ACFW Virginia is pleased to announce that the following faculty members, will be taking appointments during the week before and/or following the Royal Writers Conference.
Attendees will have the opportunity to schedule one agent/editor and one author/mentor appointment as part of their conference registration. Availability is limited and appointments will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is highly encouraged for the best selection of appointments.
Within 24 hours after successful completion of the registration process, registrants will receive an email confirmation containing the link to the Sign-Up Genius form listing available appointment slots.
DINA DAVIS is an associate editor for Harlequin’s Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense. Before starting at Harlequin, she worked as an editorial assistant and assistant editor at Guideposts Books and served internships at Good Housekeeping Research Institute, amNewYork, and Guideposts Magazine. In her free time, Dina loves traveling all over the world, visiting family in Pittsburgh, cheering on the Steelers, consuming stories in any format, and going to brunch with her friends. Her own love story started during her freshman year of college abroad in Florence, Italy, where she met her husband and some of her closest friends.
Dina’s interested in acquiring inspirational romance novels that pull the reader into the story with relatable characters, exciting and suspenseful plots, and emotional confessions of love. She prefers stories with strong female characters, multifaceted villains, and deep romantic conflicts.
USMC veteran LINDA FULKERSON is the owner of Scrivenings Press LLC, a small publisher of clean and/or Christian fiction. She also owns DLF Digital Services, which specializes in developing websites for authors. Linda comes from a newspaper background and has worked as a copy editor, sportswriter, and online editor. She is the former director of digital services for the largest media group in central Texas.
She and her husband Don live on a ten-acre plot in central Arkansas. They have four adult children and eight grandchildren. Linda and Don are part of an RV ministry group that travels to various locations around the United States, providing volunteer labor to small churches, church camps, children’s homes, and other organizations. When she’s not working or writing, Linda enjoys photography, travel, and spoiling her two dachshunds. She speaks to writers’ groups on a variety of topics, including publishing, marketing, and website development. To learn more about Linda, visit her website at LindaFulkerson.com.
Linda is looking for manuscripts in the following genres: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Speculative Fiction (Fantasy/Sci-fi/Dystopian), Mystery, and Romantic Suspense. You can find a complete list of submission guidelines here.
Scrivenings Press does take unsolicited submissions. Please feel free to forward proposals that meet their guidelines and acquisitions interests even if you’re unable to secure an appointment with Linda.
BOB HOSTETLER is literary agent with The Steve Laube Agency and the executive director of the Christian Writers Institute. He is also an award-winning author and international speaker. His more than fifty books include Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell)and The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional.
Although Bob is unavailable for appointments, The Steve Laube Agency takes unsolicited submissions. To find out what kind of books Bob is looking to acquire, click here. For submission guidelines for the Steve Laube Agency visit https://stevelaube.com/guidelines/.
RACHEL McMILLAN currently serves as Senior Associate Agent at William K Jensen Literary Agency and a publishing professional with decades of experience in all corners of the publishing industry. She is also the author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code (Harper Collins), and Dream, Plan Go and A Very Merry Holiday Movie Guide (Harvest House). Rachel lives in Toronto, Canada and is always reading. You can learn about Rachel on her website.
Rachel is interested in acquiring Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Historical Romance with a clever twist (either hook or location), Contemporary Romance, Book Club Fiction (think Lisa Wingate and Charles Martin), or manuscripts aimed at the Hallmark or Love Inspired market. NO: YA, Children’s, Poetry, Sci Fi or Fantasy.
She is most interested in authors who can tell her how their manuscript fills a gap in a crowded publishing marketplace. She prefers value-based fiction that explores faith in subtle and symbolic ways and serves crossover and general market appeal. Please come prepared to talk about your social media platform, newsletter, or blog numbers.
CYNTHIA RUCHTI is an author and literary agent with Books & Such Literary Mangaement. As an author, Cynthia tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and as an instructor or keynoter at writers conferences. Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, PW Starred Review, Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, CLASSeminars Award of Excellence, Golden Scroll Awards, and more. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a founding board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church.
Being part of the Books & Such team fulfills another layer in a long-held passion: helping other writers to develop their craft and reach their writing career goals. She is an advocate for the power of story—fiction and nonfiction—and a champion for those who create, edit, publish, distribute, review, and sell books. In 2020, Cynthia was named the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Agent of the Year.
*Please note, although the Books and Such website states that Cynthia is “focusing the majority of her acquisitions attention on nonfiction projects,” Cynthia has stated that the website needs to be updated and she is actively looking to acquire well-written novels in the following genres: Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Regency Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Teen, Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. Click here for submission guidelines.
Award winning author, SHANNON TAYLOR VANNATTER writes contemporary romance and has 18 traditionally published titles. After nine and a half years of striving for publication, her debut novel won the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. She gleans fodder for her fiction in rural Arkansas where she spent her teenage summers working the concession stand with her rodeo announcing dad and married a Texan who morphed into a pastor.
In 2020, Shannon joined Scrivenings Press as Acquisitions/Content Editor for Contemporary Romance and Womens’ Fiction. She has taught an adult continuing education course on novel writing at Arkansas State University, workshops at American Christian Fiction Writers, along with sessions at writer’s conferences in Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Georgia.
In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, flea marketing, and doing craft projects. Learn more at her website: http://shannontaylorvannatter.com
Shannon is interested in acquiring clean and/or Christian Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction for Scrivenings Press. You can find submission guidelines for Scrivenings Press at https://scriveningspress.com/submissions/.
Scrivenings Press does take unsolicited submissions. Please feel free to forward proposals that meet their guidelines and acquisitions interests even if you’re unable to secure an appointment with Shannon.
ROSEANNA M. WHITE, bestselling novelist and co-founder of the WhiteFire Publishing group, has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing, editing, and designing book covers, she’s homeschooling her kids and pretending her house will clean itself. As a writer, she has dozens of books in print; as a publishing team, she and her husband have helped hundreds of titles reach the world and now have four imprints under their company banner. She loves stories of spies and war and mayhem…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more at roseannamwhite.com and whitefire-publishing.com.
Roseanna is looking to acquire titles for the various imprints of WhiteFire Publishing. Guidelines are similar across all lines and can be found at whitefire-publishing.com/submissions/.
Ashberry Lane: Christian romance of all genres (contemporary, historical, suspense, etc.). Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
WhiteSpark: picture books, middle grade, young adult, all genres (most interested in YA). Submit to email@example.com
Chrism: Catholic and Orthodox fiction in all genres. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
WhiteFire Publishing does take unsolicited submissions. Please feel free to forward proposals that meet their guidelines even if you’re unable to secure an appointment with Roseanna.
The following authors and experts in their respective fields have agreed to take mentor appointments during the week before and/or after the conference.
TAMERA ALEXANDER is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers of inspirational historical romance. Her newest series, The Carnton Novels, continue her signature style of deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose which has earned her devoted readers worldwide—and multiple industry awards. Tamera has garnered four Christy Awards and was inducted into the Christy Award Hall of Fame in 2020, which is the highest honor awarded Christian fiction. She’s a two-time winner (and six-time finalist) of the RITA Award—the top award in the romance genre awarded by Romance Writers of America. She’s also a two-time recipient of the coveted Carol Award bestowed by American Christian Fiction Writers, a national organization dedicated to equipping writers with a Christian world view.
RHONDA DRAGOMIR is a multimedia creative who treasures her fairy tale life in Central Kentucky, insisting her home is her castle, even if her prince refuses to dig a moat. She has multiple published works, including numerous Bible lessons studied weekly by more than 10,000 women around the world. Rhonda has garnered numerous writing awards for both fiction and nonfiction, including her selection as 2019 Writer of the Year by Serious Writer, Inc. In 2020, her first novel was a finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest. She currently serves as the webmaster for both the Kentucky and Mid-South Writers Conferences, and builds websites for other authors through her LLC, The Dragomir Group.
LINDA GOLDFARB is an award-winning author of the LINKED® Quick Guide to Personalities series, international speaker, professional actress, podcaster, and audiobook narrator. She is a traditionally and independently published author who holds a board-certified advanced diploma in Christian life coaching. As the podcast host of Your Best Writing Life, Linda interviews industry experts weekly, keeping her current with all things writing related. Linda works with EABooks Publishing as the Audiobook Division Director, Acquisitions Editor, and Voice Professional. She loves helping writers and speakers take God’s next best step to reaching their publishing goals and beyond. In her personal ministry, Linda helps her coaching clients recognize God’s next best step for their personal and professional lives.
TAMMY KARASEK knows the value of a proper critique and strives to teach others the importance of what to do and not do while giving a critique. She also encourages writers to have an open mind to hear how to improve their work for a stronger piece. Tammy works as a virtual assistant for several established authors. She is willing to take appointments regarding launch teams, building your social media platform, taxes and record keeping, or any aspect of the business side of writing.
A freelance writer for over twenty years, TINA RADCLIFFE is a Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers Honor Roll member, and a four-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Her Harlequin novels have won the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion and appeared on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list. Besides her novel-length fiction, and her independent publishing releases, Tina has sold over three dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. Tina enjoys mentoring authors and offering advice based on her years of experience.
TONI SHILOH is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to help readers find authors. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at tonishiloh.com.
SARAH SUNDIN is a bestselling author of World War II novels, including When Twilight Breaks and the Sunrise at Normandy series. Her novel The Land Beneath Us was a 2020 Christy Award finalist, The Sky Above Us received the 2020 Carol Award, and The Sea Before Us received the 2019 Reader’s Choice Award from Faith, Hope, and Love. A mother of three adult children, Sarah lives in California and enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups, and she serves as Co-Director for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference.