OCW Summer Conference

2013 Agents

Oregon Christian Writers is happy to introduce the wonderful agents joining us for the 2013 summer conference.

Pay particular attention to types/genres agents are interested in representing and note:

• Some agents will accept mini-proposals submitted through the manuscript submission program before the conference.
• Some will review exclusively at the conference.

See the Manuscript Submission page for general submission guidelines and information on how to submit mini-proposals postmarked by July 27.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M P R S T W Z

Coaching Class: Where Do I Go From Here?

Workshop: “State of the Union; What on EARTH is going On in Publishing?”

Nite Owl: Opening Pages (Monday)

Nite Owl: Opening Pages Small Group Critique (Tuesday)

Writing Center

Karen Ball has been blessed to use her love of story for more than 30 years in publishing. Currently the owner/operator of Karen Ball Publishing Services, LLC, and a literary agent with the prestigious Steve Laube Agency, Karen has been dubbed “the Fiction Tiger” of Christian publishing. She has built and led fiction lines for Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and B&H Publishing Group. She has acquired and worked with some top novelists, including Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Brandilyn Collins, Angela Hunt, Ginny Yttrup, and Robin Jones Gunn. In addition, Karen is a best-selling, award-winning novelist and a popular speaker.

Looking for:

Fiction, adult—all categories except speculative and Civil War historical.

Fiction, YA—only speculative.

Nonfiction—only from authors with well-established platforms.

No theology, Bible studies, curriculum, or poetry.

Karen will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Linda S. Glaz Agent Hartline Literary Agency
Website: Hartline

Writing Center

Linda S. Glaz, an agent with Hartline Literary Agency, works primarily with fiction authors. She handles most genres except fantasy and sci-fi. Good writing trumps everything else, and she’s thrilled to help a new author break into the industry. She is also an author, so she understands what writers go through getting their work to market.

Linda is looking for contemporary fiction, suspense, or historical.

Note: Linda will only take author pitches at the conference. Visit her at http://lindaglaz.blogspot.com/.

Linda will review and take pitches at the conference only.

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Greg Johnson Agent Word Serve Literary

Workshop: Getting an Agent to Say “Wow”

Writing Center

Greg Johnson worked for nine years as a literary agent before starting WordServe Literary Group in 2003. He has represented more than 2,200 books and negotiated more than 1,600 contracts valued at more than $40 million to more than 80 different publishing houses.

Before working with authors, Greg wrote 23 nonfiction books and more than 200 magazine articles. He worked for five years as founding editor for Breakaway magazine and spent 10 years working full-time with youth in the Pacific Northwest.

Greg is married to Becky, who works closely with him in evaluating authors and their manuscripts. Together they have six adult children, along with five grandsons. They make their home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Looking for:

Nonfiction in all genres by authors with a developing platform.

  • Military memoir
  • Self-help
  • Christian/religious
  • Business
  • Humorous/quirky memoir
  • True-life stories that have media appeal

In Fiction: Faith-based fiction with a strong voice in their writing.

  • Military
  • Christian/religious
  • Historical
  • Women’s Romantic Suspense

Not looking for:

  • Children’s picture books or YA fiction
  • Poetry
  • Romance
  • Horror/SciFi/Literary

Greg will review through the manuscript submissions.

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Tawny Johnson Agent D.C. Jacobson Associates

Agent Panel: Monday

Writing Center: Tuesday

Tawny Johnson, of D.C. Jacobson & Associates, has been involved in the Christian retail and publishing industry since 1979. Her years of experience in bookstore retailing give her the unique ability to recognize relevance and marketability. She was a store manager, regional manager, buyer, and marketing director for a chain of 10 successful Christian bookstores before being hired by Multnomah Press, where she served as marketing and advertising manager. She was also instrumental in developing the company’s Foreign Rights division by promoting authors to foreign publishers at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

Tawny holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology with a minor in English literature from Multnomah University and a master’s degree in theological studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. She resides in Portland and has two beautiful daughters and one terrific son-in-law. At any given moment, you’ll find her counting the days until August, when she and her husband of 30 years, Jeff, travel to their “happy place”—Nantucket Island.

“All my past experience in the industry, coupled with my passion for exceptional writing, depth of content, and theological integrity, has led me to a career as a literary agent,” Tawny says. “I take a relational approach to my work, and I strive to guide each author’s work towards the ideal publisher.”

She is looking for nonfiction, biographies, Christian living—books that challenge and take the reader beyond the surface.

Tawny will be available for on-the-spot appointments in the Writing Center on Tuesday only.

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Mary Keeley Agent Books and Such
Website: Books and Such

Workshop: Create a WOW impression with Your Book Proposal

Writing Center

Agent Mary Keeley began her career in publishing at Tyndale House Publishers, where she worked for eight years, first as a product manager, then as an administrator, and finally as an acquisitions editor for nonfiction. Multiple book projects with Randy Alcorn, Joel Rosenberg, Chuck Colson, Josh McDowell, Gary Smalley, and Dianne Matthews, plus her five years at Christianity Today gave Mary an understanding of the entire publishing process. Fulfillment comes from helping authors develop their personal brand, refine their concepts, and strategize their career. She constantly monitors trends to help clients understand and fashion their writing to be relevant and enriching for current markets.

Looking for:

Mary is looking for:
Nonfiction

  • faith-in-action messages that deliver authentic experience and inspire a deeper relationship with God and with other people
  • books that deal with current issues from a Christian worldview, especially those that would appeal to the younger generation
  • Christian living, spiritual growth, pastoral/church leadership

Fiction

Romance, romantic suspense, suspense, contemporary women’s fiction, and historical romance. Must have a powerful hook and writing so compelling it can’t be put down.

No children’s, fantasy, science fiction, or chick lit.

Mary will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Chip MacGregor Agent MacGregor Literary

Coaching Class: Proposals: How to Write One That Gets You to YES!

Workshop: What’s The Story? The Four Pillars of a Best-Selling Novel

Host: Agent Panel

Writing Center

Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor Literary, a full-service literary agency in Portland. A former publisher with Time Warner, he has worked with authors as a literary agent for more than a dozen years and was previously a senior editor at two publishing houses. An Oregon native, Chip and his wife live in a small town on the Oregon coast. Chip is also the author of a couple dozen books as well as a popular teacher on the craft of writing and marketing.

Chip is currently looking for:

Fiction: both CBA and general-market fiction, particularly in the romance and suspense categories.

Nonfiction: targeted Christian living titles from authors with a demonstrated platform, as well as business, parenting, and lifestyle titles in the general market.

Chip will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Workshop: Killer Queries

Writing Center

Mary Sue Seymour, nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Agent of the Year, has been agenting for 20 years, and is listed as a top deal-maker for inspirational fiction on Publisher’s Marketplace. She has sold multi-book deals to Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Harvest House, Bethany House, Cook, Harper One, Abingdon Press, B&H, Guideposts, and others. She travels the country and world presenting writing workshops, mentoring writers, and doing appointments with them. She has been a guest agent at The Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, has attended the London Book Fair, and has traveled to almost every major American city for writing conferences—and she loved every minute of it. If you would like to see current sales, conference pictures, or recent covers of books she’s sold, please visit her website. Mary Sue and her co-agent, Nicole, are writing a book titled The Smart Guide to Getting Published, which will be released in 2013.

Mary Sue represents several best-selling Christian authors, such as New York Times best-selling author Shelley Shepard Gray, Mary Ellis, Amy Clipston, Vannetta Chapman, Ruth Reid, Don Reid of the Statler Brothers, and others. Her writers have won numerous publishing industry awards and have been the subject of articles and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and other publications.

Mary Sue likes to keep busy since her sons, Matt and Luke, have grown up. She ran the Disney half-marathon this past January. She teaches art on cruise ships in exchange for a complimentary cruise for two (which has made her exceedingly popular with her friends!).

Mary Sue is looking for:
Amish, 1800s-set historicals, and any inspirational historical set prior to 1800, plus inspirational nonfiction and some Amish romance as well.

Mary Sue will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Les Stobbe Agent Stobbe Literary,
Website: Stobbe Literary

Workshop: Earning the Right to Be Published: Five Steps to Success

Writing Center

Les Stobbe is an active literary agent and editor-in-chief of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. He mentors writers in the “What’s Your Story?” apprentice course of the Christian Writers Guild. His specialty for 40 years has been helping first-book authors get published, first as editor, then as book publisher, and now as literary agent. He has been a denominational editor, business-magazine editor, book editor, curricula editor, and president of a publishing house. He is the author or co-author of 14 books and has written hundreds of articles.

Les is looking for:
Adult nonfiction and fiction book proposals that are considered publishable. He expects authors to have researched which genres are selling, length expected by publishers, and topics that are taboo in Christian publishing.

No sci-fi or fantasy.

He is also willing to interact on children’s and YA book projects, but will direct writers to his associate, Sally Apokedak, whose primary focus is children’s and YA literature.
At the conference he will interact with anyone with a book idea and help the writer toward developing a publishable book.

Les will review through the manuscript submissions program.

 

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William K Jensen Agency
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