Editors 2016

Faculty are available for free one-on-one 15-minute appointments! Be sure to complete and return your Appointment Request form that you will receive when you register. For your appointments to be booked in the order that you registered, your form must be received by April 11. That means early registrants do NOT need to rush. It is wise to wait until all the editorial needs are posted. All appointment requests must be received by April 30.

For more information on editorial needs, be sure to check the 2015 Christian Writer’s Market Guide available in March from CCWC. To help you prepare, I encourage you to also check out the other titles in our writers' bookstore. There is no shipping charge for orders over $35, and all the books are discounted. Book sales help us meet conference expenses.

Click here for a 9-page chart of the editorial needs.
 Below is just a sample.

Click here for a chart of areas of expertise.


Debbie Maxwell Allen
Debbie Maxwell Allen
Project Manager
Good Catch Publishing

Debbie drank the Scrivener Kool-aid and never looked back. When not devoting her time to revolutionizing other writers' lives with the wonders of Scrivener, she  works as a project manager for Good Catch Publishing and writes young adult historical fantasy in the Rocky Mountains. She blogs about free resources for writers at Writing While the Rice Boils.

NEW! Early Bird Workshop – Scrivener from Zero to 60  (Wednesday, E5, 1:00 – 3:30)
              Get up and running—and writing—with Scrivener TODAY  
Scrivener software is an increasingly popular tool for writers, yet there’s a steep learning curve. Many writers own the program but don’t maximize the use of the best features. Others shy away from having to learn “another thing.” This workshop will familiarize you with Scrivener and get you writing on your manuscript the same day. Learn to navigate the software, import your manuscript and every last scrap of research, plus how to take advantage of Scrivener’s most helpful features. Bring your computer with Scrivener already downloaded. (You can try it free for 30 days 
at https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php. )

Paid Critiques – Nonfiction: Memoir. Fiction: Fantasy, Historical. Children/YA: Older Teens/YA Fiction.

Editorial Needs  Non-Fiction:  Creative Nonfiction. Fiction:  Older Teens/YA.
Good Catch Publishing creates testimony books for churches to use as evangelism tools. Each book contains seven testimonies of church members, with each story running 3500-7000 words. GCP publishes up to 200 books per year, and actively seeks writers looking for a steady job in non-fiction. Writers interview a storyteller, and complete the story, working with an editor to polish the final product. Hired writers receive training, and agree to be available for three or more stories each month. Pay for each story is $175. For more info click here.

Marlene Bagnull

Marlene Bagnull  Write His Answer
Conference Director
Publisher and Editor, Ampelos Press

Marlene is the director of the Colorado and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conferences 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 five books including Write His Answer - A Bible Study for Christian Writers and is the compiler/editor of four books.

Editorial Needs  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.

Steve Barclift
Steve BarcliftThe Beginners Devotional
Managing Editor
Kregel Publications
Children’s Book Author

Steve has been involved in Christian publishing for 30 years. He was the founding managing editor of Christian Parenting Today magazine (originally located in Sisters, Oregon) before accepting a book-editing position with Questar Publishers in 1989. (Questar eventually purchased Multnomah Publishers and took on Multnomah’s better-known name. Multnomah is now part of WaterBrook Multnomah, a division of Random House.) Steve was a senior editor with Questar/Multnomah for several years and has been managing editor at Kregel Publications since 1997. A children’s-book author, Steve received an ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Gold Medallion Award for The Beginner’s Devotional. Steve and his family live near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Steve adds: “Because Marlene has asked faculty members to provide information that will help conferees get to know them better, I’ll mention that my wife, Jann, and I have four terrific adult children and a golden retriever named Vernors. We also have two cats that hate each other and can’t be in the same room at the same time.

“Perhaps because my days are spent parked in a desk chair in front of a monitor, I enjoy spending as much free time as possible outdoors. I live on the shore of a small lake, and I love to fish. I especially enjoy fishing through a six-inch-diameter hole in the ice in the winter. I enjoy camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing—both downhill and cross-county.

“I studied atmospheric sciences (meteorology) at the University of Washington before switching gears a couple of years later and taking on a double-major in English and journalism, but my interest in weather, particularly extreme weather, never abated. For that reason, in the spring I am sometimes pursuing my quirkiest hobby—storm-chasing across the Great Plains. The object of such pursuits, of course, is to bag photos and videos of tornadoes. Maybe I’ll have some fresh videos to show interested conferees at CCWC.” 

Paid Critiques – Non-Fiction:  Apologetics, Bible Studies, Biographies, Christian Living, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Devotionals, Evangelism, Family/Parenting, Inspirational, Marriage, Memoir, Spiritual Growth, Women’s Interests. Fiction:  Biblical fiction, Contemporary, Contemporary romance, Contemporary Suspense, Crime/Mystery, Fantasy, Futuristic, Historical, Issues Fiction, Legal/Political Thrillers, Romantic Suspense, Science Fiction, Speculative, Suspense, Womens’s Fiction.  Children/YA:  Activity Books, Biographies, Chapter books, Devotionals, Memoir, Middle Grade Fiction, Nonfiction Books, Novels, Picture Books, Tweens Fiction, Older Teens/YA Fiction.

Editorial Needs  Non-Fiction: Apologetics, Bible Studies, Biographies, Christian Living, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Devotionals, Evangelism, Family/Parenting, Inspirational, Marriage, Memoir, Spiritual Growth, Women’s Interests. Fiction: Biblical fiction, Historical, Issues Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense. Children/YA: Activity Books, Biographies, Chapter books, Devotionals, Middle Grade Fiction, Novels, Tweens Fiction, Older Teens/YA Fiction.

Works that address a popular audience by relating the Bible to everyday life. Prominent on this list are works for moms and women, Bible studies or other books that relate truth to life, fiction, and books for young readers. We’re also looking for books that will help 20-something Christians and “seekers” relate to the culture around them.

A category that does particularly well for us is self-help. Two examples of books that are selling well are Hope After Betrayal by Meg Wilson, which deals with a husband’s sexual addiction; and Autism’s Hidden Blessings: Discovering God’s Promises for Autistic Children and Their Families by Kelly Langston.

Fiction should be fresh, have a believable story line, and feature characters who engage life realistically and biblically. In something of a departure for us, we are looking for historical fiction that features a romantic element. We also will consider romantic suspense. We aren’t looking for contemporary fiction at this time.

While it would need to be exceptionally strong, we are willing to consider fiction for older teens and young adults.

We are not interested in receiving picture-book proposals.

For our Kregel Ministry line we are looking for works that facilitate the study and teaching of the Bible. These books should reflect the needs and interests of a broad evangelical audience.

Sandy Cathcart
Sandy CathcartEagle People Journal
Founder, Needle Rock Press
Author, Photographer

Sandy is a seasoned, well-published writer and photographer who writes regularly for regional magazines. She is the author of Wild Woman: A Daughter’s Search for a Father’s Love, Shaman’s Fire, Totally Honest Tax Tips for Writers, and co-author of Eagle People Journal. Her writing has also been featured in numerous Christian compilation books and devotionals. She is the founder of Needle Rock Press, a support for the writing community.

Early Bird Workshop – Totally Honest Tax Tips for Writers (Wednesday, E3, 1:00 – 2:00)
?Should you be claiming your writing activity as a business? What kind of plan do you need? This class will cover the necessary steps in satisfying the IRS, dispel misleading urban legends, and highlight tips on valid deductions.

Early Bird Workshop – Getting It Finished via the Lightbox Method!  (Wednesday, E11, 2:15 – 3:15)
Have you been working on a project and can’t quite seem to bring it to completion? Do you have a great idea but keep making changes and end up bogged down in indecision and discouragement? Or have you finished your project but can’t get the attention of a publisher? Bring your finished or unfinished manuscript and discover a new way to get it out of your computer and into the hands of your readers!

Clinic – Photojournalism (by application)
Give your writing a WOW factor by offering top-notch photos with your articles and stories. This hands-on class will cover the step-by-step process of making great photos, writing articles, and merging them for publication. We’ll cover composition, lighting, subject matter, equipment, editing software and specs for independent book covers and inside photos. We’ll discuss greeting cards, special products, affordable POD opportunities, website appeal, finding a niche, marketing, submission of photos and writing, editing of photos for more appeal, and we’ll do some creative brainstorming. Bring your camera for a hands-on 3-hour photo session in the Rocky Mountains!

Keynote – Fulfilling the Vision (Friday pm)
Amazing things can happen when you take what you’ve learned and lay it at the Master’s feet. Sandy Cathcart shares her journey from frustration to reaching thousands of lives through her writing. Is this what God has in store for you? Be encouraged to tackle tough subjects in persuasive and beneficial ways.

Editorial Needs – Non-Fiction: Anthologies, Bible Studies, Biographies, Books, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Humor, Memoir, Personal Experience, Prayer. Fiction: Contemporary, Contemporary Suspense, Crime/Mystery, Fantasy, Issues Fiction, Legal/Political Thrillers, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Suspense and Thriller, Thriller/Myster, Thriller/Supernatural.

Needle Rock Press is a support for the independent publishers. We help writers publish their books through Create Space with our imprint. We perform a copy edit, walk writers through every step of the publishing process, connect authors with cover artists and photographers, and help get the word out about your products. At this time we are only looking for books relating to Native American culture (especially Natives who walk the Jesus Way) and books (both nonfiction and fiction) centered in the Pacific Northwest. We must believe in your story!

Cheri Cowell
Cheri CowellParables and Word Pictures
Author, Speaker, Sidewalk Theologian
Owner & Publisher, EABooks Publishing 

Cheri brings a unique blend of publisher and author experience to her company which benefits new, aspiring, and accomplished authors. As an author and speaker herself, with four traditionally published books including Parables and Word Pictures, a Bible study by AMG, and 365 Devotions for Peace by Thomas Nelson, she understands the traditional pubishing world. She also has several books published by EABooks Publishing including See For Yourself and Living the Story: Reaching Outside the Church Walls, so she is well versed in both sides of the partnership publishing world. Cheri is also a frequent contributor to several writers’ magazines and blogs – Google her name.

Cheri began EABooks after learning how to get her own materials into e-book format. With her passion of helping others see God’s Word come alive, she is excited to expand that mission by helping fellow autors take advantage of all the new publishing trends. Says Cheri, “Whether your vision is e-books, print, or audiobooks, we can help you expand your reach with the message God gave you.” Recently EABooks added editing and author marketing servies to enhance the publishing expeirnece and expand the reach of God’s messengers into the world. To date, REABooks Publishing has published 86 projects representing 46 authors. 

Continuing Session – Indie Publishing Boot Camp
Pros and cons of this growing trend, how to evaluate your options, the basics of formatting and cover design, e-book options, and how marketing your self-published book is different than a traditionally published book.

Session 1 – Evaluating Indie/Co/Self-Publishing: The Pros and Cons of Doing it Yourself

Session 2 – Understanding the Do-it-Yourself Process: We’ll look at the various things you need to master if you’re going to indie-publish.

Session 3 – Why EBook? We’ll look at the limitations in e-book technology and what it takes to convert your book into an e-book for Kindle and others.

Session 4 – Marketing an Indie Book: We’ll look at three major components of a marketing plan including your brand, an Internet presence, and what is needed in a social media plan. 

Session 5  – Before the Book is Written: This blueprint for action includes addressing the same questions traditional publishers ask – who is your target market, how will you reach them, what is your core message, and more. Come learn the questions any good author must answer and then how indie authors address them.

Paid Critiques – Non-fiction: Most Genres. Children/YA:  Articles, Memoir, Nonfiction Books, Short Stories

Editorial Needs –  Non-fiction: Most Genres. Fiction: Most Genres. Children/YA:  Biographies, Chapter books, Devotionals, Drama, Early Readers, Graphic Novels, Memoir, Middle Grade Fiction, Nonfiction Books, Novels, Picture Books, Short Stories, Tweens Fiction, Older Teens/YA Fiction

EABooks Publishing is an ebook, short run print on demand, and audiobook partner for authors looking for a way to keep more of their profits and to capitalize on the growing do-it-yourself, Partnership Publishing model. EABooks does all of the technical and behind the scenes work so authors can focus on what they do best—writing. Whether an author wants an ebook on a Kindle, a few print copies to sell to family and make  available on Amazon, or an audiobook for iTunes, we are the premier partner in making those dreams come true.

We also offer editing, illustrating, and marketing services.

EABooks specializes in:

Catherine DeVries
Catherine DeVriesStorytime
Publisher, Children’s Resources

David C. Cook
Representative, Power for Living

Catherine has spent over 20 years in Christian publishing. She was recently promoted Publisher over children’s resources (books and curriculum) at David C. Cook. She is the author of Storytime: a 52-week Bible Storybook for Families, Let’s Learn About the Lord’s Prayer, and Let’s Learn About Psalm 23. 

Workshop – How to Get a Publisher to Notice Your Children’s Book Proposal (Thursday, 1G)
Sometimes the hardest part about getting a book off the ground Is making that initial contact with the publisher. Find out what publishers look for in a proposal, along with tips for what to avoid.

Editorial Needs – Non-fiction: Articles, Poetry. Children/YA: Activity Books, Devotionals, Picture Books. 

Looking for devotionals for children ages 6-10 and ages 12-15 (David C Cook Children’s Resources). Looking for illustrators of children’s books. For Power for Living quarterly publication looking for poetry and writers of feature articles. Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.

Scoti Domeij
Acquisitions Editor, Blackside Publishing
Director, Springs Writers

?Scoti has held various responsibilities with ten traditional publishers, including author; editor; senior research assistant; copywriter; marketing director; and production, art, and design coordinator. As Director of Springs Writers, which offers monthly conference-quality workshops and bi-annual writing boot camps, Scoti’s passion is to help writers hone their skills, pursue their passion, and publish the story God embedded in their hearts.

She has published over 400 articles in such diverse periodicals as The New York Times, Southwest Art, School Daze, Sam Journal, Contemporary Christian Music, Focus on the Family magazine and other parenting magazines. She contributed to Violence of Action: The Untold Stories of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the War on Terror (Blackside Concepts), Love is a Verb and Heaven Touching Earth (Bethany House), Christmas Miracles (St. Martin’s Press), Extraordinary Answers to Prayer: In Times of Change (Guideposts), and The Mommy Diaries: Finding Yourself in the Daily Adventure (Revell). She authored Bible Heroes (Rainbow Publishers) and co-authored Wrong Way, Jonah (Harvest House Publishers) with Kay Arthur. 

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 solder in American history to be killed in action. As a result of her loss, God opened the door for Scoti to become the Acquisitions Editor 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. 

Continuing Session – Secrets of a Winning Book Proposal - How-to . . . Step-by-Step (fiction and nonfiction)
Are you writing memoir, self-help, nonfiction, or fiction, but wonder how to write a book proposal? Whether your book is an idea, rough draft, or completed, writing a book proposal provides the key to attract agents or publishers or sell to readers if self-publishing. Clear away the dread and fear.

This “show, don’t tell” continuing session will give you the confidence to write a winning proposal. Scoti will walk you step-by-step through the how-to’s for each section: From selling the sizzle, the title, opening and hook; to sizing up the target readers, the competition and the statistics; to laying your heart on the line, your expertise, bio, and platform. From pitching your book’s special features and back matter to your platform to your marketing plan. From nonfiction templates for the 1-2 paragraph description and unique selling proposition to fiction templates for a one-page summary or longer plot synopsis templates. You can write the perfect package. Those who attend this continuing session will receive book proposal templates, diagnostic checklists, sample foreword and endorsement query letter, and a how to analyze your target audience worksheet. 

Editorial Needs – Non-Fiction: Most genres, Anthologies, Military/Veteran/Gold Star. Fiction: Any Genre, Military-themed.

Blackside Publishing is passionate about supporting the veteran and Gold Star Family communities and their causes. Our guiding principle? Great stories impact the audience, improve lives and help bridge the military-civilian gap. We accept and review unsolicited, completed manuscripts, as well as agented submissions. We will not accept or review a project based on a query only.

Fiction: We will consider nearly all styles and genres of fiction.

Children/Youth/Adult Nonfiction and Anthologies: We will consider all types of well-planned and developed nonfiction books.

Children, Middle Grade Readers (ages 8-13) and Teen Books (ages 12 and up): We will consider picture books, story books, middle grade chapter books, and young adult titles. For middle grade and YA titles, you must submit a completed manuscript as well as a one-page synopsis of the book. If you submit a children’s book you’ve illustrated, please include copies of your illustrations, but keep in mind that if we accept your manuscript, we may decide to choose our own illustrator. Fiction manuscripts for preteens and teens should contain believable characters with real-life appeal; contemporary issues woven into a strong plot; and circumstances with which tweens and teens identify. Click here for writer’s guidelines.

Debbie Hardy
Debbie HardyFree to Be Fabulous
Representative, ChristianDevotions.us
Author, Speaker
Queen of Resilence

Debbie is the Queen of Resilience and the author of three books: Stepping Through Cancer, A Guide for the Journey; Free to Be Fabulous: 100 Ways to Look and Feel Younger at 40, 50, and Beyond; and How to Write a Book AND Get it Published. She has also published devotions and contributed to anthologies. A Colorado resident and accomplished pianist, Debbie is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, National Speakers Association of Colorado, and several writers groups where she mentors aspiring authors. Her positive outlook and joy in Christ have helped her transition from corporate America to writing, speaking, encouraging others, and teaching at writers’ conferences, retreats, and other events

Early Bird Workshop – Pitching to Agents, Publishers, and TV/Radio Producers (Wednesday, E12, 4:15 – 5:45)
What is a pitch and how do you make one? Learn what to say, how to say it, and who your audience really is when you’re talking with an agent, publisher, or television/radio producer. We’ll work on your pitch and how to get their attention at your conference appointments and after you go home.

Workshop – Say It with Humor (Friday – 4G)
A touch of humor can help you get your message accross in a fun and memorable way. Learn the benefits of using humor, where to find it, and how to incorporate it in your writing and speaking. (Teaching for Twila Belk)

Paid Critiques – Non-Fiction: Humor, Inspirational, Memoir, Personal Experience, Women’s Interests

Editorial Needs  –  Non-Fiction: Devotionals

ChristianDevotions.us welcomes submissions from published authors, seasoned writers, and aspiring writers. For guidelines and helpful writing tips, click here.

Rowena Kuo
Rowena Kuo
Managing Editor, Brimstone Fiction
Acquisitions Editor & Editorial Director, General Fiction
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Development Executive Producer, LPC Media Group
Author, Screenwriter, Production Manager
Rowena Kuo, Ink

With a heart for unpublished writers, Rowena considers each and every manuscript deposited into her acquisitions box a potential means of ministry. Regardless of the stage within which a particular piece presents itself, the author's voice resounds, unique in timbre and impact. Rowena's goal is to listen for that voice, fine-tune it, and then reverberate it to a world desperate to hear it. Although focusing on fiction, Rowena will also consider non-fiction submissions for LPC. 

As a Development Executive for the 168 Write of Passage Short Screenplay Competition, Rowena discovered a passion for connecting writers and movie makers in a cooperative venture for faith-based film production. She is a screenwriter, producer, and director who recognizes the budget restraints of today’s film industry and is seeking individuals with talent, creativity, and innovation to build a professional community within which an artistic dream can become a successful reality. From concept to actuality, Rowena and LPC Media Group will partner with you to bring the story written on the page to life upon the screen.

With over 15 years of ministering to children, youth groups, young adults, and now women and family groups, Rowena advocates for writers to build God-centered support systems consisting of people, perseverance, practice, and most of all, prayer. When not editing, Rowena is a full-time wife and mom.

Early Bird Workshop – Adapt Your Story into a Screenplay (Wednesday, E19, 4:15 – 5:45)
A step by step formula for adapting either a full-length novel into a 2-hour screenplay or a short story into a 15-minute film. Learn what essential elements a screenwriter should incorporate to interest potential producers.

Workshop – Firsts (Thursday, 2C)
 First sentence, first page, first chapter. This workshop focuses on how to capture your audience, apply these techniques to all your chapters, and instill loyalty in your readers to follow your story to the very end.

Workshop – Fantasy Genres . . . Where Do I Fit? (Friday, 4C)
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.

Workshop – Writing Epic Back Cover Copy (Saturday, 5E)
Whether you draw readers to your own book or if you specialize in writing copy for others, this workshop focuses on the top 10 elements incorporated into the back cover copy of bestselling books. Don't plan to write your own back cover copy? Then use these elements in your one-minute elevator pitch. 

Paid Critiques – Fiction: Contemporary, Contemporary Suspense, Crime/Mystery, Fantasy, Futuristic, Historical, Legal/Political Thrillers, Science Fiction, Southern, Speculative, Suspense, Suspense and Thriller, Thriller/Mystery, Thriller/Supernatural, Women’s Fiction. Children/YA: Older Teens/YA Fiction.  Other: Screenplays

Editorial Needs – Fiction: Contemporary, Contemporary Suspense, Crime/Mystery, Fantasy, Futuristic, Historical, Legal/Political Thrillers, Science Fiction, Southern, Speculative, Suspense, Suspense and Thriller, Thriller/Mystery, Thriller/Supernatural, Women’s Fiction. Children/YA: Older Teens/YA Fiction.  Other: Screenplays. 

Sherri Langton

Sherri Langton
Freelance Writer
Associate Editor, Bible Advocate
and Now What? e-zine

Sherri is the associate editor of the Bible Advocate magazine and Now What? e-zine. She has worked over 25 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!, and Understanding Depression and Suicide: Hope in the Darkness. In addition, she teaches worrkshops at several Christian writers conferences. Sherri lives in Denver, Colorado, where she has played drums and percussion at her church for over 35 years.

Workshop – The Literature of Personal Disaster (Saturday – 5D)
Is a story good just because it relates a horrific event? Why we write about tragedy and how to make it real to the reader as well as redemptive.

Paid Critiques – NonFiction:  Articles, Christian Living, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Family/Parenting, Inspirational, Personal Experience, Spiritual Growth

Editorial Needs  Non-Fiction:  Articles, Christian Living, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Personal Experience, Poetry, Spiritual Growth. Click here for the recently updated  guidelines for writers.

Catherine Lawton
Catherine Lawton      Not new. I missed adding her. sad
Publisher, Editor
Cladach Publishing

Catherine founded Cladach Publishing 15 years ago. Cladach is a small royalty press that produces and distributes 2-3 new titles (fiction and nonfiction) per year and currently has 30 titles in print. Cladach publishes trade paperbacks, ebooks, and some audio books. This family company includes Cathy, her husband, Larry, and their daughter, and they wear all the hats of publisher, editor, design, marketing, sales, and fulfillment. With a BA in English and training in music, Cathy has worked as a substitute teacher in public schools, a private piano teacher, a freelance writer and editor, and has herself authored 3 published books.

Workshop – A Writer’s Checklist (Thursday – 3B)
Why settle for so-so writing when you can make it shine? Learn how to be your own best editor. With the help of this checklist, you can take your work to a new level. (Teaching for Twila Belk)

Paid Critiques - Nonfiction books; nonfiction book proposals; women’s issues, women’s lit, devotionals, memoir, inspiration; biblical fiction; contemporary fiction; historical fiction; issues fiction; literary fiction 

Editorial Needs - As a small publisher, we’re willing to try books that don’t “fit the mold.” We generally do not accept sermons, daily devotionals, or youth books. We consider 1- to 2-page queries for fiction and nonfiction (that show Creator/Redeemer God actively working in this world and that help readers experience His presence and power). We are seeking credible, connected, creative authors with manuscripts in these categories:

1. Fiction - most genres and literary fiction. We’re very selective.

2. Memoir - mostly international memoirs by authors with platforms.

3. Nature Writing - We seek authors with a combination of expertise, field experience, and ministry involvement. Writing that explores the depths of our relationships with - and need for - each other, God, and His creation.)

Peruse our website to see what titles/authors we are publishing and check out the brief guidelines on our author page: http://cladach.com/authors/.

Note from Marlene: I encourage you to subscribe to Catherine’s blog, “The View from This Publisher’s Shore,” at http://cladach.com/blog/

Gloria Penwell
Gloria Penwell 
AMG Publishers

Gloria’s expertise and love of the writing world comes from years of traveling with her husband, Dan. Together they attended hundreds of writers’ conferences while Dan was Acquisitions Editor at AMG Publishing. Gloria is the CLASS Christian Writers Conference Assistant Director. She is an incredible encourager and understands what the writing life is about. Gloria will be representing AMG Publishers.

Workshop – Dynamite Bible Studies that Can Change the World (Friday, 3D) 
Learn the essentials of presentation, explication, elaboration, and application. You’ll also discover the denominations who need small group Bible studies.

Paid Critiques – Non-Fiction:  Academic, Apologetics, Anthologies, Bible Studies

Editorial Needs – Non-Fiction:  Academic, Apologetics, Anthologies, Bible Studies.

AMG’s focus is on books that:
 - Help the reader get into the Bible, directly or indirectly.
 - Facilitate confrontation and interaction with Scripture toward a positive change in thought or action.
 - Give a hunger to studying, understanding, and applying Scripture.
 - Encourage and facilitate one’s personal growth in such areas as personal devotion and a skillful use of the Bible.

We have a broad interest in biblically oriented books including: biblical reference, applied theology and apologetics, Bible study books, women/men/family issues, single/divorce Issues, contemporary issues, (unique) devotionals, inspirational, and prayer. Our interests do not include fiction, poetry, personal-experience stories, and autobiographical stories. Click here for guidelines.

Chris Richards
Chris RichardsShattered Trust
Young Adult Managing Editor
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Chris is the Young Adult Managing Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She has been writing all her life for both herself and others. In her debut novel, Shattered Trust, she combines her years as a police and Army wife with her belief anything is possible if people work together to fulfill God’s will for their lives. Several of her short stories have appeared in anthologies including “Steps to the Abbey” in Whitby Abbey – Pure Inspiration published by English Heritage and “New Matters” in Lift As You Climb published by Regal Innovations.

Chris is the founder of WAY – Words and Youth, conferences for teenage writers. These quarterly events encourage young writers and help them build a writing community among their peers.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Words for the Journey, Colorado Independent Publishers Association, and Writers on the Rock. When speaking at conferences and for writers groups she includes the craft of writing and getting published as well as the importance of writing the message on an author’s heart to share with readers.

Her hobbies include photography, reading, needlework, and experimenting with painting and drawing. She likes to spend time with her family traveling throughout her home state of Colorado as well as exploring the rest of the United States and other countries as she searches for story ideas and characters.

Chris’ passion is to encourage and uplift others, especially writers and military/paramilitary spouses.

Early Bird Workshop – Building Characters Inside or Out (Wednesday, E4, 1:00 – 2:00)
Characters can be built from the outside in or the inside out. Which method builds the right characters for your story? We will spend part of the class building different characters for the participants’ works in progress. 

Teens Write – Building Characters Inside or Out (Saturday, 11:00 – 11:40)

Paid Critiques – Fiction:  All Genres. Children/YA: Chapter Books, Middle Grade Fiction, Novels, Tweens Fiction, Older Teens/YA Fiction.

Editorial Needs – Children/YA: Middle Grade Fiction, Novels, Tweens Fiction, Older Teens/YA Fiction

Looking for well written stories to entertain and encourage both middle school and teen readers.

Sheila Seifert
Sheila SeifertKidventures
Director of Parenting Content
Thriving Family published by Focus on the Family
Freelance Writer, Author
Founder, SimpleLiterature.com

Sheila is the director of parenting content for Thriving Family, a marriage and parenting magazine published by Focus on the Family, and FocusOnTheFamily.com. She has co-written over 20 books, has had over 1,000 freelance sales, and has had a script air on PBS. She is the founder of SimpleLiterature.com and has taught writing, literature, and reading at the university level. Her most recent children’s book, Kidventures: Stories of Courage and Hope, was coauthored with Jeanne Dennis and releases May 2016.

Early Bird Workshop – Writing Creative Nonfiction for Kids (Wednesday, E10, 2:15 – 3:15)
Learn how to use fiction techniques to bring Bible and other true stories to life. Don’t get caught being boring as you write for elementary school children!

Workshop – Parenting Features Editors Love (Thursday, 2G)
Get insider information from an active parenting editor that will help you write better parenting feature articles — from anecdotal openings to the final reader take-away.

Paid Critiques – Non-Fiction: Most Genres, Articles, Christian Living, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Devotionals Family/Parenting, Inspirational, Personal Experience, Prayer. 

Editorial Needs – Non-Fiction: Articles, Christian Living, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Personal Experience, Spiritual Growth, Family and Parenting. 

Linda Evans Shepard
Linda Evans Shepherd Called to Pray

Author, Speaker - www.sheppro.com
Publisher, Jubilant Press and Leading Hearts Magazine
President, Right to the Heart Ministries
Founder & Director, Advanced Writers & Speakers Assc. (AWSA)

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 45,000 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 350 Christian women authors and speakers in the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) that she founded and directs.

Early Bird Workshop – Creating a Nonfiction Book from the Ground Up (Wednesday, E6, 1:00 - 3:30)
This multiple-winning nonfiction author will show you how to find and develop a topic you can market not only to a publisher, but to readers. She’ll show you the secret to how to organize the book, so you can write it faster than you ever dreamed possible.  Expect to come out of this workshop motivated with ideas, a title, and a book outline as you learn how to take the mystery out of writing a nonfiction book. Plus, explore the reason you need to write with purpose, passion, and speed.

Workshop – Create Your Own eMagazine (Saturday, 5G)
Reach mass audiences by learning how to create a magazine (or apazine) that can be featured in the Apple bookstore and beyond.

Paid Critiques  Nonfiction: Most Genres, Articles, Bible Studies, Books, Christian Living, Christian Education/Curriculum, Christian Ministry/Leadership, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Devotionals, Evangelism, Family/Parenting, Gift Books, Health, Humor, Inspirational, Marriage, Memoir, Personal Experience, Prayer, Profiles, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Women’s Interests. Fiction: All Genres except Crime/Mystery, Fantasy, and Thriller/Supernatural. Children/YA:  All Genres except Biographies, Early Readers, and Graphic Novels. Other: Blogging, Humor, Marketing Plans, Skits, Plays, Puppet Scripts, Screenplays, Website Evaluation.

Editorial Needs  Non-Fiction: Articles, Women’s Interests.

Andrea Sims

Andrea Sims Ph.D.       
Publisher, Editor
Third Chapter Press
TerraCotta Publishing, FirstPage Press
Author, Teacher, Researcher, Artist

Cancelled - Andrea is presently not considering manuscripts because she is focused on three of her own books she has committed to finish this year. Therefore, she has asked to come as a conferee (rather than as a faculty member) because of “the value I know I’ll receive from attending workshops.”

One of Andrea’s favorite new words is “zooming” which is defined by Seth Godin in his book Small is the New Big (2006) as “stretching your limits without threatening your foundation.” Some of her stretchings were by choice; others were orchestrated by the Lord she loves. All of them have worked together to put her on the path of accomplishing His will and purpose for her life. She makes her home in the Denver, Colorado, area but travels from coast to coast visiting friends and authors and her ever-growing family of “grands” and “greats.”

Andrea’s current personal writing projects are: Morning Page of an Impostor (to be published in 2016) and The Courage to Teach Learning (to be published in early 2017). She was the ghostwriter for Our Southern Breeze (2011). Daphene Jones, whose story she wrote, is the twin sister of “Miss Debbie” in Same Kind of Different as Me—a New York Times bestseller and soon to be released movie. Our Southern Breeze tells the rest of the story about how God intervened and changed the course of these amazing twin girls’ lives . . . and many others, besides.

Early Bird Workshop – Writing Creative Nonfiction (Wednesday, E12, 4:15 – 5:45) – Will be taught by Judith Couchman
Move from telling to showing! Come and explore how to use the elements of compelling fiction while writing accurately and truthfully.

Workshop – Morning Pages of the Imposter (Thursday, 1A) – Cancelled
Overcome imposter fears by learning to write morning pages that will help you discover truths regarding your identity as a believing believer.

Editorial Interests for 2017: (Andrea is reserving 2016 to complete three books she is working on.)

Third Chapter Press accepts nonfiction manuscripts with a clear spiritual focus.

TerraCotta Publishing accepts literary fiction, creative and academic works that are not specifically Christian but morally and ethically in line with Scripture. 

FirstPage Press accepts children’s books of all kinds (picture books, early readers, adolescent literature, etc.). [www.firstpagepress.com – under construction]

Erin Thibeau
Erin Thibeau
Editorial Assistant

The Salvation Army National Publications
Crest Books, War Cry magazine
Word & Deed journal

Erin has worked in editorial positions at a number of publications over the years and currently serves as the editorial assistant in the publications division of the Salvation Army National Headquarters. She reviews submissions and contributes, edits, and shapes content for War Cry magazine. She also manages editorial and production for Crest Books, the imprint of the Salvation Army National Headquarters, and Word & Deed, a bi-annual journal of Salvation Army theology and ministry.

Editorial Needs  NonFiction: Apologetics, Biographies, Christian Living, Evangelism, Family/Parenting, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth. Fiction: Contemporary, Issues Fiction. 

War Cry magazine welcomes submissions of short stories on the intersection of faith and life; discipleship articles pertinent to the times and the culture; articles on programs/organizations/ministries that demonstrate faith in action, especially involving The Salvation Army; testimonials and profiles of high-profile individuals who have come to Christ and/or serve Him; profiles of Salvation Army programs at the local level or individuals transformed through ministry of The Salvation Army; features on the historic Christian faith, particularly pertaining to the Wesleyan holiness tradition; articles deciphering cultural trends and ideas in light of Christian belief and principles; and holiday focused submissions. Click here  for War Cry’s submission guidelines for writers.

Young Salvationist magazine provides young adults with biblically based guidance, inspiration and resources for developing their walk with Christ within the context of The Salvation Army. YS also seeks to educate young people about Salvation Army history, tradition, belief, and practice. Click here for YS's submission guidelines for writers.

Bill Watkins
Bill WatkinsThe New Absolutes
Senior Editor
BroadStreet Publishing Group
President, Literary Solutions

Bill is the senior editor at BroadStreet Publishing Group and president of Literary Solutions. A long-time writer, editor, mentor, consultant, teacher, and speaker, Bill is the author of 7 books including The New Absolutes, 25 study guides, and about 180 other pieces of writing. He is married and has 7 adult children and 6 grandchildren. He enjoys reading, movies, deep conversations, dating his wife, playing with his grandkids, and teaching every chance he gets.

Keynote – Issues Writing that Matters (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)
Be encouraged to tackle tough subjects in persuasive and beneficial ways.

Continuing Session – Addressing the Issues, Answering Christianity’s Critics (Thursday 4:45 – 5:45)
Antagonism toward the Christian faith and believers is at a new high in American culture. Find out how you can answer Christianity’s critics and win their respect in the process.

Paid Critiques – Non-Fiction: Academic, Apologetics, Book Proposals, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Spiritual Growth, History.

Editorial Needs – Non-Fiction: Most Genres, Apologetics, Bible Studies, Biographies, Books, Book Proposals, Christian Living, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Devotionals, Family/Parenting, Gift Books, Health, Humor, Inspirational, Marriage, Personal Experience, Prayer, Spiritual Growth, Women’s Interests.

N Paul Williams
N. Paul Williams    Not new. I missed adding him.  sad 
Representative, OtherSheep imprint
Co-founder, Square Peg Society

N. Paul Williams is the author of the Christian horror novel, Ripper Grimm, party-to-blame for the disastrous novella, Unpublishable: The Book Isn’t Always Better, co-founder of the Square Peg Society, and current designer of a role playing game Bible study designed to help people deal with their issues before their issues deal with them. Driven by his passion to see others know Jesus on a deeper level, he combines unconventional thinking with creative applications to hep people deal with their issues before their issues deal with them. He lives in Colorado with his beautiful wife and two precious sons.

Continuing Session – Addressing the Issues (Friday 4:00 – 4:30)
The best way to undermine the simple potency of the answer is to befuddle, obfuscate, and otherwise thoroughly confuse the question. Deep answers become shallow platitudes when the question is ignored. And it is only in the desperate throes of a question that Jesus can be fully known as the Answer. The best weapon in our arsenal is not always the “right answer” but rather the “better question.” Sometimes, the right answer is enough to make the answer as obvious as words written on a billboard.?

Paid Critiques - Bible studies, action/adventure, speculative fiction, supernatural thriller, suspense, suspense and thriller

Editorial Needs - OtherSheep is a new magazine and book imprint from Written World Communications aimed at the Christian market. Taking John 10:16 as our basis (I have other sheep not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.), we speak to the “Other Sheep” – those Christians who maybe don’t quite follow the beaten path, who live their faith in new and exciting ways.

We are looking for fiction, anecdotes, and articles that are edgy and exciting. Show us how you live your faith, give us a story with a Christian worldview that is completely unexpected. (Yes, this IS the publication for that Christian zombie story you have rattling around.) Make us laugh, make us think. We want you to challenge us with your work.