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Paid Critiques

For an additional fee of $45.00 (over and above Conference Registration Fees) you may opt to purchase critiques of your manuscript and/or synopsis and a fifteen-thirty minute critique session with the reviewer of your choice.

All submissions should follow standard manuscript formatting unless otherwise noted (Courier or Times New Roman font, 12 point font size, double spaced with 1-inch margins). You will be contacted and provided with instruction regarding your reviewer's preferred method of delivery. Submission must be received by the reviewer's deadline.

The Conference Appointment Coordinator, Casey Miller, will schedule your critique appointment. You will receive the date/time/location of your appointment in your registration packet you receive at the conference.

Adding a Paid Critique to your choice of additional options will be part of the Conference Registration process. Payment will be submitted along with Conference Registration Fees.

PLEASE NOTE: The Paid Critique service includes only ONE critique of the work submitted. Critiques of revised pages ARE NOT included and SHOULD NOT be requested from your reviewer.

Reviewers Available

Please read each reviewer's guidelines as they vary per submission length and entry deadline. On the Conference Registration Form, you will be asked to indicate a first and second choice, in the event your first choice is unavailable. Critiquers only have a limited number of slots available. Selection is done on a first come basis, so be sure to register early.

Yvonne Lehman
Yvonne Lehman
Deadline: 09/03/2018
Genre(s): Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site:

Bio: Yvonne Lehman is a best-selling author of 59 novels and compiler of 10 non-fiction books. She serves as Acquisitions and Managing Editor of Candle Romance and Guiding Light Women’s Fiction with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years and now directs the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. Her recent novel releases include the Secrets in Savannah series (The Caretaker’s Son, Lessons in Love, Seeking Mr. Perfect (LPC), and non-fiction compilation Coola-nary Moments (Grace Pub). She periodically signs her popular novel, Hearts that Survive—A Novel of the Titanic (Abingdon) at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge TN. She blogs at http://www.christiansread.com and www.yvonnelehman.com – yvonnelehman3@gmail.com

What to Send: First 20 pages plus a 1-2 page synopsis

I am Managing Editor of Candlelight Romance and Guiding Light Women’s Fiction for LPC - 59 published novels

Pam Meyers
Pam Meyers
Deadline: 09/01/2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: FILLED
Web Site: http://www.pamelasmeyers.com

Bio: Pam has written most of her life, beginning with her first diary at age eight. Her novels include Thyme For Love, Surprised by Love in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Second Chance Love, and Safe Refuge. Her novella, If These Walls Could Talk, was published in Coming Home: A Tiny House Collection. Whatever is True, a sequel to Second Chance Love, will publish in March 2019.

Pam resides in northern Illinois with her two rescue cats. She’s an hour or so away from her home town where she can be found researching and nosing for new story ideas.

What to Send: First 10 pages and synopsis

DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills
Deadline: 08/20/2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense
Submit Via: Email
Status: FILLED
Web Site: http://www.diannmills.com

Bio: DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian Fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Mountainside Marketing Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

What to Send: First chapter up to 15 double-spaced pages and a one page synopsis

My critiques are a mix of characterization, plot, content, grammar, first chapter essentials, and will answer branding questions for social media platforms. I will provide upon request a characterization sketch, plotting graph, and a list of resources according to the writer’s individual needs.

Carrie Stuart Parks
Carrie Stuart Parks
Deadline: 09/01/2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.carriestuartparks.com

Bio: Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist, instructor, and author, and an internationally known forensic artist. She was mentored by Frank Peretti and went on to be a bestselling Christy, Inspy, and multiple Carol Award winning author.

What to Send: First 15 pages

I'll be looking for ways to up the tension and create a page-turner.

Deborah Raney
Deborah Raney
Deadline: 09/01/2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: FILLED
Web Site: http://www.deborahraney.com

Bio: Deborah Raney’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched Deb’s writing career. Twenty years later, thirty-plus books, and numerous awards later, she’s still creating stories that touch hearts and lives. Her awards include RWA’s RITA Award, ACFW’s Carol Award, the National Readers Choice Award, and the HOLT Medallion. Deborah is also a three-time Christy Award finalist and serves on the executive board of ACFW. She and her husband, Ken Raney, traded small-town life in Kansas for life in the friendly city of Wichita. They love traveling to visit four grown children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away. Find out more about Deb’s newest releases at http://www.deborahraney.com.

What to Send: First 25 pages of the manuscript, including synopsis (if author desires)

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin
Deadline: 08/15/2018
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.sarahsundin.com

Bio: Sarah Sundin is the best-selling author of ten historical novels, including The Sea Before Us. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and Through Waters Deep was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California. Please visit her at http://www.sarahsundin.com.


What to Send: First 10 pages plus synopsis

Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner
Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner
Deadline: 09/01/2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.kathleenybarbo.com

Bio: Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee and author of more than eighty books with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and several Top Picks by Romantic Times magazine. She is a member of ACFW, Novelists Inc., and the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division.

Kathleen celebrated her fifteenth year as a published author by receiving the Romantic Times Inspirational Romance Book of the Year Award for her historical romantic suspense Sadie’s Secret, a Secret Lives of Will Tucker novel. Her novels celebrate life, love and the Lord—and whenever she can manage it, her home state of Texas. Recent releases include The Pirate Bride (Barbour historical romance/adventure, April 2018), River of Life (Guideposts mystery, May 2018), and My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas (Barbour romantic suspense, July 2018).

To find out more about Kathleen or connect with her through social media, check out her website at http://www.kathleenybarbo.com.

What to Send: First 20 pages and one-page synopsis

Be sure and tell me your book's genre--romance, mystery, etc--and it's estimated completed length (if known).

As in years past, I will be offering to exchange our fifteen-minute meeting time that is assigned in your registration packet for a thirty-minute time slot with me at a mutually agreed-upon time. I have found conferees like this option because they get more time to chat and don’t have to miss any classes.


Once I know my schedule, I will email with those optional appointment times. For those of you who are local to Nashville or are coming early to conference, I will also be available to set meetings as early as the Tuesday before conference begins. In addition, I am willing to do an online meeting before conference if you want to have your manuscript polished and ready to go ahead of time. Again, details to be arranged and mutually agreed upon once we connect via email.



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.