NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION



You may request a free appointment with up to two of these editorial representatives.

You will receive ONE pre-scheduled editorial/agent appointment depending on rep availability.


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Sally Apokedak - Agent - Apokedak Literary Agency

Sally Apokedak owns the Apokedak Literary Agency. She’s been studying, reviewing, and marketing books, as well as giving writing instruction for 30 years. She represents a select few award-winning and/or best-selling authors, including Hannah C. Hall and Taryn Souders. Sally is also a publisher. Check out her small press, Paraklesis PressFind out more about Sally’s literary agency at sally-apokedak.com 

What Sally is looking for: She is looking for children’s books (for ages 0-18) written from a Christian and/or conservative worldview aimed at either the general or Christian market and she is looking for adult nonfiction or fiction aimed at the Christian market.



Jessica Barnes - Editor - Bethany House

Jessica Barnes is a fiction editor at Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. She has been editing fiction for fifteen years and has worked with several best-selling and award-winning authors. Life has taken her from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains to Asia to New York City, but she’s currently based in the Twin Cities. 




What Jessica is looking for: I’m always on the lookout for great new voices that make their story come to life on the page. I’m interested in seeing contemporary romance, general contemporary fiction, historical fiction with a unique hook or setting, suspense/thriller, romantic suspense, and stories by #OwnVoices authors.


What Jessica is not looking for:  I’m not looking for children’s/YA, sci-fi/fantasy, or Amish. One of my guilty pleasures is interesting retellings of classic stories in new settings.



Karin Beery - Editor - Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Karin Beery is a managing editor at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (fiction). She also serves as the director of the Christian Editor Connection, a division of the Christian Editor Network LLC, owns Write Now Editing, teaches fiction-editing classes at the PEN Institute, and writes hopeful, witty fiction with a healthy dose of romance. 



What Karin is looking for: Karin will be accepting proposals and first chapters for clean, general-market fiction (no gratuitous sex, violence, or swearing) that doesn’t break biblical principles. She’s looking for women’s fiction, contemporary romance, historical romance, historical fiction, and western fiction (historical or contemporary). 


What Karin is not looking for:  She is not taking speculative fiction, young adult, or children’s books.


Keely Boeving - Agent - WordServe Literary

Keely Boeving has been an Agent with WordServe Literary since 2015. After receiving her BA from the University of Virginia, she attended the Denver Publishing Institute and began her career in New York working in the editorial departments of Bloomsbury and Oxford University Press. She moved back to her home state of Colorado in 2014 and began her own freelance editorial company before joining WordServe. She lives in Denver with her husband and their boy/girl twins, and loves skiing, biking, and being outdoors.

What Keely is looking for: smart, well-crafted nonfiction in the areas of Christian living, spiritual growth, social justice, mental health, neurodiversity, and women’s topics including motherhood, relationships and marriage, and calling. In children’s, she is looking for Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture Books that captivate readers through their use of language and invite us to see the world in new ways. She is always looking for projects from diverse and under-represented voices.


Kimberly Carlton - Editor - Harper Collins Christian Publishing

Kimberly Carlton is an Acquisitions Editor with HCCP, where she’s been since 2016. She loves working collaboratively with the stellar team at HCCP and helping stories become the best that they can be. She has a lifelong love of reading, grammar, and languages of all kinds. Despite being bitten by a cheetah at age eleven, she retained her love of animals and now shares her home with her five-year-old German Shepherd puppy, Percy.


What Kimberly is looking for: contemporary and women’s fiction; minority voices; historical fiction with an intriguing hook; romance; suspense. Complete manuscripts preferred, but not required.

What Kimberly is not looking for: Biblical fiction; Amish fiction; Middle Grade/Children’s


Vicki Crumpton - Editor - RevellBooks

Vicki Crumpton, Executive Editor for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has over thirty years of publishing experience. A recipient of ACFW’s Editor of the Year award, AWSA’s Editor of the Year award, and AWSA’s Fiction Editor of the Year award, she has acquired a number of award finalists and winners, as well as several New York Times bestsellers, including 90 Minutes in Heaven. She holds an M. Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Seminary, is a Mensa member, and works from her office in Western Kentucky. When she’s not taking care of the menagerie, you can often find her riding a road or mountain bike, paddling a kayak, or taking photos.

What Vicki is looking for: Non fiction: Christian living, personal growth, self help (odd category, don’t you think, for Christians?!), prayer, spiritual growth, marriage/family/parenting, relationships, personal finance. 

What Vicki is not looking for:  traditional Bible Studies (8-week, interactive). We only rarely take memoir/personal experience.


Mary Demuth - Agent -  Books & Such

Mary DeMuth is an international speaker and podcaster, and she’s the novelist and nonfiction author of over forty books, including Pray Every Day (Harvest House Publishers 2020). She loves to help people re-story their lives. She lives in Texas with her husband of 30 years and is the mom to three adult children. She also is an agent for the Books & Such Literary Agency. 

What Mary is looking for:  Adult nonfiction Christian living titles, particularly those with a bent toward spiritual growth, devotionals, discipleship, and the global church. She is also interested in well-crafted upmarket fiction.


Pete Ford - Agent - Credo Communications


Pete Ford has built websites, planned writers conferences, and edited manuscripts. A graduate of Calvin University with a degree in literature, he works at Credo Communications as a literary agent and publishing coordinator.


What Pete is looking for:  I am interested in receiving submissions for both fiction and nonfiction in the Christian publishing arena. In fiction, I am especially fascinated with parallel storylines that enhance each other. For nonfiction, “lay academic” titles interest me, from spiritual growth and practical living to topics that bring liturgy to an evangelical audience. 

What Pete is not looking for: YA, children’s, or memoir.


Bob Hostetler - Agent - 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




What Bob is looking for:  Fiction: contemporary, historical, mystery, romance, suspense, thriller. Selected children’s books. Nonfiction: Nearly all topics written from a Christian perspective – business and leadership, contemporary issues and current events, Christian living, devotionals, humor, marriage and family, parenting, prayer, spiritual growth, teens/young adult, women’s nonfiction.

What Bob is not looking for: Fiction: fantasy, horror, science fiction, speculative fiction (those are Steve’s strange affliction). Nonfiction: cookbooks and poetry.




Linda Howard - Editor - Tyndale

  

Linda Howard is Associate Publisher for Children and Youth at Tyndale House Publishers. She brings strong experience to her role, including working with Adventures in Odyssey, 14 years teaching preschool,
and eight years as Assistant Director for an Arts school. Linda has the honor of working with topā€selling authors Ann Voskamp, Mike Nawrocki, Amy Parker, John Ortberg, and more. Linda’s passion for bringing children to a deeper understanding of Christ drives her acquisitions choices. Helping authors to publish products that start children on a path to spiritual maturity is a responsibility she takes seriously, and she is grateful to serve.

What Linda is looking for:  Family and children's devotions, picture books, YA and MG books, both fiction and nonfiction

What Linda is not looking for: Adult books, Bible studies


Rachel Pfeiffer - Editor- Focus on the Family Clubhouse


Rachel Pfeiffer serves as the assistant editor for Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine, where she acquires and edits stories to entertain and engage children. She graduated from Taylor University with an undergraduate degree in professional writing and has published a variety of freelance articles. When she's not curled up with a good book, she can often be found hiking the beautiful mountains in Colorado.



Clubhouse (8–12 years old) 

Rachel is looking for:  Fiction stories (choose-your-own-adventure, contemporary, science fiction, historical) ;Personality features of ordinary kids doing extraordinary things; Quizzes (multiple choice or true/false) that teach a biblical concept or character trait; Factual stories from a Christian worldview that talk about apologetics, biblical archeology or Christian values; Recipes and crafts

Rachel is not looking for:  

Stories where adults solve every problem; Mystery stories (we have a monthly column); Stories that deal with boy-girl relationships; Preachy sounding stories with an overbearing moral or message; Bible stories

Clubhouse Jr (3–7 years old) 

Rachel is looking for: Fiction stories (choose-your-own-adventure, contemporary, science fiction, historical); Poetry; Bible stories; Rebus stories; Nature features; Recipes and crafts

Rachel is not looking for:  Stories where adults solve every problem; Puzzles; Preachy sounding stories with an overbearing moral or message


Barbara Roose - Agent - Books & Such

Barb Roose is a literary agent with Book & 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.

Barb is 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)

  

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