The opportunity to have personal appointments with Editors and Agents is a valuable highlight of the conference. These provide a great way to learn first-hand about the writing industry, to pitch your manuscript or work-in-progress, and to brainstorm ideas, get encouragement, and benefit from industry professionals.
All appointments are available on a first pay, first slotted basis. Appointments will be scheduled by the Conference Appointment Coordinator, Casey Miller. Appointments will be scheduled the week prior to conference, so if you want an appointment, please register by August 27, 2021! All times are CDT for the virtual conference. You will select multiple choices for your appointment needs when you register for the conference. You will be sent your appointment information a week prior to the virtual conference so that, if requested by the person you have an appointment with, you may submit documents to Casey, who will ensure the information is passed along to the correct person.
One of the most valuable connecting points at the ACFW conference is the opportunity for editor appointments. So many authors, so little time. In these appointments, an editor will quickly assess “Is this a storyline that interests me? Does this author demonstrate knowledge of the craft and of the Christian fiction industry? Is this worth exploring further?”
Organization: WordServe Literary Group
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.wordserveliterary.com
Sarah Joy Freese is a literary agent with WordServe Literary. She loves reading through queries, working with her authors on various proposals, and attending writing conferences to meet new excellent writers. Sarah especially enjoys working with authors to make their manuscripts even stronger. Sarah received her bachelor's degree in English and communication from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also has an MA (emphasis in creative writing) and an MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sarah is married and enjoying life with her husband, sons, daughter, and dog, Jewell. When she is not working, Sarah enjoys crocheting, watching NCIS and Grey's Anatomy, and playing Euchre.
Currently Seeking: Contemporary Romance, historical romance, historical, contemporary women's fiction, suspense, memoir, narrative non-fiction, and marriage/family/parenting from bloggers with a large platform.
Not interested in poetry.
If you are scheduled an appointment with Sarah, please submit a synopsis and the first chapter a week prior.
Organization: Hartline Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.hartlineliterary.com/
Linda is an author and agent with Hartline Literary Agency. Having served in the Air Force at a time when it wasn’t exactly politically correct for a woman, she blazed many firsts for women in the military. She has taught karate and self-defense for thirty years and was a National instructor and referee for the largest soccer youth group in the US for twenty-five years. She isn’t afraid to try something new. Before joining Hartline, Linda was a reviewer for online romance sites, a final proofreader for a publisher, and organized and ran two separate writers’ groups. She worked for two years as an editorial assistant to Terry Burns at Hartline. Linda is also an author, so she understands authors. She’s a member of ACFW, AWSA, and numerous other writers’ groups. She presents nationally each year at conferences, teas, churches, workshops, and various other venues. She’s also active on social media. Linda loves to laugh and make other people laugh. There is definitely healing and joy in laughter.
Currently Seeking: Romance, romantic suspense, historical fiction. Also nonfiction with a strong social media presence.
Not seeking children's or speculative fiction.
A manuscript must be complete before submitting to me for consideration if you are a new author. At the meeting, all you need is a smile and well thought out pitch that will hook and pull me in. If your work isn't finished, feel free to make the appointment and maybe we can brainstorm!
If you are scheduled an appointment with Linda, please submit the first page of your novel.
Organization: Seymour Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.theseymouragency.com/
Julie Gwinn, currently a literary agent with The Seymour Agency, has more than a decade in Christian publishing including serving as marketing manager then Fiction Publisher for B&H Publishing Group and Marketing Manager for Abingdon Press. Prior to joining the publishing industry, Gwinn has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing and public relations. She uses her previous experience to aid her authors at every phase of their publishing plan. She lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband and two children and also enjoys freelance editing, and DIY projects around the house.
Currently Seeking: I am looking to acquire:
Mystery, Suspense or Thriller
Would like to see authors who have a complete or near completed manuscript.
Tamela Hancock Murray
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.stevelaube.com/
Tamela Hancock Murray has been a literary agent since 2001. She was named Agent of the Year in 2017 by ACFW. She is a bestselling author of over thirty novels, novellas, and nonfiction books, and won an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Because of her experience, Tamela brings the perspective of a working writer to her role as a literary agent. She represents many top authors and continues to develop new talent. She earned her BA with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College (now University) in Virginia. Today she enjoys living in Northern Virginia with her own knight in shining armor. They are the parents of two lovely, all-grown-up princesses. When not focused on her passion for being a literary agent, Tamela enjoys cooking, particularly with her mother's vintage 1970s harvest gold crockpot. She's always on the lookout for new recipes. As the aromas of dinner waft through the castle, Tamela loves reading all sorts of amazing books.
Currently Seeking: As always, Tamela is looking for all types of Christian romance. She also enjoys other types of excellent Christian fiction that is polished to a brilliant sheen. If you also write nonfiction and have a great platform, Tamela is interested in talking with you.
NOT SEEKING: Children's, YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Tamela enjoys talking with writers at all levels, so feel free to meet with her regardless of where you are in your publishing career.
If you are scheduled an appointment with Tamela, please submit a one-sheet prior to the appointment.
Organization: Books & Such Literary Management
Web Site: http://Books%20&%20Such%20Literary%20Management
Books and Such Literary agent Barb Roose loves partnering with aspiring and established authors to achieve their publishing career goals in Christian publishing. With experience as an award-winning pharmaceutical sales representative and executive leader in the megachurch environment, Barb embraces the challenges and opportunities that agenting offers. As an author, Barb understands the tensions and triumphs embedded in the publishing process. Her heartbeat is helping others achieve their goals as well as increasing representation and publishing opportunities for people of color. She lives in NW Ohio and is the proud mother of three strong adult daughters, including an army commander, pre-school teacher and soon-to-be nurse. Barb loves reading, taking long walks and whenever possible, Barb prefers to eat dessert first.
Currently Seeking: Currently Seeking:
NON-FICTION: Women’s Issues, Christian Living Issues, Devotionals, Race & Culture, Memoirs, Narrative Nonfiction. (CBA only)
FICTION: Women’s, Romantic Suspense, Suspense/Thriller, Historical, Romance, Legal and Family Issues. (CBA only)
Not seeking: Fantasy, cookbooks, sci-fi, YA books, poetry, children’s or picture books.