Agents

Stephanie Alton

Stephanie Alton

Stephanie Alton is a literary agent with The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc. and director of the agency’s blog network, BlogAbout. She is also the founder of a network for creatives, My Influence Circle. Stephanie offers strategic platform-building techniques to aspiring writers and help them shape their writing into what an agent, publisher, producer, or reader is looking for.

Stephanie lives in Colorado and loves to explore with her husband and two boys. You can connect with her on the BlogAbout’s Facebook group.

Book Publishers

Susan Baganz

Susan Baganz

Editor at Pelican Book Group/Author

Susan M. Baganz is living her own happily-ever-after with her husband Benjamin. She chases after two Hobbits and is a native of Wisconsin. Susan is an editor for Pelican Book Group and has16+ adventurous historical and contemporary romances with a biblical worldview to her credit. www.susanbaganz.com

I’m personally looking for inspirational romance, romantic suspense or romantic comedy. We do take all types of YA – Adult fiction and have open submissions.

Tamara Clymer

Tamara Clymer

CrossRiver Media Group

Tamara Clymer is a recovering television and newspaper journalist, speaker, and publisher. In 2010, she founded CrossRiver Media Group–a Christian publishing company, which has produced several award-winning books including CSPA Books of the Year and SELAH Award winners. Tamara helps writers hone their skills at Christian writers’ conferences all across the country. TamaraClymer.com

CrossRiver publishes non-fiction, contemporary and historical fiction, Bible study and Christian living books for women. No matter the genre, we strive to make sure all of our materials help ignite a woman’s relationship with Christ and inspires her to lead a life that honors Him.

Robin Grunder

Legacy Press

Robin Grunder has been publishing stories in newspapers, periodicals, regional and national publications, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, for 20 years. In recent years, Robin began specializing in ghostwriting personal legacy stories for individuals and families.

Robin Grunder is an author, ghostwriter, and the founder of Legacy Press. Her specialty is helping writers and non-writers preserve and publish their life-stories of faith and family history for the purpose of leaving a spiritual legacy for their family and future generations.

Jayme Hull

Jayme Hull

EABooks Publishing

Jayme Hull is an award-winning author, speaker, mentor and life coach. Jayme works with EA Book’s Published Authors to help them market their books.

Looking for a publishing option that blends the creative control of self-publishing with a focus on quality? EABooks Publishing Utilizes the Partnership Publishing Model with your POD, eBook, and audiobook. Tell us about your book project. Let us help you see how partnering together can make your dreams come true.

Janeen Ippolito

President/Editor-in-Chief of Uncommon Universes Press

Janeen Ippolito empowers people to communicate with excellence and boldness. She creates writing resources and writes stories about marvelous misfits who defy darkness. She’s also a teacher, editor, author coach, and the president of Uncommon Universes Press. On the side, she sword fights with her missionary husband, reads, and wood burns.

Uncommon Universes Press wants YA/NA and adult stories for their imprints RimSpark (speculative fiction), Crosshair (action-adventure contemporary), and Steel Rigg (edgy speculative fiction and action-adventure with dark or challenging aspects). Stories must have themes of wonder, adventure, and sacrifice, a vibrant, cinematic scope and clever, memorable lines.

Marji Laine

Write Integrity Press

Marji Laine is a “graduated” homeschooling mom, a multi-published novelist, and the executive director of Write Integrity Press, a small publishing company dedicated to clean, wholesome, uplifting fiction and Christian living or devotional nonfiction. She specializes in writing broken characters relying on their faith to survive impossible situations.

I’m happy to help authors discern the best publishing options for their book, based on their purposes, expectations, and platforms. Write Integrity Press is opening submissions only during the month of July, specifically for this conference. We are looking for YA, contemporary romance, mystery/suspense, and Christian living non-fiction. For authors considering independent publishing, we also offer step-by-step book production to help authors begin their independent careers. Bring your first two pages to the appointment for a free assessment.

Sharon Norris Elliott

Harambee Press

Dr. Sharon Norris Elliott’s inspiring message is “Live Significantly!” She is an award-winning author, popular international conference speaker, licensed minister, and astute Bible teacher. Author of eleven books and counting, Sharon is also a professional editor and editing coach with Writing for Your Life writers’ services, Harambee Press, The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network Publishing, and her own service, AuthorizeMe.

For Harambee: Adult Christian non-fiction by authors of color; for HSBN Publishing: (Custom publishing) all adult Christian adult non-fiction and children’s fiction or non-fiction, especially for those interested in starting a TV show on the HSBN network

Jennifer Farey

Journey Fiction

Jennifer L. Farey is passionate about mentoring diamond-in-the-rough authors, which is why she founded the small press, Journey Fiction. As Jennifer AlLee, she’s an ECPA best-selling author of inspirational fiction across multiple genres. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her awesome British husband and their crazy mix-breed dog.  www.journeyfiction.com

At Journey Fiction, quality supersedes genre. We want to see your best, especially if it’s part of a series. On our wish list: thrilling steampunk, alternate history, and time travel novels.

Renae Brumbaugh Green

Armonia Publishing

Renae Brumbaugh Green is the co‐owner of Armonia Publishing. She’s also the author of thirty books, had a couple of ECPA bestsellers, and she’s won some awards for her humor writing. Renae lives in Texas with her handsome, country-boy husband, nearly-perfect children, and far too many animals. Learn more about Renae at www.RenaeBrumbaugh.com.

Armonia Publishing seeks fiction and nonfiction that highlights people who triumph through unique struggles such as physical/mental disabilities, injuries, medical diagnoses, or other difficult situations. Fiction should feature these struggles as background information, not the main point of the character’s journey. Children’s and YA books should be written from a Christian Worldview without being blatantly religious, as our books are marketed to schools.

Magazine Publishers

E.Stephen Burnett

E. Stephen Burnett

E. Stephen Burnett is coauthor (with Ted Turnau and Jared Moore) of The Pop Culture Parent: Helping Kids Engage Their World for Christ, from New Growth Press. He also crafts fantasy and science fiction novels, and helps find truth in fantastic stories as editor in chief of Lorehaven Magazine, www.lorehaven.com.

I’ll encourage biblical purpose and craft development for nonfiction as well as fiction writing, especially fantasy, sci-fi, and other fantastical genres. I can also help with the creation of one-sheets, proposals, and pitches. (By the way, we’re able to take some pitches for articles about biblical faith and creative fantasy for the blog at our website, Lorehaven.com.)

Kate Jameson

Kate Jameson

Kate Jameson is the assistant editor for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. magazine. She is looking for fiction, nonfiction, crafts, recipes, and devotions for kids. In her free time, Kate loves watching movies, participating in a local theater group, and writing books.

Fiction, bible stories, crafts, activities

Beckie Lindsey

Southern California Christian Voice

Beckie Lindsey is an award-winning author, poet, blogger, and the editor of Southern California Christian Voice, a division of One Christian Voice, a national news syndicating agency. She is a major coffeeholic and enjoys a good book with a cat on her lap. Beckie and her husband, Scott, live in California.

Beckie will be at the conference until lunch on Saturday.

As the editor of SoCal Christian Voice national news magazine, I can help attendees with writing for our publication or other news and magazine publications.

Authors and Editors

Ted Baehr

Theodore Baehr

Author

Ted Baehr is Chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission™ and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE. An award-winning media authority, his purpose is to be used by God to redeem the mass media and help families to use wisdom in selecting their entertainment. For more information, please visit www.movieguide.org

Frank Ball

Author

Frank Ball has taught at writer’s conferences and churches across the U.S. and Canada. As Pastor of Biblical Research and Writing, he wrote sermons, teaching materials, and hundreds of devotions. He is a panelist on The Writer’s View. He offers mentoring, ghostwriting, editing, graphic design, and other publishing support services.

Editing, mentoring, ghostwriting, self-publishing support

Joseph Bentz

Author

Joseph Bentz is published in both fiction and nonfiction, with four novels and five nonfiction books. His newest book, on the influence of the most famous passages of the New Testament, will be published in 2019. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, where he teaches courses in writing and American literature.

I specialize in nonfiction books and am teaching the continuing session on that at the conference. In addition to writing nonfiction books, I also write articles and have written four novels and would be happy to discuss those genres with writers also.

Erin Brown

Editor, The Write Editor

Erin Brown is a freelance editor, author, and instructor who has been in the publishing industry since 2002. She has worked with hundreds of writers to help them polish their manuscripts. Her experience enables her to guide her clients on their journey to publication. Erin is the director of The PEN Institute, an online educational institute for Christian editors, where she also teaches several nonfiction courses. www.WriteEditor.net

Erin K. Brown is available to review nonfiction: articles or a sample book chapter (state target audience and theme; include TOC/outline). Self-published books are okay. Audiences include general/adult. Genres she’ll review include spiritual formation, general topical, health/wellness, personal experience/memoir, self-help, Christian living, family living, and devotional.

Denise Colby

Author

Denise M. Colby loves to write words that encourage, enrich, and engage whether it’s in her blog, social media, magazine articles, or devotionals. With more than twenty-five years’ experience in marketing, she enjoys using her skills to help other authors. Denise is writing her first novel, a Christian historical romance.

Would you like your brand and SEO strategy reviewed? Would you like to bounce ideas on setting up your category and tag strategy for your blog? Or would you like to brainstorm content ideas for your blog and website? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with Denise M. Colby, our Brand/SEO Specialist.
Valerie Coulman

Valerie Coulman

Author

Valerie Coulman is writer and artist with a hat rack of creative accomplishments including award-winning picture books, theatre scripts, photography, magazine articles, murals and songs.

Valerie Coulman writes and edits across a variety of genres but specializes in children’s publishing. From line edits to story arc to tailoring for the picture/text balance, Valerie helps writers polish their manuscripts to fit today’s market.

Jennifer Crosswhite

Author

Jennifer Crosswhite is owner and proprietor of Tandem Services, a publishing services company that empowers authors to improve their craft, develop their writing careers, find community, and create effective commerce around their books. Her twenty years’ experience spans both sides of the publishing desk, from author to former managing editor. www.TandemServicesInk.com

Coaching, editing, and fiction writing classes

Mike Duran

Mike Duran

Author

Mike Duran is a novelist, blogger, artist, and speaker who writes urban fantasy, horror, and non-fiction pieces about culture and religion. He is the author of The Ghost Box, selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best indie novels of 2105 and first in a paranoir series. Mike has written for The Gospel Coalition, Relevant Magazine, Relief Journal, Bewildering Stories, Zombies magazine, Breakpoint, and other print and digital outlets.

Writing for general market, indie publishing
Lori Freeland

Lori Freeland

Author

Lori Freeland is an author, editor, writing coach, wife, mother, and coffee lover—not necessarily in that order—and has presented multiple writing workshops nationwide. An acquisitions editor for Armonia Publishing, former editor for The Christian Pulse, and regular contributor to Crosswalk.com, she writes fiction and non-fiction in several genres.

As a writing coach and freelance editor, I’ve worked on both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. I write both YA and inspirational and am happy to look at anything from historical romance to speculative fiction.

Aaron Gansky

Author

Aaron Gansky is an award-winning novelist and teacher. He has been an acquisition and copy editor, a publisher, and a podcast host. While many of his exploits could be fabled in song and story (such as slaying big foot), he is most proud of being a father and a husband.

I specialize in fiction (novels and short stories) as well as first lines.

Kelly  Harrel

Author

Kelly Harrel writes inspirational fiction and Christian romance that deal with real-life struggles in the light of God’s love and grace. She enjoys speaking at women’s events and writer’s conferences, as well as mentoring new authors.

Provide feedback on story, characters and dialogue of fiction novels.

Kathy Ide

Author

SoCal CWC manager/owner

I’ll be happy to talk with anyone about writing, self-editing, or creating/maintaining a freelance editing business. If you’re interested in teaching at a future SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference, I’d love to chat about that too.

Molly Jebber

Molly Jebber

Author

Molly Jebber is a best-selling and award-winning Amish historical romance author whose books have made the Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten List, featured in the media worldwide, and in USA HEA. She’s a national speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, a mentor to writing students at Ohio State University, and guest lecturer for many groups around the country on writing, publishing, marketing. Her favorite part about writing is the wonderful writers and readers she meets.

I have taught and still offer writing, publishing, and marketing presentations for new and established writers. For writing, I give an overview from beginning to end for new writers. I always wanted to know an overview of the process and I couldn’t find this, so I now offer a presentation to show new writer’s what’s involved. In publishing, I present self and traditional publishing resources and what to expect and consider for both not leaning toward one way or another. For marketing, I share what works for me, resources, and why it’s important.

Linda Kozar

Linda Kozar

Author

Linda Kozar is an author of both traditional and indie-published fiction and nonfiction books and podcaster on the Along Came A Writer network, she founded the ACFW Woodlands, Texas Chapter, and was the recipient of ACFW’s 2007 Mentor of the Year. Linda and her husband Michael of 30 years live in The Woodlands, Texas and enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters, wonderful son-in-law, and their rascally Jack Russell Terrier, Gypsy.

My writing specialties are in writing devotionals and cozy mystery series.
Rachel Marks

Rachel A. Marks

Author

Rachel A. Marks is the award-winning author of two bestselling young-adult series and several stand-alone novels, along with more than a dozen short stories and magazine publications. Her novel “Darkness Brutal”, debuted #1 on Amazon Books and she’s had the privilege of teaching side-by-side with many NYT’s bestselling authors at conferences big and small. As a cancer survivor, a graduate of Orson Scott Card’s Mentorship Program, winner of the Mount Hermon True Grit Award, and member of SFWA, she’s passionate about the writing process and loves mentoring others along the road to publishing. You can see more about her at www.RachelAnneMarks.com

I’m able to help with all adult fiction novels for either ABA or CBA. I’m also very familiar with any YA fiction, contemporary or speculative. I can answer questions on the publishing/editorial process or just the project itself.

Bill Myers

Author

Bill Myers is a writer/producer whose work has sold over 8 million copies and has won 80 national and international awards including the C.S. Lewis Honor Award.

I write adult fiction, children fiction and screenplays.

Bob Saenz

Screenwriter and actor

Bob Saenz is a screenwriter and actor, whose eleven produced films include Hallmark’s #1 rated Help for the HolidaysSound of Christmas, and Church People, a faith-based comedy, plus rewrites for producers. Acting roles: six seasons on Nash Bridges, Hallmark’s Valley of Light, Coppola’s JackZodiac, and Unleashed, among dozens of others.

A screenwriter with 15 produced films.

Liz Tolsma

Author

Liz Tolsma is a Christian fiction editor, specializing in mentoring new authors. She is also the author of twelve novels, including and is a regular contributor to the Midwest Alamac blog. She resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their youngest daughter. Her son is a U.S. Marine, and her oldest daughter is a college student. Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping.  at www.liztolsma.com 

I love to mentor new authors and help them get started on their writing journeys. I edit most genres except for fantasy and spec fiction.

Tammy Whitehurst

Author

As a full time speaker, Tammy Whitehurst encourages audiences to live life kicked up a notch.  She has written for Lifeway, Woman’s World, Mature Living, Christianity Today and other publications. She is the co-owner of the Christian Communicator’s Conference where she teaches speakers and writers how to engage their audiences.

I assist writers in becoming speakers. Every writer is a speaker and ever speaker is a writer. They work together. Once a book is written there will be invitations to speak. Make sure you are ready to say, “Yes!” As the co-owner of the Christian Communicators Conference, authors attend to prepare to be launched into the speaking world. It may not be the writer’s first love, but you can learn to love it almost as much as writing.

Julie Williams

Author

Julie DeEtte Williams works as a freelance editor, typographer, and graphic artist for Inspire Press. She enjoys leading writers through their journeys from first draft to printed book. She has a passion for projects that allow her problem-solving skills and imagination to have equal reign.

Julie is able to help you with questions relating to using Microsoft Office and Adobe programs in your writing, editing, and speaking endeavors. She does professional layouts and book covers for Inspire Press and select clients.

Jeff Willis

Entertainment Executive

Jeff Willis is an entertainment executive with fifteen years of experience handling diverse aspects of the content creation process for companies including Marvel Studios, Blumhouse, The Weinstein Company, Beacon Pictures, and others. He is also a produced screenwriter and advises others on business considerations for those in creative careers.

Screenwriting and self-publishing

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