Thursday 7:00 p.m.

The Kentucky Christian Writers Conference will kick off with an Editors and Agents Panel Discussion at 7:00 p.m. Read below for expanded biographies of these industry professionals and the types of submissions they would like to receive. The submissions form for sending one-sheets will be accessible live at 7:00 p.m. EDT Saturday evening, June 20 after the conference. Video of the agent and editor panel: Click here to download the text file of the chat.

Shana Asaro

Shana Asaro is an Editor for Love Inspired, Harlequin’s inspirational romance series imprint, which publishes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. The Love Inspired franchise currently publishes twelve books of category-length (55,000 words) fiction every month and is always seeking new voices. They’ve also launched a trade paperback branded inspirational fiction program called Love Inspired Trade, which will feature the best in Romantic Suspense, Historical Fiction and Historical Romance, Women’s Fiction and Amish Fiction (80,000-100,000 words).

Shana has been with Harlequin for over ten years. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in journalism and worked at a literary agency before coming to Harlequin. When she’s not reading or editing, Shana spends her time with her husband, daughter and crazy dog. She also likes to travel, bake, watch movies, discuss the merits of Gilmore Girls and drink Starbucks lattes. You can find her on Twitter at @shana_asaro.

 Wish List:

I’m mainly acquiring category-length (55,000 words) inspirational romance and romantic suspense for our Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense series lines. These are trope-driven contemporary romance stories with happily ever afters. I’m drawn to a strong author voice and love to see a little bit of humor in contemporary romance. I also love emotional stories with intense romantic conflict. Some of the hooks I love to see are reunion romance, kids/babies, cowboys/ranchers and Amish. For romantic suspense, I love action adventure suspense stories with great twists that are equal parts romance and suspense. And make sure your villains are crafty and an equal match for your smart hero and heroine. Some hooks I love to see in romantic suspense include cold case stories, bounty hunters, law enforcement, working dogs (K9, search and rescue, etc.) and Westerns.

For a short time, I am also acquiring inspirational historical romance of 70,000 words. I’m seeking stories with tried and true hooks. Westerns, mail order brides, babies/children, ranchers/cowboys, and marriages of convenience are popular with readers. I am also interested in stories about wagon trains or the Oregon Trail and stories with prairie, frontier, Americana, Regency, and Amish settings.

Finally, for our trade fiction program I am seeking books that are longer and more complex than the ones currently featured in Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense with a word count of 80,000 to 100,000 words. At this time, I am most interested in romantic suspense and Amish fiction. Agented submissions only for this imprint.

Jenny Baumgartner

Jenny Baumgartner is a senior acquisitions editor for Nelson Books, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. She has been in Christian publishing since 1998 when she joined Thomas Nelson’s gift book division. Since then, she has edited both nonfiction and fiction, partnering with many award-winning and New YorkTimes bestselling authors, including the #1 New York Times bestseller, Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, and the recent memoir, A Serial Killer’s Daughter by Kerri Rawson, which was featured on the cover of People and was the subject of a two-hour 20/20 special.

Jenny holds a master’s degree in English and has completed coursework for a doctorate in English, equipping her to teach a good bit of college-level English classes. She spends her free time consuming copious amounts of coffee and being a slightly insane mother to twins.

 Wish List:

What I’m looking for: nonfiction that inspires while it informs, written by Christians of diverse backgrounds, particularly in the categories of:

  • Christian living
  • relationships/psychology
  • women in leadership/business
  • issues that impact minorities and underrepresented groups
  • self-improvement/motivational
  • memoir/narrative-focused

Karin Beery

Karin Beery is a managing editor at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (fiction). She also serves as the director of the Christian Editor Connection, a division of the Christian Editor Network LLC, owns Write Now Editing, teaches fiction-editing classes at the PEN Institute, and writes hopeful, witty fiction with a healthy dose of romance.

Wish List:

Karin will accept proposals and first chapters for clean, general-market fiction (no gratuitous sex, violence, or swearing) that doesn’t break biblical principles. She’s looking for women’s fiction, contemporary romance, historical romance, historical fiction, and western fiction (historical or contemporary). She is not taking speculative fiction, young adult, or children’s books.

Michelle Booth

Michelle is a managing editor at EA Books Publishing, and she has been helping clients tell their stories for more than 20 years.

EA Books is a partnership publishing company, a fairly new model combining the positives from the pay-to-publish approach, such as greater author control, keeping 100% of your profits, and shorter production time, along with the expertise of seasoned professionals to guide you through the publishing process.

Michelle has experience ghostwriting autobiographies, memoirs and family stories for a variety of clients including a former staff secretary in the White House Personnel Office, prominent businessmen and retirees wanting to preserve their stories for future generations.

Wish List: TBA

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.

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.

Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft wears many hats. She is co-owner of the traditional Christian publishing company, Mt Zion Ridge Press. She is also an award-winning author of a number of Christian historical novels and is an author of children’s church curriculum, a children’s evangelist, and a children’s ministry consultant for Revival Fire for Kids.

In her spare time, she loves reading novels on the front porch of her home in the Tennessee mountains. She is married to the love of her life and has two grown children with families of their own.

Wish List:

Tamera writes, “I would love to see any genre of adult or young adult Christian fiction that is a bit outside the box. At this point, we would love to get our hands on some mystery or suspense, but any genre well-written will be considered. Every novel we accept must have a Christian worldview – subtle or not so subtle. For non-fiction, I’m looking for submissions that go deep into the Word of God. Save the Gospel-light stuff for another company.”

Chip MacGregor

Chip is President of the MacGregor & Luedeke Literary Agency.  He has represented dozens of books on all the bestseller lists, and the authors he represents have won numerous national awards. Chip has a comprehensive knowledge of the industry—from book development to writing, acquisition to production, marketing to sales. A former publisher with Time-Warner and Hachette, he has secured nearly 1,000 book deals for authors with all of the major publishers.

Having been written up in numerous writing and publishing related magazines and newsletters, Chip is frequently asked for his opinions on trends in the publishing industry. His blog was regularly on the list of Writers Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers.

Wish List:

Chip is open to seeing strong suspense, historical, and women’s fiction, and nonfiction with a very strong voice (narrative, prescriptive, business, and true crime are examples of books he has represented in the past year). We don’t represent children’s books or spec fiction, nor are we looking for Bible studies or poetry at this time.

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 

Lesley Sabga

Lesley Sabga has worked as an editorial assistant and freelancer for multiple publishing houses such as Entangled, Jolly Fish Press and Flux Books, as well as Sourcebooks. She’s also been working for The Seymour Agency since 2014. Starting out as an eager intern, she worked her way up to a literary assistant, and in the fall of 2017, Lesley became an agent with The Seymour Agency.

Lesley loves intricate and vivid world-building and character driven plots. She is acquiring MG, YA, and Adult fantasy and she is always down to read a dark and twisty suspense or thriller featuring strong, female protagonists. She loves a classic happily-ever-after romance or curling up with a good mystery. She also has her eye out for book club fiction and women’s fiction.

When she is not rescuing animals or searching for her next debut author, Lesley is a constant occupant at local bookstores in Colorado Springs and is a self-proclaimed coffee aficionado.

Wish List:

Lesley Sabga accepts queries in the following genres:

For Fiction, Young Adult and Adult: Fantasy, Women’s Fiction, Book Club Fiction, all Romance and Mysteries/Thrillers.

For Middle Grade: Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical, Humor, Action/Adventure, mysteries.

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