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.

Attendees will have the opportunity to schedule one agent/editor and one author/mentor appointment as part of their conference registration.

Within 24 hours after successful completion of the registration process, registrants will receive an email confirmation containing the link to the SignUpGenius form listing available appointment slots.

 Please note: our goal is to send these emails between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST each evening to those participants who registered that day. Registrations after 5 p.m. EST may not receive confirmation until the following evening.

Appointments will close at 6:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. At that time, the email address you list on the SignUpGenius form will be given to the appropriate faculty member who will contact you directly to arrange a time for your appointment.

Agents & Editors

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 is looking for manuscripts in the following genres: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Speculative Fiction (Fantasy/Sci-fi/Dystopian), Mystery, and Romantic Suspense.

NOTE: Scrivenings Press accepts 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. You can find a complete list of submission guidelines here.

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.

What I’m Looking For: 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.

Tamela Hancock Murray

TAMELA HANCOCK MURRAY, Literary Agent, The Steve Laube Agency. Tamela is always on the hunt for Inspirational authors who pen well-written stories with fresh twists on traditional plots.

What I’m Looking For: Tamela would like see proposals for Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance, Suspense, and Amish Fiction as well as manuscripts geared for any Love Inspired line.

NOTE: Tamela welcomes unsolicited proposals but please be sure to review the agency’s submission guidelines before submitting. Proposals can be sent to ewilson@stevelaube.com

CYNTHIA RUCHTI is an author and literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management with a passion for helping writers to develop their craft and reach their writing career goals. In 2020 and 2022, Cynthia was named the American Christian Fiction Writers Agent of the Year.

What I’m Looking For: Cynthia 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.

JANYRE TROMP has worked in the CBA industry for more than 20 years, spending time in both marketing and editorial. Currently she is a developmental and acquisitions editor for Kregel Publications by day and a writer at night. 

What I’m Looking For: Kregel is seeking excellent historical romance, contemporary suspense, historical fiction, and women’s fiction with biblical grounding. Please no poetry, scripts, or straight memoir. One sheets, proposals, and synopses are helpful but not necessary. First-time authors welcome.

Note: Kregel does NOT accept unsolicited submissions.

Marisa Stokley is a Managing Editor for WhiteCrown and Chrism Press, an editor for WhiteFire Publishing, and the Marketing Director for WhiteFire Publishing Group. 

What I’m Looking For: Marisa is looking to acquire titles for the WhiteCrown, Chrism, WhiteFire, and Ashberry Lane imprints of WhiteFire Publishing Group.

WhiteFire Imprints

WhiteCrown: Royal fiction of all genres (contemporary, historical, romance, YA, suspense, women’s fiction, etc.). Submit to submissions@whitecrownpublishing.com.

Chrism: Catholic and Orthodox fiction in all genres. Submit to submissions@chrismpress.com.

Ashberry Lane: Christian romance of all genres (contemporary, historical, suspense, etc.). Submit to deshaies89@gmail.com

WhiteFire: Women’s fiction, suspense, historical, or general fiction without strong romantic elements. Submit to deshaies89@gmail.com

NOTE: WhiteFire Publishing accepts unsolicited manuscripts even if you’re unable to secure an appointment with Marisa. Please review submission guidelines before sending to the appropriate imprint. Guidelines are similar across all lines and can be found at whitefire-publishing.com/submissions/.

ROSEANNA M. WHITE, bestselling novelist and co-founder of the WhiteFire Publishing group, has long claimed that words are the air she breathes.

What I’m Looking For: Roseanna is looking to acquire titles for the various imprints of WhiteFire Publishing.

WhiteFire Imprints

WhiteFire: Women’s Fiction, Suspense, Historical or General Fiction without strong romantic elements. Submit to r.white@whitefire-publishing.com

Ashberry Lane: Christian Romance of all genres (Contemporary, Historical, Suspense, etc.). Submit to r.white@whitefire-publishing.com

WhiteSpark: Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult (most interested in YA). Submit to r.white@whitefire-publishing.com

Chrism: Catholic and Orthodox fiction in all genres. Submit to submissions@chrismpress.com

NOTE: WhiteFire Publishing accepts unsolicited manuscripts even if you’re unable to secure an appointment with Roseanna. Please review submission guidelines before sending to the appropriate imprint. Guidelines are similar across all lines and can be found at whitefire-publishing.com/submissions/.

Mentor Appointments

TIM BEALS, is the president of Credo Communications. He believes the best books transform and enjoys helping writers bring their books to readers who will embrace its message.

Taking Appointments For: Getting Published (Publishing Process), Best Publishing Options, Platform Building, and General Career Advice.

HANNAH R. CONWAY is an Author, Speaker, Podcaster, and Social Media Marketing & Communications Specialist, and Women’s Ministry Director.

Taking Appointments For: Newsletters, Social Media, Content Creation for Social Media, General Marketing and Communications for Authors.

RHONDA DRAGOMIR is a multimedia creative who  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.

Taking Appointments For: Website Design, Book Trailers, and Author Branding.

DEBB HACKETT is a Writer, Broadcaster, and Speaker who has been a radio journalist for more than twenty years. She has written a Bible study for military wives and is a regular contributor to the Advanced Writers and Speakers Devotional, Arise Daily.

Taking Appointments For: Networking, Speaking, and Preparing for Interviews and Podcasts.

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SARAH HAMAKER loves writing books “where the hero and heroine fall in love while running for their lives.” As a certified Advanced Writers and Speakers Association Writing Coach, she has a heart is to encourage writers and help them overcome obstacles in their writing journey.

Taking Appointments For: Writer Coaching, Marketing, and Writing Suspense (including Love Inspired).

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TAMMY KARASEK uses humor and wit to bring joy and hope to every aspect in life. Her past, filled with bullying and criticism from family, is the driving force behind her passion to always encourage and inspire others. Tammy works as a virtual assistant for several established authors.

Taking Appointments For: Book Launches and Street Teams, Building Social Media Platforms, Taxes and Record Keeping.

HANNAH LINDER is a Regency Romantic Suspense author and owner of Hannah Linder Designs, a Graphic Design company specializing in book covers with affordable prices. She is a magna cum laude graduate with an Associates Degree in Graphic Design. Hannah has created covers for both traditional publishing houses and award-winning authors and understands the importance of an attractive book cover.

Taking Appointments For: Book Covers, Promotional Graphics, 3D Mockups, 3D Box Sets and A+ Content, Interior Formatting.

DiANN MILLS is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She weaves memorable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards, the Golden Scroll, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

Taking Appointments For:  Craft of Fiction, Writing Suspense, and Writing Coach.

CARRIE STUART PARKS is a multi-Christy, Carol, Golden Scroll, and Inspy award-winning author in addition to numerous other awards. An internationally known forensic artist, she teaches courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals across the US and Canada and is the largest instructor of forensic art in the world. 

Taking Appointments For: Fiction Craft, Plotting, and Writing Suspense.

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DANI PETTREY is a Romantic Suspense Author and writing mentor who believes writing doesn’t have to be a solitary endeavor. In 2022, she launched Mocha & Manuscripts, a boutique mentoring service to help aspiring and newly published authors pursue their publication dreams. For more information, contact Dani at dani@mochaandmanuscripts.com.

Taking Appointments For: Discussing Craft, Working with Agents & Editors, Pitch Materials, Brainstorming, or Mentoring Opportunities.

KAYLA PETTREY is a Marketing Specialist & Virtual Assistant who graduated summa cum laude from Liberty University with a degree in Business Administration: Digital Marketing & Advertising. She is also a recent graduate of an intensive Virtual Assistant course through 90 Day VA. Her clients include Just Read Publicity Tours, Carrie Booth Schmidt (Author and Book Blogger at Reading is My Super Power), Barb Roose (Author, Speaker, and Literary Agent with Books & Such Literary Agency) and bestselling, award-winning, author, Dani Pettrey.

Taking Appointments For: Social Media Management, Calendar Management, Customer Communication, Graphic Design, Website Maintenance, Blog & Newsletter Management, Email Marketing & Management. Interested clients may reach Kayla via email at kayla.e.pettrey@gmail.com.

CARA PUTMAN is a Historical & Romantic Suspense Author who also lectures at a Big Ten University in law and communications. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska, George Mason University School of Law, and Krannert School of Management at Purdue, Cara loves bringing stories to life. 

Taking Appointments For: Plotting, Project Management, Historical Research, Craft of Fiction.

Toni Shiloh

TONI SHILOH is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace of the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior through soulfully romantic novels written to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

Taking Appointments For: Hybrid & Indie Publishing, Contemporary Romance, and General Writing Questions.

SARAH SUNDIN is a bestselling and award-winning author of World War II fiction. Sarah also serves as co-director of the West Coast Christian Writers Conference.

Taking Appointments For: Historical Fiction (Open to All Categories), Research, Organization (Research and/or Projects), and Writing Synopses.

DARLENE L. TURNER is a Romantic Suspense author with Love Inspired whose love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com.

Taking Appointments For: Anything Love Inspired Related, Writing Suspense, and General Writing Craft.

ERICA VETSCH is a Best-selling, award-winning author who loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

Taking Appointments For: Writing Historical Fiction/Romance, Research Tips/Organization, Novella Writing, Marketing, Writing Synopses, General Story Guidance.

KAREN WITEMEYER is a Historical Romance author who pens warmhearted stories with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Voted #1 Readers’ Favorite Christian Romance Author in 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a multiple award-winning author and a firm believer in the power of happy endings.

Taking Appointments For: Traditional Publishing, Writing Historical Romance, and General Industry Q&A.

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