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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.

Misty Beller
Misty Beller
Deadline: 08/31/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.MistyMBeller.com

Bio: Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance, and is a hybrid author of eleven novels, all of which have spent regular time on the Amazon bestselling lists. With a background in project management and marketing, Misty uses her experience in the corporate world to develop best practices in her writing and book marketing efforts. It is her passion to help other authors on this same journey. You can find her on her reader website (http://www.MistyMBeller.com) or her marketing blog for authors (http://www.TheAmbitiousAuthor.com).

What to Send: One page synopsis and first 20 double-spaced pages of the manuscript

Joanne Bischof
Joanne Bischof
Deadline: 09/08/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.joannebischof.com

Bio: A Carol Award and three-time Christy Award-finalist, Joanne Bischof writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the reader’s heartstrings. She was honored to receive the SDCWG Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s conference. That same year, her historical novella, This Quiet Sky, broke precedent as the first self-released title to final for the Christy Awards. To Get to You, her 2015 release, was the second. Joanne’s 2016 novel, The Lady and the Lionheart, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK! from Romantic Times Book Reviews among other critical acclaim.

What to Send: First 15 pages and optional 1 page synopsis

I will be reading for and noting character development, reader engagement, story pacing, pet and repeated words or phrases, continuity, dialogue and character voicing, plot strengths and weaknesses, point of view, and research elements. As I read and critique, I will try and keep your audience in mind as well as your distinct voice. My goal is to respect your story while also helping to make it shine.

Lynette Eason
Lynette Eason
Deadline: 08/01/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.lynetteeason.com

Bio: Lynette Eason is the award-winning, bestselling author of almost forty books. Lynette writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have finaled or won awards in contests such as The Maggies, Inspirational Readers Choice Award, The Carol, ECPA Book of the Year, The Selah, and others. Her most recent wins are the Selah Award in 2015, the Book of the Year Golden Scoll Award in 2016, a Carol nomination in 2015, a Carol win in 2016 and the Daphne in 2016 as well as the Daphne OVERALL in 2016. One of her recent achievements was placing in the top ten (out of thousands of entries) in the 2016 James Patterson Co-writers competition. Lynette began her teaching career in the public school classroom and has since moved to teaching at conferences all over the country. She often speaks at women’s conference and retreats, but finds her first love is teaching writing. In her spare time she can be found hanging out with her family, loving on her nieces and nephews, traveling, and…um…writing. Lynette and her husband, Jack, live in South Carolina, with their two teenagers. Life is never boring! Lynette can often be found online at http://www.facebook.com/lynette.eason and www.lynetteeason.com.

What to Send: 15 pages max properly formatted and a two-page synopsis

Kathy Ide
Kathy Ide
Deadline: 08/31/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Speculative Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.KathyIde.com

Bio: Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s a full-time freelance editor and writing mentor, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and is the director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She’s a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC and founder of the four divisions that comprise the CEN: Christian Editor Connection, The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, PENCON, and The PEN Institute. To find out more about Kathy, visit http://www.KathyIde.com

What to Send: First 10 pages

Lisa Jordan
Lisa Jordan
Deadline: 08/15/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.lisajordanbooks.com

Bio: Heart, home, and faith have always been important to Lisa Jordan, so writing stories with those elements come naturally. She is an award-winning author for Love Inspired, writing contemporary Christian romances that promise hope and happily ever after. Represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary Management, Lisa also serves on the My Book Therapy leadership team and is a contributor to the Novel Rocket blog. Happily married to her own real-life hero for twenty-seven years, Lisa and her husband have two grown sons. When she isn't writing, Lisa enjoys family time, kayaking, good books, crafting with friends and Netflix binging with her dog, Penny. Learn more about her at lisajordanbooks.com.

What to Send: 1st chapter or up to first 20 pages plus synopsis

Writing for Love Inspired has taught me how to craft a strong opening chapter with the necessary elements category editors want to see from the beginning. If you're considering writing for a category publishing house that has a shorter word count than trade houses, I can help to ensure your story has those essential components. Even if you're not targeting a category publisher, I can still provide you with a critique based on storycraft because of the skills I've learned from being mentored by Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck and being a member of My Book Therapy since its inception. Their storycrafting principles have revolutionized my writing and empowered me to become a published writer.

DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills
Deadline: 09/01/2017
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. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

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 Author Roadmap 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.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at http://www.diannmills.com .

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

Please double space.

Carrie Stuart Parks
Carrie Stuart Parks
Deadline: 09/01/2017
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.carriestuartparks.com

Bio: Carrie Stuart Parks has garnered numerous awards for her page-turning suspense thrillers, among them a multiple Christy finalist, RT Best book finalist, and Inspy and Carol award-winning author. She was mentored in her writing career by NY Times bestseller, Frank Peretti. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic, award-winning watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.

What to Send: First 20 pages

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

Robin Patchen
Robin Patchen
Deadline: 08/20/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Speculative Fiction, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.robinsredpen.wordpress.com

Bio: Robin Patchen is one of the authors of 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing, an in-depth guide to self-editing. She is a multi-published award winning author and freelance editor specializing in Christian fiction. As the freelance copyeditor for Serenade Press, she has the privilege of working with exceptionally talented romance authors. Robin loves mentoring new authors and helping established authors polish their books. She enjoys reading and editing almost every adult fiction genre. For more information about Robin Patchen, visit her website at robinsredpen.wordpress.com.

What to Send: First 20 pages plus a one page, single-spaced synopsis

Each submission will receive a thorough copyedit with explanations for the changes with the goal of improving the client’s writing. Along with the copyedit, each client will receive feedback on the story as a whole. I will send the critiqued document in advance of the conference so the client can come with questions and direct the conversation.

Deborah Raney
Deborah Raney
Deadline: 09/01/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
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 her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Since then, her books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Deb's newest novel, Home at Last, released in February 2017 as the final book in The Chicory Inn Novels series for Abingdon Press. Deb enjoys teaching at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband, Ken Raney, traded small-town life in Kansas––the setting of many of Deb's novels––for life in the city of Wichita where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deb on the Web at http://www.deborahraney.com.

What to Send: First 20 pages of the manuscript, including synopsis (if desired)

Carrie Turansky
Carrie Turansky
Deadline: 09/01/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.carrieturansky.com

Bio: Carrie Turansky is the bestselling author of eighteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She writes both historical and contemporary fiction and is the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the International Digital Award, and the Crystal Globe Award. Carrie has been a member of ACFW since 2000 and looks forward attending the conference each year. She loves to encourage aspiring authors and pass along encouragement and ideas to help them polish their writing and move toward publication. Visit her website for writers’ tips and information about her books: http://carrieturansky.com/

What to Send: First chapter or first 20 pages, a short synopsis, including genre and target publisher if known, and a short bio.

I love to encourage aspiring authors and help them move toward publication. I will give encouraging feedback and show you how to improve and polish your manuscript.

Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner
Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner
Deadline: 08/01/2017
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 of more than fifty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and Book of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.

Sadie’s Secret, a Secret Life of Will Tucker historical romantic suspense novel and the winner of the 2015 Romantic Times Inspirational Romance of the Year, is in stores now: http://harvesthousepublishers.com/book/sadies-secret-2014/

When not wearing her writer’s hat, Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and an expatriate Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River. Connect with her through social media at http://www.kathleenybarbo.com .



What to Send: First chapter and one-page synopsis

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



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