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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Janet Ann Collins will critique anything for children.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sarah Sundin is willing to look at fiction for adults in any genre, including self-published novels (10 pages maximum).

Tricia Goyer is open to critique nonfiction and fiction book proposals or nonfiction and fiction sample chapters up to 2,500 words.