Sonja Anderson writes from Seattle, Washington, and lives with her husband and two daughters. As a public school librarian, she is convinced that seeing children check out her own books is one of the world’s greatest blessings! Sonja is the author of the Adventures of Sophie Topfeather series (soon to be republished by Brimstone Fiction, and co-author of Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges, a book she wrote with her husband.


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 Press.

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.

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. 

Dr. Joseph Bentz is the author of 12 New Testament Passages that Changed the World and six other books on Christian living. He is also the author of A Son Comes Home and three other novels. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in California. More information is available at his website,



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.


Angela Breidenbach is a humorist, genealogist, media personality, and bestselling author. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network and teaches the business of writing. Angie lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over, and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also. 
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest/MeWe: @AngBreidenbach,

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.

Susie Crosby is a grateful mom of two grown sons who are students at the University of Hawaii. She and her husband live in Mukilteo–a seaside town in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. They love to hike and kayak, they are huge Seattle sports fans, and they mostly love hanging out at home with their little dog Koko. Susie teaches P.E., Art, Technology, and Music at an all-kindergarten school which keeps her busy full time. Her passion and joy is sharing encouraging words with the people she loves. She is an active blogger and speaker, and she is the author of Just One Word: 90 Devotions to Invite Jesus In. She is always on the lookout for really strong coffee, quiet beaches, lively farmers markets, and shops full of books.  Connect with Susie at

Vicki Crumpton has 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.

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. Find out more at Be prayed for on her daily prayer podcast with over one million downloads: For sexual abuse resources, visit For writer mastermind information, go to For cards, prints, and artsy fun go to

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.

Lindsay A. Franklin is the Carol Award–winning author of The Weaver Trilogy, a freelance editor, and a part-time homeschooling mom. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious geeklings, and three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats).

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.

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.

Rachel Pfeiffer serves as the associate 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.

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.

Tim Shoemaker is the author of sixteen books and is a popular speaker at conferences and schools around the country.  Over twenty-five years working with youth has helped him relate to his reading and listening audience in a unique way.  He is a regular contributor to Focus on the Family Clubhouse and Clubhouse JR. magazines. His contemporary suspense, Code of Silence, was named in the “Top Ten Crime Novels for Youth” by Booklist. Tim’s energetic style of teaching helps make even difficult topics clear. He is all about encouraging and equipping writers to do what they do—better.

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