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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.

Jocelyn Bailey
Portrait of Jocelyn Bailey
Organization: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Title: Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://www.thomasnelson.com

Jocelyn Bailey re-joined the HCCP family in September 2017 as an acquisitions editor of fiction. While working on her MA in English at Boston College, she began her first publishing internship at Beacon Press, where she was happy to be paid in books. After graduating, she joined the fiction division of Thomas Nelson, where she worked as an associate editor until 2009. While completing a PhD at the University of Arkansas, she continued to work for HCCP in a freelance capacity, as well as for other publishing houses and independent authors. She spent eight years teaching college students, finishing her dissertation, and honing her editorial chops. She has loved working on books by Lysa TerKeurst, Max Lucado, Rachel Held Evans, Ted Dekker, Michele Phoenix, Amy Clipston, Jen Hatmaker, and many other talented writers.

Currently Seeking: Contemporary romance; historical romance with a good hook; minority voices; women’s fiction with crossover appeal; clever cozies; clean YA; anything that surprises me

NOT interested in seeing: Amish fiction; biblical fiction

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Completed manuscripts preferred, though not required.


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.


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Kimberly Carlton
Portrait of Kimberly Carlton
Organization: HCCP
Title: Associate Acquisitions Editor
Web Site:

Kimberly Carlton is an Associate Acquisitions Editor in the HCCP family, where she’s been since 2016. She grew up in sub-Saharan Africa and moved to the States when she began her undergraduate degree at Ouachita Baptist University. From there, she moved to Chicago to pursue an MA degree in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College. Upon completion of her degree, she was invited to return to teach at OBU. She thoroughly enjoyed her two years of teaching, but loves working collaboratively with the stellar team at HCCP and helping stories become the best that they can be. She has a lifelong love of reading, grammar, and languages of all kinds. Despite being bitten by a cheetah at age eleven, she retained her love of animals and now shares her home with her two year old German Shepherd puppy, Percy.

Currently Seeking: Currently seeking: contemporary and women’s fiction; minority voices; YA; suspense; historical fiction with an intriguing hook

Not interested in seeing: Biblical fiction; Amish fiction

Appointment information:
Complete manuscripts preferred, but not required.



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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

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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Chris Mellor
Portrait of Chris Mellor
Organization: Guideposts Books
Title: Vice President and Editorial Director
Web Site:

Chris Mellor is Vice President and Editorial Director of Guideposts Books. Among her many years in editorial product development, she spent ten years with Really Good Stuff, a catalog company serving teachers, seven years with Scholastic’s direct marketing division, and has been with Guideposts for almost two years. Chris lives in central Connecticut, where she seizes every opportunity to spend time with grandchildren and explores the outdoors with her four-legged canine sidekick Cody.

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



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Becky Nesbitt
Portrait of Becky Nesbitt
Organization: Howard Books
Title: Editor
Web Site: http://www.simonandschuster.com

A publishing veteran, Becky acquires and edits both fiction and non-fiction for the inspirational and Christian markets. Recent New York Times bestsellers she’s edited for Howard include all titles by Karen Kingsbury, most currently Love Story and Baxter Family Christmas; Rise of Isis by Jay Sekulow; EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey; What’s So Funny? by Emmy Award-winning comedian, Tim Conway, and Called to Coach by legendary Florida State coach, Bobby Bowden. Over the course of her 25-year career she has also worked with bestselling authors such as Frank Peretti, Tosca Lee, Paul Young, Darryl and Tracy Strawberry, Francine Rivers, Joel C. Rosenberg, Jerry Jenkins, Dinesh D’Souza, Dee Henderson, Randy Alcorn, Joe Gibbs and many others. Before joining Howard Books in 2009, Becky spent 16 years at Tyndale House Publishers in Chicago where she held various editorial positions. She works remotely from her office in Nashville, TN.

Currently Seeking: Fiction genres Becky is considering are historical, romance, contemporary and suspense. No sci-fi or Westerns. In non-fiction, looking for Christian living, inspirational first-person narrative stories and women’s interest. Not seeking political or business books.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Prospective authors must have completed their manuscript prior to meeting with me. Will not consider partial manuscripts. Please come to our meeting with your one-page pitch and a 1-2 chapter sample of your writing. If I wish to review your material further I will request a complete ms via email.



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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

Gina Welborn
Portrait of Gina Welborn
Organization: Forget Me Not Romance
Title: Associate Acquisitions Editor
Web Site: http://www.forgetmenotromances.com

Gina Welborn (associate acquisitions editor, Forget Me Not Romances) is the co-author of the new Montana Brides Series (Kensington Publishing). A longtime member of Romance Writers of America, she once served at president of the RWA-FHL chapter. Her manuscripts finaled in numerous contests, including the RWA Golden Heart© and ACFW Genesis. Her books have hit bestseller lists, including ECPA, Publisher’s Weekly, and Amazon. Gina currently serves on the ACFW Foundation Board. She likes, in no particular order, driving corvettes, spending time with her family, baking gluten-free dog treats, and helping with the children’s ministry at her church.

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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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.