Watch for Our Next Mini-Masterclass!
February 25 – 27, 2021
Round Tables, Coaching & Critique Appointments, Agent & Editor Pitches
Group Session: $25
Registration for Round Tables Closes February 19, 2021.
How would you like to meet with a published author in a no-pressure environment? Round Tables are a unique perk to WCCW. You can meet online in a small group (max 8 people) with an industry professional to ask questions or brainstorm. Round Tables will be conducted live online at 1:00 p.m. on February 26 and 27 for one hour each.
You’re welcome to sign-up for a Round Table on both Friday and Saturday.
You can find out more about the round table leaders by reading their bios on the list of workshops.
FRIDAY, Feb 26 at 1 pm on Zoom
- Audience First, with Sharon Elliott
- Historical Fiction, with Michelle Ule
- Writing Fight Scenes, with Carla Hoch
- Writing for Children & Teens, with Marilyn Hilton
- Nonfiction Writing, with Tracie Heskett
- Conundrum of Platform, with Mary DeMuth
- Traditional Publication Process, with Jane Daly
SAT Feb 27 at 1 pm on Zoom
- Nonfiction Books, with Joseph Bentz
- Audio Books, with Jon Drury
- Personal Experience Stories, with Jeanette Hanscome
- Career Transitions, with Jan Kern
- Nonfiction Proposals, with Janet McHenry
- Self-Publishing, with Robynne Miller
- Brainstorming, with Marci Seither
- Fiction, with Sarah Sundin
Coaching & Critique Appointments
Individual Session: $40
Our Coaching & Critique Appointments Closed Feburary 7th, 2021.
Would you like feedback on your writing from a published author? You’ll have the opportunity to submit a writing sample in advance. A faculty member will meet with you online or by phone for thirty minutes to give you feedback and discuss next steps for you and your writing. You’re welcome to purchase as many appointments as you’d like.
Below is the list of our amazing faculty members who are excited to meet with you! You can find out more about them by reading their bios on the list of workshops.
- Joseph Bentz
- Jane Daly
- Mary DeMuth
- Melanie Dobson
- Jon Drury
- Sharon Elliott
- Jeanette Hanscome
- Tracie Heskett
- Marilyn Hilton
- Carla Hoch
- Jan Kern
- Cindi McMenamin
- Robynne Miller
- Marci Seither
- Sarah Sundin
- BJ Taylor
- Michelle Ule
Agent & Editor Pitches
Individual Session: $40
Due to the incredible response to our Agent & Editor Pitch Sessions, we’re unable to schedule any more appointments. Thank you so much for supporting this new opportunity.
The opportunity to connect indivdually with agents is an important part of our WCCW Conference. Our faculty includes some of the top editors and literary agents in the industry. You will have the opportunity to make fifteen-minute individual appointments with an editor or agent (conducted by phone or online). You’re welcome to purchase as many appointments as you’d like.
The Steve Laube Agency
Bob Hostetler is an award-winning author, literary agent, 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. Bob is also an agent with The Steve Laube Agency and the executive director of the Christian Writers Institute (christianwritersinstitute.com).
Looking for: Brilliance. Irresistible writing. In almost any genre (except fantasy/horror/scifi and poetry)
Tamela Hancock Murray
The Steve Laube Agency
Tamela Hancock Murray has been a literary agent since 2001. Prior, she was a bestselling author. She won an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award and ACFW Agent of the Year.
Looking for: In fiction, I am focusing on romance and romantic suspense. I can also consider historical romance, historical, and suspense. In nonfiction, I am always looking for a great project from a strong author with a platform and credentials. I am also happy to talk to authors who are seeking to form a career strategy and needing other types of advice. These authors may not necessarily want to pitch a specific project. With my connections and experience, I am well positioned to offer guidance and suggestions on anything from how to identify where an author’s project should be pitched, tips on proposal writing, and other advice and encouragement.
Books & Such Literary Management
Book & Such Literary Management agent Barb Roose represents non-fiction and adult fiction. She leverages her award-winning sales and leadership background to help writers achieve their publishing goals.
Looking for: NON-FICTION: Women’s Issues, Christian Living Issues, Devotionals, Race & Culture, Memoirs, Narrative Nonfiction. FICTION (CBA Adult Fiction ONLY): Women’s, Romantic Suspense, Suspense/Thriller, Historical, Romance, Legal and Family Issues. (Limited representation spots)
Books & Such Literary Management
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-hope through more than 30 novels, nonfiction, devotionals, and through speaking events for women and writers. She is the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management.
Looking for: FICTION AND NONFICTION, but no children’s, YA, or Speculative/Fantasy
Nick Harrison is a literary agent with WordServe Literary and the author of more than a dozen books. A former senior editor at Harvest House, Nick enjoys championing new and unpublished writers. His website is http://nickharrisonbooks.com/.
Looking for: Christian self-help, Biographies of well-known Christians, Prayer, Literary fiction, Off-beat but marketable book ideas. Not looking for: Children’s books, Gift books, Prophecy, Generic devotionals, Personal experience stories, Genre fiction.
The Blythe Daniel Agency
Stephanie Alton is a literary and marketing agent who helps first time and previously published writers partner with publishers on new projects, and also runs launch teams, blog campaigns, and books podcast interviews for new release titles.
Looking for: We are reviewing books in the categories of: Christian Life, Spiritual Growth, Current Events, Inspirational/Narrative Non-Fiction, Business/Leadership, Church Leadership, Marriage, Parenting, Apologetics, Social Issues, Women’s Issues, DIY, and Gift books. We work with previously published bestselling authors and up-and-coming voices that are: business leaders, pastors, journalists, ministry leaders, and others who have an established organization or ministry, or are a part of one.
Sharon Norris Elliott
AuthorizeMe Editing, Consulting & Literary Agency
Sharon Norris Elliott, CEO of AuthorizeMe Editing, Consulting, and Literary Agency, an insightful book developer, helps her clients marry their message with their readers’ needs. Then she helps perfect those messages and finds publishing homes for her clients’ masterpieces.
Looking for: Adult non-fiction (women’s issues, men’s issues, young adult – Bible based), children’s middle grade chapter books, children’s picture books, children’s story books (elementary), memoir that are focused on the felt need of the audience. I am also interested in helping African-American pastors get published.
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. For the past decade, she has worked alongside nonfiction authors who write about Christian living and spiritual growth, as well as topics geared toward women and families.
Looking for: I am actively seeking thoughtful nonfiction projects. I will look at some children’s as well, but I take on very little. No Fiction.
Apokedak Literary, Paraklesis Press
Looking for: Children’s books (for ages 0-18), including nonfiction or fiction—all genres, for General or Christian market. Also, adult titles aimed at the Christian market, including nonfiction or fiction.
Kathleen Kerr is an acquisitions editor at Harvest House Publishers, working with debut, bestselling, and award-winning authors, and she is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country.
Looking for: Adult nonfiction – Christian living and spiritual growth for men and women. I’m not looking for Bible studies, children’s books, or memoir.
Associate editor at Kregel Publications
Joel Armstrong is the associate editor at Kregel Publications. He also writes poetry and speculative fiction. joeljarmstrong.com.
Looking for: Kregel Publications publishes a wide range of general-interest nonfiction and fiction. We are open to most genres and topics in the CBA market, but we are always on the lookout for fresh takes on industry staples. How about a Bible study on Habakkuk instead of Daniel, or a Christian living title on substance abuse in the church? Right now, we are especially interested in social justice themes, nonfiction titles from a pastoral perspective, and books that address mental health concerns. We do not publish science fiction, fantasy, or poetry, but we are open to all other genres of fiction, especially historical romance, women’s fiction, and suspense. That said, we are particularly interested in nonfiction titles at this time.
Misty M. Beller
Wild Heart Books
Misty M. Beller is the managing editor of Wild Heart Books, a traditional publisher focusing in Christian Historical Romance novels. She’s also a successful author in her own right with over 25 novels published, as well as a non-fiction book for authors, How to Market a Book Release.
Looking for: Christian historical romance of at least 50,000 words. Ideally between 55,000 – 75,000 words. We prefer books set in the United States or Canada, but will consider other locations. Our preferred time period ranges from 1700 to 1900, but we will consider earlier periods. What to bring to the pitch session: Email Misty an overview of the story (could be a few paragraphs or a full synopsis) and up to 5 sample pages. If you have a full proposal or one-sheet already completed, send that as well. Even if you don’t have a story to pitch, Misty is happy to answer questions about writing or marketing. She loves helping writers and talking books! Learn more at: www.wildheartbooks.org.
Elk Lake Publishing
Publisher & Editor in Chief. Deb Haggerty owns Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., a Christian company. She’s a speaker, author, and editor. She and her husband live outside Plymouth, MA.
Looking for: I will look at any genre of fiction from children’s through adult. I’m especially interested In mystery/suspense and speculative. I’m also interested in nonfiction from children’s through adult, but no memoirs, devotionals, poetry, or Bible studies.
Tessa Emily Hall
Illuminate YA Fiction
Tessa Emily Hall is an award-winning author of books for teens, as well as the YA Managing Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint). Connect with her at www.tessaemilyhall.com.
Looking for: I would be willing to look at a one sheet, query letter, proposal, etc. for YA projects only.
Edwina Perkins is an award-winning writer, experienced teacher, speaker, freelance editor, and a sensitivity reader. She is the Managing Editor of Harambee Press—an imprint which seeks to publish ethnic writers—with Iron Steam Media. She is also a contributing writer to Guideposts Magazine.
Looking for: Manuscripts that include marginalized communities that the author would like to have checked for an accurate representation of that community. From ethnic writers, I’m looking for fiction, nonfiction, devotionals, children’s (not picture books), and young adult.
Focus on the Family
Jesse Florea oversees Clubhouse (for kids 8-12) and Clubhouse Jr. (for 3-7) magazines at Focus on the Family. He has written or co-written more than forty books, including the Defend Your Faith apologetics Bible for kids.
Looking for: CLUBHOUSE JR. MAGAZINE: We are looking for: 1) Bible stories for 3- to 7-year-olds (400 words or less). Stories should be storybook form, broken into four 75-to-100-word pieces, with a 50-word sidebar that explains the theme and encourages kids to live out their faith. Stories shouldn’t be what kids have heard in Sunday school. Instead they are told from a different perspective (i.e. grasshoppers on backpacks telling story of Gideon’s victory in battle). 2) Rebus stories for same age group with solid takeaway (200 words or less). 3) Fiction—900 words or less—generally fits theme of specific month. Could be historic, animal, modern-day, sci-fi, choose-your-own-adventure. WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR: Stories where parents or grandparents solve all the problems. Let the children think, wrestle and overcome their conflicts. Puzzles. /// CLUBHOUSE MAGAZINE: We are looking for: 1) Biblical archeology or apologetics stories for 8- to 12-year olds (1,000 words or less) for Truth Pursuer section of magazine. Stories must be insightful, fun writing. Needs to take a heady subject and make it kid-like and engaging. 2) Personality stories of kids 13 or younger with faith angle (900 words or less). Again, ordinary kids doing something extraordinary. 3) Crafts or recipes geared toward holidays or specific times of year. 4) Quizzes (400 or 800 words). Could be multiple choice, True or False, arrow quiz. Use humor to engage and make your point. WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR: Modern-day fiction set in the suburbs. We have a long-standing stable of fiction writers, but if you have a story that will blow me out of the water, I want to see. Fiction is the most difficult place to break into Clubhouse.
February 25-27, 2021
“By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” (Philippians 3:12-14 MSG)