fees, there’s a limit to what I can carry home, so I’m not looking to take a proposal or one-sheet with me. I’m not looking to critique your writing during this appointment. Hook me with your concept so I’ll request a proposal, and I’ll review your writing when I can give it the attention it deserves.

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Janyre Tromp
Portrait of Janyre Tromp
Organization: Kregel Publications
Title: Editor
Web Site: http://www.kregel.com

Janyre Tromp has worked in the CBA industry for twenty years, spending time in both marketing and editorial. Currently, she is a developmental and acquisitions editor for Kregel Publications by day and a writer at night. For the record, you pronounce her name Jan-air . . . like the stove, but not like the book. To find out more about Janyre, visit her website at janyretromp.com or catch her weekly writing and editing tips at http://www.twitter.com/JanyreTromp.

Currently Seeking: Kregel is a family-owned evangelical Christian publisher whose mission is to develop and distribute—with integrity and excellence—trusted, biblically based resources that lead individuals to know and serve Jesus Christ. Our Kregel Publications imprint introduces about twenty new titles per year, in a variety of genres and categories, both fiction and nonfiction, for men and women, ages 18 and up.

In fiction, Kregel is looking for romance and its various subgenres, and historical and its various subgenres, approximately 70,000 to 90,000 words. We are not looking for literary, speculative, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, allegory, or YA. Kregel seeks fiction that is entertaining and from a distinctly biblical worldview, with exceptional storytelling and a spiritual arc; with relatable characters, believable action, and natural dialogue. Kregel does not want blatantly preachy or agenda-driven stories.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I will talk with prospective authors at any stage of the writing process. For serious consideration, an author not previously published in the genre being pitched must have a completed manuscript. One-sheets are nice but not necessary. Anything I request will be submitted digitally.


Guidelines: http://www.kregel.com

Karen Watson
Portrait of Karen Watson
Organization: Tyndale Publishing
Title: Publisher of Tyndale Fiction
Web Site:

Karen, Publisher of Tyndale Fiction, has more than 20 years of industry history at Tyndale. Her early career was spent in product development for Children and Youth products in a variety of genres. For over fifteen years
has employed her passionate team leadership style to bringing fiction bestsellers to the market from many of the industry’s top authors, including Francine Rivers, Joel C. Rosenberg, Beth Moore, Karen Kingsbury, Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. She remains passionate about all things “new” and continues to be on the lookout for writers on the front edge of a long career in publishing. Karen, a native Tennessean, now works out of a satellite office in Nashville.

Currently Seeking: The concept that I am actually looking for I can’t describe! In other words, I am looking for a unique, surprisingly memorable hook to a story with strong emotive writing. A story like that could be found in a variety of time periods or genres. But in general, I would be interested in a novel using the 60’s as a backdrop. Also could be interested in a suspense novel or psychological thriller (not romantic suspense). What I am not looking for is high fantasy or Sci-f, Young Adult, or WW II based novels..

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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.