Industry Professionals

Agents | Book Publishers | Magazine Publishers | Writers | Business and Promotion

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The Industry Professionals listed below state the types of writing they wish to see, and/ or areas they can discuss with conferees during appointments.


Stephanie Alton, Blythe Daniel Agency

Stephanie is teaching workshops on “Blogging Basics” and “Blogging to Book Deal.”

Karen Ball, Steve Laube Agency

Karen is one of our keynote presenters. She is also teaching workshops on “Caring for Your Writing Career” and “Working with Agents and Editors.”

Adria Goetz, Martin Literary Agency

Adria is teaching workshops on “The Current Picture Book Market” and “The Future of the Christian Picture Book Market.”

Tessa Hall, Hartline Literary Agency

Terry Porter, WGA

Terry handles motion pictures, screenplays, and MOW’s and TV Series.

Action…comedy…romance most all topics I will look at. No Horror, slasher killer-thriller for me.


  • Westerns
  • Family
  • Drama
  • historical work for publishing and others.

Current work:

  • The Council…Spy drama
  • Stagecoach….History of rides and routes of coaches.


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Book Publishers

Kim Bangs, Bethany House and Chosen

Kim, one of our keynote presenters, is looking for non-fiction resources from authors with an existing and growing platform and who are passionate about their message. Particular categories of interest for Bethany House: Christian living; Relationships; Bible guide/lay reference; Women’s Interests and Bible Studies for Women. For Chosen Books: Spirit-filled living; Spiritual warfare/deliverance; Prophecy; and Prayer/intercession. She is NOT looking for fiction, memoirs, biographies and autobiographies.

Sandra Barela, Celebrate Lit Publishing

Miralee Ferrell, Mountain Brook

Mirallee is  teaching workshops on “How to Publicize Your New Release” and “Creative Ways to Get the Story Flowing.”

Mountain Brook Ink is looking for:

  • Mysteries, both standard and cozies
  • Suspense and romantic suspense
  • Contemporary novels for and about women, including romance
  • Historical romance, old west, regency, and more (within the U.S.) NOT looking for anything from 1920 forward. Can be historical fiction without a romance
  • Amish themed ONLY IF the author has Anabaptist background or close ties
  • Fantasy/sci-fi/spiritual warfare (not our highest priority right now), NOT looking for dystopian fiction
  • Young adult to a small degree—I’m interested if it truly shines
  • Anything else that’s fresh and well-written
  • NOT looking for any children’s or middle-grade novels (might make an exception for fantasy)
  • Not looking for any non-fiction, short stories, novellas, poetry, or memoirs

Renae Brumbaugh Green, Armonia Publishing

Renae is teaching workshops on “Humor Writing” and “Choosing a Small Press.”

Armonia Publishing is currently looking for page-turning, humor-filled Middle Grade and YA fiction that contains at least one character who is classified as a special needs person. The special need should not define the character, but should simply be a matter-of-fact descriptor.
For example, a person might be blonde or brunette, tall or short, deaf or hearing, blind or sighted . . . but those traits don’t drive the person’s personality. We’re also looking for uplifting, positive nonfiction books directed at the special needs community, and a limited number of educational resources. For example, we recently published a book called Play With Your Food: Edible Science Experiments and a picture book titled The Triangle Triplets: How the Triangles Got Their Names.

MacKenzie Howard, Thomas Nelson

MacKenzie is teaching workshops on “Devotionals for All Ages” and “Writing a Book Proposal.” She handles acquisitions for children’s books that include nonfiction, from birth to age 18, and fiction to age 12.She is particularly interested in nonfiction for teens, devotionals for children and teens, and Bible storybooks with unique and compelling hooks. She also handles the gift book division; Thomas Nelson publishes four-color gift books, cookbooks, lifestyle books, promise books, list books, and devotionals. In addition to looking for these products, MacKenzie is always on the hunt for great freelance writers. She’s particularly interested in freelancers for devotionals (all ages), Bible storybooks, and writers who excel at writing rhyming verse for children.

Erin Taylor Young, Serenade Books

Serenade Books is a boutique publisher focusing on romance e-books in the inspirational market. While the stories can be contemporary or historical, the romance must be the primary focus. Serenade is currently most interested in acquiring historical romance, but they will also consider contemporary stories featuring heroes who are military, firemen, policemen, etc. They prefer series rather than stand-alone books. These can be novellas (20-25k words) or full length (45-65k words). Please bring sample pages of your book to your meeting. Erin Taylor Young is also happy to meet with any writers who have questions about writing as a career, or who want an evaluation of their writing, or simply want to practice or refine their pitch.



Magazine Publisher

Susan King, The Upper Room

Susan is teaching a two-part workshop on “Writing Devotionals.”

Ben Wolf, Splickety Magazine

Ben is teaching two workshops: “Writing Flash Fiction that Sells” and “Acting OutFighting Basics for Writers.”




Frank Ball

Give five double-spaced pages of your manuscript to Frank Ball, and you’re sure to walk away with at least a half-dozen insights on how you can improve your writing skills. After more than twenty-five years of writing, editing, ghostwriting, and helping hundreds of writers, both individually and in groups, he’s well prepared to answer any question you might have about the craft of writing, whether fiction or nonfiction.

Martha Bolton

Martha is a writer who writes in various genres, with a career emphasis on humor writing. She has written books for all ages, magazine articles, plays and musicals, cartoon gags, and song lyrics.

Valerie Coulman

Valerie’s first love is writing for children, but she is also published in content writing, magazine articles (primarily non-fiction), stage scripts and song lyrics. She has edited novels for both YA and adults, and ghostwritten non-fiction as well.

Shannon Dittemore

Shannon is happy to chat with any conferee about their fiction projects. YA Fiction and Speculative Fiction are perhaps the two areas where she is most qualified to give feedback, and she welcomes the opportunity to discuss any project belonging to a teen writer.

Claire Hutchinson

Produced and award-winning screenwriter Claire Hutchinson, M.A., is willing to critique loglines and one sheets at her mentoring sessions.

Sally O’Connor

Sally and her husband, Michael have produced several albums of original Christian songs written in many different lyrical and musical styles, including: worship, narrative, humor, and blues, folk, pop, rock and reggae. Through their independent music ministry, she has toured many parts of the country and the world. She welcomes the opportunity to look over lyrics, listen to songs in the making, and hopefully give kind and constructive feedback.


Business and Promotion

Parker Cole – Blog Radio

Parker J. Cole is a radio host interested in showcasing Christian authors of all genres. Publishers, editors, and agents are invited to set an appointment to work out interviews to coincide with their author’s book release. Also, Parker is interested in highlighting ministries, business, author service providers, organizations, etc on her show as well. Feel free to set an appointment.