2015 SC Agents

Oregon Christian Writers is happy to introduce the wonderful agents joining us for the 2015 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 link (http://oregonchristianwriters.org/2015-sc-manuscript-submissions/) for general submission guidelines and information on how to submit mini-proposals, which must be postmarked by July 15.

Sally Apokedak www.stobbeliterary.com/about/sally-apokedak/

  • Coaching Class: Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels That Sell
  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center

Sally Apokedak is an associate agent with the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency. She has been studying, reviewing, and marketing children’s books, as well as giving writing instruction for a dozen years. As the manager of the Kidz Book Buzz blog tour, she was privileged to work with best-selling and award-winning authors such as Jeanne DuPrau, Ingrid Law, and Shannon Hale. Sally frequently contributes to YA for Novel Rocket and teaches at writing conferences across the country. Find out more at www.sally-apokedak.com.

Sally is looking for:

Stories that are well-plotted and that have great voice and lovable characters. She is most interested in:

  1. Middle Grade and Young Adult novels aimed at the general market
  2. Middle Grade and Young Adult novels for the Christian market
  3. Picture books aimed at the general market from author/illustrators (from artists who are trained)

She is happy to look at proposals for adult fiction and nonfiction aimed at the Christian market and will forward any adult proposals that have promise to Les Stobbe.

Sally will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference. 

Karen Ball – www.stevelaube.com

  • Coaching Class: Taming the Most Common Dragons
  • Workshop: Self-Editing for Success
  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center

Karen Ball has always loved the power of story. She considers it a gift that she’s been able to use that love during nearly 30 years in publishing as an executive and acquisitions editor, building fiction lines for Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and B&H Publishing Group. Currently the owner/operator of Karen Ball Publishing Services, LLC, and a literary agent with the prestigious Steve Laube Agency, Karen loves to partner with authors and help them refine their craft to bring out the power in their work. She’s had the honor of acquiring and working with some of the best novelists in the market, including Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Brandilyn Collins, Ginny Yttrup, Robin Jones Gunn, and many others. A published author herself, several of Karen’s novels have received awards, including the Reader’s Choice award and the ACFW award for the Best Inspirational Novel of the Year. Karen lives in Oregon with her husband, father, and a their four-legged, furry “kids,” including an incorrigible Corgi named Kirby and an Aussie-Terrier mix she affectionately refers to as “the black hole of emotional need.”

Karen is looking for: nonfiction and fiction.

Karen is not looking for: poetry, fantasy/sci-fi, YA, children’s books, or academic books.

Karen will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference.

Don Jacobson – don@dcjacobson.com

  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center

Don Jacobson is president of D.C. Jacobson & Associates Literary. He has been involved in publishing for more than 30 years. As owner and president of Multnomah Publishers for 14 years, Don worked with hundreds of authors and oversaw the production of 1,000+ book titles. Multnomah’s readers enjoyed The Prayer of JabezRedeeming LoveI Kissed Dating GoodbyeFor Women Only, and books from Dr. James Dobson, Henry Blackaby, Max Lucado, Andy Stanley, Robin Jones Gunn and many more. Don’s favorite part about publishing has always been working with authors and helping them develop creative book concepts. After selling Multnomah to Random House in 2006, Don founded D.C. Jacobson & Associates, where he continues to do what he lovesdreaming about books that can change the world by changing the Church. That passion is still the heartbeat of Don’s professional life as he leads DCJA.

Don is looking for:

Primarily nonfiction Christian living and memoir proposals.

Don will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference.

Greg Johnson – www.wordserveliterary.com

  • Workshop: Finding Readers: The Ultimate Success
  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center

Greg Johnson is the founder and president of WordServe Literary Group and FaithHappenings.com. He has been a literary agent for 21 years, personally representing more than 2,200 books. He has negotiated more than 1,700 contracts valued at $40 million plus, working with at least 80 different publishing houses.

Before he began 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 fulltime 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 and six grandchildren. They make their home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Greg is looking for adult nonfiction in these categories:

  • Self-help
  • Christian/religious
  • Business
  • Humorous quirky memoir
  • True-life stories that have media appeal
  • Military memoir
  • Fiction:
    • Military
    • Christian/religious
    • Historical
    • Women’s romantic suspense
    • Romance
    • Contemporary women’s

Greg is not looking for:

  • Children’s picture books or YA fiction
  • Poetry
  • Horror/sci-fi/literary

Reviewing Preferences: A one sheet is fine, along with sample writing of the first 10 pages.

 Greg will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference. 

Mary Keeley – www.booksandsuch.com

  • Workshop: Seeing Is Believing: What Agents and Editors See Between the Lines of Your Proposal and Between Your Words at a Pitch Meeting
  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center

 Mary Keeley is an agent with Books & Such Literary Management, where she represents award-winning adult fiction and nonfiction authors. A natural encourager, she loves helping authors build their brand, strategize their career, and structure life-changing books that influence culture in God-honoring ways from a Christian worldview.

Mary began her career in publishing at Tyndale House Publishers in 1997, where she acquired her knowledge of the industry by working as product manager to acquisitions editor for nonfiction. Having worked with authors such as Randy Alcorn, Joel Rosenberg, Chuck Colson, Josh McDowell, Gary Chapman, and numerous others on multiple book projects, Mary has a broad understanding of the publishing process. Her years at Christianity Today extended her knowledge of the industry to the fast-track world of magazine publishing. There she also spearheaded an author-relations initiative for the long list of contributing editors of Leadership Journal.

Mary is looking for:

Nonfiction: Christian living, memoir, business/leadership, new pastors’ voices, apologetics, women’s issues, and books for post-millennials from authors who have well-developed, proven platforms.

Fiction: Suspense, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance, biblical, women’s, and mystery.

Mary will review through the Manuscript Submission Program through the conference.

Wendy Lawton – www.booksandsuch.com

  • Workshop: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Working with a Literary Agent
  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)

Wendy Lawton is the vice president and agent with the much-respected literary agency, Books & Such Literary Management. She represents some of the finest writers in the industry, including many best-selling authors. Though she has served on the faculty of several major writers conferences, won the infamous Bulwer-Lytton competition, and authored 13 books, Wendy feels equally comfortable with a cool lump of clay in her hand. She worked as a sculptor and doll designer and founded The Lawton Doll Company in 1979. “Running a collectible business provided the perfect foundation for being a literary agent,” she says. Wendy enjoys helping her clients develop their ideas and chart their careers. She’s adept at working with authors to discover the core of their writing style, leading to brand recognition for each author in the marketplace of books.

Wendy is looking for:

Adult manuscripts both fiction and nonfiction.

Wendy is not looking for:

Fiction: fantasy, sci-fi, steam punk. No YA. No children’s.

Nonfiction: no Bible studies, no academic books, and no theology, apologetics, or end times.

Wendy will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference.

Chip MacGregor  – www.macgregorliterary.com

  • Coaching Class: Making a Living in Today’s Market (Professional Writers Track—Fiction and Nonfiction)
  • Host Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center

Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor Literary, Inc., a full-service literary agency located on the left coast. He has worked in the publishing industry for three decades, and made his living as a freelance writer and editor for several years. He is the author of numerous books, including a couple of best-selling nonfiction titles, and formerly served as a publisher with Time-Warner. Chip began working as an agent 17 years ago, and he has represented hundreds of titles, including numerous award-winners and bestsellers, and one that hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight years ago he began his own literary agency, and over the past couple years has been one of the busiest literary agents in the United States. He works with both fiction and nonfiction titles. A well-known speaker at writing conferences and via online writing sites, he lives on the Oregon coast.

Chip is looking for:

Christian nonfiction projects that speak to a felt need.

Contemporary romance novels (55,000 words) or romantic suspense novels (75,000 words).

Chip will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference. 

Tamela Hancock Murray – www.stevelaube.com

  • Workshop: To Market, To Market (co-taught with Gail Sattler)
  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center

Tamela Hancock Murray is a full-time literary agent with The Steve Laube Agency. She has worked in publishing for more than 25 years. Through her work with Barbour Publishing and Summerside Press, Tamela is an award-winning, best-selling author of many novels and novellas, and, in nonfiction, Bible trivia for children and adults. Early in her career, she wrote for newspapers and magazines.

Although she is not currently writing books, she is grateful that some of her stories appear in new repacks of old favorites. Tamela’s authors appreciate that her past experience as a multi-published author gives her an understanding of the challenges writers face today. Her goal is to work with authors over the long term to develop and maintain solid careers.

Tamela is looking for:

All categories of romance, Amish, women’s fiction.

Tamela hopes to expand her success with nonfiction titles by working with authors writing for a defined audience they are able to reach with an excellent platform.

Tamela will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference.


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