Northwest Christian Writers Renewal
May 19-21, 2022

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.

Editorial Representatives

Dan Balow - Agent - The Steve Laube Agency

Dan started in Christian publishing in 1983 and over the years has been involved in the business side of the industry in marketing, sales, foreign and domestic rights management, audio books, digital publishing, and acquisitions. He spent five years working with The Steve Laube as an agent, leaving temporarily in late 2018 to focus time on a publishing-related venture he owned before returning in early 2021. Dan served on the board of the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association, the trade association for Christian publishers in the U.S. and was board chairman of the Global Publishers Alliance, a group of U.S.-based publishing executives involved in mentoring Christian publishers in other countries. He was an original member of the advisory board of the Christy Awards (now part of ECPA) and involved in training and mentoring Christian publishers through Media Associates International. ( Dan is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in Communications and has been married to Carol for 40+ years. They live in Wheaton, Illinois and have four grown children and six granddaughters.

What Dan is looking for:  Authors of nonfiction works for adults but will consider nonfiction for younger groups once in a while. I will also expand to consider compelling content for children.

What Dan is not looking for: No fiction for now.

Diana Flegal - Agent - Hartline Literary Agency

-Virtual Appointments Only-

Diana Flegal has been an agent with Hartline Literary Agency for seventeen years. She has represented fiction and nonfiction mainstream and inspirational titles. Her sales include Appalachian and romance fiction, cookbooks, how to, and personal-story on topics such as anorexia and Sudan’s lost boys.

Acquisitions Interests:

Diana doesn’t shy away from tackling tough subjects. The world is looking for answers and we, the church, have them. 'Issue' fiction tackling relevant topics is of great interest to Diana, providing there is no unnecessary profanity or gratuitous sexuality. Nonfiction titles willing to start hard conversations while offering the hope we have in Christ without a preachy judgmental tone are welcome.

NOTE: Diana does not edit or represent devotionals, screenplays, or poetry

Nick Harrison - Agent - Wordserve Literary

-In Person Appointments Only-

Nick Harrison has worked in the book industry for more than 30 years. He began his career working for the public library while attending San Jose State University where he graduated with a degree in English. Since then Nick has owned or managed both Christian and children’s bookstores, written articles for several prominent publications, and has authored ten books including Magnificent Prayer and Power in the Promises. Endorsers of Nick’s books include Anne Graham Lotz, Lee Strobel, Mark Mittelberg, Liz Curtis Higgs, Jim Cymbala, Chip Ingram, Jerry Jenkins, and Tony Evans. For fifteen years Nick served as a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers where he worked with several well-known fiction and non-fiction authors. Nick is a popular speaker and teacher at writers’ conferences where he loves to discover promising new writers. He and his wife, Beverly, an avid quilter, live in Oregon and are the parents of three adult daughters and grandparents of two boys and two girls.

What Nick is looking for: Non-fiction: Christian self-help, prayer, women’s books, men’s books, social issues, church life.  Fiction: Will look at all genres.

What Nick is not looking for:  prophecy, apologetics, cults, poetry, gift books.

Jim Hart - Agent - Hartline Literary Agency
-Virtual Appointments Only-

Jim’s clients include both veteran and debut authors and represents a mix of non-fiction and fiction clients. He serves both Christian and general markets. Jim is also a singer/songwriter/worship leader and has been involved in youth and music ministry for several decades. He is credentialed with the Assemblies of God.

Acquisitions Interests:

Non-fiction:  Currently Jim is most interested in non-fiction on the topics of Christian living, church growth, leadership, business, social issues, parenting, and some self-help. Non-fiction writers will need to show a strong platform in their area of expertise. He is not looking at memoirs or devotionals at this time.

Fiction:  Jim is looking at select fiction in these categories: suspense/thrillers, romance (contemporary, historical, suspense, Amish), women’s fiction, and some speculative and sci-fi. Fiction writers should possess a strong and growing platform. He is not looking at children’s or middle-grade fiction at this time.

Tom and Jennifer Ish, Creation Illustrated,
Online and Print Magazine

Tom and Jennifer Ish are the publishers/editors of the award-winning magazine, Creation Illustrated. They started the publication in 1993 and are grateful that it has been widely received with readers calling it "The Christian answer to National Geographic!" Subscribers in all fifty states as well as a dozen foreign countries also find it to be a powerful outreach tool. Their ministry is dedicated to the eternal impact of sharing Biblical truths and character-building lessons through the power of Creation—Christ's method of teaching through the things He made.

Acquisitions Interests:

Creation Illustrated welcomes articles from writers who can help readers experience a "getaway" through the various features offered in each quarterly edition.  The publication is divided into three main sections: Creation Illustrated . . . In Nature, In Scripture, and In Living.  Each section has key features such as Creatures Near and Dear to Us, Re-Creation Outdoors, Creation Up-close, one day of the Creation Week story, My Walk With God, a Garden Feature, a Children's Story, and more.  The captivating writer will utilize nature themes while weaving in character-building lessons backed by Scripture quotes and anecdotes to demonstrate the transformational and powerful lessons found in God's creation.  Picking topics to write about that allow for strong photography is important as we seek to "illustrate" each story with stunning images from our many free-lance photographers.  It is also helpful to note that Creation Illustrated is published quarterly and is thus seasonal.  Stories that feature visiting a National Park in the Fall would run in that time frame, articles on animals that are active in winter would be chosen for that issue, etc.  More information on all the features we seek as well as submission and payment details are outlined in the Writer Guidelines on our website, and we welcome unsolicited queries that apply to the featured categories.  Learn more at: 

Karen Neumair - Agent - Credo Communications

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 more than a decade, she has worked alongside nonfiction authors who write about Christian living and spiritual growth, as well as topics geared toward women and families.

What Karen is looking for: is currently acquiring adult nonfiction with particular interest in Christian Living and Spiritual Growth, as well as women’s/family and current issues. She is open to taking on a very limited number of children’s books at this time.

What Karen is not looking for:  she does not represent fiction.

Suzanne Kuhn - Editor - Iron Stream Media

Suzanne Kuhn, Associate Publisher for Iron Stream Media and founder of Brookstone Creative Group & Brookstone Publishing Group, brings more than 30 years of industry experience including publishing, marketing, retail, and working with New York Times best-selling authors. Her mission is to help creatives pursue and fulfill their purpose.

What Suzanne is looking for: Iron Stream Media is currently acquiring the following for Iron Stream and Brookstone imprints:

Iron Stream Media:

Nonfiction: Bible Studies (especially for women), Devotionals, Christian Living/Ministry/Evangelism, Culture/Contemporary Issues, Discipleship/Personal Growth, Men’s Books, Prayer & Spiritual Warfare, Women’s Interests, Middle Grade Series, and

Evergreen projects that will remain relevant for years to come, similar to  Purpose Driven Life, Jesus Calling, or Prayer of Jabez. Our submission process can be found here.

Fiction: All genres in Adult, YA, and Middle Grade.

Brookstone Publishing Group*:

We are acquiring nonfiction, fiction, devotional, bible studies, YA, middle grade, and children’s.

*Brookstone Publishing Group is our fee for service, indie publishing option.

Rowena Kuo - Editor - Brimstone Fiction

Rowena Kuo is the CEO and Executive Editor for Brimstone Fiction, Brimstone Books and Media, and Brimstone Fire. With over 15 years of ministering to children, youth groups, young adults, women, and family groups, Rowena advocates for writers to build God-centered support systems consisting of people, perseverance, practice, and most of all, prayer. She has written for Christian Devotions, Written World Communications, Splickety, and the 168 Write of Passage. When not working on words or films, she is a full-time mom with secret aspirations for spaceflight.

What Rowena is looking for: Editorial Needs Brimstone Fiction seeks engaging, well-written stories in the genres of Speculative Fiction (YA Science Fiction and YA Fantasy) and chiller thrillers with supernatural/paranormal elements. I will be open to considering all genres of fiction, but I will be more interested in your work if you already know your audience. During appointments, I would like to see a one-sheet and the first chapter of your novel. I look for authors with enthusiasm and a willingness to develop their writing skills, whether they are just at the beginning of their writing career or multi-published world-wide. Although Brimstone Fiction maintains a Christian worldview, our audience will extend to the general market. I look forward to meeting you, no matter where you are on your career path as you continue your journey to publication. 

Janyre Tromp - Editor -  Kregal Publications

-Virtual Appointments Only-

Janyre Tromp has worked in the CBA industry for more than twenty years, spending time in both marketing and editorial. Currently, she is a developmental and acquisitions editor for Kregel Publications by day and a writer at night. For the record, you pronounce her name Jan-air . . . like the stove, but not like the book. She loves talking about books and interacts regularly with authors on Twitter ( including biweekly writing and editing tips.

What Janyre is looking for: Kregel Publications acquires broadly in nonfiction and fiction. We’re especially interested in nonfiction titles that tackle contemporary issues using a single biblical story or book. We’re also looking for manuscripts that deal with issues surrounding mental health, adults with special needs, social justice, as well as new takes on perennial topics like women’s issues, marriage, and parenting. Kregel is always looking for excellent historical romance, contemporary suspense, historical fiction, and women’s fiction with biblical grounding.

What Janyre is not looking for: Please no poetry, scripts, or memoir. One sheets, proposals, and synopses are helpful but not necessary. First-time authors welcome. 

Laura Wheeler - Editor - HarperCollins (Thomas Nelson Zondervan)
 -Virtual Appointments Only-

Laura Wheeler has over ten years of editorial experience in the CBA industry. She worked on titles for Hachette Book Group and Abingdon Press before becoming an acquisitions editor for HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan). Originally from Louisville, Laura currently lives in Nashville with her husband, Micah, and their very good canine boy, (Mr.) Knightley. She is most content when her days include baking French pastries, playing nerdy board games, laughing over a meal with good friends, and (of course) getting lost in an excellent novel.

What Laura is looking for: contemporary, romantic comedy, women’s fiction, general market crossover, historical romance, Southern fiction

What Laura is not looking for: biblical fiction, Amish fiction, short stories, poetry, suspense 

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