All times are MDT (Mountain Daylight Time)

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                           All genres – Crabtree        Riter – No longer acquisitions editor with Raven Croaks


             All genres – Crabtree       Riter – no longer acquisitions editor with Raven Croaks        

All genres – Crabtree                 Riter – No longer acquisitions editor with Raven Croaks 

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Book Editors

Susan Baganz 

Editor, Pelican Book Group
White Rose Publishing, Harborlight Books, Watershed Books,
Pure Amore, and Prism Book Group



Susan M. Baganz is happily married to Ben, chases after two teen Hobbits, and is a native of Wisconsin. Susan writes adventurous historical and contemporary romances with a biblical worldview. She speaks, teaches, and encourages others to follow God in being all He has created them to be. With her seminary degree in counseling psychology, a background in the field of mental health, and years serving in church ministry, she understands the complexities and pain of life as well as its craziness. Her favorite pastimes are lazy…snuggling with her dogs while reading a good book or sitting with a friend chatting over a cup of spiced chai latte, or more recently running the skid-loader to help with outdoor projects at home.

Susan Baganz—Pelican Book Group

URL, Guidelines for Writers:  https://bit.ly/3LIsZ7y

FICTION: Biblical Fiction, Contemporary, Fantasy/Speculative/Sci-Fi, Historical, Historical Romance, Inspirational, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Suspense/Crime/Mystery, Women’s Fiction

NONFICTION: Bible Studies, Christian Living/Ministry/Evangelism, Church Growth/Life/Renewal, Devotionals, Discipleship/Personal Growth, Marriage/Family Parenting, Prayer & Spiritual Warfare, Men’s Issues, Women’s Interests



Helpful Tips:  I don’t take Amish Fiction. I only request a manuscript if the book is completed.

Marlene Bagnull

Marlene Bagnull  

Conference Director
Publisher, Editor – 
Ampelos Press
Author, Speaker

Marlene is the director of the Colorado and the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference and the publisher/editor of Ampelos Press, a small subsidy house that helps Christians self-publish affordably yet professionally. She has over 1,000 sales to Christian periodicals and is the author of nine books including Write His Answer—A Bible Study for Christian Writers (in print for over 30 years). She is also the compiler/editor of four other books. 

Pre-conference Webinar – Nonfiction One Sheet (You will receive the URL when you register.)
Beyond explaining what needs to be included on your nonfiction one sheet and why, Marlene shares some of her journey to publication. You will be encouraged by her testimony. 

Webinars open to everyone:

Writing the Personal Experience Story

Writing Articles – How to Hook ’Em from the Get-Go; Hold ’Em to the End – https://youtu.be/SNqfLHvKx3o 

Marlene Bagnull—Ampelos Press

URL, Guidelines for Writers: https://writehisanswer.com/ampelospress

Ampelos Press publishes only one or two titles a year. I am especially interested in helping authors self-publish books about missions and the needs of children such as The Place of the Mourning Doves—Reaching Out to Romanian Orphans and Benard's Vision—The Quest of a Kenyan Pastor. I will also consider issues fiction.

FICTION: Issues Fiction

NONFICTION: Culture/Contemporary Issues

CHILDREN & YA: I am interested in Missions-Oriented books—especially regarding the needs of children.

OTHER: I’m glad to answer questions about indie publishing, and I also welcome the opportunity to pray for you.

Hope Bolinger
Managing & Acquisitions Editor
End Game Press



Hope is a Managing & Acquisitions Editor at End Game Press. As an author of 14 traditionally published books, she practically lives in the fiction section in bookstores. More than 1,200 of her works have been featured in various publications from Crosswalk.com to HOOKED. When she's not busy going crazy (which is seldom) she enjoys hiking, walking local runways for bridal shows, and doing theater. 

Hope Bollinger—End Game Press

URL, Guidelines for Writers:  https://www.endgamepress.com/submissions

FICTION: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, General Market, Historical, Historical Romance, Inspirational, Issues Fiction, Literary, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Southern, Suspense/Crime/Mystery, Women’s Fiction

CHILDREN & YA: Middle Grade Fiction, Older Teens/YA Fiction, Tweens Fiction

Greatest Areas of Interest: We’re especially prioritizing General Market fiction that’s clean. 

Overworked Topics: Depends on the genre, but a CBA message shoehorned in can sometimes be overworked. If it’s CBA, make sure it’s organic.

Helpful Tips: Make it clear that you read a lot, and that you read RECENT (2017-2022). I’m a writer so I know how scary these appointments can be so I’m just a friendly face. I won’t be mad if you mess up anything during your pitch session.

Tamara Clymer

CrossRiver Media Group




Tamara (or Tami as her friends call her) used to work in television and newspaper newsrooms as a reporter and photographer. Then she turned in her camera and keyboard for a life publishing Christian books . . . and she hasn’t looked back.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Tamara earned a journalism degree from Kansas State University in the early 90s. Soon after, she started working in T.V. and newspaper newsrooms, covering everything from local school board meetings to terrorist attacks. In the process, she realized God was calling her to do more with her writing—something with an eternal impact.

In 2010, she founded CrossRiver Media Group, a Christian publishing company that helps women build a battle-ready faith. CrossRiver has become a tiny powerhouse in the Christian publishing world. It has produced several award-winning books including Christian Small Publishers Books of the Year and SELAH Award winners. Tamara encourages her authors to use the words God has given them for His glory, and she teaches writers at Christian writers’ conferences across the country to do the same.

Tami and her high school sweetheart, Shad, have been married for more than 30 years. They live in western Kansas with their four kids, two dogs, and a grumpy cat who, ironically, is named Grace. Tamara loves her husband and kids dearly, but she also loves hot chocolate, camping, and reading anything she can get her hands on.

Continuing Session – Mastering Marketing
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The same goes for marketing. When you look at the big picture, it looks scary. Newsletters, social media posts, building a platform, podcasts, guest blogging, book signings . . . it feels like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. But Tamara says it doesn’t have to be scary at all. You just need to take it one little chunk at a time. This continuing session will take the overwhelm out of marketing by teaching you . . .

Tamara Clymer—CrossRiver Media Group
URL, Guidelines for Writers: https://www.crossrivermedia.com/about-us/manuscript-submissions/

NONFICTION: Bible Studies, Christian Living/Ministry/Evangelism, Devotionals, Discipleship/Personal Growth, Marriage/Family Parenting, Prayer & Spiritual Warfare, Women’s Interests

FICTION: Biblical Fiction, Contemporary, Historical, Historical Romance, Inspirational, Romance, Suspense/Crime/Mystery, Women’s Fiction

Greatest Areas of Interest: Bible Studies, Biblical Fiction, Christian Living, Women's Fiction

Shane Crabtree

President and COO
Christian Book Services LLC
Carpenter’s Son Publishing
Clovercroft Publishing
Sports Publishing Group

Shane has been with Christian Book Services for three years and in 2021 became the COO for the company. He has always been an avid reader, being raised by parents who advocated reading. Shane has worked in project management at a biomedical firm in the past but has transitioned over to managing publishing products for all types of authors. He loves to help guide people through the process of publishing and finding new ways to help market their books and will always be available to listen.

Workshop 5D – Alternatives for Publishing Your Book (Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30 am MT)
Many authors just assume that traditional publishing or self-publishing is the only way to publish their books.  But there are some downsides with the traditional and self-publishing models that you need to know.  And there are several alternatives to self-publishing your book that provide you with more control over the editing and design of the book, enable you to keep the intellectual rights, and provide a much higher revenue for your book.  More and more authors are using Hybrid Publishing to publish their books.  Come and learn more about how it works.


Shane Crabtree—Clovercroft Publishing/Carpenter’s Son Publishing

URL, Guidelines for writers: www.clovercroftpublishing.com

FICTION: All genres

NONFICTION: All genres

CHILDREN & YA: All genres

Greatest Areas of Interest: Any topics that attendees want to publish we are open to working with them

Helpful Tips:  Start early on Marketing. Your first effort in Marketing is the title and the front cover of your book.


Scoti Domeij
Scoti Domeij   

Blackside Publishing
Editor & Contributing Writer, Havok Journal
Author, Editor
Gold Star Mom

Scoti has held various responsibilities with 10 traditional publishers including author; editor; senior research assistant; copywriter; marketing director; and production, art, and design coordinator. Scoti’s passion is to help writers hone their skills, pursue their passion, publish, and effectively market the story God embedded in their hearts.

Scoti is the proud Gold Star mother of Army Ranger Sgt. First Class Kristoffer Domeij, KIA October 22, 2011, in Afghanistan on his 14th deployment, the most deployed soldier in American history to be killed in action. As a result of her loss, God opened the door for Scoti to become the Publisher for Blackside Publishing. In her role as an editor and a contributing writer for Havok Journal, an online Huff-post-style journal targeted to and written by military personnel and veterans, Scoti opens conversations on subjects-you’re-not-supposed-to-talk-about. 

Learning Lab – Too Much Data, Too Little Time (Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:30 MT)
Not every author wants to become a data geek and too few authors pay close attention to metadata. Metadata—your book’s DNA—is the most crucial information to market and sell your book today. Bar none. Global access to your book increases the importance of metadata. What is metadata? Online info that describes your book and connects your book to prospective book buyers. Metadata is how your book is found online, marketed, tracked, and referenced. Every publishing platform requires metadata. This continuing session includes:

Scoti Domeij—Blackside Publishing
URL, Guidelines for Writers: 

FICTION: Action/Adventure, Military Related and Grief Related Fiction

NONFICTION: Articles/Books Military Related, Bible Studies, Devotionals, Memoir/Personal Experience

CHILDREN & YA: Biographies, Devotionals, Early Readers – Fiction and Nonfiction, Middle Grade – Fiction and Nonfiction, Older Teens/YA Fiction, Tweens Fiction

Helpful Tips: Write using active verbs. If interested in a manuscript and it's written in passive voice with passive verbs, it must be edited using active verbs before a contract will be issued.

Pam Halter

Fruitbearer Kids

Pam has been a children’s book author since 1995 and a freelance children’s book editor since 2006. She was a homeschooling mom for 9 years, taught 4th-6th grade Sunday school for over 21 years, and was a Pioneer Clubs leader for 4 years. She was also the music director for a local summer theater for 10 years where she worked with children ages 8-18.

Currently Pam is mentoring an Author's Club of 4th, 5th & 6th graders in Monterey, CA, via Zoom once a week. She is also the children’s book editor for Fruitbearer Publishing.

When Pam is not writing or editing, she enjoys reading, playing the piano, quilting, gardening, cooking, Bible study, and walking long country roads.

Pam lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband, special needs adult daughter, and 4 cats.

Continuing Session – Writing for Children and Teens
We are wired to love stories. From infancy through our teenage years, we love a great story. Authors need to know more than just the craft. They need to know their audience. Award-winning children’s book author, Pam Halter, will take you from writing for preschoolers to high school age readers. If you are writing picture books, chapter books, or middle grade or YA fiction, you need this continuing session. Conferees are encouraged to bring their WIPs, questions, and a sense of fun.

Pam HalterFruitbearer Kids

CHILDREN & YA: Activity Books, Chapter Books, Coloring/Activity Books, Devotionals, Early Readers – Fiction and Nonfiction, Middle Grade – Fiction and Nonfiction, Nonfiction Ages 6-8 and 9-12, Picture Books, Older Teens/YA Fiction, Tweens Fiction

Dr. John Herring

Iron Stream Media

John is the CEO of Iron Stream Media. John started his career servicing local churches as an executive pastor, discipleship pastor, and consultant. In 2006 one of his ministry clients invited him to work with them on an aggressive discipleship project. He has been in the publishing industry ever since. John has been serving churches or church-related entities for over 40 years. John continues to support churches and ministries in publishing, curriculum development, strategic thinking/planning, discipleship, staff development, mentoring, and connecting the dots between ministries and people. He is also an entrepreneur, having started several small businesses. John can see the potential of connections everywhere, especially between churches and ministry suppliers. 

His favorite discussions include his Lord, his family (especially his grandsons), missions, business as ministry, and coffee.

John holds the Doctor of Educational Ministry degree and a Masters in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Samford University. 

Presently John serves on the board of Designs for Hope, a ministry working in developing countries through churches and ministries by providing engineering and technology solutions. John was focusing much of his attention on Sri Lanka before the pandemic. 

John and his wife, Stacy, live in Birmingham with their little dog, Bo. They attend The Church of the Highlands, where they serve on the Dream Team and the Legacy Team. They have two children and two grandchildren. 

Workshop 3C – Writing Epic Bible Studies for a Post-Pandemic World (Friday, 10:45 – 11:45 am MT)
The obvious: The world has changed due to COVID-19 and its variants. As a result, many students of the Bible have had to adapt to new ways of learning the timeless stories and truths contained therein. In this workshop, we will examine new ways of engaging learners, connecting them in ways that best fit the new paradigm of life we find ourselves living. We will discuss leading readers in Bible exploration that makes sense for our times. Finally, we will share practical tips for leading our Bible study participants from merely investigating the Bible to life-changing transformation.

John Herring—Iron Stream Media and Brookstone

URL, Guidelines for Writers: https://www.ironstreammedia.com/submission-process

NONFICTION: Bible Studies, Church Growth/Life/Renewal, Discipleship/Personal Growth, Marriage/Family Parenting, Memoir/Personal Experience, Women’s Interests

FICTION: Action/Adventure, Inspirational, Women’s Fiction

CHILDREN & YA: Chapter Books, Middle Grade Fiction and Nonfiction, Nonfiction Ages 6-8 and 9-12

OTHER: Gift Books

Greatest Areas of Interest: post-pandemic topics

Overworked Topics: memoir

Helpful Tips: Present a one-pager to get the ball rolling if you're pitching a book.

Amanda Jenkins
Sales Manager
AMG Publishers


Amanda Jenkins is the Sales Manager at AMG Publishers and oversees acquisitions. She has been with AMG for seventeen years. Her roles have included everything from customer service to sales to marketing. For the last seven years, she has been over receiving, reviewing, and approving all queries. Amanda is also AMG's Author Liaison, which entails working with authors on contracts, processes, manuscripts, due dates for editing, and printing steps. AMG Publishers' vision statement is for God's Word to be accessible to everyone and have biblical content for all ages and study levels. Amanda believes this deeply and is grateful for her role at AMG where she can see this vision come to fruition.

Amanda Jenkins—AMG Publishers

URL, Guidelines for Writers: https://amgpublishers.com/index.php/author-guidelines

NONFICTION:  Apologetics, Articles, Bible Studies, Devotionals

OTHER:  Military Related, Front Line Workers, Contemporary Issues, Discipleship/Personal Growth, Family, Parenting, Prayer and Spiritual Warfare IF it would work as a Bible study or Devotional

Greatest Areas of Interest: Bible studies that are based on people of the Bible, books of the Bible, biblical concepts. Can be stand alone (but with a plan to start a new series) or an addition to one of our current series. Good reference works.

Helpful Tips: Authors should already have or be able to generate good social media accounts and interactions. They should be willing and able to help bolster their work with talks, interviews, articles, etc.

Michael J. Klassen

Illumify Media Global
Author, Ghostwriter
Book Coach


Michael is a bestselling, award-winning ghostwriter, author, freelance writer; book coach; and publisher. He has worked on projects with authors as varied as former president Jimmy Carter (Lessons From Life Bible), Michael John Cusick (Surfing For God), and Rafael Cruz (A Time For Action). He has also served as the theological reviewer for over 30 study Bibles and worked on over 70 traditionally published works. His published works have sold millions of copies and can be found in nearly every Christian bookstore in America. Thomas Nelson released his coauthored book, Battle Prayers: Faith to Move Your Mountains, February 15 of this year.

Workshop W3 –  Incorporating God's Word to Transform Lives (Wednesday, 4:30 – 5:30 MT)
God’s Word is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. Use it correctly, and lives will be changed. Use it incorrectly, and you will hurt your readers. During this workshop you’ll explore essential dos and don’ts, take a brief look at Bible translations, and examine best practices.

Workshop 1D – Six Deadly Self-Publishing Mistakes & How to Fix Them, Part 1 (Thursday, 10:45 – 11:45 MT)
                   3D – Part 2 (Friday, 10:45 – 11:45 MT)      

Publishing your own book may sound like a great idea—and it can be—IF you know how to avoid 6 major pitfalls that keep many self-published books from “WOW!”ing their audiences. Michael will identify deadly mistakes made by many self-published authors and provide simple fixes that will give your book a competitive advance in the marketplace. Topics will include:

Michael J. Klassen—Illumify Media

URL, Info for Writers: www.illumifymedia.com                    

FICTION: ALL Fiction Genres

NONFICTION: ALL Nonfiction Genres      

CHILDREN & YA: All Children & YA except Activity Books

Greatest Editorial Needs: We're looking for transcendent books—well-written books that impart excellence and authority to the author, and inspire and seek to change the world.

Helpful Tips: We love working with authors who want to make a difference with their books!

Rowena Kuo

CEO & Executive Editor
Brimstone Fiction
Brimstone Books and Media
Brimstone Fire

Rowena is the CEO and Executive Editor for Brimstone Fiction, Brimstone Books and Media, and Brimstone Fire. With over 15 years of ministering to children, youth groups, young adults, women, and family groups, Rowena advocates for writers to build God-centered support systems consisting of people, perseverance, practice, and most of all, prayer. She has written for Christian Devotions, Written World Communications, Splickety, and the 168 Write of Passage. When not working on words or films, she is a full-time mom with secret aspirations for spaceflight.

Workshop 6B – Fantasy Genres . . . Where Do I Belong? (Saturday, 10:45 – 11:45 MT)
How many fantasy genres are there, and where does your manuscript fit in? Can Science Fiction and Fantasy integrate in a successful novel? Discover the genres and subgenres of fantasy, where your novel would fall, your target audience, and ways to help your story find its niche.

Rowena Kuo: Brimstone Fiction

Editorial Needs:
Brimstone Fiction seeks engaging, well-written stories in the genres of Speculative Fiction (YA Science Fiction and YA Fantasy) and Chiller thrillers with supernatural/paranormal elements. I will be open to considering all genres of fiction, but I will be more interested in your work if you already know your audience.  I look for authors with enthusiasm and a willingness to develop their writing skills, whether they are just at the beginning of their writing career or multi-published world-wide. Although Brimstone Fiction maintains a Christian worldview, our audience will extend to the general market. I look forward to meeting you, no matter where you are on your career path as you continue your journey to publication. Please note, if requesting an appointment with Rowena: In addition to a one-sheet, please submit the first chapter of your novel.

FICTION:  Speculative Fiction: YA Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy, Time Travel, Dragons, Supernatural, Suspense, Thrillers

Helpful Tips: I would like to see the first chapter of the submitted work.

Cindy Lambert

Executive Editor-at-Large
Revell and Baker Books
Author, Collaborative Writer

Cindy began her career as owner of an award-winning independent Christian bookstore, then expanded into leadership roles in distribution, consumer research, editorial, and publishing at Ingram, Simon & Schuster, and Zondervan, where she served as vice president and associate publisher of trade books. She currently serves Baker Publishing Group as executive editor-at-large for Revell and Baker Books. She is also a collaborative writer, and has co-authored eight books including the bestseller UnPlanned with Abby Johnson (Tyndale, Focus on the Family, and Ignatius Press) and The Voice with Sandi Patty (Zondervan). She and her husband, Dave, have six children and nine grandchildren. They enjoy launching their kayaks off their pier in front of their log home in Michigan.

Workshop W1 – Crafting a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal (Wednesday, 4:30 – 5:30 pm MT)
A winning book proposal is a tool that entices seven audiences (author, agent, editor, pub board, marketing, creative, and sales) to grasp a contagious vision for a book, and then equips them to successfully play their parts in placing the book into the hands of its ideal readership. (Prerequisite for those accepted for Cindy’s clinic.)

Clinic – Nonfiction Book Proposals
Cindy will lead a group of six authors in critiquing one another’s proposals, then spend the conference improving and fine-tuning them. She will also have a one-on-one 30-minute appointment with each participant. Click here for more information and needed application.

Cindy Lambert—Revell and Baker Books 
URL, Guidelines for Writers: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com (Click “Contact” and then “Submission Policy)

NONFICTION: Apologetics, Bible Studies, Biographies/Profiles, Christian Living/Ministry/Evangelism, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Devotionals, Discipleship/PersonalGrowth, Marriage/Family/Parenting, Memoir/Personal Experience, Men’s Books, Prayer & Spiritual Warfare, Women’s Interests

OTHER: Gift Books, Humor

Catherine Lawton

Co-owner and Publisher
CLADACH Publishing


Catherine has been editor-in-chief at Cladach Publishing for 20 years, where she has had a hand in the acquisition, production, and promotion of nearly 50 Cladach titles. She enjoys giving opportunities to talented authors, producing books that show God at work in our world and people working with God, for good. Cathy has a BA in English, training in education and music, and graduate studies in theology. Cathy has authored numerous published books, poems, and articles herself, including one novel and two poetry collections, and has contributed essays to two books on open and relational theology. She is a regular contributor to the Godspace blog as well as her own blog. She continues to produce poetry, essays, and memoir. She lives in Colorado where she is active in an inner-healing prayer ministry in her church and outdoor activities with her husband.

Workshop W4 – Faithful & Effective Writing/Publishing in a Postmodern Context (Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 pm MT)
We are living in a time of upheavals in society and church—but also of hopeful promise. Get an overview of both postmodernism and "the great emergence" and how to write and publish into this maelstrom in a way that will be heard and will be life-giving.

Cathy Lawton—Cladach Publishing

URL, Guidelines for Writers: https://cladach.com/authors/      

FICTION: Literary

NONFICTION: Christian Living/Ministry/Evangelism, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Discipleship/Personal Growth, Memoir/Personal Experience, Prayer & Spiritual Warfare.


OTHER: Poetry

Jeanette Gardner Littleton

EABooks Publishing
and Indian Life
Standard and compilations

Jeanette has been in the Christian publishing industry for decades serving as an acquisitions editor for Beacon Hill Press plus writing thousands of articles for publication. She edits books for Guideposts, Bethany House, Thomas Nelson, Adams Media, and other publishers. She is the director of Heart of American Christian Writers Network.

EABooks Publishing
URL, Guidelines for Writers: www.eabookspublishing.com; contact: Jeanette@eabookspublishing.com

We are a partnership publisher. Our company helps people who want to publish their own books, but who want someone else to deal with the headaches of formatting, copyrights, KDP, Ingram Spark, etc. We also have editing, marketing, illustrating, and coaching services available. All EA Book authors retain all rights to their materials and when a book is completed, the author receives copies of all PDFs and files. We publish authors from many genres.

Please submit a One Sheet and the First Page for an appointment.

GREATEST EDITORIAL NEEDS: As a self-publisher, we are open to all genres and subjects with a Christian worldview.

Compilation Projects for Various Publishing Houses (Guideposts, Bethany House, others)
URL, Guidelines for Writers: To get on our mailing list, email Compilations@earthlink.net. You can also join the FB page: Jim Bell 

Greatest Areas of Interest: Personal Experience articles up to 1200 words.

Overworked Topics: Death, illness

Helpful Tips: Use storytelling techniques to make your nonfiction piece stronger.

Daniel J. Mawhinney

40 Day Publishing

Daniel is the bestselling author of Tips on Tips, How to Succeed as a Professional Server, the accompanying Workbook, and Trainers’ Guide. He is a gifted speaker, an accomplished business owner, trainer, and business consultant. A great day for Daniel is one spent in the company of a great book. His love of learning has paved the way for success in his chosen field. He loves spending time relaxing with his wife (although 40 Day Publishing may be the one and only book he co-authors with her) and his children. Daniel lives in Oklahoma City with his wife (who has not yet kicked him out for writing run-on sentences) and son. He has one adult daughter who is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. His message to her is…, well, he doesn’t have one since he has just figured out where he’s doing with his own. These things take time! Daniel enjoys playing with his son, volunteering at his church, and traveling. He especially loves eating the food his wife cooks for him and a great cup of coffee.

Greatest Areas of Interest: As an independent publishing consulting company, we are open to all genres. We are always happy to talk with authors about the independent publishing process.

URL, Guidelines for Writers: https://www.40daypublishing.com

Edwina Perkins
Acquisitions Editor
Iron Stream Harambee Press and Iron Stream Media
URL:  http://www.ironstreammedia.com

Assistant Director and Mentoring Moments Coordinator with BRMCWC
Advisory board member with Word Weavers International
Manager for Sensitivity Between the Lines
Award-winning Writer, Speaker, Freelance Editor

Edwina is the assistant director of Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. She is also the coordinator for Mentoring Moments and the manager for Sensitivity Between the Lines, both with BRMCWC. Edwina is an acquisitions editor for Iron Stream Media and for the imprint Harambee Press. As a longtime member of Word Weavers International, she now serves as a member of the advisory board. Edwina is an award-winning writer, experienced teacher, speaker, freelance editor, and a sensitivity reader. She is also a freelance writer with Guideposts. One of her passions is to address the need for sensitivity and diversity in the publishing industry. She’s a lover of anything dark chocolate, and chocolate covered expresso beans are her weakness.

Keynote – The Danger and Power of Words (Thursday, 7:45 am MT)
God has given writers a powerful tool to use—our words. Lives are impacted by what we say and what we write. As authors we have the potential to change the world, reach generations to come, and help a hurting and racially divided nation one word at a time. Join me as we look at the danger and power of words.

Edwina Perkins—Acquisitions Editor for Iron Stream Harambee Press and Iron Steam Media

URL: http://www.ironstreammedia.com

NONFICTION: Culture & Contemporary Issues; Marriage, Family & Parenting; Women’s Interests

FICTION: Contemporary, General Market, Inspirational, Issues Fiction, Romance, Women’s Fiction

CHILDREN & YA: Middle Grade books, especially for boys, Older Teens & YA Fiction

GREATEST EDITORIAL NEEDS: Women's fiction and culture/contemporary issues, Devotionals, Middle-grade books

OVERWORKED TOPICS: I'm not looking for how-to manuscripts. 

HELPFUL TIPS: Completed manuscripts are important with fiction. For nonfiction two to three chapters & a complete outline. Have an established and growing platform.

URL, GUIDELINES FOR WRITERShttp://www.ironstreammedia.com/submission-process

Tim Riter

Acquisitions Editor?
Raven Croaks

Author, Speaker, Teacher
            NOTE: Tim is no longer acquisitions editor at Raven Croaks.
                         It was a “friendly, mutual decision.”


Tim has a passion to help others not only know God, but to weave Him into the everyday fabric of their lives. He spent over 20 years doing that as a lead, associate, and youth pastor, and extended that with over 25 years writing professionally with 10 Christian living books that have sold over 100,000 copies and have been translated into 8 languages.

Blend in serving as a college professor and high school teacher in composition and communication with being an inveterate motorcycle rider and trout fisherman, and you gain someone who can connect to a variety of people in all stages of life.

Tim has had 10 television interviews, ranging from The 700 Club to local television, and over 100 radio interviews, and has spoken to hundreds of groups and churches. His blog, Unconventional at timriter.com, explores fresh ways to follow the old faith.

Learning Lab – Superb Style: In Three Big Steps (Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:30 pm MT)
In last year’s online Colorado Conference, Tim shared four keys to excellent writing in a well-received continuing session. Tim and his passion for excellence in the craft of writing will return, in a 2.5-hour learning lab where superb style will be explored, giving writers an improved chance for their writing to be noticed in the midst of the glut of information that cries, “Read ME!” The key is to intentionally play with three elements of style: word choice and structure (diction and syntax), to know when and how to break the rules and conventions of grammar to enhance the impact, and how to craft your work to persuade your readers.  

Tim RiterRaven Croaks

NONFICTION: Devotionals, Memoir/Personal Experience

FICTION: Contemporary, Issues Fiction, Literary

OTHER: Poetry

Linda Evans ShepardLinda Evans Shepherd 
Author, Speaker
Publisher, Jubilant Press, Leading Hearts, Arise Daily 
President, Right to the Heart Ministries
Founder & Director, Advanced Writers & Speakers Assc. (AWSA)
Founder, Arise Esther Movement

Linda is a nationally known Christian speaker and an award-winning, best-selling author of over 30 books. Her online and speaking ministries have seen well over 350,000 people come to Christ and are seen by over 90,000 people daily. In addition to writing and speaking, Linda is president of a large Christian ministry, Right to the Heart, and also ministers to the top 500 Christian women authors and speakers in the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) that she founded and directs.  She’s the publisher of the EPA Award Winning magazine, Leading Hearts, and the publisher of the all new Arise Daily e-devotional.

Workshop 6G – Reaching Women (Saturday, 10:45 – 11:45 MT)
What if you knew the best online strategies to reach women with your message, book, or ministry? Join best-selling author and nonprofit founder of the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association, Linda Evans Shepherd, as she shares the latest and best ways to reach the women you long to share your heart with. New ideas as well as revived strategies that work.

Linda Evans Shepherd—Jubilant Press

URL: lindareply@gmail.com




OTHER: Gift Books, Humor

GREATEST EDITORIAL NEEDSFor Arise Daily, we use 500 - 600 word devotionals centered around a single Scripture. For our magazine, Leading Hearts, the articles must be for Christian women in leadership.

HELPFUL TIPS: Consider joining AWSA.com if you want to write for our publications and/or book projects like our recent book Arise to Peace published by Bold Vision Books.

Darlene Shortridge

40 Day Publishing

Darlene is the bestselling author of Until Forever, Forever Blessed, Forever Loved, The Letter, The Perfect Gift, and Forever Faithful. She is a sought after speaker for women’s ministries, retreats, schools, and writer’s groups. She is often mentoring other authors online as well as through their consulting business. Darlene loves to share knowledge (sometimes a little too much) and takes joy from seeing others succeed, whether professionally or personally. 40 Day Publishing is her first co-authored book with her husband and it very well may be her last. She has nicknamed him “writing bully,” and he has pridefully embraced the nickname. He in turn often reminds her to breathe, keep calm, and move along. Darlene homeschools their son and tries to positively influence their daughter who lives in a faraway land (which is exactly why their daughter lives in a faraway land). Darlene enjoys scrapbooking, volunteering at her church, and traveling. She loves to cook for her husband (who loves to eat) and entertaining friends and family.

Greatest Areas of Interest: As an independent publishing consulting company, we are open to all genres. We are always happy to talk with authors about the independent publishing process.

URL, Guidelines for Writers: https://www.40daypublishing.com

Janyre Tromp

Kregel Publications

Janyre has worked in the CBA industry for more than twenty years, spending time in both marketing and editorial. Currently she is an editor for Kregel Publications by day and a writer (represented by William K. Jensen Literary Agency) at night. And that all happens from her kitchen table when she’s not hanging out with her husband, two kids, two troublesome cats, and slightly eccentric Shetland Sheepdog. In case you’re wondering, you pronounce that first name Jan-air . . . kind of like the stove, but not like the book. She’s a graduate of Taylor University and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Workshop 1B – The Art & Science of a Fiction Proposal (Thursday 10:45 – 11:45 am MT) 
 A proposal is key to winning a publisher. But how does an author capitalize on the opportunity? In this workshop, you’ll learn the secrets to developing a fiction proposal from Janyre Tromp, who has intimate knowledge of 3 of the 4 sides of the publishing world—author, marketing manager, and editorial representative. (Beginner & Intermediate)

Workshop 5B – First Round Fiction Edits Using Story Structure (Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30 am MT)
Structure is key to a successful novel. In this workshop Janyre, a twenty-year veteran editor and novelist, discusses how to use structure to edit your manuscript like a developmental editor. (Beginner & Intermediate)

Janyre Tromp—Kregel Publications

URL: https://www.kregel.com/contact-us/submissions-policy

NONFICTION: Apologetics, Bible Studies, Christian Living/Ministry/Evangelism, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Discipleship/Personal Growth, Marriage/Family Parenting, Men’s books, Prayer & Spiritual Warfare, Women’s Interests

FICTION: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Historical Romance, Inspirational, Issues Fiction, Legal/Political Thrillers, Literary, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Southern, Suspense/Crime/Mystery, Women’s Fiction

Greatest Areas of Interest: Kregel Publications acquires broadly in nonfiction and fiction. We’re especially interested in nonfiction titles that tackle contemporary issues using strong scriptural support, as well as new takes on perennial topics like women’s issues, marriage, and parenting. Kregel is always looking for excellent historical romance, contemporary romantic suspense, historical fiction, and women’s fiction with biblical grounding.

W. Terry Whalin

Acquisitions Editor
Morgan James Publishing

Terry understands both sides of the editorial desk—as an editor and a writer. Terry worked previously as a magazine editor and a book acquisitions editor at Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, and David C. Cook. He also ran his own literary agency for a couple of years.

Terry’s nonfiction writing has appeared in magazines like Christianity Today, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, and more than 50 other publications. Terry is an active member of The American Society of Journalists and Authors, which is the leading nonfiction writers group in the United States.

Terry has written more than 60 books through traditional publishers in a wide range of topics from children’s books to biographies to co-authored books. Several of Terry’s books have sold over 100,000 copies. Terry and his wife, Christine, live in Colorado.

Workshop 4D – “Everyone” is Self-publishing – Or So It Seems (Friday, 1:45 – 2:45 pm MT)
Should you? This workshop will cover five terrible reasons to self-publish, ten reasons to self-publish, plus seven keys to successful self-publishing. There are many pitfalls on the path to publishing.This workshop will explore the options and possibilities. The answers are different for each writer. Often the answer is not black and white but shades of grey. This workshop will help bring definition to what is going on in the publishing world and help you make a wise choice. (All levels)

Workshop 5E – Editors Read Book Proposals Not Manuscripts (Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30 am MT)
How do you write a book proposal? What makes an excellent proposal and what makes a terrible one? Publishers receive thousands of these proposals. How do you determine which publishers are interested in your particular proposal? Terry has reviewed thousands of proposals from fiction and nonfiction writers. As a former literary agent and a current acquisitions editor, Terry knows exactly what he needs to secure a book contract for the writer—but often these proposals don’t include the critical elements. This session includes practical how-to information about proposal writing from the editor’s perspective. Terry has written many book proposals, and his proposals have had great success in the Christian and general marketplace. (All levels)

Terry Whalin—Morgan James Publishing

URL: terry@morganjamespublishing.com



CHILDREN & YA: Middle Grace Fiction; Nonfiction Ages 9-12; Older Teens & YA Fiction; Tweens Fiction

GREATEST EDITORIAL NEEDS: We primarily publish nonfiction books. Of those books about 25-30 are Christian books. Many general market. We published over 200 books last year. We publish about 25-30 novels and 1-2 children's books.

OVERWORKED TOPICS: Children's books are challenging but still looking for the right ones.



Periodicals & Online Markets

Submissions to Periodical Editors do not require a One Sheet.
Please NOTE the word count limits carefully, though.


Scoti DomeijScoti Domeij   
Blackside Publishing
Editor & Contributing Writer
Havok Journal
Author, Editor
Gold Star Mom

Scoti has held various responsibilities with 10 traditional publishers including author; editor; senior research assistant; copywriter; marketing director; and production, art, and design coordinator. Scoti’s passion is to help writers hone their skills, pursue their passion, publish, and effectively market the story God embedded in their hearts.

Scoti is the proud Gold Star mother of Army Ranger Sgt. First Class Kristoffer Domeij, KIA October 22, 2011, in Afghanistan on his 14th deployment, the most deployed soldier in American history to be killed in action. As a result of her loss, God opened the door for Scoti to become the Publisher for Blackside Publishing. In her role as an editor and a contributing writer for Havok Journal, an online Huff-post-style journal targeted to and written by military personnel and veterans, Scoti opens conversations on subjects-you’re-not-supposed-to-talk-about. 

Learning Lab – Too Much Data, Too Little Time (Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:30 MT)
Not every author wants to become a data geek and too few authors pay close attention to metadata. Metadata—your book’s DNA—is the most crucial information to market and sell your book today. Bar none. Global access to your book increases the importance of metadata. What is metadata? Online info that describes your book and connects your book to prospective book buyers. Metadata is how your book is found online, marketed, tracked, and referenced. Every publishing platform requires metadata. This continuing session includes:

The Havok Journal has assembled an amazing team of talented writers, each with a diverse yet impressive background. If you are interested in joining the Havok Journal team, contact us at havokjournal@havokmedia.com with your resume and a sample of your writing.

Jesse Florea

Editorial Director
Focus on the Family Youth Publications
and Clubhouse Jr.

Jesse has worked at Focus on the Family for nearly 29 years. Currently, he oversees Clubhouse (for kids 8-12) and Clubhouse Jr. (for kids 3-7) magazines and cohosts the “Official Adventures in Odyssey” and “Official Average Boy” podcasts.

Additionally, Jesse has written or contributed to more than forty books, including the Defend Your Faith apologetics Bible for kids, The Case for Heaven Young Readers Edition, The Case for Miracles for Kids, and The One-Year Devos for Sports Fans. He’s published more than 4,000 devotionals and sold more than 1 million books. Jesse lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Colorado Springs and enjoys hanging out with his married children and his two grandkids. 

Keynote – The Power of Writing to Change the World . . . and Yourself (Wednesday, 6:20 pm MT)
God uses the power of the Word to change society and shape our lives. Through experiences in our lives, including the difficult ones, we’re able to reach out to others. God uniquely equips each writer with a message He wants to tell. But to do this, we must lean into Jesus and grow closer to Him. Our writing can change the world, showing people what they have lost and what their souls truly yearn for.

Workshop 1E – Breaking into the Magazine Market (Thursday, 10:45 – 11:45 am MT)
This workshop looks at the reasons you may want to write for periodicals, which include the 3P’s (not to be confused with the C-3PO’s): profit, platform, and portfolio. It’s also a great way to express your passion. (Hey, that’s a fourth P!) We’ll talk about how to capture an editor’s attention, practice crafting an effective lead, learn about different types of periodicals and stories, and discover how good interviewing skills can open doors to big-time periodicals. 

Workshop 2A – Successful Co-Authoring with Karen Whiting (Thursday, 1:45 – 2:45 MT)
Co-writing a project brings challenges, but it can also bring greater creativity, accountability, and result in a better final product. In this workshop, Jesse Florea and Karen Whiting share from their experiences in co-authoring several book projects. It will cover utilizing each other’s strengths, workload, workflow, and other aspects of a successful co-writing process.    

Workshop 3G – Reaching Children & Youth (Friday, 10:45 – 11:15 am MT)
NOTE:  Tim Shoemaker is teaching the workshop on reaching youth from 11:15 – 11:45 am MT

        Do’s and Don’ts of Writing for Children 
Kids are creative, funny, and thoughtful little humans. To write for children, your stories should be like them—creative, thoughtful, and funny. Kids are child-like, not childish. This workshop will help you think and be like a child. We’ll talk about who kids are, look at cultural trends, and uncover tips to capture a reader’s attention while playing by the rules of writing. By being a child, you’ll have a better chance of creating stories that will catch an editor’s eye and eventually entertain a child.

Teens Write (Saturday, 10:00 – 10:45 am MT)
Jesus Wants You to Paddle—Becoming a writer takes more than God-given ability; it takes work. You have to learn the rules, discover your voice, dig into your passions, and write from your strengths. This class will look at tried-and-true tips to grow as a writer.

 Jesse Florea—Focus on the Family
URL, Guidelines for Writers: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/clubhouse-magazine/about/submission-guidelines/

NONFICTION:  Apologetics, Articles
CHILDREN & YA: Devotionals, Early Readers – fiction and nonfiction, Tweens Fiction
OTHER:  Humor, Poetry

Greatest Areas of Interest: Quizzes, ordinary kid profiles, rebus, short fiction for (3-7 or 8-12), crafts

Overworked Topics: suburban fiction--have a fun setting (different country, different time)

Helpful Tips: Go to ClubhouseMagazine.com and ClubhouseJr.com to see samples of other stories and get our writers guidelines. We edit 4 months ahead and buy 6-12 months ahead. Also, ask for current theme's list. https://www.focusonthefamily.com/clubhouse-jr-magazine/about/submission-guidelines/

Debbie Hardy 

Author, Speaker

Debbie, the Queen of Resilience, didn’t start writing until age 57. Since then, she has published three books; written devotions, blogs, and magazine articles; contributed to anthologies; and been interviewed on radio and TV over 200 times. A Colorado resident and accomplished pianist, Debbie is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, National Speakers Association of Colorado, and writers groups where she mentors aspiring authors. She speaks at women’s meetings, retreats, and conferences, sharing ideas on how to fight age and become fabulous. Gramma Debbie is proof that you’re never too old to live your dream.

Workshop 5F – How to Market Your Book When You Don't Want to and Don't Know How (Saturday  9:30 – 10:30 am MT) 
The title says it all. Most of us don’t know how to market and would rather not. Let’s learn how to sell your book.

Debbie Hardy—ChristianDevotions.us

URL, Guidelines for Writers: ChristianDevotions.us. Click on "Write for Us" for instructions and examples.

Submissions to Periodical Editors do not require a One Sheet.

Please note: 500 word limit for article or devotion – double-spaced.    

Sherri Langton

Associate Editor
Bible Advocate
Now What? e-zine
Freelance Writer

Sherri is the associate editor of the Bible Advocate magazine and of Now What? e-zine. She has worked 30 years in Christian publishing. She is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in Focus on the Family, In Touch, Upper Room, Today’s Christian Woman, Marriage Partnership, Discipleship Journal, Decision, Quiet Hour, and other publications. Sherri also has contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood, My Turn to Care, Teatime Stories for Women, Becoming a Godly Man, Faces of Faith, Hurray God!, God Still Meets Needs, and Understanding Depression and Suicide: Hope in the Darkness. In addition, she teaches worrkshops at several Christian writers conferences. Sherri lives in Denver where she plays drums and percussion at her church.

Workshop 5C – The Literature of Personal Disaster (Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30 am MT)
Is a story good just because it relates a horrific event? In this workshop we’ll discuss why we write about tragedy and how we make it real to the reader as well as redemptive.

Sherri Langton—Bible Advocate, Now What? e-zine

Submissions to Periodical Editors do not require a One Sheet. 

Please NOTE:  Articles for Bible Advocate should be between 600-1200 words and double-spaced. 
                         Articles for Now What? should be betwee 1000-1500 words and double-spaced.

NONFICTION: Articles; Christian Living, Ministry & Evangelism; Memoir & Personal Experience



OTHER: Poetry

GREATEST EDITORIAL NEEDSWe can still use articles for our 2022 theme on evangelism (Bible Advocate). We still have two more issues open for submissions: September-October: June 1 and November-December: August 1. Always need personal experiences for Now What?

HELPFUL TIPS:  It's been said many times, but please study the magazine and become familiar with our approach. Also, please include your contact info, rights, etc. on the manuscript. Be sure to read the submission guidelines carefully.

URL, GUIDELINES FOR WRITERS:  https://baonline.org/write-for-us-2/

Jeanette Gardner Littleton

Editor, Standard
Representative, Indian Life
Editor of compilations

Jeanette has been in the Christian publishing industry for decades serving as an acquisitions editor for Beacon Hill Press plus writing thousands of articles for publication. She edits books for Guideposts, Bethany House, Thomas Nelson, Adams Media, and other publishers. She is the director of Heart of American Christian Writers Network.

Jeanette Littleton—Standard Publishing
URL, Guidelines for Writers:  TheFoundrypublishing.com, Standard.Foundry@gmail.com   
Standard is a Sunday School take home paper for people in  Wesleyan-Arminian tradition.

We use personal experience articles with strong story-telling elements. We are willing to talk to writers who are from Nazarene, Wesleyan, Salvation Army, Holiness, or other denominations that share our theological tradition. We are assignment only at this time.

To be considered for an assignment, send a sample of personal experience work up to 900 wordsand church/denomination background.


Jeannette Littleton—Indian Life Newspaper: 

URL, Guidelines for Writers: www.Indianlife.org   To pitch ideas, email indianlife.editor@gmail.com

Submit article up to 1200 words.

Greatest Areas of Interest: Indian Life is a Christian publication for Native Americans and First Nations people in the US and Canada.

Overworked Topics: We are not interested in articles about non-indigenous people ministering to the indigenous, but we are interested in articles that highlight indigenous people (tribes or individuals) serving God or making a difference in their communities, whether on the reservation or off. Not all of our materials have to be Christian-based (we use news pieces, too).

Helpful Tips: We use articles by Native Americans or dealing with issues that indigenous people  face. We use both feature and news articles.

Marti Pieper

Senior Editor
Charisma Media
Author, Collaborative Writer, Editor


Marti’s eclectic publishing career includes ghostwriting a young adult memoir that made the ECPA bestseller list and traveling to six Latin American countries to share stories of teen mission trips and an award-winning missionary memoir. She has written 7 traditionally published nonfiction books and edited several more, written and edited for both print and digital publications, and taught at multiple writers conferences. A fulltime freelance writer and editor, she serves as senior editor for Charisma Media and hosts several podcasts on the Charisma Podcast Network. Find her at www.martipieper.com, where her “Snapshots of Dementia” blog details life with her husband, who suffers from an early-onset dementia.

Workshop 4C – Book Doctor: Take Your Nonfiction from Good to Great (Friday. 1:45 – 2:45 pm MT)
Marti applies both her writing and editing experience to expose common errors in nonfiction manuscripts and offers practical help. The workshop includes tips on identifying your unique selling point and target audience, proposal-writing, and eliminating the common flaws that leave manuscripts lingering in the slush pile.   

Workshop 6C – Narrative Nonfiction: The Power of Story (Saturday, 10:45 – 11:45 am MT)
How can I make my nonfiction more compelling? How can truth and creativity coexist in my work? In this workshop, which includes both practical tips and inspiring examples, Marti shares the basics of this popular genre. Learn how to transform your writing through the power of authentic storytellng while you catch—and keep—your readers.

Marti Pieper—Charisma Media

URL, Guidelines for Writers: charismanews.com; charismamag.com; charismaleader.com    

Submissions to Periodical Editors do not require a One Sheet. 

Please NOTE:  Please send a sample article for either site; somewhere between 300-800 words and double-spaced. I will not read past 800 words. 

NONFICTION: Articles, Christian Living/Ministry/Evangelism, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Discipleship/Personal Growth, Marriage/Family Parenting

Greatest Editorial Needs: For Charisma News: news stories that relate to the charismatic/Pentecostal market. For Charisma Magazine: strong nonfiction articles that also speak to that market (prophetic words, miracles, healing, strong evidence of God's work). We do not accept freelance submissions for our print magazine, but writing well for us online can be an avenue to a request to write for us in print.

Helpful Tips:  As with any publication, become familiar with the websites and their content before you submit. Any personal experience story is best written to illustrate biblical truth with a clear reader takeaway.

Linda Evans ShepardLinda Evans Shepherd 
Author, Speaker
Publisher, Leading Hearts and Arise Daily e-devotional
President, Right to the Heart Ministries
Founder & Director, Advanced Writers & Speakers Assc. (AWSA)
Founder, Arise Esther Movement

See above for Linda’s bio and the workshop she will be teaching.

Linda Evans Shepherd—Leading Hearts; Arise Daily

URL, Guidelines for Writers: www.LeadingHearts.com; AriseDaily.com

NONFICTION: Articles, Devotionals, Women’s Interests

Submissions to Periodical Editors do not require a One Sheet. 

Please NOTE:  Devotionals for Arise Daily should be 500-600 words.

                          Articles for Leading Hearts should be 500 words unless it is a feature article. Those would be 1000.

GREATEST EDITORIAL NEEDS:  prayer, women’s issues, screenplays

HELPFUL TIPS:  Besides the magazine and devo, I am also a screenwriter and will review pages from screenplays.

B.J. Taylor

Guideposts, Angels on Earth,
Mysterious Ways, and All Creatures

Author, Speaker & Freelance Writer

B.J. first began writing in grade school, with English as her favorite subject and spelling bees her specialty. A personal diary was her journal, hidden under her mattress during her teenage years. Her penned thoughts filled numerous notepads (which she still has in a box in the garage). She admits a lot of choices are scary at first, like signing up for a writing class, joining a writers group, or submitting a novel to an agent for consideration. She plunged into the deep blue sea, took a chance with her writing, and has been blessed abundantly.

An award-winning author and popular speaker at conferences around the country, B.J. has been a published writer for 25 years with credits ranging from newspaper articles for no pay, to magazine markets that pay quite well. She has sold 40 stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul; two dozen stories to Guideposts and Angels on Earth; numerous articles to Writer’s Digest, Romantic Homes, Victorian Homes, John Gray’s Mars and Venus in Love, and many other publications along the way. She looks forward to talking with you about your stories for those magazines as well as other nonfiction markets. 

Now that B.J. is retired from the business she and her husband ran for 23 years, she lives in Southern California half the year and in Northern Idaho the other half. She enjoys walking her scruffy dog Charlie Bear, golfing, aqua classes, traveling, and helping writers to reach their goals.

Continuing Session – Writing (& Selling!) Personal Experience Stories 
Want to make money with your writing? Then this class is for you. Interactive sessions will cover the following (in no particular order):

1. Your Journey to Publication – How to Get Where You Want to Go.

2. Writing Personal Experience Short Stories That Sell (learn B.J.’s easy formula for writing great hooks, riveting dialog, satisfying endings).

3. Writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul.

4. Writing for the Guideposts family of magazines and how to submit to the Guideposts Writers Workshop contest.

5. Writing Book Length Stories (memoir, self-help, and a secret one).

6. There will be handouts and a little bit of volunteer homework. Will you be the one to help the class learn?

B.J. Taylor—Guideposts
URL, Guidelines for Writers: https://www.guidelines.org/writers-guidelines

Submissions to Periodical Editors do not require a One Sheet. 

Please send the first page of your short story. I would also be happy to receive the entire 1,200 word short story, BUT … you will read ONLY the first page in the group appointment. 

NONFICTION:  Articles, Articles/Books Military Related, Bible Studies, Biographies & Profiles, Christian Living/Ministry/Evangelism, Church Growth/Life/Renewal, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Devotionals, Discipleship/Personal Growth, Marriage/Family Parenting, Memoir/Personal Experience, Men’s books, Prayer & Spiritual Warfare

Greatest Areas of Interest: Relationship stories between family members.

Overworked Topics:   Accidents.

Helpful Tips: B.J. will look at all true personal experience short stories, including those targeted to other markets like Chicken Soup for the Soul.

For info on booking your appointments click here.


For more information on editorial needs, be sure to check The 2022 Christian Writer’s Market Guide available at Amazon. I recommend the yearly subscription to the online edition.