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.
Stacy Hawkins Adams will review women’s fiction, memoir, devotional writing, and other nonfiction. She is willing to review YA or children’s literature but has not had broad experience with these genres. She is open to reviewing one sheets, query letters, and proposals, works that are slated to be self-published as well as traditionally published. She will be available at the conference Friday noon through Sunday evening.
Karen Ball will review up to five pages of the first chapter of novels or novellas for adults. No self-published books, please.
Joseph Bentz is available to critique fiction or nonfiction book proposals, query letters, and one-sheets. He also critiques nonfiction articles. He does not critique children’s storybooks.
Joanne Bischof is best able to review fiction, including historical, romance, young adult, fantasy, and contemporary. She specializes in both traditionally published and self-published works and is able to give feedback depending on your intended market. Submit up to three pages of a book proposal (if single-spaced) and up to six pages of a manuscript (double-spaced). Submissions may also include a synopsis for context. Joanne specializes in one-sheets, including content and design. She is happy to look over your one-sheet for input during the conference.
Angela Breidenbach will review five pages of these genres: romance, historical, contemporary, time travel, memoir, nonfiction. Exceptions: no fantasy/sci-fi or children’s. She’ll be happy to look at one-sheets, plot planning, proposals. Self-published work welcome. Angela is also open to coaching for marketing, media, podcasting, and self-publishing.
Erin K. Brown is available to review nonfiction: articles or a sample book chapter (state target audience and theme; include TOC/outline). Self-published books are okay. Audiences include general/adult. Genres she’ll review include spiritual formation, general topical, health/wellness, personal experience/memoir, self-help, Christian living, family living, and devotional.
Janet Ann Collins will critique anything for children.
Cheri Cowell is available to critique nonfiction (devotional, memoir, general nonfiction, Bible study, books, articles. Will review one-sheets, proposals, and first chapters with a Table of Contents (10 pages maximum). Will review self-published books and talk about your options.
Alice Crider specializes in memoir, non-fiction, and non-fiction book proposals. She loves brainstorming and talking through book and marketing ideas, and she’s happy to review queries, articles, and contemporary or historical fiction.
Lynn Donovan will review nonfiction: a one-sheet, proposal, sample chapter (up to six pages reviewed), article, or devotional. Self-published books okay. Topics include spiritual formation, general topical, personal experience, family life, marriage, parenting, Bible study, and devotional.
Amanda Dykes will look at fiction, children’s books, articles, and poetry. She’s also happy to provide feedback on one-sheets, queries, proposals, or self-published books. She looks forward to brainstorming the ideas on your heart.
Lori Freeland is open to reviewing up to five pages of fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, articles, and blog posts. As an author, she specializes in young adult, contemporary romance, and inspirational articles. As a freelance editor, she’s worked with authors in almost every genre from historical to speculative fiction. Self-published books are fine.
Tricia Goyer is open to critique nonfiction and fiction book proposals or nonfiction and fiction sample chapters up to 2,500 words.
Aurora Gregory works with fiction and nonfiction authors to help them develop a public speaking strategy to support their writing business. She is open to reviewing speaker one-sheets, speaker pitches/proposals, and speaker website pages/copy. She is also open to meeting with authors who are in the early stages of their public speaking efforts and do not have pitch materials. Aurora welcomes meeting with self-published as well as traditionally published authors.
Jeanette Hanscome will not be critiquing advanced submissions this year.
Kelly Harrel is happy to review any fiction, although romance and inspirational are her specialty. She is open to reviewing manuscripts that are self-published.
Robin Lee Hatcher will look at contemporary, historical, or time-slip fiction (romance or women’s fiction). She requests the opening ten pages of a manuscript. She is willing to review self-published books.
Crystal Hodges is open to looking at one-sheets and articles. She’s also glad to give feedback on how to frame your articles for your personal blog or for pitching your story to another website.
Lissa Halls Johnson reviews story-related writings. This includes fiction and nonfiction (memoir, narrative). She will review the sample-chapter portion of fiction, memoir, or narrative nonfiction proposals up to ten manuscript pages.
Jan Kern is available to review up six pages of one chapter of your nonfiction book. Genres include spiritual formation, leadership, women’s issues, how-to, or narrative nonfiction. Your book may be for traditional or self-publication.
Sherry Kyle will critique middle-grade fiction and nonfiction, devotionals for kids, contemporary women’s fiction, and historical romance. She can also provide feedback on one-sheets.
Jennifer Lindsay is happy to critique middle-grade and young-adult fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, short stories, and youth-focused devotionals. For manuscripts, submit the first eight to nine pages along with a one- to two-page synopsis (total 10 pages maximum). Jennifer is not currently looking at Bible studies, historical fiction, adult contemporary fiction, or memoirs.
Cindi McMenamin is open to critiquing query letters, articles, one-sheets, nonfiction book proposals (with or without chapter summaries), and the first three pages of your introduction or first chapter. (No more than ten pages per submission). Her specialty is nonfiction books for women and couples, devotional books, and book-length Bible studies. She also specializes in helping memoir writers make their manuscripts marketable. Cindi is willing to discuss your book ideas or how to make your already published book appeal to more readers. She can critique the contents page and first ten pages of your self-published book.
Judy Gordon Morrow reviews fiction and nonfiction, children’s books, devotionals, and articles, as well as proposals, query letters, and one-sheets. She can look at writing samples up to ten pages, including from self-published books. She enjoys brainstorming ideas, titles, and concept development–and giving encouragement!
Jill Osborne is willing to critique fiction for all ages, devotionals for kids and teens, and magazine articles.
Robin Patchen is eager to critique unpublished manuscripts in any fiction genre. She specializes in thriller, suspense, and romance and all its sub-genres. As part of your maximum ten double-spaced pages, you may include a one-page, single-spaced synopsis to get feedback on the overall story.
Katie Potter is open to reviewing up to seven pages of fiction or ten pages of a pilot script or screenplay. She especially enjoys reading science fiction, fantasy, and stories for young-adult and middle-grade audiences. She also loves brainstorming pitches and is open to critiquing loglines, query letters, and back-cover copy. Self-published work is welcome.
Deborah Raney will review novels in the following genres: women’s fiction, historical, romance, YA. She will be happy to look at one-sheets, queries, proposals, or synopses, but prefers to critique up to 15 pages of the novel, starting with chapter 1. Prefers not to look at books that have already been self-published.
Ken Raney would be happy to review graphics, covers and even indie publishing.
James Rubart offers critiques in all genres of one-sheets, query letters, or three to five pages of a manuscript. He will also offer insights on self-published books. His expertise leans toward fiction, but he is open to offering his thoughts on nonfiction as well.
Bob Saenz will evaluate your screenplay for film or TV, or answer questions about the film industry.
Jennifer Slattery can critique nonfiction (self-help, Christian living), devotions, fiction, Bible study material, and oral presentations. She is not proficient in poetry. For fiction, she’s less adept at fantasy or science fiction.
Kay M. Strom will not be critiquing advance submissions this year.
Sarah Sundin is willing to look at fiction for adults in any genre, including self-published novels (10 pages maximum).
Carrie Talbott will review nonfiction for all ages, blog posts, children’s projects, website copy, magazine articles, and the first five pages of a manuscript.
Kelley Way, copyright and trademark attorney, will be happy to answer questions about literary law—how it works and how it could apply to your writing. Kelley cannot give legal advice for a specific situation but can provide guidelines and principles the attendee can use moving forward.
Jeff Willis enjoys nonfiction, mystery/thriller, and sci-fi/fantasy in particular, but is open to looking at material in any genre. He is happy to look at one-sheets, queries, proposals, or a few manuscript pages for feedback only. (He is not considering submissions for the companies he’s affiliated with.) Jeff is willing to review self-published books.
Erin Taylor Young will review up to five pages of the first chapter of adult fiction or nonfiction books. Please provide a one-page synopsis that specifies genre.