West Coast

Christian Writers



October 18 – 20, 2023

Roseville, California


AgentAppointments (In-Person), Agent Appointments (Virtual)

Round Table

Rachelle is interested in discussing:

Nonfiction books: Christian living, marriage/family/parenting, memoir, spiritual growth/theology, self-help/health

Fiction: contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, suspense/thriller/mystery, romantic suspense

Rachelle Gardner is a literary agent and owner of Gardner Literary. She has been an agent for 15 years and currently represents an impressive list of about 50 authors with many bestsellers and award-winners among them. She is looking at all kinds of fiction and nonfiction.


From Query to Publication (and Everything in Between) (Publishing): The world of publishing can be confusing! This workshop will explain the entire process between the time you submit a query to an agent and the time your book is published. You’ll learn what the editorial, marketing, sales and art departments are doing—and most importantly, what will be expected of you. Includes the basics about contracts, deadlines, book covers, and marketing expectations. This workshop will help you navigate your way through your first experience as a published author.

Authors & Agents: Inside this Important Partnership (Publishing): Do all writers need agents? Who needs an agent and why? You’ll learn how to decide whether you need an agent, how to research literary agents, and how to determine the right agent for you. We’ll discuss what to expect from an agent and what not to expect. Finally, we’ll talk about how to do your part in building and maintaining a successful long-term relationship with an agent. This workshop will dispel the mystique surrounding agents (no – we are not all sharks!) and help you make the best decision for your writing career.

2023 Conference

October 18 – 20, 2023


Writers on the Move


“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9