Freelancer Specialties

If you're planning to send an advance manuscript submission to a freelancer for critique, or if you want to meet with freelance authors 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.

  • Allen Arnold is available to meet with writers to discuss how they can actively co-create with God. He will not be reviewing proposals or pages but can discuss how to enter into the art of writing stories from a place of one’s truer identity, intimacy with God, and imagination. Limited availability for appointments.

    Karen Ball will only be taking appointments with those who are in the Professional Writers Retreat Track.

    Joanne Bischof specializes in YA, fantasy, historical, historical romance, and contemporary romance.

    Lisa Bogart will critique devotions and nonfiction Christian living.

    Laura Christianson will help you transform your online presence. She can review your website or blog and suggest ways to improve its design/functionality. She can review a blog post you’ve written. Or you can brainstorm ideas with her for a free resource you’ll send to people who subscribe to your email list. Bring your conundrums about websites, blogs, social media, and email marketing to Laura! (NOTE: Laura has a limited number of appointment slots available. First come, first served!)

    Linda S. Clare is interested in reviewing memoir and other nonfiction, especially Christian living and devotionals. She can also review fiction, especially women’s fiction.

    Shannon Dittemore can critique almost anything, but her preferences lean toward YA, speculative, thriller, mystery, and detective.

    Xochitl E. Dixon will offer feedback on devotions (1,000 words or less), Contemporary Women’s flash fiction (1,000 words or less), and Contemporary Teen flash fiction (1,000 words or less).

    Susy Flory specializes in writing memoirs. 

    Lindsay Franklin will critique any genre of fiction, including speculative and YA. She will also critique devotionals.

    Jeanette Hanscome’s specialties are devotionals, memoir, and nonfiction. She can also look at fiction (contemporary or historical), middle grade, and YA (contemporary or historical), articles, queries, and short personal-experience stories. She is also available for brainstorming and for those who are trying to figure out where to begin or how to get back on track after taking a break from writing. She is not the person to go to for poetry, picture books, or fantasy.

    Kelly Harrel specializes in fiction, especially romance and inspirational.

    Christy Hoss specializes in concept editing and will critique romance, romantic suspense, romantic thrillers, children’s, middle grade, fiction and nonfiction. She will also look at book proposals, queries, and articles.

    Lissa Halls Johnson can critique story-related work including memoir, fiction, and nonfiction narrative. She can also give some guidance if you feel you need help figuring out the direction your work needs to take (i.e, brainstorming). 

    Jan Kern will critique general nonfiction for women or teen/young adult: sample chapters, book proposals, articles, article queries, spiritual formation, spirituality, general topical, personal experience, social issues, teen issues, family living, missions, or devotional.

    Sherry Kyle is willing to look at middle grade, women's contemporary fiction, and historical romance. 

    Lucinda Secrest McDowell will critique nonfiction books or articles, blogs, nonfiction book proposals, Bible studies, devotionals, speaker one-sheets, or memoir.

    Christi McGuire will critique nonfiction manuscripts of any genre.

    Susan Meissner can critique historical fiction, literary fiction, general-marketplace fiction, or women’s fiction.

    Paul Regnier will critique speculative fiction (especially sci-fi).

    Francine Rivers will not be reading writing samples for critique or meeting one-on-one with conferees. However, she will host a meal for lunches and dinners and will be happy to connect with conferees there.

    Pat J. Sikora can be most useful for writers who need a critique or are discouraged after being turned down by agents and publishers. She can help newer writers with editing, structure, organization, and mechanics. She critiques only nonfiction, specializing in Bible studies, theology, healing materials, caregiving, and small groups.

    Mick Silva is a former acquisitions editor specializing in memoir, personal narrative nonfiction, and Christian living. He also helps ministries, businesses, counselors, speakers, and novelists revise their visions and structure to increase readership through coaching and specific refinement.

    Sarah Sundin will critique historical fiction, historical romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction.

    Kay Strom will not be taking one-on-one appointments.

    Christine Tangvald will look at all genres of children’s writing for all ages (0-12), including fiction and nonfiction, picture books, magazines, articles, devotionals, poetry, and Sunday school take-home papers.

    Janet Thompson can critique Christian nonfiction including book chapters, proposals, articles, and blogs. She does not critique poems, magazine articles, or fiction.

    Julie Williams will critique Christian fiction, especially historical. She is also available for appointments to help format your manuscript.

    Jill Williamson is happy to critique any genre of fiction, though she specializes in young-adult and speculative fiction.

    Kathy Carlton Willis can brainstorm with you to help you discover the next steps needed to achieve your goals. Meet with her if you have questions on the non-writing side of the writing business. She can assist you with a business plan, a marketing plan, social networking goals, platform building ideas, and book proposal suggestions. She is available to critique your book proposals, Christian living books, devotionals, or Bible studies. She’ll also make sure you walk away with a grin on your face!

    Erin Taylor Young will critique fiction—any genre, but romance is her specialty.

    Ginny Yttrup is happy to critique all adult and YA fiction with the exception of science fiction. Also all nonfiction, articles, and devotionals. No children’s or middle-grade works.