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Agent Appointments

The opportunity to have personal appointments with Editors, Agents, is a valuable highlight of the conference. These provide a great way to learn first-hand about the writing industry, to pitch your manuscript or work-in-progress, and to brainstorm ideas, get encouragement, and benefit from industry professionals.

All appointments are available on a first pay, first slotted basis. Appointments will be scheduled by the Conference Appointment Coordinator, Casey Miller. Appointments will be scheduled the week prior to conference, so if you want an appointment, please register by September 4, 2020! All times are CDT for the virtual conference.You will select multiple choices for your appointment needs when you register for the conference. You will be sent your appointment information a week prior to the virtual conference so that, if requested by the person you have an appointment with, you may submit documents to Casey, who will ensure the information is passed along to the correct person.

Sarah Freese
Portrait of Sarah Freese
Organization: WordServe Literary Group
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site:

Sarah Joy Freese is a literary agent with WordServe Literary. She loves reading through queries, working with her authors on various proposals, and attending writing conferences to meet new excellent writers. Sarah especially enjoys working with authors to make their manuscripts even stronger. Sarah received her bachelor's degree in English and communication from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also has an MA (emphasis in creative writing) and an MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sarah is married and enjoying life with her husband, sons, daughter, and dog, Jewell. When she is not working, Sarah enjoys crocheting, watching NCIS and Grey's Anatomy, and playing Euchre.

Currently Seeking: Contemporary Romance, historical romance, historical, contemporary women's fiction, suspense, memoir, narrative non-fiction, and marriage/family/parenting from bloggers with a large platform.

Not interested in poetry.

If you are scheduled an appointment with Sarah, please submit a synopsis and the first chapter a week prior.


Rachelle Gardner
Portrait of Rachelle Gardner
Organization: Books & Such Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site:

Rachelle Gardner is an agent with Books & Such Literary Agency, representing both fiction and nonfiction. In the publishing business since 1995, Rachelle previously worked for two publishing houses in positions encompassing marketing, sales, international rights, acquisitions and editorial. She has also edited over 100 books. As an agent, she loves helping authors strategize and build their careers, and takes great joy in sharing the important milestones in a writer’s journey. Writers can get to know Rachelle through her blog, and at the agency website,


Currently Seeking: Currently seeking: Fiction for women in these genres: contemporary, historical, romance, suspense, literary, or general women's fiction. If you're hoping to break in to Harlequin/Love Inspired, talk to me! I'm NOT looking at speculative, sci-fi, fantasy, or YA/children's. I represent non-fiction as well, and I'm looking for authors who have strong platforms.

I'd like you to bring a brief synopsis and the first chapter of your novel - not for me to keep, but just for me to look at. A one-sheet is great, too, if you have one.

If you are scheduled an appointment with Rachelle, please submit the first 5 pages of your novel prior to the appointment, if possible (requested but not required).


Linda Glaz
Portrait of Linda Glaz
Organization: Hartline Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site:

Linda is an author and agent with Hartline Literary Agency. Having served in the Air Force at a time when it wasn’t exactly politically correct for a woman, she blazed many firsts for women in the military. She has taught karate and self-defense for thirty years and was a National instructor and referee for the largest soccer youth group in the US for twenty-five years. She isn’t afraid to try something new. Before joining Hartline, Linda was a reviewer for online romance sites, a final proofreader for a publisher, and organized and ran two separate writers’ groups. She worked for two years as an editorial assistant to Terry Burns at Hartline. Linda is also an author, so she understands authors.
She’s a member of ACFW, AWSA, and numerous other writers’ groups. She presents nationally each year at conferences, teas, churches, workshops, and various other venues. She’s also active on social media. Linda loves to laugh and make other people laugh. There is definitely healing and joy in laughter.

Currently Seeking: Romance, romantic suspense, historical fiction. Also nonfiction with a strong social media presence.

Not seeking children's or speculative fiction.

A manuscript must be complete before submitting to me for consideration if you are a new author. At the meeting, all you need is a smile and well thought out pitch that will hook and pull me in. If your work isn't finished, feel free to make the appointment and maybe we can brainstorm!

If you are scheduled an appointment with Linda, please submit the first page of your novel.


Julie Gwinn
Portrait of Julie Gwinn
Organization: Seymour Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site:

Julie Gwinn, currently a literary agent with The Seymour Agency, has more than a decade in Christian publishing including serving as marketing manager then Fiction Publisher for B&H Publishing Group and Marketing Manager for Abingdon Press.

Prior to joining the publishing industry, Gwinn has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing and public relations. She uses her previous experience to aid her authors at every phase of their publishing plan.
She lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband and two children and also enjoys freelance editing, and DIY projects around the house.

Currently Seeking: I am looking to acquire:

Contemporary Romance
Mystery, Suspense or Thriller
Romantic Suspense
Spec, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Women's fiction

Would like to see authors who have a complete or near completed manuscript.


Jessica Kirkland
Portrait of Jessica Kirkland
Organization: Kirkland Media Management
Title: Agent
Web Site:

Jessica Kirkland, a literary agent and entrepreneur, is the owner and primary agent with Kirkland Media Management, LLC., a Texas-based agency that specializes in publishing & film contracts in the inspirational market. Jessica possesses a unique skill set as an agent, which includes a strong command of sales, marketing, and creative development. She loves discovering new talent and identifying stories that have the capacity to change the world. Her outside-the-box thinking and keen business sense have allowed her to excel in the publishing industry and emerge as a champion for traditional and hybrid authors. With her eye always on the big picture, Jessica represents fiction and non-fiction clients who continue to thrive in an ever-changing publishing environment.

Jessica graduated with honors from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Marketing. She is a popular conference speaker where she teaches on publishing trends, marketing, blogging, and the writer’s journey. She has been an agent for six years, and was named Agent of the Year in 2016 by American Christian Fiction Writers. You can learn more about her agency at:

Currently Seeking: Kirkland Media Management provides representation for U.S. and Canadian authors with inspirational messages, working in partnership at every level from project concept to completion. We pursue the best creative talent and mine broad opportunities for our authors across all media formats—books, TV, film, e-books, and audio. Jessica is looking for strong stories that encourage, equip, challenge, and change.

Here is a more detailed list to guide you:


Romantic Comedy and/or Contemporary Romance (Sweet and clean, but doesn’t have to be CBA)
Women’s fiction

Note: Jessica is looking for seasonal stories that can be sold to companies like Hallmark (particularly their Christmas, Spring Fling, or Wedding line up).


Memoir. Jessica is looking for stories that are inspiring and have the ability to show Christ to the masses.
Christian Living
Special interest topics: prayer, defeating fear, holistic health, faith, spiritual warfare, humor, pet memoirs, prophecy

Note: Jessica is particularly looking for another pet memoir (dog or horse related).

Not looking for: Children’s, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA, Devotionals, Short Stories, or Poetry

Please bring a one sheet and two sample chapters for me to review. If I like the idea, I’ll request a digital copy of your full proposal.


Tamela Hancock Murray
Portrait of Tamela Hancock Murray
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site:

Tamela Hancock Murray has been a literary agent since 2001. She was named Agent of the Year in 2017 by ACFW. She is a bestselling author of over thirty novels, novellas, and nonfiction books, and won an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Because of her experience, Tamela brings the perspective of a working writer to her role as a literary agent. She represents many top authors and continues to develop new talent. She earned her BA with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Today she enjoys living in Northern Virginia with her husband of thirty-three years. They are the proud parents of two lovely adult daughters. Her personal book collection takes up way too much room but that doesn't stop her from buying more!

Currently Seeking: As always, Tamela is looking for all types of Christian romance. She also enjoys other types of excellent Christian fiction that is polished to a brilliant sheen. If you also write nonfiction and have a great platform, Tamela is interested in talking with you.

NOT SEEKING: Children's, YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Tamela enjoys talking with writers at all levels, so feel free to meet with her regardless of where you are in your publishing career.

If you are scheduled an appointment with Tamela, please submit a one-sheet prior to the appointment.


You must be at least 18 years old to attend conference without a parent/guardian present with you at all times.

Participation of an individual presenter, agent, editor, or publisher in the ACFW conference does not constitute endorsement by ACFW. Conference attendees are advised to use due diligence and take personal responsibility when choosing industry professionals with whom to schedule appointments or enter into agreement.