Editorial Needs

If you're planning to send an advance manuscript submission to an agent or acquisitions editor for review, or if you want to meet with agents and editors during the course of the conference, review the information below to choose the ones who would be the best fit for you and your writing.

If you're not ready for an agent or publisher, send your advance submission to a freelance author for critique, and plan on meeting one-on-one with our freelance faculty members on the critique team. Click here to see their bios.

Agents

Diana Flegal, Hartline Literary, is currently looking for women's issue fiction, formula romance (including Amish), and suspense. For nonfiction, she is looking for writers with established platforms and titles addressing how Christians might thoughtfully engage in social issues, grow in their spiritual walk, and help others with issues they have successfully conquered.

Adria Goetz, Martin Literary Management, is currently accepting queries for picture books, middle grade, and young adult, as well as Lifestyle books, quirky gift books, Christian Living titles, and everything else under the Christian umbrella. Adria looks for books that delight readers, that help inspire wonder and imagination, that foster deep empathy and compassion for our fellow human beings, that provide rich character representation of marginalized people groups, that explore issues of faith and how to apply Christ’s teachings to our own life, that celebrate women and the female experience, that ask nitty gritty questions and don’t settle for easy answers, that make readers pee their pants laughing, that make people disappointed when they have to close the book and go to bed, and books that add a touch of magic to readers’ lives. Open to reviewing self-published titles.

Nick Harrison, WordServe Literary Agency, will look at adult fiction in all genres except speculative fiction. For nonfiction, he will look at self-help, spiritual growth, social issues, women’s books, men’s books, and personal-experience books if the lessons from the experience are applicable to a large segment of the population. Will pass on looking at children’s books, prophecy, poetry, and gift books.

Tawny Johnson, D.C. Jacobson and Associates, will look at nonfiction only: Christian Living, limited memoir, unique concepts, no children’s. She would like to see one-sheets. If she’s interested, she will request a proposal be sent after the conference.

Steve Laube is happy to take any submissions. Self-published books are fine.

Karen Neumair, Credo Communications, is acquiring thoughtful nonfiction in Christian Living, Spiritual Growth, and women’s interests such as family, parenting, marriage, or other contemporary issues. She is not acquiring memoir, children’s, fiction, or previously published works at this time. Please prepare a one-sheet with a brief description of the project’s premise and felt need, as well as an author bio that includes basic platform and promotion ideas.

Cynthia Ruchti, Books & Such Literary Management, is primarily looking for nonfiction projects and a very limited number of fiction projects. Nonfiction could include narrative nonfiction, Christian Living, devotionals, Bible studies--only new, not previously published works. Not looking for speculative/fantasy/allegory or children's picture books. She prefers a short description of the project plus one sample chapter. She is especially looking for writers who are aware of what Christian publishers expect, have done their research about what's already on the market in their genre, and who have a good grasp of what makes their projects appealing.

Traditional Book Publishers

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 EversonFirefly 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 GreenArmonia 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.

    Subsidy Publishers

    Athena Dean Holtz, Redemption Press, will review fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and Bible studies. A one-sheet, proposal, or manuscript sample is acceptable.

    Magazine Publishers

    B. J. Taylor, as representative for the Guideposts family of magazines, will review the following. (All stories should be approximately 1200 words or less.)

    Guideposts: nonfiction stories filled with hope and inspiration, particularly family relationships, forgiveness, and struggles that are resolved through faith. 
    Angels on Earth: true stories of feeling or seeing some type of angel in your life. 
    Mysterious Ways: true stories with an “aha” moment, something unexplainable, which the reader didn’t see coming. 
    All Creatures: true stories of creatures of all kinds and how they impact your life, think outside the usual dog and cat stories.

    B. J. Taylor will also help you with stories for Chicken Soup for the Soul, where the focus is on a true, slice-of-life event focused toward the title of one of their many books published each year. 

     

    Jesse Florea, Focus on the Family magazines, will provide feedback and direction on anything written for kids but is mainly looking for manuscripts for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. in the following categories:

    • Bible stories for three- to seven-year-olds. Fun, creative, and short (400 words or less).
    • Rebus stories for same age group with solid takeaway (200 words or less).
    • Poetry—fun, short (100 words or less), and interactive.
    • Personality stories of ordinary children (nine years or younger) doing something extraordinary with a faith angle (400 words or less).
    • Fiction—could be historic, animal, modern-day, sci-fi, or choose-your-own-adventure geared for kids three to seven (900 words or less).
    • Fiction—could be historic, animal, modern-day, sci-fi, or choose-your-own-adventure geared for kids eight to twelve (2,000 words or less).
    • Biblical archeology or apologetics stories for eight- to twelve-year olds for Truth Pursuer section of magazine(1,000 words or less). Stories must be insightful and fun. Take a heady subject and make it kid-like and engaging.
    • Personality stories of kids thirteen or younger with a faith angle (900 words or less).
    • Crafts or recipes geared toward holidays or specific times of year.
    • Quizzes—Could be multiple choice, True or False, arrow quiz, etc. (400 or 800 words). Use humor to engage and make your point.