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Paid Critiques

For an additional fee of $45.00 (over and above Conference Registration Fees) you may opt to purchase critiques of your manuscript and/or synopsis and a fifteen-thirty minute critique session with the reviewer of your choice.

All submissions should follow standard manuscript formatting unless otherwise noted (Courier or Times New Roman font, 12 point font size, double spaced with 1-inch margins). You will be contacted and provided with instruction regarding your reviewer's preferred method of delivery. Submission must be received by the reviewer's deadline.

The Conference Appointment Coordinator, Casey Miller, will schedule your critique appointment. All times are CDT for the virtual conference.You will receive the date/time/location of your appointment prior to the virtual conference.

Adding a Paid Critique to your choice of additional options will be part of the Conference Registration process. Payment will be submitted along with Conference Registration Fees.

PLEASE NOTE: The Paid Critique service includes only ONE critique of the work submitted. Critiques of revised pages ARE NOT included and SHOULD NOT be requested from your reviewer.

Reviewers Available

Please read each reviewer's guidelines as they vary per submission length and entry deadline. On the Conference Registration Form, you will be asked to indicate a first and second choice, in the event your first choice is unavailable. Critiquers only have a limited number of slots available. Selection is done on a first come basis, so be sure to register early.

Melanie Dobson
Melanie Dobson
Deadline: 08/09/2024
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site:

Bio: Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson’s excuse to immerse herself in the past by reading old books, interviewing new friends, and exploring fascinating places around the world. She is the award-winning author of almost thirty historical, time-slip, and romantic suspense novels including The Wings of Poppy Pendleton, Catching the Wind, and Memories of Glass. Five of her novels have received Carol Awards, and The Black Cloister, her novel about a dangerous cult, was named the ForeWord Religious Fiction Book of the Year.

Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master’s degree in communication from Regent University. Prior to her writing career, she was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and owner of Dobson Media Group. When she’s not writing, Melanie enjoys hiking, traveling, hosting a monthly writer’s group, and teaching as an adjunct professor at Corban University. More information about her journey is available at melaniedobson.com.

What to Send: 15 pages plus 2 page synopsis

Also crit Dual Timeline

Betsy St. Amant Haddox
Betsy St. Amant Haddox
Deadline: 07/20/2024
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site:

Bio: Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of over twenty romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her hubby, two daughters, an impressive stash of coffee mugs, and one furry Schnauzer-toddler. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored to truth. When she’s not composing her next book or baby-talking her dog, Betsy can be found somewhere in the vicinity of an iced coffee. She writes frequently for iBelieve, a devotional site for women, and offers author coaching and editing services through Storyside LLC.

What to Send: First 3000 words and a one page summary

Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of over twenty-five romance novels and novellas. She resides in Louisiana with her hubby, two daughters, an impressive stash of coffee mugs, and one furry Schnauzer-toddler. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored to truth. When she’s not composing her next book or baby-talking her dog, Betsy can be found somewhere in the vicinity of an iced coffee. She writes frequently for iBelieve, a devotional site for women, and offers author coaching and editing services through Storyside LLC

Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of over twenty-five romance novels and novellas. She resides in Louisiana with her hubby, two daughters, an impressive stash of coffee mugs, and one furry Schnauzer-toddler. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored to truth. When she’s not composing her next book or baby-talking her dog, Betsy can be found somewhere in the vicinity of an iced coffee. She writes frequently for iBelieve, a devotional site for women, and offers author coaching and editing services through Storyside LLC.

Dana Lynn
Dana Lynn
Deadline: 08/15/2024
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Speculative Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site:

Bio: Dana is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly Bestselling author with more than 25 books and novellas to her name. She writes romantic suspense with Love Inspired Suspense and has published women’s fiction, Amish romance and Regency romance with other publishers, small presses and independently. She believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. Dana met her husband at a wedding and married him nineteen months later. Today, they live in Pennsylvania with their three teenaged children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. Dana is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. She is a Selah Award winner, a Holt Medallion Finalist, and a New England Reader’s Choice Award winner. In addition to writing, Dana is a member of The Suspense Squad, where authors interview authors, and a new member of Seekerville (http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com), a blog devoted to helping other writers.

What to Send: Please send up to the first 20 pages and a 1-2 page synopsis.
I am willing to critique regency Era romance and Amish fiction as well.

Also published in Regency romance and Amish romance.

Carrie Stuart Parks
Carrie Stuart Parks
Deadline: 08/26/2024
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.carriestuartparks.com

Bio: Carrie Stuart Parks is a multi-Christy, Carol, Golden Scroll, Kudos, and Inspy award-winning author in addition to numerous other awards. An internationally known forensic artist, she teaches courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals across the US and Canada and is the largest instructor of forensic art in the world. Carrie is a popular speaker and presenter and has been the Special Guest at the Writer’s Police Academy, Early Bird Special Presenter along with Frank Peretti at the American Christian Fiction Writers, Keynote at the Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference, as well as presented at ThrillerFest, Daphne Du Maurier’s Kiss of Death, BlueRidge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference, and numerous other conferences. As a professional fine artist, she is a signature member of the Idaho Watercolor Society. Her paintings hanging in a number of corporate and private collections. She has written and illustrated non-fiction best-selling art books for North Light Publishers.



What to Send: First 10 pages plus synopsis. Participants will have a written critique of their work sent.

I'll be looking for ways to up the tension and create a page-turner.

Carrie Turansky
Carrie Turansky
Deadline: 08/10/2024
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.carrieturansky.com

Bio: Carrie Turansky is the bestselling author of eighteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She writes both historical and contemporary fiction and is the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the International Digital Award, and the Crystal Globe Award. Carrie has been a member of ACFW since 2000 and looks forward attending the conference each year. She loves to encourage aspiring authors and pass along encouragement and ideas to help them polish their writing and move toward publication. Visit her website for writers’ tips and information about her books: http://carrieturansky.com/

What to Send: Please send the first 20 pages. Also please send a 1 - 2 page synopsis and tell me the genre.

Please tell me the genre and if you hope to self-publish or be traditionally published

Kimberley Woodhouse
Kimberley Woodhouse
Deadline: 08/01/2024
Genre(s): Historical Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: https://kimberleywoodhouse.com

Bio: Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than forty books. A lover of history and research, she often gets sucked into the past and then her husband has to lure her out with chocolate and the promise of eighteen holes on the golf course. Married to the love of her life for more than three decades, she lives and writes in Colorado where she’s traded in her hat of “Craziest Mom” for “Nana the Great.” To find out more about Kim’s books, follow her on social media, and sign up for her newsletter/blog, go to: https://kimberleywoodhouse.com

What to Send: Up to the first 10 pages, double spaced



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