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Mentor 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.

Gail Gaymer Martin


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Award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of Writer Digest’s Writing the Christian Romance. She writes romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction and has over fifty contracted books with over three million books in print. Her novels have won: ACFW Book of the Year, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Holt Medallion, Booksellers Best, and National Reader’s Choice. Two of Gail’s novellas have ranked on the CBA Best Seller list, and she was chosen the 2008 Favorite Author by Heartsong Presents Readers. Recently CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area. Gail is a cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and served on the executive board until 2015. She is a member of ACFW’s Great Lakes Chapter in Michigan. Gail is a member of Romance Writers of American including three chapters, Advanced Speakers and Writers Association, Christian Women Speakers and Christian Authors Network (CAN). She is a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences across the U.S. Gail can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Shoutlife, Goodreads, Linkedin and on her blog Writing Fiction Right where she provides posts on all elements of good fiction writing.

Come prepared to discuss general questions on writing techniques, getting published or resolving writing problems. Or bring a two page sample of a manuscript if you would like feedback.

Gayle Roper


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“I have been in love with story all my life,” says Gayle Roper, the award winning author of more than fifty books. “Give me a story with strong characters and a captivating plot, and I’m one happy reader. Or writer.”

Among Gayle’s awards are the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, the Carol Award from American Christian Fiction Writers, and three HOLT Medallions. She has been a Christy finalist three times and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times Book Report. She has twice won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Of her title Fatal Deduction (Multnomah), Publishers Weekly states, “Roper’s dialogue and character development are spot-on, which is no small feat, considering that Libby’s world is peopled by everyone from elderly patricians to two-bit gangsters…This novel is a pleasure from start to finish.”

For her work in training Christian writers Gayle has won special recognition from Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, St. Davids CWC, Florida CWC, and Greater Philadelphia CWC. She lives in southeastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading, spending time at the family’s Canadian cottage, gardening, and eating out every time she can manage it.


Do you have questions about the industry? Do you want a quick critique of your first few pages? Do you want to talk ideas or brainstorm a plot line? Do you want to pray with someone or talk out an issue? Gayle's open for conversation on any topic and looks forward to meeting with many of you.

Gina Welborn

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Want a mentor who has over fifty books published? With a mere twenty or so (do reprints count?) published books, Gina Welborn isn’t the Obi-Wan Mentobi you are looking for. Be not dismayed! She is a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum. She’s also a graduate of the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain Motor Resort in Pahrump, Nevada, and she once purchased fabric (for her mother) at The Quilted Dragon merely because of the name of the store. Should you not be a fan of the premier American sports car or of doing sewing-y stuff with fabric, know Gina will still be thrilled to chat with you. The ESTP that she is promises to listen, too.

Because writing credits are nice to share… Gina is the co-author of the award-winning Montana Brides Series (Kensington Publishing). Her manuscripts have finaled in numerous contests, such as the RWA Golden Heart© and ACFW Genesis, and her books have hit bestseller lists, including ECPA, Publisher’s Weekly, and Amazon. Gina currently serves on the ACFW Foundation Board and works as an acquisitions editor for Forget Me Not Romances.

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.