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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.

Liz Johnson
Liz Johnson
Deadline: 09/03/2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense
Submit Via: Email
Status: FILLED
Web Site:

Bio: Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels including A Glitter of Gold, A Sparkle of Silver, The Red Door Inn—a Christy Award finalist—and two ACFW Carol Award finalists. She makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona, where she works in marketing and enjoys exploring local music, theater, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories of true love filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.

What to Send: First chapter up to 15 double-spaced pages and a 1- to 2-page synopsis



DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills
Deadline: 09/01/2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, 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, maximum of 12 pages, and 1-1/2 page synopsis. All double-spaced

I do a line and content edit.

Carrie Stuart Parks
Carrie Stuart Parks
Deadline: 09/16/2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: FILLED
Web Site: http://www.carriestuartparks.com

Bio: Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning, internationally known forensic artist and is the largest instructor of forensic art in the world. Her best-selling novels in have garnered numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, Inspys, Wright, and Maxwell. As a professional fine artist, she has written and illustrated numerous non-fiction art books.

What to Send: First 10 pages. Participants will have a written critique of their work to take home.

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

Robin Patchen
Robin Patchen
Deadline: 08/15/2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: FILLED
Web Site: http://www.robinsredpen.wordpress.com

Bio: Nominated for ACFW's 2018 Editor of the Year, Robin Patchen is a multi-published award-winning author and freelance editor specializing in Christian fiction. She is one of the authors of "5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing," an in-depth guide to self-editing. Patchen loves mentoring new authors and helping established authors polish their books. She enjoys reading and editing almost every clean YA and adult genre. For more information about Robin Patchen, visit her website at robinpatchen.com.

What to Send: First 15 pages plus a one-page synopsis.

Each of my critiques comes with a complete line edit of the submission along with overall recommendations. You will receive the critique back in advance of the conference so you can have your questions ready when we meet face-to-face.

Cara Putman
Cara Putman
Deadline: 08/15/2019
Genre(s): Historical Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site:

Bio: Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently working on book 32 and 33.

Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW, and currently serves on its Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana.

Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women's ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School, and Krannert School of Management. You can learn more about Cara at http://www.caraputman.com

What to Send: First three chapters and synopsis

Cara Putman is the award-winning, best-selling author of WWII romance and legal romantic suspense. She is currently writing her 32 and 33rd novels. She will bring her years as an author and avid reader to your submission.

Deborah Raney
Deborah Raney
Deadline: 09/01/2019
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-five years, thirty-five books, and numerous awards later, she's still creating stories that touch hearts and lives. Her novels have won RWA's RITA Award, the ACFW Carol Award, the National Readers Choice Award, and the HOLT Medallion. She is also a three-time Christy Award finalist. Deb is a recent transplant to Missouri, having moved with her husband, Ken Raney, from their native Kansas to be closer to kids and grandkids. They love road trips, Thursday garage sale dates, and breakfast on the screened porch overlooking their wooded backyard. Visit Deb on the Web at http://www.deborahraney.com.

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

Gina Welborn
Gina Welborn
Deadline: 09/01/2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.ginawelborn.com

Bio: Gina Welborn is the co-author of the award-winning Montana Brides Series (Kensington Publishing). During her eons as a member of Romance Writers of America and ACFW, she’s judged over a thousand manuscripts in every genre and for dozens of contests. She loves, in no particular order, Jesus, Corvettes, Reylo, her family, the family rescue cat Milo, gluten-free food, Operation Christmas Child, coffee, the great state of Oklahoma, and the Ultimate Star Wars Party that she is hosting the Saturday before The Rise of Skywalker releases.

What to Send: First chapter up to 15 pages, using Genesis formatting. A one-page, single-spaced synopsis is preferred but not required. On a separate page, include if manuscript is completed or not, the total or targeted final word count, the publisher(s) you are targeting, if you are interested in traditional and/or indie publishing, and any question you have about entering contests.

Critique will include overall impression using the Genesis score sheet as a guide, content edit, an occasional line edit, and tips to strengthen your manuscript for the contest circuit or for the publisher you are targeting. We do not need to discuss the new C8 Corvette. Unless you want to.



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.