Join ACFW |  Forgot Password |  Login: 

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.

Dawn Anderson
Portrait of Dawn Anderson
Organization: Kregel Publications
Title: Associate Editor
Web Site: http://www.kregel.com

Dawn Anderson (Associate Editor, Kregel Publications) passionately loves the career to which God has drawn her. A graduate of Cornerstone University with an English major and a psychology minor, she began proofreading professionally in college, but took the circuitous route through typesetting, teaching high school English, homeschooling, and play directing before finally settling down to editing full time. Wife of twenty-plus years, mom of teens and young adults, and involved with youth at church, she enjoys reading fiction, eating out, playing games with live people, and watching movies with her family.


Currently Seeking: For Kregel, Dawn currently acquires and edits both fiction and nonfiction over a variety of genres and categories for Christian audiences 18 to 99.

What Kregel is currently looking for in fiction: Adult titles in historical, biblical, suspense, contemporary, and romance, or some workable combination of these. Kregel is not looking for titles for kids, tweens, or YA, or for literary, allegorical, or speculative fiction. Kregel seeks fiction that is entertaining and from a distinctly biblical worldview, with exceptional storytelling and a spiritual arc. Kregel does not want blatantly preachy or agenda-driven stories.




APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I’m happy to meet with prospective authors at any stage of their journey, but to be seriously considered for publication, prepublished authors must have a completed manuscript. Without a completed manuscript, prepublished authors will not be asked to submit anything but may use the appointment time to practice their pitch and ask questions. Proposals from previously published authors should include publisher(s) and sales of previous titles.



Guidelines: http://www.kregel.com

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

Kelsey Bowen
Portrait of Kelsey Bowen
Organization: Revell Books, a Division of Baker Publishing Group
Title: Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://www.revellbooks.com

Kelsey Bowen is an Acquisitions Editor at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, where she’s worked for five years. She has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and, when she’s not editing, she loves to write fiction with a good cup of Starbucks coffee close by. She is also active in her church as a worship leader. She currently lives with her husband, their cute little baby, and her adorable Hava-doodle dog, Izzo, in Allendale, MI.


Currently Seeking: I am looking for: General Suspense, Romantic Suspense, strong Contemporary Fiction (especially some Contemporary Women’s Fiction)

I am not interested in seeing: Children’s or Middle Grade fiction, graphic novels, or novels set outside the U.S.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
For first-time authors, I do require that a manuscript must be complete before consideration. For all authors, I would like to have a proposal and writing sample available to discuss at the appointment.


Guidelines:

Susan Downs
Portrait of Susan Downs
Organization: Guideposts Publications
Title: Senior Fiction Editor
Web Site: http://www.guideposts.org/

Susan Downs serves as Senior Editor/Continuities for Guideposts Publishing. She is responsible for the oversight of Guideposts direct-to-consumer continuity series. Guideposts launches a new fiction series annually and each series releases a book every four weeks with an average of 24 books in each series.

Susan’s editorial career began at age 10, when her newspaper-publisher father paid her a nickel for every error she could find while proofreading copy. As a multi-published author with experience as an acquisitions editor for another CBA publisher, she brings a well-rounded perspective to her editorial assignments.





Currently Seeking: Guideposts is on the lookout for new authors to add to their direct-to-consumer continuity series. We typically work through agents and request "audition" materials, which we review to select a team of eight to ten authors for each series. Guideposts publishes up to three series consecutively that average twenty-four books in a series. Each author contributes two or three books per series. We prefer to work through agents to establish our series' authors, but we will possibly consider unagented authors.


For examples of Guideposts' adult-fiction series, go to: http://www.shopguideposts.org//adult-fiction.html









Guidelines: http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/fiction

Melissa Endlich
Portrait of Melissa Endlich
Organization: Love Inspired
Title: Senior Editor
Web Site: http://www.eharlequin.com/

A native New Yorker, Melissa Endlich has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. She is currently the Senior Editor for Love Inspired, acquiring contemporary inspirational romances. Melissa considers herself very blessed that she gets to work with some amazingly talented authors. And after so many years in publishing, she still gets swept away by tales of knights in shining armor, rugged cowboys and sweet single dads. While not working at her dream job, Melissa watches a scary amount of television, is a huge movie buff, spends way too much time on social media, and enjoys baking for her family and coworkers.

Currently Seeking: Love Inspired consists of three varied inspirational lines that we are looking to acquire books for: Love Inspired (contemporary romance 55,000 words), Love Inspired Suspense (contemporary romantic suspense 55,000 words) and Love Inspired Historical (historical romance 70,000 words). While each Love Inspired line offers our readers a distinct promise, their objective is the same. 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. We’re especially looking for Amish romances for all three of the lines.


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

Tracy Higley
Portrait of Tracy Higley
Organization: Stonewater Books
Title: CEO
Web Site: stonewaterbooks.com

Tracy has been both a writer and an entrepreneur from a very early age. After a decade as an author in the traditional publishing world publishing a dozen novels, with those same years spent developing a retail company that grew to a million dollars in annual sales, Tracy decided to use her entrepreneurial skills to “go indie” in the publishing world. When it became apparent that a gap existed between independent authors and book retailers, and with the input of a number of publishing industry leaders, Tracy founded Stonewater Books to bridge that gap. Besides writing fiction, running her retail company and developing Stonewater Books, Tracy now also writes non-fiction for the organization Impactivity, encouraging Christian women to discover and embrace the unique adventure of their lives.

Currently Seeking: Successful Independent or Hybrid Authors for print distribution.

Stonewater Books exists to help successful authors get their print books onto brick-and-mortar bookstore shelves through an exclusive partnership with Anchor Distributors. We are not a self-publishing company, but instead a distribution solution with sales reps that will sell your book to bookstores and provide you with a much higher profit. Sales presentations are also made to online retailers (Amazon, B&N, CBD, etc.) who will keep your book in stock.

We are currently acquiring books for the Fall 2018 Sales Cycle, looking for authors who have a good record of print sales, either independently or with a traditional publisher, or have demonstrated an ability to sell very well independently in ebook.

Both fiction and nonfiction are handled by Stonewater Books.



APPOINTMENT INFORMATION:

Please be prepared to discuss general numbers in regard to past sales, and your ability to market your book. Stonewater Books only acquires authors whom we believe have a strong chance of selling into bookstores and online channels.



Guidelines:

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

Tina James is Executive Editor for Love Inspired Books. She also manages the Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical lines. She has worked at Harlequin since 1995. 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 is actively acquiring for Love Inspired Books and looking for stories in a variety of genres including heartwarming inspirational romance, inspirational romantic suspense and inspirational historical romance.



Currently Seeking: Love Inspired consists of three varied inspirational lines that we are looking to acquire books for: Love Inspired (contemporary romance 55,000 words), Love Inspired Suspense (contemporary romantic suspense 55,000 words) and Love Inspired Historical (historical romance 70,000 words). While each Love Inspired line offers our readers a distinct promise, their objective is the same. 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.


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

Shannon Marchese
Portrait of Shannon Marchese
Organization: WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
Title: Senior Editor
Web Site: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/

Shannon Marchese is Senior Editor for the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House. She served in publicity and marketing roles before moving into editorial, and has directed the fiction program at WaterBrook Multnomah for the last eleven years. Authors she has edited and acquired include award-winning and best-selling authors Cindy Woodsmall, Jane Kirkpatrick, Susan Meissner, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Katie Ganshert, and Lori Benton, among others. She lives in Colorado Springs with her family.

Currently Seeking: WaterBrook Multnomah plans to continue providing high quality Christian fiction from within the Penguin Random House family by acquiring unique voices and presenting faith and life in a thoughtful, transformational way. Most interested in contemporary women’s fiction, family saga, romantic suspense, psychological suspense, diverse novels, historical with a twist, and contemporary social narratives. {Surprise us.}

Not seeking: Amish fiction, historical novels set on the 19th century American prairie, dystopian YA, romancey romance.


APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Writers are recommended to have completed at least one manuscript - which does not have to be the one being pitched- and that those who make appointments bring writing samples, not just a one-sheet.

Guidelines:

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

Emily Rodmell
Portrait of Emily Rodmell
Organization: Love Inspired
Title: Editor
Web Site: http://www.eharlequin.com/

Emily Rodmell is the editor for Love Inspired Suspense. She started her career working as a newspaper editor and at the publisher Scholastic but has been happy to work at Love Inspired for the last decade. She has acquired more than 45 authors in her career with Harlequin and is always on the lookout for more. She hails from sunny Florida but calls NYC home now. She’d love to see stories that keep her guessing. So send her your high-intensity romantic suspense novels and unique and interesting contemporary and historical romances.



Currently Seeking: Love Inspired consists of two varied inspirational lines that we are looking to acquire books for: Love Inspired (contemporary romance 55,000-60,000 words), Love Inspired Suspense (contemporary romantic suspense 55,000-60,000 words. She can acquire for either line, but is mainly looking for books for Love Inspired Suspense. She is also open to general market (non-inspirational) pitches targeted at Harlequin’s single title imprints.

For Love Inspired Suspense, she is seeking high-intensity romantic suspense stories. They should feature edge-of-your-seat danger and an equal helping of romance. Neither should take a back seat to the other. Think of shows like Bones, Castle, Blindspot, The Closer, Quantico and more. Looking for great characters falling in love while constantly on the run.

Will consider Amish and Western set stories for Love Inspired.

Not seeking Cozy mysteries, mysteries.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Submission requirements if manuscript is requested: Full ms from unpublished authors, proposal from published authors.
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

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 is active on Twitter at @raelaschoenherr. In her free time, she enjoys running, trying new restaurants, attending the theater, and watching football.

Currently Seeking: Currently Seeking: I’d love to hear from authors who can distinguish their projects from other current fiction offerings and articulate what sets them and their project apart from the crowd. Genres I am interested in are contemporary (women’s and family drama), contemporary romance, romantic suspense, unique historical romance, suspense/mystery/thriller, and historical fiction.

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.







Guidelines:

Jessica Tinker
Portrait of Jessica Tinker
Organization: Monarch Books and Lion Fiction at Lion Hudson
Title: Commissioning Editor
Web Site: http://WWW.LIONHUDSON.COM

Jessica Tinker is the Commissioning Editor for the Lion Fiction list at Lion Hudson based in Oxford, England. She started working with Lion Hudson as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, after completing a Masters degree in Publishing. In 2013 Jessica was part of the core team that formed the Lion Fiction list for adults, and took over as Commissioning Editor on Tony Collins’ retirement. Jessica loves cycling, skiing, and reading fiction – ideally with a cup of tea!

Currently Seeking: Lion Fiction’s vision is to publish novels by Christian authors that are for the general trade, as well as the Christian market. Lion Fiction encourages its authors to express their faith and values but to do so without message, propaganda, or Christian jargon. Lion Fiction titles do not necessarily have Christian characters – some of our authors just focus on Christian themes. We are seeking novels in the historical, mystery/crime/thriller, women’s (including romance), and contemporary fiction genres. Lion Hudson publishes K–12 fiction under the Lion Children’s imprint.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION:
Lion Fiction requires a finished manuscript from any author who is new to the list. All authors should bring a sample of their writing and a single-page document including a one-line pitch of their book, a 500–600 word synopsis, an outline of what level of Christian content the novel includes, and a list of comparable general market authors. For pre-published authors please bring details of your sales figures.


Guidelines: http://www.lionhudson.com/contact.asp#auths

Shaina Turner
Portrait of Shaina Turner
Organization: Tyndale House Publishers
Title: Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://www.tyndale.com

Shaina Turner is a Social Media and Acquisitions Editor who has been part of the Tyndale fiction team since 2012. Having graduated with majors in English and Interactive Media, her expertise lies in navigating the ever changing world of social media. She takes pride in helping authors best convey their heart and message across all online platforms in addition to managing Tyndale fiction’s social media presence, Crazy4Fiction. A Midwestern girl born and raised, Shaina lives in the Chicagoland area.


Visit http://www.tyndale.com to learn more about our product line, company history, and corporate identity.

Currently Seeking: Tyndale House Publishers is currently seeking authors with a strong voice who understand the challenges of the changing marketplace and are excited about engaging with potential readers. We’re interested in commercial fiction with a memorable, marketable hook, mainly in the contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and suspense genres, or an interesting combination of more than one genre.

We are not currently seeking YA, biblical, Amish, or historical fiction set during the Victorian or WWII time periods.

Guidelines: http://www.tyndale.com

Jon Woodhams
Portrait of Jon Woodhams
Organization: Guideposts Books
Title: Associate Editor
Web Site: http://www.guideposts.org/

Jon Woodhams has been involved in Christian publishing for more than twenty years, beginning with David C. Cook Publishing and its curriculum line, and then Cook’s trade book group. He also worked for WaterBrook Multnomah in Colorado Springs before joining Guideposts, where he is Associate Editor for fiction.

Currently Seeking: Currently Seeking: At Guideposts, we put you in touch with fiction that warms your heart and helps you see the infinite possibilities of God’s work in our lives. You’ll discover stories of home, family, and community, of memories and new beginnings, and of holding each other up in fellowship and faith. You’ll find true-to-life characters, charming settings, and compelling stories that offer a satisfying and always wholesome reading experience.

We are currently NOT accepting book proposals for publication. We are, however, interested in finding writers for our direct mail continuity program who are able to write charming, gentle women’s fiction in the mystery or general fiction genres.




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.