Thursday 7:00 pm

Thursday, June 17, 7 :00 p.m. EDT

This panel of writing/publishing industry professionals will answer
questions in a live forum. Read below for expanded biographies of these industry professionals and the types of submissions they would like to receive.

Click here for a text file of the chat after the session: agent and editor panel chat

Michelle Medlock Adams

MICHELLE MEDLOCK ADAMS s is a best-selling author and an award-winning journalist, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association. Author of over 100 books with more than 4 million books sold, Michelle is also a New York Times Bestselling ghostwriter and has won more than 70 industry awards for her journalistic endeavors, including the prestigious Golden Scroll for Best Children’s Book in 2020, 2019 and 2018 for How Much Does God Love You?, Dinosaur Devotions, and My First Day of School. And, over the past three years, she has added several first place honors from the Christian Market Book Awards, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and the Illumination Book Awards in multiple categories.

Misty Beller

MISTY M. BELLER is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. With over 25 novels published, she writes as both an indie author and for Bethany House Publishers, and is Managing Editor of Wild Heart Books, a traditional publisher specializing in Christian Historical Romance novels.
After thirteen years working in professional project management and marketing, Misty uses her experience in the corporate world to develop best practices in her writing and book marketing efforts. It is her passion to help other authors on this journey.

Gregg Bridgeman

Gregg began operating Olivia Kimbrell Press ™ in 2011 acting as Editor-in-Chief. Then as now, he operates the press as a ministry to minister to the lost in the world and help lead them to a personal relationship with Christ; and minister to the saved in the world and help them grow closer to God and/or encourage their walk with our Creator.

Any book produced by OKP must be well written. Stories will be packed with active verbs, rely on neither cliches nor weak descriptors to make critical points, contain neither run-on sentences nor fragments, and generally conform to proper English grammar in every possible way.

OKP publishes both fiction and nonfiction with four colophons: Olivia Kimbrell Press™ , House of Bread Books™, Sign of the Whale Books™, and CAVÉ Books™.  Each colophon accepts only books with a Gospel-centered message consistent with Biblical truth that will impact secular culture.

Wish List:

OKP has provided an extensive wish list with descriptions of acceptable submissions for its four colophons. To view and/or download this list, click on this link: View OKP pdf.

Dan Brownell

Dan Brownell, editor of Today’s Christian Living and Today’s Pastor, is a graduate of Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in English. He taught junior high and high school English at an international Christian school in Uijongbu, South Korea, before entering the publishing field. Besides editing magazines, he has worked as an educational test writer and editor, copywriter, proposal writer, book editor, and book acquisitions editor. He is married to his sweetheart, Cathy, whom he met in college, and they have two adult children.

Mary DeMuth

Mary DeMuth is an international speaker, literary agent, podcaster, and she’s the novelist and nonfiction author of over forty books, including Pray Every Day (Harvest House Publishers 2020). She loves to help people re-story their lives. She lives in Texas with her husband of 30 years and is the mom to three adult children.

Mary is an agent at Books and Such Literary Agency. She is looking for adult nonfiction Christian living titles, particularly those with a bent toward spiritual growth, devotionals, discipleship, and the global church.

Victoria Duerstock

A multi-passionate creative fueled mostly by coffee, Victoria Duerstock relentlessly pursues her dreams. Writing, speaking, and helping creatives grow their platforms with DIY and done for you solutions keeps her busy!

End Game Press is a traditional publishing house releasing a variety of titles into both general and Christian markets beginning in the Fall of 2021. These titles include fiction, nonfiction and children’s books.

Linda Glaz

Linda S. Glaz, married with three grown children and four grandchildren, is a complete triple-A personality. How else would she find time to write as well as be an agent for Hartline Literary Agency? She loves any and every thing about the written word and loves when families pass stories along through the generations as her mother did with her. She’s a speaker, presenter, and searches her emails each day to find that one nugget of gold just “ready” for a publisher—writing so stellar and from a teachable spirit that no one would dare say no. What more could she ask for?

Wish List:

I don’t connect with a lot of nonfiction, but would always be happy to have peek. However, if you’ve got a great romance, either contemporary, suspense, or historic, you’ll probably make me happy. Please no works that include any graphic sexuality or profanity. Please no children’s. 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!

NO HARD COPIES, PLEASE!

Deb Haggerty

Deb is Editor-in-Chief at Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., an independent, royalty-paying Christian publisher. Elk Lake has almost two hundred authors and more than two hundred fifty books in print. Eighty percent of their books are fiction.

Wish List:

Elk Lake accepts most submissions except poetry, memoir, and Bible studies. We look for well-written works of fiction in all genres from children’s through adults. Mystery/suspense, fantasy and science fiction, adult contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, and realistic western and Amish fiction, we welcome. In nonfiction, we look for primarily Christian living done in a fresh, up-to-date fashion. Submissions must adhere to our proposal guidelines.

Bob Hostetler

Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, speaker, and literary agent. His fifty books, which include The Bone Box and American Idols (The Worship of the American Dream), have sold millions of copies.

Bob is an agent at the Steve Laube Agency. Learn what types of manuscripts he seeks by clicking on this link.

Wish List:

Bob is looking for irresistible ideas in the following genres:

Fiction: contemporary, historical, mystery, romance, suspense, time-slip and thriller. Selected children’s books.

Nonfiction: Nearly all topics written from a Christian perspective—business and leadership, contemporary issues and current events, Christian living, devotionals, humor, marriage and family, parenting, prayer, spiritual growth, teens/young adult, women’s nonfiction, and gift books.

Kenzi Nevins

Kenzi is an award-winning writer with a passion for magic realism and mythology. A 2018 graduate of Taylor University’s professional writing and theatre programs, she spent two semesters studying in the story-laden Wicklow Mountains of eastern Ireland. In 2018, she won second place for theatre journalism and critique from the Kennedy Center for American College Theatre, and her short story, “The Last Freedom,” was published in eBook and paperback by StoryShares in 2017.

When she isn’t writing, Kenzi can be found watering her fairy garden, experimenting with little-known tea flavors, or wandering the aisles of her small-town Kentucky library.

Wish List:

  • Graphic novels 
  • YA low/commercial fantasy and magic realism 
  • MG fantasy and magic realism 
  • fairy tale retellings
  • Urban fantasy 
  • Mythology-based stories 
  • Magical historical fantasy 

James Watkins

Jim is an award-winning author of over 20 books and 2,000 articles, who has spoken across the United States and overseas. He has served as an editor and editorial director at Wesleyan Publishing House, an editor with the American Bible Society, taught writing at Taylor University for 15 years, and has guest-lectured at Liberty, Regent and other universities. He is currently writing and speaking full-time as well as serving as Acquisitions Editor for EA Books. His most important roles, however, are being a child of God, husband, dad and “papaw.”

Jim represents EA Books Publishing, a hybrid publisher that partners with authors in the publication of their books, offering editing, design, and marketing assistance. Visit the EA Books website for information on packages and services.