2016 Book Editors & Publishing Houses

Oregon Christian Writers is pleased to introduce the wonderful book editors and publishing houses joining us for the 2016 summer conference.

Book Editors & Publishing Houses
Book Editors & Publishing Houses

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

See the Manuscript Submission page (please hyperlink Manuscript Submission page to http://oregonchristianwriters.org/2016-manuscript-submission-program/ and then remove this note) for general submission guidelines and information on how to submit mini-proposals (must be postmarked by July 14).


Sherrie Ashcraft www.ashberrylane.com

  • Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center
Sherrie Ashcraft
Sherrie Ashcraft

In 2013, Sherrie and her daughter, Christina (Berry) 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 18 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 overdeveloped sense of humor and her quest to show the practicality of God’s Word intersect. She and her husband of 45 years are parents of two, grandparents of eight, and great-grandparents of one.

Ashberry Lane is looking for: 

  • Adult Fiction that grabs readers’ hearts and shows the characters’ journey toward God. They are open to contemporary, romance, or historical.
  • No children’s books or speculative at this time.

Sherrie will review through the conference Manuscript Submission Program.

Kim Bangs — http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/chosen

  • Coaching Class: Components of Nonfiction Writing
  • Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center
Kim Bangs
Kim Bangs

In 2014 Kim Bangs joined the Baker Publishing Group as Senior Acquisitions Editor for the Bethany and Chosen divisions. Her new position is preceded by 25 years with Gospel Light/Regal. She served as an editor in the Children’s Curriculum Department at Gospel Light for five years then left to serve on staff of a local church plant until 1994. Returning to Gospel Light, Kim joined Regal Books as an administrative assistant to the editorial director. Her last position with Regal was Publishing Director. In 2012 Kim was honored by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) as Nonfiction Editor of the Year. Kim can also be found at several writers’ conferences throughout the year teaching, inspiring, and encouraging writers. 

Bethany House (Nonfiction) CATEGORIES OF INTEREST:

  • Christian living
  • Relationships
  • Bible guide/lay reference
  • Devotionals (prefer “gift” type, with established authors/formats)
  • Apologetics (popular trade-level)
  • Women’s interests
  • Leadership (biblically based, for lay audience)


  • Spirit-filled living
  • Spiritual warfare/deliverance
  • Prophecy
  • Prayer/intercession
  • Israel/Middle East
  • End times

Kim will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Steve Barclift —  www.kregel.com

  • Workshop: Making the Most of the Author-Editor Relationship
  • Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center
Steve Barclift
Steve Barclift

Steve Barclift has been involved in Christian publishing for 30 years. He was the founding managing editor of Christian Parenting Today magazine (originally located in Sisters, Oregon) before accepting a book-editing position with Questar Publishers in 1989. (Questar eventually purchased Multnomah Publishers and took on Multnomah’s better-known name. Multnomah is now part of WaterBrook Multnomah, a division of Random House.) Steve was a senior editor with Questar/Multnomah for several years and has been managing editor at Kregel Publications since 1997. A children’s book author, Steve received an ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Gold Medallion Award for The Beginner’s Devotional. Steve and his family live near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Kregel is looking for: 

  • Works that address a popular audience by relating the Bible to everyday life. Prominent on the list are works for moms and women, books for “seekers,” Bible studies, fiction, self-help books, and books for young readers. These books should reflect the needs and interests of a broad evangelical audience. Fiction should be fresh, have a believable story line, and feature characters who engage life realistically and biblically. Historical fiction with a romantic element and romantic suspense are welcome. We would consider an exceptionally strong fiction for older teens and young adults.
  • No picture-book proposals.

Steve will review through the conference Manuscript Submission Program.

Susan Brower – http://www.gileadpublishing.com/

  • Workshop: Christian Fiction: Perspective and Voice
  • Editorial Panel (Monday)

Susan BrowerSusan Brower is the vice president of editorial of the newly launched Gilead Publishing. Sue has more than 27 years of experience in the Christian publishing industry, primarily working for Zondervan (now HarperCollins Christian Publishing) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She spent 12 years of those years marketing all categories of religious product followed by seven years as executive editor for trade fiction and nonfiction. Sue’s award-winning and best-selling author portfolio included Karen Kingsbury, Terri Blackstock, Amy Clipston, Robin Lee Hatcher, Bodie and Brock Thoene, Tim LaHaye, and Brandilyn Collins. In 2010, she was ACFW Editor of the Year and AWSA Golden Scroll Fiction Editor of the Year. Most recently Sue has represented such popular authors as Terri Blackstock, Amy Clipston, and Jen Turano for the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

Gilead Publishing was founded in early 2016 by Dan Balow and Bill Giarratana, both of whom have spent decades in the Christian publishing industry. The vision behind the company came from a desire to see Christian fiction grow by creating a unique single-focus publisher who publishes nothing but fiction. They publish in traditional fiction genres for adults—no children’s books or YA—and they have also acquired the titles of Enclave Publishing and formed an Enclave imprint that will continue to publish a dozen sci-fi/fantasy titles annually.

Gilead Publishing is looking for quality writing in the following categories:

  • Contemporary women’s
  • Historical
  • Suspense
  • Mystery
  • Romance

Please do not request an appointment unless your manuscript is complete and more than 80,000 words. Gilead is not currently looking for sci-fi or fantasy.

Susan will review at the conference.

Robyn Burwell — www.BlinkYAbooks.com;   www.zondervan.com

  • Workshop: Filling in the Gaps: Finding the Missing Links in Your Storyline and Characters
  • Editor Panel (Monday)
Robyn Burwell
Robyn Burwell

Robyn Burwell is an acquisition editor for Blink and Zonderkidz, the young adult children’s divisions of Zondervan under HarperCollins. Her arena includes literary fiction and nonfiction for readers ages nine to 18, acquiring projects with authors and celebrity voices. Her work with Zonderkidz (www.Zondervan.com) draws in books based on Christian principles and includes the well-known FaithGirlz brand, currently endorsed by award-winning vocal artist Natalie Grant. Blink (www.BlinkYAbooks.com) continuously seeks to cross the boundaries toward reaching both secular and Christian readers through clean, intriguing, and edgy story lines in a wide range of genres.

Before coming to HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Robyn was active in other Christian publishing areas, including editing, coaching, marketing, and teaching at the college level. Robyn has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical text, a master’s in literature (focusing on multicultural), and a master’s in Christian ministry from Abilene Christian University. She currently resides near Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband and three children.

Blink is looking for:

  • Clean Teen–Young Adult fiction and nonfiction (Any mix of the following genres)
    • Romance
    • Quirky funny
    • Fantasy/high fantasy
    • Suspense/thriller
    • Historical
    • Time travel
    • Contemporary
    • Multicultural/disabilities
    • Summer beach read

For ZonderKidz: Middle Grade faith-based fiction and nonfiction

  • Fiction series: mystery, fantasy, time travel, etc.
  • Faithgirlz titles (8–12 year olds)
  • Fiction series
  • Devotionals/inspirational
  • Topic-based
  • Crafts or cooking

Robyn will review through the conference Manuscript Submission Program.

Rochelle Carter — www.ellechormedia.com

  • Workshop:Create Your Book Business Plan™: Defining the Purpose + Promise + Goals of Your Book
  • Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center
Rochelle Carter
Rochelle Carter

Rochelle Carter is the publisher at Ellechor Publishing House, LLC, an award-winning publishing company with three imprints and an online bookstore. She manages the acquisition and production process for her traditional imprints. Books published by Ellechor have won a variety of awards. Rochelle is also the author of the bestseller The 7-Step Guide to Authorpreneurship as well as other titles. 

Ellechor practices Creative Publishing, which means that, while they retain final decision rights because of the risk they take on each author, they 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. 

Ellechor is looking for: 

  • Mystery/ Suspense
  • Romantic Mystery/ Suspense
  • Fictional re-imaginings of stories from the Bible.

Rochelle will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Alice Crider — www.davidccook.com

  • Workshop: Self-Editing for Nonfiction Book Writers
  • Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center
Alice Crider
Alice Crider

Alice Crider, Senior Acquisitions & Development Editor at David C Cook, 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. Before returning to Cook in 2015, she worked as an agent with WordServe Literary Group for three years. She has worked with a number of best-selling authors, and she teaches writing and editing workshops at writers’ conferences nationally and internationally. A certified life coach, Alice lives in Colorado, where she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, organic gardening, and spending time with her family. 

David C Cook is looking for: 

  • Nonfiction Christian living
  • Christian life,
  • Spiritual growth
  • Women’s issues
  • Open to marriage and parenting
  • Specifically looking for books that promote or support discipleship.
  • Not currently looking at fiction.

Alice will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Lonnie Hull DuPont  — www.revellbooks.com

  • Coaching Class: Writing New Work: Poetry
  • Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center
Lonnie Hull DuPont
Lonnie Hull DuPont

Lonnie Hull DuPont is a former high school teacher and ESL tutor who has worked in publishing for many years. After employment at Spring Arbor Distributors, Guideposts Books, HarperSanFrancisco, and Thomas Nelson, she ran her own editing service in California and in Michigan. She currently serves as Executive Editor at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group (www.revellbooks.com). Lonnie has written several nonfiction books for both adults and young readers, ghostwritten a cookbook for two NASCAR moms, and is the compiler of five popular anthologies of true animal stories. She is also an award-winning poet whose work has been widely published and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She often performs her poetry with musicians in southeastern Michigan. Her new pet memoir, Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed a City Girl’s World, will be published by Revell in fall 2016. She lives in her hometown in rural Michigan with her husband and their three astonishing cats.

In Fiction, Revell is looking for:

  • mysteries, both standard and cozies
  • suspense and romantic suspense
  • contemporary novels for and about women
  • some historicals if time period and setting are known and inspire romance
  • Amish themed ONLY IF the author has Anabaptist background
  • fantasy/sci-fi (if I think it’s workable, I’d pass it to colleagues— this is not my forté)
  • something else that’s fresh and good

In Nonfiction, Revell is looking for:

  • self-help, preferably by counselors, professionals, or experts in their area
  • books about improving communication
  • books about the mind, memory, etc., by professionals
  • books on time management by professionals
  • a fresh angle preferably with professional connection in the worlds of marriage, parenting, and family
  • books by women/women speakers with themes that speak to today’s women
  • books on prayer, though we have a lot of those right now
  • adult books about animals and their connections to humans
  • some bio/autobio if the writer has had an extraordinary experience or is well-known
  • something else that’s fresh and good

Lonnie will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Eva Marie Everson — www.fireflysouthernfiction.com/

  • Coaching Class: The Foundation of Fiction through Film
  • Workshop: The Power of Critique
  • Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center
Eva Marie Everson
Eva Marie Everson

Eva Marie Everson is the acquisitions editor at Firefly Southern Fiction, the historical and contemporary Southern fiction line of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC).She is also the best-selling, award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction as well as an Old Testament theologian and a graduate of Andersonville Theological Seminary and Tzemach Institute. She serves as the president of Word Weavers International, and as director of the Florida Christian Writers Conference. For more about Eva Marie, visit www.EvaMarieEversonAuthor.com.

Firefly Southern Fiction is looking for: 

Not only works set in the South but with the feel of the South. Southern fiction encompasses stories about her people—the good and the bad—the elements that make her great and those that make her strong and compelling. Submissions should be strong in character, setting, story, and with an understanding of the dialogue and true dialect.

Eva Marie will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Miralee Ferrell — www.mountainbrookink.com

  • Workshop: Larger and Smallish and Indie, Oh My! (Publishing)
  • Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center
Merilee Ferell
Merilee Ferell

Miralee Ferrell is the publisher and lead acquisition editor for Mountain Brook Ink. She is also an award-winning author whose Western and historical fiction titles have appeared on the ECPA best-seller lists. Miralee founded Mountain Brook Ink in 2014 to fill a need she saw in her own career and in the industry. It is a traditional, royalty-paying house that pays a small advance and employs a publicist, professional editors, and cover artists to produce and promote quality products. To date, Mountain Brook Ink has released 10 titles, and has more than 16 titles contracted for 2016–17. Mountain Brook Ink has released books with debut and multi-published authors alike. 

Mountain Brook Ink is looking for: 

Fiction series are at the top of our list right now, in almost any genre other than children’s or middle-grade. They will consider YA, spec-fiction, contemporary or historical romance, or women’s fiction. Well-written stories that speak to hearts and stay in readers’ minds after they finish. Will consider a stand-alone novel. They are open to inspirational fiction as well as clean, secular fiction.

Miralee will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Terri Kalfas —www.grace-publishing.com/ 

  • Workshop: Writing and Publishing Bible Studies in the 21st Century
  • Editor Panel (Monday)
  • Writing Center
Terri Kalfas
Terri Kalfas

Terri 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, adult fiction, compilation/anthologies.

Terri will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Christina Tarabochia — www.ashberrylane.com

  • Editor and Magazine Editor Panel Host (Monday)
  • Workshop: “Larger and Smallish and Indie, Oh My!” (Publishing)
  • Writing Center
Christina Tarabochia
Christina Tarabochia

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 18 books, with more slated to publish the summer of 2016. 

Ashberry Lane is looking for: 

  • Adult fiction that grabs readers’ hearts as it shows the characters’ journey toward God. They are open to contemporary, romance, or historical.
  • No children’s books or speculative at this time.

Christina will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Erin Taylor Young — www.serenadebooks.com

  • Coaching Class: Write from the Deep
  • Workshop: Larger and Smallish and Indie, Oh My! (Publishing)
  • Editor Panel (Monday)
Erin Taylor Young
Erin Taylor Young

Erin Taylor Young is a founding member of Serenade Books (formerly Redbud Press)—a boutique publisher focusing primarily on romance ebooks in the inspirational market—where she hones her publishing skills as an acquisitions editor and author liaison. Her deepest passions are the Word of God and bringing His truth to readers, whether in her own books or those of other authors. She teaches workshops about writing and publishing, produces podcasts, and is the co-creator of Write from the Deep and Live from the Deep with Karen Ball. She’s an award-winning humor writer who has a remarkable gift for making her readers laugh even as she’s delivering hard truths about living a life of faith. Her recent book, Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe, was a 2015 Cascade Award winner. Read more about Erin at www.erintayloryoung.com.

Serenade Books is looking for: 

  • Romance—both contemporary and historical—with a strong sense of setting and community. Their books are 45,000–65,000 words, novellas about 20,000 words.
  • Series that are complete with three or more books (particularly interested in finding books with heroes that are military, firemen, policemen, etc.).
  • Multi-author romance anthologies consisting of four novellas with connected story lines (characters reoccur in the entire anthology).

Please bring sample pages of your book if you have an appointment with Erin.
Erin will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

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