Northwest Christian Writers Renewal with James L. Rubart
What Linda is looking for: A great romance, either contemporary, suspense, or historic. “I don’t connect with a lot of nonfiction, but would always be happy to have peek. And any other genre, if well-written, will certainly get my notice. Well-written…well-written…well-written. I’m not choosy as long as it’s…well-written. The most important thing being whether or not I have a place I can take it to. Just because I say no doesn't mean it isn't a great work!”
NOT looking for children’s; also no hard copies, please, and no works that include any graphic sexuality or profanity.
Deb Haggerty is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. She has been involved in Christian speaking and writing since 1995. She is well known in the industry for her teaching at Christian writers’ conferences such as Glorieta, Blue Ridge Mountains, Greater Philadelphia, and Florida. Her seminars on communication, networking, and grace are popular with conferences and church groups alike. One of her most requested is “Tips and Tricks on Working with Editors and Publishers.” Since purchasing Elk Lake Publishing in 2016 and incorporating, the company has gained a reputation for publishing positive books, encouraging new and experienced authors alike, and participating in the education of upcoming writers. They are a traditional, royalty-paying publisher that acquires a variety of books in all genres of fiction and from children’s to adult. Deb’s mission is to come alongside the authors God brings to her to ensure their work is produced in a positive and professional fashion.
Winch is the editor in chief of Havok, an e-zine and anthology publication that provides free daily flash fiction across a variety of genres. As a freelance editor, he's worked with multiple best-selling and award-winning authors, and of the million or so words he's edited, over half of them have been flash fiction. When he's not helping others polish theirwriting, he's creating worlds, weaving plots, and solving mysteries of his own.
As its name suggests, Havok publishes hard-hitting stories that keep readers coming back for more. We publish across multiple genres (mystery, thriller, scifi, fantasy, and comedy), and we keep things fresh with a different theme each month. Stories must be between 300-1000 words in length and must be PG-13 or lower. Check out GoHavok.com for more information.
Cindy Lambert has a passion for the life-changing impact of Christian publishing. She began her career as owner of an award-winning independent Christian bookstore and then expanded into leadership roles in distribution and editorial at Ingram, Simon & Schuster, and Zondervan, where she most recently served as vice president and associate publisher of trade books. Since 2018 she has been executive editor-at-large for Baker and Revell. Lambert, editor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Mistaken Identity, has worked alongside such bestselling authors as Mark Batterson, Kyle Idleman, Kay Warren, Craig Groechel, Ruth Graham, Max Lucado, and Christine Caine. Since 2012 she has been a collaborative writer of seven books including the Tyndale bestseller Unplanned and the newly released Sandi Patty book, The Voice. She and her husband have six children and nine grandchildren, and they love to launch their kayaks together from their own dock in front of their log home in Michigan.
Rowena Kuo is the CEO and executive editor for Brimstone Fiction. She is also the Development Executive Producer for Lighthouse Productions of the Carolinas. With over 15 years of ministering to children, youth groups, young adults, and now 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.
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.
Renae Brumbaugh Green is a bestselling author, editor, and owner of Armonia Publishing. She lives in Texas with her handsome, country-boy husband, four nearly-perfect children, and far too many animals. When she's not writing or editing, or teaching writing or editing, she's most likely curled up with a delicious regency-era inspirational romance.
Armonia Publishing focuses on books that encourage and inspire those who face unique challenges such as childhood illness, a difficult diagnosis, or a unique obstacle. We are looking for uplifting, humor-filled memoirs about people who have overcome—or at least learned to live with—these unusual hurdles.
Mick Silva is senior acquisitions editor for Zondervan nonfiction trade books. Silva’s publishing experience includes writing and acquisitions for Focus on the Family and Waterbrook Multnomah. In those roles, he acquired memoir, self-help, marriage, parenting, Christian living, men’s interest, young family and teen books and developed ancillary products. Silva has consulted and coached nonfiction writers, editing for several large and small publishers, and assisting agents and authors with proposal targeting.
Mick is looking for: Fresh Relational Concepts// Restorative Spiritual Growth// Touching & Funny
Fresh Relational Concepts– Sure, lots of books are about relationships, but beyond marriage and parenting, there are popular counseling concepts (like How We Love), all kinds of creative approaches and practical methods to improving our relational lives (which is to say, our lives). Established voices are great, but compelling, nontraditional ideas still break out all the time (Boundaries was once an untested idea, and Love Is a Choice and The Five Love Languages were radical concepts...).
Restorative Spiritual Growth– We’re all a bit disenfranchised these days, but we’re also tired of mud-slinging and diatribes. So pastors, counselors, and leaders who can help us feel less worn out by the Christianity game, but can still help us tune in to the spiritual practices of silence, solitude, and active listening, these are my people. Humble guides who remind me to engage honestly as a fellow messed-up traveler, and recover my imago dei (think John Ortberg, David Benner, Parker Palmer).
Touching & Funny– I really enjoy Philip Yancey, Jen Hatmaker, Bob Goff, & Anne Lamott. Storytellers who want to know God intimately, go deep, and with lighthearted humor. Even irreverence with some modern cynicism. Smart writing from a singular personality; I can get healed and laugh too!
Thank you for helping us make this a fragrance-free event out of respect for those who have chemical sensitivities.