2015 SC Book Editors

Oregon Christian Writers is thrilled to introduce the wonderful book editors and publishing houses joining us for the 2015 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 Submission Program.
  • Some will review exclusively at the conference. ac

See the Manuscript Submission for general submission guidelines and information on how to submit mini-proposals (must be postmarked by July 15).

Sherrie Ashcraft – www.ashberrylane.com

  • Book Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center

In 2013, Sherrie and her daughter, Christina Tarabochia, formed Ashberry Lane Publishing with the goal of bringing more Heartfelt Tales of Faith into the hands of readers. They have enjoyed working with a number of fine authors to publish 15 titles. This mother and daughter also partnered to write the contemporary novel, On the Threshold, which won an Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Award in 2014. Sherrie has worked as a missionary, teacher, and a nurse specializing in Alzheimer’s care. She is currently the women’s ministry director for her church in western Oregon and speaks at women’s events and retreats, where her over-develaczoped sense of humor and her quest to show how practical God’s Word is intersect. She and her husband of 44 years are parents of two, grandparents of eight, and the great-grandparents of one.

Ashberry Lane is looking for:

Heartfelt Tales of Faith (and fun) from middle grade to adult. Contemporary, historical, even futuristic. Fiction only.

Note: Sherrie will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference.

Rochelle Carter – www.ellechorpublishinghouse.com

Rochelle Carter is the Publisher at Ellechor Publishing House, LLC (www.ellechorpublishinghouse.com), an award-winning publishing company with three imprints and an online bookstore. She manages the acquisition and production process for her traditional imprints. Named an Exceptional Website for Christian Theologians and Intuit’s Most Loved Local Business by popular vote, Ellechor Publishing is a recognized publisher with American Christian Fiction Writers Association, a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, and a member of the Christian Small Publishers Association. Books published by Ellechor have won a variety of awards, including Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year, the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Award, Readers’ Favorite Book Award, the Selah Award for First Book, Best Christian Fiction and Best Plot by Christian Book Review Blog, the Genesis Award and many more! Rochelle is also the author of the bestseller, The 7-Step Guide to Authorpreneurship and other titles.

Ellechor practices Creative Publishing which means that, while we retain final decision rights due to the risk we take on each author, we also require author input in the editing, design, and marketing process. Ideal authors have already begun building their author platform and generating interest in their writing. They are open to editorial feedback and have a notable online presence. Aspiring authorpreneurs would find a great home with Ellechor Publishing! Our most successful authors take ownership of their writing career, brainstorm ideas with us, and are not afraid of self-promotion.

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

Alice Crider – www.davidccook.com

  • Workshop: Magnificent Memoir
  • Book Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center

Alice Crider is a senior acquisitions & development editor at David C. Cook. She began her career in Christian publishing at David C. Cook in 1998, moved to Alive Communications in 2001, and then to WaterBrook Press in 2004, where she progressed through the editorial ranks acquiring and developing manuscripts, writing marketing and back-cover copy, and handling author relation issues. Along the way, she became a certified life coach and published several magazine articles with Focus on the Family. In the last two years, she worked as an agent with WordServe Literary Group representing 40+ authors. Alice lives in Colorado, where she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, organic gardening, and spending time with her family.

David C. Cook’s mission is “to equip the church with Christ-centered resources for making and teaching disciples who obediently transform today’s generations.”

With that in mind, Alice is looking to acquire nonfiction (mostly for women), Christian living, spiritual growth books that deliver transformational/life-changing messages. That can include memoir if it is well written, compelling, and supported by a significant platform. Women speakers and/or popular bloggers would also be of interest.

Note: Alice will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference.

Vicki Crumpton – www.bakerpublishinggroup.com

  • Workshop: Cover to Cover: Ten Essential Elements of a Nonfiction Book
  • Book Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center

Vicki Crumpton, Executive Editor for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has more than 20 years of publishing experience. A recipient of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association’s Editor of the Year award, she has acquired a number of awards’ finalists and winners as well as several New York Times bestsellers, including 90 Minutes in Heaven. She holds a master’s of divinity and a doctorate from Southwestern Seminary, is a Mensa member, and works from her home in western Kentucky when she’s not kayaking, or taking photos.

Revell Books (www.revellbooks.com) is looking for:

Nonfiction proposals, particularly in these areas: Christian living, marriage, family, parenting, finance, personal growth/career growth, or health/fitness/wellness.

They are not currently acquiring Bible studies, children’s, poetry, or devotional collections, and are well stocked with fiction.

Note: Vicki will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference.

Nick Harrison – www.harvesthousepublishers.com

  • Workshop: Inside a Publishing House: Proposals That Make It to Publishing Committee
  • Book Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center

Nick Harrison is a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers. He acquires and edits both fiction and nonfiction. Nick is also the author of several books, including Power in the Promises. He lives in Eugene with his wife, Beverly. Nick and Bev are the parents of three adult daughters and four grandchildren.

Harvest House is looking for:

Nonfiction books that meet a felt need for a large number of people work.

No personal stories, poetry, gift books, or children’s books.

Fiction is very tight right now, but we’re still selling Amish fiction and historical romance. We’re open to other fiction, but keep in mind we’re full through 2016.

Note: Nick will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference.

Terri Kalfas – www.grace-publishing.com/

  • Coaching Class: Crafting Bible Studies for Spiritual Growth
  • Workshop: When God Calls You to Write
  • Book Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center

Terri Kalfas began her career in Christian publishing more than 27 years ago. Prior to that she worked as a newspaper reporter, managing editor, editor, and freelance writer. Terri is acquiring for Grace Publishing. The company publishes biblically based resources that challenge, encourage, teach, equip, and entertain Christians young and old in their personal journeys. Their goal is to make people want to read their Bibles in addition to reading books about the Bible.

Grace Publishing is looking for:

Bible study, nonfiction, and adult fiction.

Note: Terri will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference.

Christina Tarabochia – www.ashberrylane.com

  • Host of Book Editor and Magazine Editor Panels (Monday)
  • Writing Center

Christina Tarabochia (ter-uh-bawk-ee-uh) founded Ashberry Lane Publishing with her mother, Sherrie Ashcraft, in 2013 with the goal of bringing more Heartfelt Tales of Faith into the hands of readers. The mother and daughter also partnered to write the contemporary novel, On the Threshold, which won an Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Award in 2014. Christina’s debut novel, The Familiar Stranger, was a 2010 Christy finalist and Carol Award winner. Mom of five and married to a prince found on eHarmony, she ran a thriving editing business before launching Ashberry Lane. The company has overseen the release of more than a dozen books and has contracted many more for the future. Find out more about her at www.christinatarabochia.com.

Ashberry Lane is looking for:

Heartfelt Tales of Faith (and fun) from middle grade to adult. Contemporary, historical, even futuristic. Fiction only.

Middle Grade: 25,000–45,000 words
Young Adult: 45,000–70,000 words
Adult Novel: 85,000–100,000 words

Note: Christina will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference.

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