15-Minute Appointments

Publishing Houses

ACWriters – Jim Watkins, Editorial Consultant
ACW Press offers excellent, ethical, and economic self-publishing.

Why should someone self-publish?

You’re probably aware that there are fewer and fewer publishers contracting fewer and fewer titles by fewer and fewer authors. (Nearly 99 percent of submitted manuscripts are turned down by royalty publishers.) But if you have a message or a story you feel compelled to publish, self-publishing is a popular—and now, economical— way to do just that.

Can self-publishing be successful?

Successfully self-published books include The Living Bible, T. D. Jakes Woman Thou Art Loosed, and Joseph Girzone’s Joshua, The Christmas Box and, of course, Paul Williams’ The Shack.

Baker Publishing Group — Erika Genz

Baker Publishing Group publishes high-quality writings that represent historic Christianity and serve the diverse interests and concerns of evangelical readers. Baker is a leading Christian publisher in fiction, non-fiction, and academic books.

Erika Genz works with author contracts for Baker. If you have questions about a publisher’s perspective on author contracts, or how it relates to the general publishing process, you’ll want to meet with Erika.

Discovery House – Miranda Gardner, Executive Editor

Discovery House Publishers publishes books that feed the soul with the Word of God, fostering growth and godliness in the lives of God’s people. We publish books of general interest to evangelical Christian lay readers that are written at a junior high/high school reading level. Our list includes devotional books, Bible study materials and reference books, books about the spiritual life, commentaries, personal growth books, and books that address contemporary issues that believers face. We do not publish children’s books, curriculum, plays, skits, poetry, sermons, short stories, cartoons, cookbooks, autobiographies, dissertations, games, novels, or textbooks. We only use internal resources for greeting cards. We are interested in fresh, engaging, narrative non-fiction in all that we publish.

EABooks Publishing – Cheri Cowell, Owner & Publisher 

Looking for a publishing option that blends the creative control of self-publishing with a focus on quality from seasoned professionals­ or simply not sure how to navigate self-publishing?  Partnership Publishing is the answer!  Partnership Publishing is a fairly new model combining the positives from the pay-to-publish approach, such as greater author control, keeping 100% of your profits, and shorter production time, along with the expertise of seasoned professionals to guide you through the publishing process.

Gilead Publishing – Dan Balow, Publisher
Gilead Publishing, a new, innovative, traditional book publisher focused on producing quality fiction that will appeal to adult readers who enjoy stories written from a Christian perspective.  This includes novels for women and men in the Contemporary, Romance, Historical, and Mystery/Suspense categories. Gilead does not  publishYA or Children’s product.

Kregel – Janyre Tromp – Developmental and Acquisitions Editor

Kregel Publications is an evangelical Christian publisher whose mission is to develop and distribute—with integrity and excellence—trusted, biblically based resources that lead individuals to know and serve Jesus Christ. We publish in a variety of genres and categories, both fiction and nonfiction, for men and women, ages 13 and up. Among our top interests are Christian living or devotional titles for specific audiences, women’s and family issues, and spiritual growth or discipleship with a unique author voice.

Moody Publishers – Ingrid Beck – Acquisitions Editor

The vision of Moody Publishers is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to help people put biblical truth into practice in everyday life. Our mission is to educate, edify, and equip the Christian so they in turn can impact the world for Christ. Ingrid is acquiring non-fiction books for the core evangelical reader, focusing in particular on spiritual growth and practical life. She’d love to see proposals that explore themes or characteristics of the Christian life, always aiming to take the reader deeper in their spiritual growth journey and their relationship with Christ. The target readership of these books could potentially encompass men and women of varying ages and stages of life, mature disciples, or new believers.

Perkipery Press – Bob Hudson, Owner  A small privately own company that is available to help writers produce Chapbooks at an affordable price.  Poetry, devotionals, essays, and short stories – this unique approach to publishing may be exactly what you are seeking.

Redemption Press – Athena Dean Holtz,Publisher & Co-Founder

Bringing 30 years of industry expertise to an author-centric publishing model, Redemption Press is the “best of both worlds.” All the benefits of self-publishing, along with the support and representation of a traditional publisher.

One thing I know. If you’re going to self-publish, the last thing you want to do is LOOK like you did it yourself. Your book should look and read at the same level of excellence as the largest traditional publishers, and available in all the same channels.

We take the time to develop custom publishing and promotion strategies specifically for you and your message. No one size fits all at Redemption Press. We are a full service, turn key, custom publishing option providing as much or as little support as you need.

I’d love to meet with you to see if we’re a good fit for each other!

Revell (A Division of Baker Publishing) – Kelsey Bowen, Acquisitions Editor

Revell began over 125 years ago when D. L. Moody and his brother-in-law Fleming H. Revell saw the need for practical books that would help bring the Christian faith to everyday life. From there, Fleming H. Revell Publishing developed consistently solid lists which have enjoyed the presence of many notable Christian writers over the years. This same vision for books that are both inspirational and practical continues to motivate the Revell publishing group today. Whether publishing fiction, Christian living, self-help, marriage, family, or youth books, each Revell publication reflects relevance, integrity, and excellence.

Zondervan – Estee Zandee,

Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. For more than 80 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The company’s products are sold in multiple formats, worldwide in more than 60 countries, translated into nearly 200 languages.

Estee Zandee (nonfiction) is happy to meet with attendees and provide tips on pitching, proposals, and the overall publishing process. Estee evaluates proposals, book concepts, and platforms as part of her day-to-day job and can give an industry professional’s opinion on the strength of your proposal and advice for next steps. Per HCCP policy, she is not able to accept any unsolicited proposals as this time.

Jillian Manning, Custom Editor & Zonderkids/Blink, Acquisitions Team

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As a leader in Christian children’s communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 12.

Blink, the YA imprint for Zondervan, brings both fiction and real stories to its readers. Blink is a positive reflection of what is inspiring while maintaining a tradition of imaginative and exciting storytelling. Blink titles include suspense, mystery, romance, memoirs and stories of life well-lived. Readers will see themselves in all facets of Blink’s literature and will find new levels of entertainment that enrich and uplift.

 Publishing Experts

Dave or Cindy Lambert – Somersault

To thrive in today’s publishing world you need to stay light on your feet. The publishing world is tumbling heels over head:
• Technology is splintering broad mass markets into thousands of narrow niche markets.
• Forrester predicts eReaders/tablets ownership in the USA will soar to 60 million by 2015.
• Staff and budget cuts at publishing houses are reducing author and marketing support.
• Paper/Print/Bind is now HTML/PRC/DTP.

Our mission is to change lives by connecting inspirational content creators with readers using exceptional creativity, right-now technology, and old-fashioned personal care.

In this topsy-turvy time, let us help you nimbly navigate the changes and flip the publishing world right-side up.


Just Between Us – Elizabeth Murphy 

Just Between Us is a 27-year-old reader-written magazine which along with our website reaches women of faith in 65 countries and every state in the United States. Our most recent survey showed that 80% of our readers serve in their churches or some type of ministry in their community/world. Jill Briscoe is the executive editor. Elizabeth Murphy is a board member and regular columnist for the magazine.

In a 15 minute appointment you will hear discuss:

  • The unlikely history of and success JBU magazine.
  • The primary mission of the magazine, to encourage and equip women for a life of faith and secondary mission to help individuals launch their writing and explore their writing giftedness.
  • The types of articles we are interested in and the writer’s guidelines.
  • Why we are a safe and supportive place to begin your writing endeavors.

Author Mentors

Bob Hudson, Zondervan, Senior Editor – Bob has years of experience, and is happy to strategize with conferees one-on-one as to how to make their book (and proposal) better.  Bob is the author of three books, including The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, and many, many chapbooks.

Sandi Banks – Sandi is an author whose works include Anchors of Hope: Finding Peace Amidst the Storms of Life and dozens of stories for Readers Digest and Guidepost, and numerous others. As author, conference host, and international traveler and speaker, Sandi feels honored to use pen and voice to help people find direction and renewed hope.

Lorilee Craker – Lorilee Craker is the author of 12 books, including the New York Times bestseller Through the Storm with Lynne Spears, the ECPA bestseller My Journey to Heaven with Marv Besteman, and the 2012 Audie Awards nominee for best audio book, Money Secrets of the Amish, which she wrote and narrated.

Kathy Bruins – Although she has ghostwritten many books for celebrities, organizations and the regular person, she believes everyone has a story and is glad to assist others in reaching their dreams of telling their story. Kathy has several books coming out in 2013/2014 including Vallikett’s Journey (with Donna D. Flammang), The Plain Unexpected Gift (from Kathi Macias – The 12 Days of Christmas), and God’s Daily Influence (a devotional book for the busy person).

Kim de Blecourt  Kim de Blecourt is an author and speaker who loves to encourage new talent. Kim will help you shape your one sheet or book proposal so that you are ready for your meeting with editors or agents. Feel free to sign up for a 15 minute meeting with Kim, and be prepared to put your best foot forward at Speak Up.

Susan Call Susan is an author whose works include her memoir, A Search for Purple Cows – A True Story of Hope, in addition to both fiction and non-fiction short stories included in Guidepost’s A Cup of Christmas Cheer and Chicken Soup for the Single Parent Soul. She has written magazine articles for Guideposts Magazine and Focus on the Family. She enjoys encouraging other writers with insights she’s learned from working with editors and other publishing professionals.

Shannon Popkin Shannon will take one-to-one appointments with writers seeking input on the “proposal to print” process of a non-fiction book. Having just been through this process, herself, Shannon shares her fresh and current experience and perspective.

Katie M. Reid — Katie is an author, speaker, and co-host of “Stop! Hammock Time.” She is also a go-to idea gal. Katie casts creative vision for aspiring and established writers alike. She is glad to help you: discover your niche, fine-tune book ideas, and enhance your online presence. Katie offers consultation for social media assistance, book proposals, event planning, and brand-building.

Children’s Author/Mentor

Children’s Ministries
Crystal Bowman – Children’s Books Author/Mentor 

Bestselling, award-winning author of over 100 books for children!  If you have an interest in writing for children, don’t miss out on meeting with Crystal.  Crystal Bowman is a bestselling, award-winning author of over 100 books for children including Our Daily Bread for Kids, The One Year Book of Devotions for Preschoolers, My Grandma and Me, and M is for Manger.


Karen Neumair, Senior Literary Agent – Credo Communications
Karen is currently acquiring nonfiction only, with specific interest in Christian living and spiritual growth, as well as women’s/family and current issues. Her teammates are acquiring children’s in addition to nonfiction, but unfortunately, no fiction at this time.  Karen’s appointment will take place on Thursday afternoon before the conference begins.

Dan Balow, Agent – Steve Laube Agency

The Steve Laube Agencyis committed to providing top quality guidance to authors and speakers. Our years of experience and success brings a unique service to our clients. We focus primarily in the Christian marketplace and have put together an outstanding gallery of authors and speakers whose books continue to make an impact throughout the world. – See more at: http://www.stevelaube.com

Linda Glaz, Agent – Hartline Literary Agency

Linda S. Glaz is an experienced editor, reviewer and writer, has participated as a final reader for Wild Rose Press, then for White  Rose Publishing all the while reviewing for online sites. She has worked as an editorial assistant for Hartline Agent Terry Burns. She’s extremely active in the judging community and speaks at conferences nationwide.  She is also a member of AWSA.  Linda understands writers, because she IS a writer.

She’s looking for fiction, but she does handle some nonfiction projects.  Give her a suspense novel, or better yet, a romantic suspense, and chances are you will see a smile. She doesn’t handle much spec fiction of any type, and no children’s.


SuzyQ – Make Your Words Count

Meet with Suzanne Kuhn to discuss ways to get an edge in promoting your brand.  Explore how to find your audience and expand your platform.  Learn how to increase your discoverability with the public using social media to engage and relate to your audience.  You could even chat about maximizing an event to make every moment count.   You have 15 minutes to pick SuzyQ’s brain. Come ready with your questions and find your edge.

Building Your Platform

Shannon Ethridge, B.L.A.S.T.

Connect with million-copy best-selling author Shannon Ethridge and pick her brain about how to take YOUR speaking or writing platform to the next level!  Feel free to bring your personal bio, professional headshot, logo, or one-page summary of whatever project you are working on to get her incredibly insightful feedback as a 20-year veteran of the speaking and writing industry.

Kris Meade, Meade Agency (CEO) PLATFORWARD: Build Your Platform, One Step at a Time

Platform is everything when it comes to securing a book deal and gaining traction in your speaking ministry. But one of the most common questions from authors and speakers is, “How do I grow my platform?” In this 15-minute session, meet with CEO of Meade Agency, Kris Meade, the nation’s premier marketing and production company for Christian brands and ministries, to discuss your own platform. In the new course Platforward, you’ll learn how to build your platform with 30+ practical, step-by-step video lessons taught by the team at Meade Agency. Including topics ranging from Marketing 101, Social Media, Podcasting, DIY Graphic Design, and everywhere in between, you’ll discover a solid foundation of marketing basics taught by experts in the field. Join the community, get equipped, and be encouraged with Platforward: Build Your Platform, One Step at a Time!

Value Added Appointments

Social Media Experts

Cindy Bultema – Cindy’s blog *She Sparkles* was voted one of the Top 100 Christian blogs in 2010. She can help you discover how blogging can help expand your ministry,

Brenda Yoder – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest – where do you begin? And once you’ve begun, how do you navigate the ever-changing labyrinth of social media and manage your time effectively?  Brenda’s first hand experience will give you direction.

Jen Ferguson – Jen Ferguson is passionate about helping people align their social media strategies with the purpose God has for them, helping them communicate effectively with their targeted audiences. She has been blogging since 2009 and is familiar with Blogger, WordPress, and many social media channels.

Katie M. Reid –  Kate is an author, speaker, and co-host of “Stop! Hammock Time.” She is also a go-to idea gal. Katie casts creative vision for aspiring and established writers alike. She is glad to help you: discover your niche, fine-tune book ideas, and enhance your online presence. Katie offers consultation for social media assistance, book proposals, event planning, and brand-building.
Amelia Rhodes – Amelia is available to meet with you to brainstorm ideas for your social media platforms, use of video, and best practices for your online presence.
Life Coaching:

Anne Denmark – Anne is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and a faculty member for the Professional Christian Coaching Institute where she teaches interactive on-line courses. As an entrepreneur she works full-time in her life coaching business, Life Discovery Coaching in partnership with her clients cultivating transformational change and growth in their personal and professional lives.

Kathe WunnenbergProfessional Consulting & Encouragement

  • Are you longing to fulfill a dream but feel stuck?
  • Are you overwhelmed with opportunities or obstacles?
  • Do you need to brainstorm topic ideas or promotional strategies, prayer covering or practical resources?

Come experience an energizing time with Kathe Wunnenberg and leave this session with fresh hope to press on.