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Mentor Appointments

The opportunity to have personal, ten minute appointments with Editors, Agents, Mentors or PR/Media Professionals 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. You will select multiple choices for your appointment needs when you register for the conference.

Carla Hoch
Portrait of Carla Hoch
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Carla Hoch is a Writer’s Digest writer and instructor and the author of the Writer’s Digest book Fight Write: How to Write Believable Fight Scenes. Carla is a trained fighter, writer and educator who regularly teaches on the craft of writing fight scenes as well as the mechanics of fighting for writers. Her CAN award-winning blog,, has been named in Writer’s Digest 100 Best Site for Writers five years in a row. Carla is a world champion jiujitsu player and has experience in almost a dozen fighting styles. She lives and trains outside Houston, Texas.

Lisa and Scott Phillips
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Lisa and Scott Phillips created TWO DOGS PUBLISHING three years ago after Lisa's book business got too big for her to handle alone. Now they run a thriving business that publishes Lisa's novels and anthology collections. Lisa and Scott understand all sides of the author/publisher/marketer skillset that is so necessary for authors in the current industry. They have delved into audiobooks, special editions, LLCs, distribution platforms, advertising, and many other aspects of independent publishing. Whether you're brand new to the indie world, looking to pivot as a hybrid, or ready to level up your author business, come and talk to them about anything and everything related to the author business world. Get your questions answered, triage your author business, pick up some tips -- or ask about an upcoming anthology.

Gayle Roper
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“I have been in love with story all my life,” says Gayle Roper, the award winning author of more than fifty books. “Give me a story with strong characters and a captivating plot, and I’m one happy reader. Or writer.”

Among Gayle’s awards are the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, the Carol Award from American Christian Fiction Writers, and three HOLT Medallions. She has been a Christy finalist three times and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times Book Report. She has twice won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Of her title Fatal Deduction (Multnomah), Publishers Weekly states, “Roper’s dialogue and character development are spot-on, which is no small feat, considering that Libby’s world is peopled by everyone from elderly patricians to two-bit gangsters…This novel is a pleasure from start to finish.”

For her work in training Christian writers Gayle has won special recognition from Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, St. Davids CWC, Florida CWC, and Greater Philadelphia CWC. She lives in southeastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading, spending time at the family’s Canadian cottage, gardening, and eating out every time she can manage it.


Do you have questions about the industry? Do you want a quick critique of your first few pages? Do you want to talk ideas or brainstorm a plot line? Do you want to pray with someone or talk out an issue? Gayle's open for conversation on any topic and looks forward to meeting with many of you.

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.