Dave Lambert

Dave Lambert

Get to Know Dave:

David Lambert, Editorial Director, Author. David is the author of twelve published  books. He has received numerous awards for magazine articles and short stories published in such places as Virtue, Moody, StoryChristian Parenting Today, Sweet Sixteen, Decision, Montana Magazine, Campus Life, Outreach, and many other periodicals. David has an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Montana. He has held a variety of positions in publishing, spending eighteen years as an acquiring editor at Zondervan, most of that time as executive editor for fiction, and more recently, three years as senior fiction editor at Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. David and his wife Cindy work through Lambert Editorial.


Dave will be taking 15-minute one-to-one appointments.

Pre-Conference Session:


Book Proposal Intensive Clinic                  

Book Proposal Intensive Clinic

Dave and Cindy Lambert—Lambert Editorial

Limit: 25 registrants

Prerequisite: Complete and bring with you a working proposal. Once you've registered, you can download the template for the fiction or non-fiction book proposal.

Length: 3 hours

A winning book proposal is a tool that entices seven audiences (author, agent, editor, pub board, marketing, creative, and sales) to grasp a contagious vision for a book, and then equips them to successfully play their parts in placing the book into the hands of its ideal readership.

We've all heard it said, "Write to your audience, not to yourself." Good advice! Many authors, however, may know the audience of their book, but have no understanding of the true audience of their book proposal. In this three-hour intensive clinic you will be introduced to the business side of publishing decisions, discover what really happens behind the closed doors of editors’ meetings and publishing boards, and learn how to craft an enticing proposal that captures the interest of editors and publishers.

Broken into four segments, this hands-on interactive clinic will begin with an in-depth presentation, then offer individual time to work on and refine specific proposal elements of your own, then break into small groups for fiction and nonfiction personal feedback and critique, and finally come together again for advice and guidance to launch you into the world of meeting with editors.


Writers’ Track General Session (45-minute)

8 Hard But Helpful Realities Every Writer Needs to Know

Discover the 8 uncomfortable yet energizing truths that will shake you up but also wake you up to the next steps you can take in writing and in seeking publication. The Lamberts bring to this session their combined 83 years of insider experience in Christian writing and publishing, which makes them ideally placed not only to know how the industry has worked for the past 40 years but how it is constantly changing today. They warn you that sometimes the truth is hard to hear, but “let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” (Proverbs 1:5)


Breakout Session:


Writing Opportunities Other than Book Publication

It's old-school thinking to consider only books or magazine articles as outlets for our work as writers. New markets open up every year. We’ll look at opportunities in social media and on the Internet. But not all markets require technical know-how. From opportunities at your local church to other opportunities in your community and beyond, we’ll investigate a wide variety of ways to use your gifts as a writer to connect with readers.


15-minute appointments:

Editor - Lambert Editorial

To thrive in today’s publishing world, you need the right set of skills, knowledge of how the industry is changing, and strong market awareness.

Lambert Editorial can help you gain those things. My commitment with every author I work with is that I'll make sure you're a better writer at the end of the process than you were at the beginning, and that you'll become even better on every book I edit for you. And although the publishing world has changed greatly in the past decade, that doesn't worry me--the Internet and social media offer two new opportunities for every one we've lost in our constantly changing publishing world. Let's talk about where you are in your writing career and how to get from here to where you want to be.

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