2022 Conference Faculty
Agents & Editors
Meet the amazing editors and agents who will be visiting WCCW. Under each editor or agent’s name, please note who will be taking individual appointments, or round table appointments only. Also, if you’re signing up for an appointment, please note the genres and topics they’re interested in discussing or read their bios carefully.
Stephanie Alton is a literary and marketing agent with The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc. She helps place authors with publishers, books them interviews, creates custom launch teams and blog campaigns. Many books she has collaborated on have reached the top 10 on the New York Times Best Seller List and rated #1 on Amazon.
Quantrilla Ard is a recent transplant to the Atlanta area along with her husband and three littles. She is a literary agent, faith-based personal and spiritual development writer and speaker who believes in the power of collective strength, community, and fellowship. She also holds a PhD in Health Psychology and is an advocate for social justice with a focus on Black maternal and infant health and mortality. You can find her sharing stories of triumph at www.thephdmamma.com.
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Blythe Daniel is a literary agent, author, and marketer. Her agency publicizes books and represents primarily adult nonfiction and children’s fiction. She and her mother are the co-authors of Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters and I Love You Mom: Cherished Word Gifts from My Heart to Yours.
Mary DeMuth has loved writing since she was a little girl. That love spilled over into a long-term writing career, and it informed her decision to become a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. As an agent, she loves to equip authors to write to their highest potential and build their platforms with joy and intention.
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Sharon Norris Elliott
“Live significantly!” That’s the inspiring message of Sharon Norris Elliott, award-winning author, editor, agent, speaker, and minister. Author of 13 books, she’s associated with several prestigious organizations such as AWSA, ACE, SCBWI, and HSBN.tv; co-director of the WCCW conference; and founder/CEO of AuthorizeMe® Consulting, Coaching, & Editing Firm, and Literary Agency. www.authorizeme.net
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Janet Kobobel Grant
Janet Kobobel Grant founded Books & Such Literary Management in 1996. The agency consists of five agents who represent more than 275 clients. Janet’s clients include numerous best-selling authors and winners of the ECPA Gold Medallion, Christy Award, Holt Medallion and RITA. Previously she was a book editor for more than 12 years, an imprint editor at Zondervan, managing book editor at Focus on the Family, collaborator on 17 books, and writer of two books. As a result, Janet knows the publishing world from the perspective of a writer, an editor, and an agent.
Round Tables Only
Deb Haggerty is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Elk Lake Publishing Inc., a traditional, royalty-paying Christian company that “Publishes the Positive.” She’s a Christ follower, wife, mom, and “Nana.” Deb is the author of These Are the Days of My Life and co-author of Experiencing God in a Broken World.
Shadia Hrichi is a passionate Bible teacher, author, and speaker who loves seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She holds a Master’s in biblical and theological studies and a Master’s in criminal justice. Shadia has published over 30 articles plus several Bible studies, including Tamar, Legion, Hagar, and Worthy of Love. Shadia is taking appointments for Leafwood Publishers.
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Bunmi Ishola is a Nigerian American, who grew up in both countries. She has her bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Texas A&M University, also holds a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She now works as a children’s book editor for Penguin Random House and serves as the board chair for The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary, a non-profit working to build a publishing community that fights for diversity.
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Kathleen Kerr is an acquisitions editor at Harvest House Publishers and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. She has a passion for cultivating an author’s message, finding new voices, and inviting readers into a deeper walk with Christ. Kathleen lives with her husband and daughters in the Pacific Northwest.
Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry over four decades. His agency has represented nearly 2,000 new books and Steve was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. In addition, Steve is the president and owner of Enclave Publishing and serves as president and owner of The Christian Writers Institute. He is the author of the annual Christian Writers Market Guide and Book Proposal Tips and Tricks.
Wendy Lawton is an agent with the much-respected literary agency, Books & Such. She represents some of the finest writers in the industry including many bestselling authors. She’s served on the faculty of several major writers conferences, won the infamous Bulwer-Lytton competition and authored thirteen books.
Round Tables Only
Tamela Hancock Murray
Tamela Hancock Murray, a bestselling, award-winning author, approaches her career as a literary agent with a writer’s heart. Whether you are unsure about working with an agent, just want advice about publishing and your proposal, or if you have a book ready to submit to publishers, Tamela looks forward to talking with you! Tamela’s office is in Northern Virginia, where she lives with her husband. They are the parents of two beautiful and talented daughters.
Karen Neumair is a Senior Literary Agent and the Chief Operating Officer of Credo Communications, where she assists authors with their book proposals and connects them with potential publishers. She has worked alongside authors who write Christian Living, Spiritual Growth, and topics geared toward women and families for more than a decade, and in the last few years has expanded to children’s projects as well.
Barb Roose is a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management representing non-fiction and adult fiction. She loves partnering with authors to achieve their publishing career goals. With experience as an author, award-winning pharmaceutical sales representative and executive leader in the megachurch environment, Barb embraces the challenges and opportunities that agenting in Christian publishing offers. She welcomes queries that meet agency submission guidelines at booksandsuch.com.
Cynthia Ruchti is an author and speaker and literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. Her more than 30 books have garnered industry honors from reviewers, retailers, and reader awards programs. She and her grade school sweetheart husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six (to date) grandchildren. https://www.cynthiaruchti.com
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.”
Isaiah 9: 2 NLT