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
Web Site: http://www.gardner-literary.com
Kristy Cambron is a literary agent with Gardner Literary, representing fiction and nonfiction in the Christian market. She is a Christy Award-winning author with a diverse background in published works including historical fiction, Bible studies, Bibles, a Bible study journal, and a gift book anthology. She's also served as a Women's Ministry Leader for one of the nation's largest churches and prior to the decade of experience she has in publishing, spent fifteen years in leadership development for a Fortune 100 corporation, partnering with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup. Kristy has a background in art and design, with an undergraduate degree in art history and research writing. She has a heart to help the aspiring author and is looking for strong writers whose stories fall at the intersection of faith, art, and history. She's a wife and a mom of boys living in the Hoosier state, and loves talking all things sports, travel, art, history, and classic books.
Currently Seeking: Currently seeking:
Contemporary women's fiction
Suspense and romantic suspense
Historical and historical romance
YA and YA fantasy (including steampunk and fairy tale retellings with a unique approach)
NOT looking at children's or middle grade, poetry, cookbooks, memoir (except WWII focus), adult fantasy, sci-fi, or literary fiction
*Also looking at nonfiction for the Christian market.
If you're a debut author, your manuscript should be complete if you're seeking representation. In our meeting, I'd like to see a one-sheet with your author platform and a story summary, 5-10 pages of your completed manuscript, and marketing information that shows you've researched the market for your genre. I'd like for us to have a conversation about your story instead of hearing a prepared pitch. (You'll wow me if your one-sheet is an infographic and the first pages of your manuscript really shine!)
If you're not yet ready to seek representation, I'd still be happy to talk about where you are in your author journey.
Organization: Three Seas Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.threeseasagency.com
From the moment Michelle Grajkowski first opened the doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000, she has been living her dream. (What could be better than surrounding yourself with amazing authors and their exciting and imaginative books?) Since then, her agency has sold almost 700 books to all the major publishing houses, and has grown from one agent to three! Michelle’s client list includes New York Times Bestselling Authors Kerrelyn Sparks, Katie MacAlister, C.L. Wilson and Cathy McDavid. She primarily represents romance, women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction along with select non-fiction projects with a terrific message. She is currently looking for fantastic writers with a voice of their own. When not curled up with a great manuscript, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, children and her two silly puppies, Libby and Gizmo.
Currently Seeking: Looking for all sub genres of romance, women's fiction and young adult. I also am interested in historical fiction and select nonfiction projects, specifically self help, fitness and family issues.
I prefer not to take anything with me from the conference, so attendees can just bring a great pitch, samples of published books and a smile.
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.