Charles Martin is the New York Times best-selling author of fifteen books, published in more than thirty-five countries and translated into as many languages. His titles include Long Way Gone (winner of the 2017 Christy Book of the Year award),Chasing Fireflies (winner of the 2007 RT Reviewers Choice award), When Crickets Cry (winner of the 2007 Christian Book award for fiction).
Charles also wrote Send Down the Rain, The Dead Don’t Dance, and The Mountain Between Us (on which the blockbuster movie was based—with the usual Hollywood changes).
In a departure from his novel writing, Charles Martin’s latest book shares key moments from his own journey as a disciple and bondservant of Christ, using a storyteller’s imagination to illuminate key moments of the Scriptures, primarily from the life and ministry of Jesus. What If It’s True? launches in January and will be available at the Mount Hermon conference in 2020.
Charles and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida, with their three boys. Find out more at charlesmartinbooks.com
Steven James is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen novels.
He has served as a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest magazine and is the author of the groundbreaking book Story Trumps Structure as well as the guidebook used by thousands of novelists, Troubleshooting Your Novel, both from Writer’s Digest Books.
When he’s not working on his next novel, Steven teaches at writers conferences and retreats around the globe. Steven’s latest book, a near-future sci-fi thriller called Synapse, released on October 8.
For more information, visit his website at https://www.stevenjames.net.
The Blythe Daniel Agency
Stephanie Alton is a literary and marketing agent with The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc., and the director of the agency’s blog network, BlogAbout. Through BlogAbout, she specializes in creating custom launch teams, blog campaigns, and educational webinars. Stephanie is also a founder of My Influence Circle, a new network for creatives.
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Embolden Media Group
Jevon Bolden is a writer, editor, literary agent, and CEO of Embolden Media Group. In her sixteen years in publishing, she has worked as senior acquisitions editor for adult nonfiction at Charisma House and as senior editor for children’s nonfiction at Scholastic. Having launched her own agenting firm in 2017, Jevon shares the best of what she knows with passionate and creative people who desire to publish exceptional books. jevonbolden.com/literary-representation.
Martin Literary & Media Management
Adria Goetz is a literary agent with Martin Literary & Media Management in Seattle. She represents books for both the Christian market and the general market, including picture books, middle grade, young adult, quirky gift books, and devotionals. Check out her wish list at adriagoetz.com. She tweets at @adriamgoetz.
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The Seymour Agency
Julie Gwinn, literary agent with The Seymour Agency, has served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources. She has more than 25 years of experience in public relations and marketing and has worked in marketing for several Nashville nonprofit organizations.
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Nick Harrison, literary agent with WordServe Literary, is the author of a dozen books, including Magnificent Prayer, Power in the Promises, and four books in the One-Minute® Prayer series. For fifteen years Nick served as a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers, acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. Nick has a long history of championing new and unpublished writers. Nick and his wife live in the Pacific Northwest. nickharrisonbooks.com
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The Steve Laube Agency
Steve Laube, literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry nearly four decades, first as a bookstore manager, where he was awarded the National Store of the Year by CBA. He then spent many years with Bethany House Publishers, where he was named Editor of the Year by AWSA. In 2003 he became an agent. He and his agency have represented more than 1,500 new books and Steve was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. He was also inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall of Fame by their College of Theology. In addition, he oversees acquisitions for Enclave Publishing and serves as president and owner of The Christian Writers Institute and author of The Christian Writers Market Guide and Book Proposal Tips and Tricks. For more information visit stevelaube.com.
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Karen Neumair is a senior literary agent and the COO of Credo Communications, where she assists authors with their book proposals and connects them with potential publishers. For the past decade, she has worked alongside nonfiction authors who write about Christian living and spiritual growth as well as topics geared toward women and families. www.credocommunications.net
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Books & Such Literary Management
Cynthia Ruchti, agent with Books & Such Literary, tells “stories hemmed in hope” through novels, nonfiction, devotionals, and speaking events for women and writers. Her more than 25 books in print have garnered many industry awards. In 2018, Cynthia was honored to be named Mount Hermon Writer of the Year. In addition to her role as the ACFW Professional Relations Liaison—connecting with retailers, reviewers, libraries, and book clubs—she serves as a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She and her grade-school-sweetheart husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren. www.booksandsuch.com.
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Joel Armstrong is an associate editor at Kregel Publications. He works on their trade imprint, which publishes general-interest nonfiction and fiction. He writes magical realism and has published poetry and nonfiction in God & Nature, Sufi, Clues, and The Hemingway Review. Check out his blog.
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Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Karin Beery is the managing editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (fiction). She also serves as the director of the Christian Editor Connection, a division of the Christian Editor Network LLC. https://lpcbooks.com
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Wild Heart Books
Misty M. Beller is the managing editor of Wild Heart Books, a traditional publisher focusing in Christian historical romance novels. She’s also a USA Today best-selling author with more than twenty novels published, as well as a nonfiction book for authors, How to Market a Book Release.
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Cheri Cowell is the owner/publisher of EABooks Publishing. She is a traditionally and independently published author. Her books include the award-winning 365 Devotions for Peace (Zondervan) and Parables and Word Pictures Bible study (AMG Publishers). With her experience as an author and a publisher, Cheri has a unique approach and grace when working with authors to bring their dreams to reality.
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Mark Coker founded Smashwords in 2008 to empower authors to self-publish and distribute ebooks. Today, Smashwords has become the world’s leading distributor of self-published ebooks, representing more than 140,000 authors and small independent presses around the world who publish and distribute more than 500,000 books with Smashwords.
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Sharon Norris Elliott
Sharon Norris Elliott is an award-winning author, editor, agent, international conference speaker, licensed minister, and astute Bible teacher. Author of eleven books (so far), Sharon is associated with Harambee Press, HSBN.tv, ACE, and her own coaching, consulting, and editing service, AuthorizeMe. She inspires writers to “Live significantly!”
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Jason Fikes is the director of Leafwood Publishers and oversees acquisitions for the Press. He works with authors and agents to develop thoughtful, relevant, and engaging content for the church. He holds a PhD in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and teaches graduate courses for Abilene Christian University.
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Cara Grandle is a writer, acquisitions editor, and publicist for WhiteFire Publishing. She has several years of experience in the writing industry, enough to know it’s hard and it takes courage. Don’t be afraid to do the hard things. There are people who need your words.
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Iron Stream Media
Dr. John Herring is the founder and CEO of Iron Stream Media. Iron Stream Media is the home to New Hope Publishers, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and Life Bible Study. John holds degrees from Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. John’s passions include discipleship, Bible study and coffee.
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Tyndale House Publishers
Linda Howard is Associate Publisher for Children and Youth at Tyndale House Publishers. She currently leads the kids’ team, developing overall strategy for Tyndale Children and Youth, acquiring projects, and overseeing product development of all books. She oversees the Compassion International Publishing partnership and has worked with best-selling authors Ann Voskamp, John Ortberg, and more.
Worthy/Hachette Book Group
Marilyn Jansen is the editorial director for Hachette Book Group’s Christian gift imprint, Ellie Claire. She has been writing and creating since she glued dandelions into her first book at age four. She and her husband have three adult children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Bible Advocate magazine and Now What? e-zine
Sherri Langton, associate editor of the Bible Advocate magazine and Now What? e-zine, is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in Focus on the Family, In Touch, Upper Room, Today’s Christian Woman, and other publications. Sherri also has contributed to book collections. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Susan K. Stewart
Elk Lake Publishing
Susan K. Stewart, acquisitions editor with Elk Lake Publishing, teaches, writes, and edits nonfiction. Susan’s passion is to inspire readers with practical, real-world solutions. Her books include Science in the Kitchen, Preschool: At What Cost? and the award-winning Formatting E-books for Writers. You can learn more at her website, www.practicalinspirations.com.
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Freelance editor/director of The PEN Institute
Book Cover Designer
Professional screenwriter and actor
Copyright and trademark attorney
Julie DeEtte Williams
Entertainment executive and screenwriter
Jeff Willis is an entertainment executive with fifteen years of experience managing creative and business affairs for industry-leading companies, including Marvel Studios, Disney, Skydance, and Blumhouse. He’s a produced screenwriter, published author, and business consultant for writers and other creatives. Blog: www.allwritesreserved.com.
Angela Breidenbach is a radio personality, best-selling author, and president of the Christian Authors Network. She loves supporting the careers of Christian authors. She produced and hosted a documentary called Daughters of the American Revolution: A Patriotic Education. Tamela Hancock Murray represents Angela’s books, while 5×5 Productions manages her screenwriting to Hollywood. AngelaBreidenbach.com
Janet Ann Collins has written feature articles for newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in other newspapers, periodicals, and some anthologies, including a Chicken Soup for the Soul book. She’s the author of five books for children.
Crystal Hodges is a writer, speaker, and photographer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Living with a facial difference, she combines her real-life experience with the knowledge she gained as an editor to raise awareness for important issues, keeping her goal to make a difference with her difference. www.crystalhodges.com.