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: Gardner Literary
Title: Literary Agent and Owner
Web Site: http://www.gardner-literary.com
Rachelle Gardner is a literary agent and owner of Gardner Literary, representing fiction and nonfiction. She has worked inside two publishing houses in sales, marketing, and editorial. Rachelle has been an agent for 14 years and currently represents an impressive list of about 50 authors with many bestsellers and award-winners among them. She is seeking fresh new voices at the intersection of faith and culture. .
Currently Seeking: Currently seeking:
Contemporary women's fiction
Suspense and thriller
Historical and historical romance
YA and YA fantasy including fairy tale retellings with a unique approach
NOT looking at adult fantasy, sci-fi, or literary fiction
*Looking at both general market and Christian fiction
*Also looking at non-fiction.
If you are a debut novelist, then in order for me to consider you for representation, your manuscript should be complete. In the meeting, I’d like to see the first 5-10 pages of your manuscript and a brief proposal or 1-sheet if you have one. More importantly, be able to talk about your book in a way that helps me understand it. Start with the genre and intended audience, then give me the pitch. Be able to tell me some other books yours might compare to. I look forward to meeting you!
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 bring 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.
Organization: Spencerhill Associates
Web Site: http://www.spencerhillassociates.com/
Ali Herring is an agent with Spencerhill Associates. Formerly a non-profit magazine associate editor and communications specialist, she got her start in publishing at an agency in the greater NYC metro area before joining Spencerhill in 2017. She's a graduate of Berry College with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and was honored to serve as valedictorian of her graduating class. Ali lives in metro Atlanta with her husband, three children, two dogs and four rescue cats (most of whom were adopted during the pandemic, with no regrets!). She represents authors of fiction in both the Christian and secular markets, and, much to her delight, those authors have dubbed themselves the "Spencerhill Ali-ens." This quirky moniker was the inspiration of Sharon Mondragon, whom Ali met and signed via an ACFW conference! You can find her on Twitter at @HerringAli.
Currently Seeking: Ali represents both Christian fiction and secular fiction, but does not represent non-fiction or memoir. In the Christian market, she's currently on the lookout for contemporary romance and romantic suspense (both category romance and single-title), women's fiction, and contemporary fiction. She's also interested in seeing some adventure fiction or supernatural fiction reminiscent of Frank Peretti and would be open to the "perfect" YA inspirational title, though she doesn't know what that looks like yet! Within the Christian market, she is not looking for historical romance, picture books, kidlit or middle grade, though on the secular market side, she represents all genres of kidlit, middle grade and YA, as well as romance (everything but historical), women's fiction and SFF.
I will be happy to look at complete and nearly complete manuscripts at the pitch sessions. However, to be considered for representation or to receive a request, the work must be complete. Please bring a copy of your query and the first three pages of chapter 1. If you wrote a prologue, please bring that in addition. (These are for us to reference only and not for me to keep.)
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Literary Agent and President
Web Site: http://www.stevelaube.com/
Steve Laube, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, is a 35 year veteran of the bookselling industry. He began his career in the bookselling arena and his store in Phoenix was named the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) store of the year in 1989. He then spent 11 years with Bethany House Publishers rising to the position of an editorial director. In 2002 he was named the AWSA Golden Scroll Editor of the Year. The next year he became a literary agent and in 2004 formed The Steve Laube Agency. In 2009 he was named the ACFW Agent of the Year. In 2013 he was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology.
Currently Seeking: All genres of fiction are welcome with the exception of most Children’s literature.
I would like to see writing sample and a proposal during an appointment. A “one sheet” is not sufficient because it doesn’t show me you can write
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.