Dawn Anderson, Discovery House. A division of Our Daily Bread Ministries, Discovery House produces nonfiction books and related products that foster growth and godliness in the lives of God’s people. We are looking for Christian living titles that encourage readers to turn to the Bible for comfort and inspiration, that provide readers with fresh insight on Scripture, and that nurture faith. We’re also looking for popular-level reference books to interest and engage the whole family, and devotional books with a specific focus to satisfy readers’ spiritual thirst. No memoir, please. A one-sheet and writing sample are preferred for advance submissions. Nothing in print is needed for face-to-face appointments. If I’m interested, I’ll request that you send a full proposal with annotated table of contents and three sample chapters via email.
Sandra Barela, Celebrate Lit Publishing, is looking for manuscripts that are free of questionable language and sexual content. All manuscripts must reflect a Christian worldview. Full-length novels or novellas will be considered in the following genres: Amish, contemporary, mystery, suspense, historical, or fantasy, for adults, young adults, or children. (Romance may or may not be included.) No dystopian or sci-fi. For nonfiction: memoirs, devotionals, cookbooks, biographies, or autobiographies. Please provide the first two chapters of the manuscript plus a bio, short synopsis, long synopsis, and marketing plan.
Jessica Barnes, Bethany House Publishers, is looking for fiction only, especially historical, historical romance, contemporary romance, or romantic suspense. Open to fantasy and other genres. Not looking for nonfiction, poetry, young adult or children’s books, Amish fiction, or science fiction. Prefers to see a full proposal with detailed synopsis and up to three sample chapters. NOTE: Jessica will only be at the conference center on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning.
Misty M. Beller represents Wild Heart Books, which is looking for Christian historical romance of at least 50,000 words, ideally between 55,000-75,000 words. We prefer books set in the United States or Canada but will consider other locations. Our preferred time period ranges from 1700 to 1900, but we will consider earlier periods. Even if you don’t have a story to pitch, Misty is happy to answer questions about writing or marketing. She loves helping writers and talking books!
Kimberly Carlton, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is currently seeking contemporary and women’s fiction, minority voices, suspense, historical fiction with an intriguing hook. Not interested in seeing biblical fiction or Amish fiction.
Tamara Clymer, Cross River Media, is most interested in Bible study, devotionals, and Christian living. She prefers one-sheets, but if she is interested in your pitch, she would be happy to look at your proposal (including the first three chapters). You will need to have a clear marketing plan and audience description in addition to the other traditional elements. More information can be found at CrossRiverMedia.com.
Andrea Doering, Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, is looking for:
- Fiction genres except sci fi/fantasy, YA, children’s, cozy mystery, or historical.
- Nonfiction except teaching curriculum, children’s books, books aimed at pastors or church leadership.
Andrea would like to see proposals with a Table of Contents and sample chapters, plus author bio and a sense of the books you would compare this to (comparable titles). Please stay within the ten-page maximum for Manuscript Submissions. She will consider self-published titles. Andrea will be available only on Saturday afternoon, Sunday, and Monday until 4 pm.
Eva Marie Everson, Firefly Southern Fiction, is open to reviewing women’s fiction, Southern fiction, literary fiction, and works of nonfiction (such as memoir or Christian living). She is not open to Christian horror. She is happy to look at one-sheets, queries, and manuscripts (up to ten double-spaced pages, Times New Roman or equivalent, 12-font). Eva Marie will consider self-published books.
Renae Brumbaugh Green, Armonia Publishing, is looking for (previously unpublished) positive, hope-filled nonfiction that reaches the special needs community and their families, and uplifting fiction that includes a positive view of a special needs character. Please bring full proposal including evidence of writer’s platform. We are not accepting picture books at this time.
Deb Haggerty, Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., is interested in all genres of fiction for all ages.
Edwina Perkins, Harambee Press, is open to fiction, nonfiction, and YA by ethnic writers. Not looking for poetry, articles, or children’s books. She is willing to look at one-sheets, queries, and manuscripts (up to ten double-spaced pages, Times New Roman or equivalent, 12-point font). She will consider self-published books. Since Edwina also freelances, she can review the first ten pages of adult fiction in any genre.
Amy Simpson, Moody Publishing, is interested in considering nonfiction books aimed at evangelical readers. One-sheets, queries, and proposals are welcome. At minimum, proposals should include a summary of the book, annotated table of contents, author bio, target audience, list of comparable works, introduction, and one or two sample chapters. She is willing to consider previously self-published books. No fiction, poetry, anthology, scripts, or children’s books.
Susan K. Stewart, Elk Lake Publishing, is interested in nonfiction for all ages. No devotionals, memoirs (unless of a memorable personality), poetry, or Bible studies. Wants to see a one-sheet. Willing to consider self-published books.