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Agent Appointments

The opportunity to have personal appointments with Editors and 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, up until conference, so if you want an appointment, please register before August 1st! You will select multiple choices for your appointment needs when you register for the conference. You will receive your appointment information in your registration packet.

Kristy Cambron
Portrait of Kristy Cambron
Organization: Gardner Literary
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.gardner-literary.com

Kristy Cambron is a literary agent with Gardner Literary, representing fiction and nonfiction in the Christian market. She is a Christy Award-winning author with a diverse background in published works including historical fiction, Bible studies, Bibles, a Bible study journal, and a gift book anthology. She's also served as a Women's Ministry Leader for one of the nation's largest churches and prior to the decade of experience she has in publishing, spent fifteen years in leadership development for a Fortune 100 corporation, partnering with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup. Kristy has a background in art and design, with an undergraduate degree in art history and research writing. She has a heart to help the aspiring author and is looking for strong writers whose stories fall at the intersection of faith, art, and history. She's a wife and a mom of boys living in the Hoosier state, and loves talking all things sports, travel, art, history, and classic books.

Currently Seeking: Currently Seeking:


Contemporary romance & rom-com;
Romance or rom-com with magical realism (time travel etc.);
Women's and general fiction, especially stories set in Europe, PNW, New England, urban/big city, small town beachy or coastal locations;
Dual-time historical or historical romance (no WWII);
Regency;
Fiction including the arts and/or strong female voices;
Thriller or suspense, with romance


NOT acquiring: YA/YA fantasy, mystery or cozy mystery, children's or middle grade, poetry, cookbooks, memoir (except WWII focus), adult fantasy, sci-fi, or literary fiction

*Also looking at nonfiction for the Christian and general markets. Nonfiction must include a platform.



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Lynette Eason
Portrait of Lynette Eason
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Agent
Web Site: http://www.stevelaube.com/

Lynette Eason is the best-selling, award-winning author of over sixty books including the Extreme Measure Series. Her books have appeared on the CBA, ECPA, and Parable bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the Carol Award, the Selah, the Golden Scroll and more. Her novel, Her Stolen Past, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network. Lynette teaches at writing conferences all over the country and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and Faith, Hope, and Love. Lynette can be found online at http://www.lynetteeason.com and www.facebook.com/lynette.eason and @lynetteeason on Twitter.

Currently Seeking: I’m looking to represent authors of all types of Christian fiction including, but not limited to:

romantic suspense
thrillers
mysteries
speculative fiction
historical
women’s contemporary
YA
and writers targeting the Love Inspired suspense lines.
I’m also interested in YA nonfiction and may be interested in some adult nonfiction, depending on the topic.
I am not looking for children’s books.

Would love to see a one sheet during our meeting!

Guidelines: http://www.stevelaube.com/guidelines/

Linda Glaz
Portrait of Linda Glaz
Organization: Linda S. Glaz Literary Agency
Title: Literary Agent/Owner
Web Site:

Linda S. Glaz spent thirteen years as an agent before going out on her own with Linda S. Glaz Literary Agency. She understands authors because she is one! Married with three grown children, she also brags about six grands and two greats. Aw, they're all great!

And needless to say, she LOVES books. Always looking for that next wonderful All American best-selling novel! She handles nonfiction and fiction in both the Christian and general markets. No spec or children’s, however!


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

Not seeking children's or speculative fiction.




APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
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 bring the first page of your novel.



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Ali Herring
Portrait of Ali Herring
Organization: Spencerhill Associates
Title: Agent
Web Site: http://www.spencerhillassociates.com/

Ali Herring is an agent with Spencerhill Associates. She got her start in publishing at an agency in the greater NYC metro area before joining Spencerhill in 2017. A former magazine associate editor, Ali has a diverse background in communications and editorial and graduated valedictorian of her class at Berry College in 2001, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She lives in metro Atlanta with her husband, three children (two of whom are starting college this year), and even though she’s allergic—four cats. She represents authors of fiction in both the Christian and secular markets, and much to her delight, those authors have dubbed themselves the "Spencerhill Ali-ens." This quirky moniker was the inspiration of Sharon Mondragón, whom Ali met and signed via an ACFW conference! You can find her on Twitter at @HerringAli.


Currently Seeking: Ali represents both Christian fiction and secular fiction, but does not represent non-fiction, graphic novels or memoir. In the Christian market, she's currently on the lookout for contemporary romance and romantic suspense (both category romance and single-title), women's fiction, and contemporary fiction. She's also interested in seeing some adventure fiction or supernatural fiction reminiscent of Frank Peretti and would be open to the "perfect" YA inspirational title, though she doesn't know what that looks like yet! Within the Christian market, she is not looking for historical romance, Amish romance, picture books, kidlit or middle grade, though on the secular market side, she represents all genres of kidlit, middle grade and YA, as well as romance (everything but historical), women's fiction and SFF. She particularly likes high-concept commercial fiction with a literary flair. She is passionate about championing diverse voices and is actively seeking to represent authors from all backgrounds and perspectives. If you'd like a better idea of her interests, you can find her on Twitter, @HerringAli, where she regularly posts #MSWL's.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Ali will be happy to look at complete and nearly complete manuscripts at the pitch sessions. Please bring a copy of your query and the first three pages of chapter 1. If you wrote a prologue, please bring that in addition. However, to be considered for representation or to receive a request, the work must be complete. If you’re pitching her, it’s a good idea to prepare a concise, hooky elevator pitch that makes her want to read your sample! A good pitch must include plot arc (what results because of the story problem) and stakes (what your main character will lose or gain if they don't/do solve the story problem).



Guidelines: http://spencerhillassociates.com/index.php/Submissions/

Steve Laube
Portrait of Steve Laube
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Literary Agent and President
Web Site: http://www.stevelaube.com/

Steve Laube, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, is a 35 year veteran of the bookselling industry. He began his career in the bookselling arena and his store in Phoenix was named the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) store of the year in 1989. He then spent 11 years with Bethany House Publishers rising to the position of an editorial director. In 2002 he was named the AWSA Golden Scroll Editor of the Year. The next year he became a literary agent and in 2004 formed The Steve Laube Agency. In 2009 he was named the ACFW Agent of the Year. In 2013 he was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology.

Currently Seeking: All genres of fiction are welcome with the exception of most Children’s literature.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
I would like to see writing sample and a proposal during an appointment. A “one sheet” is not sufficient because it doesn’t show me you can write

Guidelines: http://www.stevelaube.com/guidelines/

Tamela Hancock Murray
Portrait of Tamela Hancock Murray
Organization: The Steve Laube Agency
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site: http://www.stevelaube.com/

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 (now University) in Virginia. Today she enjoys living in Northern Virginia with her own knight in shining armor. They are the parents of two lovely, all-grown-up princesses. When not focused on her passion for being a literary agent, Tamela enjoys cooking, particularly with her mother's vintage 1970s harvest gold crockpot. She's always on the lookout for new recipes. As the aromas of dinner waft through the castle, Tamela loves reading all sorts of amazing books.




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

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





Guidelines: http://www.stevelaube.com/guidelines/

Cynthia Ruchti
Portrait of Cynthia Ruchti
Organization: Books & Such Literary Management
Title: Literary Agent
Web Site:

Being part of the Books & Such team of literary agents serving the Christian publishing industry fulfills another layer in a long-held passion for author and agent Cynthia Ruchti--helping other writers to develop their craft and reach their writing career goals. She is an advocate for the power of story and a champion for those who create, edit, publish, distribute, review, and sell books. As part of her contribution to other writers, she serves as an instructor or keynoter at writers conferences. In 2020, Cynthia was named the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Agent of the Year.

Currently Seeking: Cynthia is open to hearing pitches for historical and contemporary fiction, romance, romantic comedy, suspense, and other categories of Christian fiction, but is less interested in fantasy and YA...at the moment.


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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.