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 teamClick here to see their bios.

Agents and Publishers

Adria Goetz, literary manager with Martin Literary Management LLC, is open to looking at books for younger readers, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction for the Christian market or general market. She is not open to adult fiction and nonfiction. She would prefer to read query letters, full picture book manuscripts, or the first chapter of middle grade or young adult fiction. Adria is not open to reviewing self-published books.

Cheri Cowell, EABooks Publishing, will look at one-sheets and writing samples. EABooks specializes in nonfiction, fiction (all genres), poetry, devotionals, story collections, Bible studies, children’s books (no board books), young adult, novella, memoir, and out-of-print books.

Jason Fikes, Leafwood Publishers, is happy to review Christian Living. (No fiction.)

John Herring, Iron Stream Books/New Hope is looking for proposals in the following genres: Bible study, discipleship, leadership, faith and life, family, women and faith, men and faith. Iron Stream Books/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas is looking for fiction (women, mystery, romance, historical fiction, speculative, western, adventure) and nonfiction (African-American, devotionals). We will look at self-published work if the author can provide performance information.

Karen Neumair, Senior Literary Agent with Credo Communications, represents thoughtful nonfiction in Christian living, spiritual growth, and women’s interests such as family, parenting, marriage, or other contemporary issues. She is not representing 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.

Marilyn Jansen, Editorial Director for Ellie Claire, Worthy/Hachette Book Group, is looking for one-sheets or proposals for devotionals, gift books, journals, and devotional journals. I can also look at Christian living trade books for other HBG divisions. I am mainly looking for writing samples as part of the proposals. If it is trade, platform information will also be imperative. I am willing to review self-published books.

Misty M. Beller, Wild Heart Books, 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 1700-1900, but we will consider earlier periods. We will consider previously published books. When pitching, Misty would like to see a one-sheet or proposal, along with sample chapters. If you don’t have a story to pitch, Misty is happy to answer questions about writing or marketing.

Nick Harrison, agent with WordServe Literary, is looking for well-written proposals or manuscripts in the following nonfiction genres: Christian living, prayer, men’s books, women’s books, politics, contemporary issues, charismatic, biography, and devotional. He’s not looking for personal experience, apologetics, or academic books. For fiction, Nick will look at historical or contemporary romance, Amish, or literary fiction. No speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, or allegory). Also no children’s or YA books. He’s happy to look at one-sheets, proposals, and up to 10 pages of a manuscript. He will look at self-published books that have sold well.

Sally Apokedak, literary agent, is open to Christian fiction for adults and children (ages 0-18) and Christian nonfiction for all ages. General-market fiction for children (ages 0-18). No poetry books, please. Open to all fiction genres except horror and paranormal. For advance submissions, send back-cover copy, synopsis, comparable books, and first five pages of manuscript (maximum ten pages total). Will review self-published books only if they sold more than 5,000 copies in the first year.

Susan Stewart, with Elk Lake Publishing, is looking for most genres of fiction (no westerns or Amish) for all ages; nonfiction with a twist. No devotionals, memoirs (unless of a memorable personality), poetry, or Bible studies. We will look at YA. We will consider self-published books. She wants to see a one-sheet.