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2013 Editors

2013 Book Editors Oregon Christian Writers is thrilled to introduce the wonderful book editors and publishing houses joining us for the 2013 summer conference.

Pay particular attention to types/genres of writing editors want to acquire and note each editor’s preference:

• Some book editors will review proposals before the conference through the manuscript submissions program.
• Some will review exclusively at the conference.

See the Manuscript Submission for general submission guidelines and information on how to submit mini-proposals (must be postmarked on or before July 27).


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President Ashberry Lane Publishing

Sherrie Ashcraft is the president of Ashberry Lane Publishing, a traditional small press she and her daughter, Christina Tarabochia, formed last year. The two have co-authored a contemporary women’s novel, On the Threshold, which is a finalist in the Cascade Awards this year. Sherrie works part time as the women’s ministry director in her church and loves to relax by reading and pulling weeds, though not necessarily at the same time. She is the mother of two, grandmother of eight, and great-grandma of one.Sherrie has overseen the release of four books in the first year of the fledgling company, with a handful more already contracted. Find out more about Ashberry Lane Publishing at

Ashberry Lane is looking for:

“Heartfelt Tales of Faith”—Sherrie is looking for well-written Contemporary or Historical novels, including those that can’t find a place at a larger publisher because of genre limitations or foreign settings. Also looking for reverted-rights books from established authors who want to bring new life to their stories.

Sherrie will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

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Coaching Class: From Idea to Print and Beyond
Workshop: The Gift and Ministry of Writing
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For 23 years Kim Bangs has served in the Christian publishing industry. Beginning as an editor in the children’s curriculum department at Gospel Light, she currently serves as the contracts/author relations manager for Regal (the book division of Gospel Light) and also on the acquisitions team. In 2012 Kim was awarded Editor of the Year by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She also can be found at several writers’ conferences throughout the year doing all she can to inspire and encourage writers to write their passion and keep pressing on. She enjoys baking, gardening, Disneyland, and sports . . . but loves Jesus and His church.

Kim wants to specifically connect with women authors who are writing to women on issues in a relevant, fresh, biblical way.

Regal is looking for:

Nonfiction that engages culture—outside and inside the church—in meaningful, relevant dialogue. These books should strongly apply the Bible to life, encourage a deeper Christian life, and move toward justice for all of life.

Regal does not publish fiction or children’s books and is not looking for Bible studies at this time.

Kim will review through the manuscript submissions program.


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Editor Guidepost Books
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Writing Center Tuesday and Wednesday

Editor Panel Tuesday

Rochelle Carter is the publisher at Ellechor Media LLC, an award-winning publishing company with three imprints. She is the author of The 7-Step Guide to Authorpreneurship(EverFaith Press, June 2014), a book designed to educate authors so they can have a successful writing career. Her book is widely endorsed by best-selling authors and industry professionals.

Rochelle has received national recognition for her leadership and professional achievements,including the 2014 Stiletto Woman In Business Award for Entrepreneur of the Year after being a double finalist and being named a Woman of Outstanding Leadership by the International Women’s Leadership Association.

Ellechor imprints have published more than 40 books in less than three years, 98 percent of which enjoy four-star or higher Amazon ratings. Books published by Ellechor have been finalists in various competitions and won a variety of awards, including the 2014 Selah Award for First Book, the 2013 Best Christian Fiction, and 2013 Best Plot by Christian Book Review Blog. Ellechor published OCW member Jennifer Anne Messing’s book, Morning’s Promise: Poetic Moments in His Presence, which was a finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards for Inspirational Poetry.

Ellechor practices “Creative Publishing,” which means that, while they retain final decision rights because of the risk they take with each author, they also require author input in the editing, design, and marketing process. The ideal author has already begun building an author platform and generating interest. Ellechor is open to editorial feedback and has a notable online presence.

Ellechor is looking for Mystery/Suspense, Romantic Mystery/Suspense, and re-imaginings of stories from the Bible.

Rochelle will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.


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Editor Marcher Lord Press

Coaching Class: The Power of Plot
Workshop: The Hero’s Inner Journey
Writing Center

Jeff Gerke has been called the de facto gatekeeper of Christian speculative fiction. He writes fiction how-to books for Writers Digest, runs an indie publishing company (www.MarcherLordPress), is a multi-published novelist and a full-time book editor, cover designer, and typesetter. Novels he has published, edited, and/or acquired have won Christy Awards, the Carol Award, the EPIC Award, the INDIE Award, and the Foreword Reviews magazine Book of the Year Award.

His writing books include The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction, Plot Versus Character, The First 50 Pages, and Write Your Novel in a Month: How to Complete a First Draft in 30 Days and What to Do Next (July 2013). Jeff lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and three children.

Marcher Lord Press is looking for:
Completed manuscripts of 65,000+ words written for Christian adults, teens, or older YA (age 11+) in the speculative genres: science fiction, fantasy, time travel, etc.

They also recently added the Marcher Lord Hinterlands imprint, which is speculative fiction (SF, fantasy, etc.) for adult audiences that has significant Christian content but may also contain more mature content and is targeted to the non-Christian adult or the mature Christian adult reader.

Jeff will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Editor Harvest House Publishers

Workshop: Finding and Maintaining Your Voice    
Writing Center

Nick Harrison is editor of both fiction and nonfiction at Harvest House Publishers in Eugene. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years managing Christian bookstores while beginning a freelance writing and editing career. He has published articles in magazines, including Publishers Weekly and CCM, and is the author of several books, including Magnificent Prayer and Promises to Keep: Daily Devotions for Men Seeking Integrity. His latest release is As Grandpa Says. He and his wife, Beverly, are parents of three adult daughters and grandparents to four wonderful kids.

Harvest House is looking for:  

Fiction—almost exclusively historical romance. Amish, Western, Southern, Civil War are all fine, but must include a romantic element.

Nonfiction—books that help people with felt needs. Preferably the author will have a platform from which to promote the book.

Not looking for gift books, personal stories, Bible exposition, or daily devotionals.

Nick will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Senior Editor Harvest House Publishers

Writing Center

Kim Moore, a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers in Eugene, has been in publishing for 16 years. She works with both fiction and nonfiction authors, including Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould, Lori Copeland, Sharon Jaynes, Lysa TerKeurst, and Stormie Omartian. Kim makes her home in the green and beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Note: Kim will take author pitches at the conference only.

Harvest House is looking for: 

Nonfiction books on women’s issues, relationships, and self-help topics from a biblical point of view. Word count of 50,000 to 70,000 words preferred.

NO Bible studies, workbooks, cookbooks, consolation books, memoirs, or books on marriage or parenting themes unless there is a special something that sets that project apart from the many options already available in the market or unless the author has a known name.


  • Amish novels
  • Historical romance
  • Romantic turn-of-the-century novels (1890–1935)
  • Romantic mystery
  • Cozy mysteries and romantic suspense

No contemporary women’s fiction, biblical fiction, speculative fiction, chick lit, or YA.

Kim will take pitches at the conference only.


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David C. Cook
Website: David C. Cook

Workshop: Writing for Craft: Six Recommended Works to Make You a Better Writer
Writing Center

Don Pape is responsible for trade books and study resources at David C. Cook. With a varied history in publishing spanning more than 25 years, he has been involved in shipping and packing, sales and marketing, and as a literary agent. Born in Brazil to missionary parents, he grew up in Canada. Married to his best friend, Ruth Gentry, he resides in Colorado Springs and is the father of three exceptional young men. He always has a book or manuscript handy.

David C. Cook is looking for:

Fiction—all categories, except fantasy/sci-fi. Prefers historical, contemporary, and women’s.

Nonfiction—Christian living, spiritual growth, devotionals, church ministry, or current issues

Children’s—will consider potential projects for both physical and digital only.

Don will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Fiction Acquisitions Bethany House

Workshop: Fiction Editing 101

Writing Center

Raela Schoenherr has been a member of the Bethany House Publishers fiction acquisitions team since 2008. She has worked with both published and soon-to-be published authors, including Elizabeth Camden, Nancy Mehl, Jen Turano, Melissa Tagg, Kate Breslin, and Melissa Jagears. A graduate of Bethel University, she makes her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is active on Twitter at @raelaschoenherr.

Bethany House is looking for:

Strong writers telling compelling stories. They will consider multiple genres, but are most interested in historical fiction, historical romance, contemporary or women’s fiction, contemporary romance, suspense/mystery, and romantic suspense.

No fantasy/sci-fi, end times, spiritual warfare, or chick lit.

Raela will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Schwarzburg Editorial

Writing Center: Editorial Coaching

Julee Schwarzburg has been a fiction fan since eighth grade when her history teacher got her hooked on John Jakes’ 12-volume Kent Family Chronicles. She’s worked in Christian publishing for more than 26 years through in-house positions with Tyndale, Multnomah Publishers, and WaterBrook Multnomah, and as a freelancer. Freelance editing since 2008 and absolutely loving it, her clients have included B&H, Barbour, NavPress, Thomas Nelson, WaterBrook Multnomah, and Zondervan.

Julee is passionate about well-written, entertaining fiction that engages the mind and the emotions as well as working as an author advocate, helping novelists to refine their craft and share stories that glorify God. She’s had the privilege of working alongside such amazing storytellers as Karen Ball, Melody Carlson, Robin Caroll, Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins, Robin Jones Gunn, Dee Henderson, Ronie Kendig, Tracy Higley, and James Rubart. Married for 28 years, she lives with her husband, three children, and three dogs in Central Oregon, with the picturesque Cascade Mountains as a backdrop.

**Julee is an editorial consultant, not an acquiring editor. She will be available for 15-minute appointments.**

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AMG Publishers
Website: AMG Publishers

Workshop: Twenty Tips for Writing Compelling Bible Studies

Writing Center

Rick Steele has been with AMG Publishers and its parent missionary organization, AMG International, for more than 20 years. Rick has served as manager of acquisitions and product development at AMG Publishers since January 2009. Under his direction, AMG has launched a patriotic devotional series along with six Bible study brands and has expanded an unprecedented line of fantasy and speculative fiction books for young adults. Bryan Davis, Wayne Thomas Batson, and Steven James are among the most popular fiction authors currently published by AMG and its fiction imprint, Living Ink Books. Rick, his wife, Susan, and son, Allen, live near Ringgold, Georgia.

AMG Publishers is a mission-focused publishing house in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They publish approximately 20 new titles yearly and focus on books in the following genres:

• Inspirational fantasy/speculative/sci-fi/visionary, including a high number of subgenres within the fantasy/spec category
• Contemporary fiction
• Contemporary suspense/thriller
• Historical fiction

• Niche-oriented daily devotionals for the Battlefields & Blessings series
• Bible study workbook manuscripts
• Bible reference works

Manuscript proposal and query letter guidelines can be found at

Rick will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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