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.

  • Bill Myers will not be critiquing advance submissions.

    Bob Saenz will look at Christian film scripts or ideas, family films, or TV shows reflecting both. He will also look at synopses and talk about books to be adapted for the screen. Maximum of ten pages.

    Brandilyn Collins will critique manuscripts in the suspense and contemporary genres.

    Christi McGuire will critique any nonfiction except memoir or fiction in the following genres: romance, women’s, YA, historical.

    Deb Gruelle is open to critiquing nonfiction or children’s book proposals and articles, one-sheets, queries, proposals, self-published books.

    Erin Taylor Young will review the first chapter of adult fiction, any genre, 10 pages max. She’ll also review proposals for fiction or narrative nonfiction, 10 pages max.

    Jeanette Hanscome will look at nonfiction, memoir, devotionals, fiction (no fantasy, sci-fi, horror, or other speculative genres), and middle grade. She can also critique articles, book proposals, personal-experience stories, and other short pieces, and is available for brainstorming and talking through ideas.

    Jill Osborne will critique fiction for all ages, devotionals for kids and teens, and magazine articles.

    Judy Gordon Morrow will review nonfiction, gift books, poetry, and children's projects, including self-published books. She prefers to see one-sheets and queries, accompanied by up to ten manuscript pages. She's also happy to give input on contemporary and historical fiction.

    Karen Ball will critique a proposal or first chapter for adult fiction manuscripts. Self-published books okay.

    Lindsay Franklin would love to review your fiction manuscript pages in any genre. She specializes in speculative and young adult fiction. She will look at devotions and nonfiction geared toward a young-adult audience.

    Ginny L. Yttrup will review fiction proposals, sample chapters, or short stories for all genres with the exception of science fiction. She’ll also review devotionals, articles, or Christian living proposals and sample chapters.

    Jan Kern is available to review nonfiction: a sample chapter (up to six pages reviewed), articles and article queries, and devotions. Self-published books are okay. Audiences include general, women, teen, and young adult. Genres she’ll review include: spiritual formation, general topical, personal experience, social issues, teen issues, family living, missions, and devotional.

    Janet McHenry will review nonfiction one-sheets, queries, proposals, and manuscripts up to ten pages total in the following genres: Christian living, memoir, gift books, Bible studies, meditations, and devotionals (open to other nonfiction too). Proposals should include all basic marketing elements and an annotated table of contents, with the intent of submission to a traditional publisher or agent. She could also review those elements for children's books, but not adult fiction. 

    Jill Williamson is best with young-adult genres and/or speculative genres (fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, etc.). She is happy to provide feedback on writing samples, synopses, query letters, and one-sheets. If you are taking the Teen Track, please submit no more than ten pages, double-spaced.

    Joseph Bentz will read nonfiction book proposals, fiction book proposals, and nonfiction articles. He does not critique children’s books.

    Kay Marshall Strom will not be critiquing any advance submissions.

    Laura Christianson will review website copy, blog posts, and nonfiction magazine articles.

    Mona Hodgson will review manuscripts for board books, picture books, and early readers; proposals for middle-reader fiction and nonfiction (synopsis or outline and first five pages); devotionals for children or adults; poems (no more than three) for children or adults; and proposals for historical fiction and women’s fiction (synopsis and first five pages).

    Sarah Sundin will critique fiction in the following genres: historical fiction, historical romance, contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and romantic suspense. Please send a one-page synopsis and the first twenty pages of your novel.

    Tim Riter loves nonfiction and all writing that deals with improving the craft.

    Tim Shoemaker will not be critiquing advance submissions.

    Xochitl Dixon will critique submissions of up to three devotions, proposals for devotionals or nonfiction books, nonfiction chapter samples up to ten pages, or flash fiction up to 1,000 words (written for adults or teens only).