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Editor Appointments

The opportunity to have personal 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.

One of the most valuable connecting points at the ACFW conference is the opportunity for editor appointments. So many authors, so little time. In a TEN minute appointments, an editor will quickly assess "Is this a storyline that interests me? Does this author demonstrate knowledge of the craft and of the Christian fiction industry? Is this worth exploring further?"

As a reminder, EDITOR appointments are TEN minutes, while agent appointments for fifteen.

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: One of the most valuable connecting points at the ACFW conference is the opportunity for editor appointments. So many authors, so little time. We're experimenting with a new "lightning round" appointment format with the HCCP (Harper Collins Christian Publishing) editors this year, who have agreed to be our test subjects. Appointments with these editors will be ten minutes, rather than the standard fifteen, and only from 2:30-5 on Friday and 2-4:30 on Saturday of the conference. The benefit is that the editors will be able to hear pitches from more authors. Fifteen minutes already didn't seem long enough, you say? It's great practice for interesting a reader in picking up your book. Most book buyers make a decision in under a minute--glance at the cover, read a snippet of the back cover, open to the first page, read a line or two, decision made. In a ten-minute appointment, an editor will quickly assess "Is this a storyline that interests me? Does this author demonstrate knowledge of the craft and of the Christian fiction industry? Is this worth exploring further?"

Our thanks to the HCCP editors who are willing to help us experiment with this lightning round appointment format.



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:

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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Vicki Crumpton
Portrait of Vicki Crumpton
Organization: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Title: Executive Editor
Web Site: http://www.revellbooks.com

Vicki Crumpton, Executive Editor for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has over twenty years of publishing experience. A recipient of AWSA’s Editor of the Year award and Fiction Editor of the Year, she has acquired a number of award finalists and winners, as well as several New York Times bestsellers, including 90 Minutes in Heaven. She holds an M. Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Seminary, is a Mensa member, and works from her home in Western Kentucky. When she’s not taking care of the menagerie, you can often find her riding a road or mountain bike, paddling a kayak, or taking photos.

Currently Seeking: Contemporary women’s, contemporary romance, biblical fiction, suspense, romantic suspense, and mystery

NOT interested in: Fantasy, sci-fi, children’s

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
We will talk to an author who has something in writing to present. Need some chapters and a complete synopsis from previously published novelists; from new novelists,a full manuscript is required to move beyond initial meeting.

Guidelines:

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.




Guidelines:

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.





Guidelines:

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 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 more than 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. She loves talking about books and interacts regularly with authors on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/JanyreTromp) including biweekly writing and editing tips.

Currently Seeking: Kregel is a family-owned publisher who loves working with a variety of talented authors who regularly earn awards and achieve a best-selling status. Right now we’re 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 speculative, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, or allegory. Ultimately, Kregel is interested in 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




You must be at least 18 years old to attend conference without a parent/guardian present with you at all times.

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