2017 Summer Conference Agents

Oregon Christian Writers is happy to introduce the wonderful agents joining us for the 2017 summer conference. Pay particular attention to types/genres agents are interested in representing and note:

See the Manuscript Submission page for general submission guidelines and information on how to submit mini-proposals, which must be postmarked by July 14. Agents have quotas and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If an agent you choose has reached his or her quota for preconference reviews, you will still have an opportunity to sign up for an appointment in the Writing Center at the conference.

Stephanie Alton – http://theblythedanielagency.com/

Workshop: Blogging 101—From Blog to a Book Deal (Nonfiction and Fiction)
Agent Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Stephanie Alton

Stephanie Alton is an agent with the Blythe Daniel Agency which is known for working with clients in book development, literary representation, and publicity and marketing campaigns. Stephanie directs the agency’s blog network, BlogAbout, and is a writing/blogging coach and also a publicity book agent. She has engaged with publishers, authors, podcasters, ministries, and creative businesses to be able to offer compelling and trendy material to the hundreds of bloggers she works with. Stephanie has a good eye for what is effective in the blogging world, and she has been able to help aspiring writers shape their writing and blogs into what an agent is looking for. She also connects people with prime media outlets.

The agency is actively seeking bloggers to link up with their existing BlogAbout blog network to review new books, movies, and merchandise. BlogAbout has worked on campaigns for New York Times best-selling authors Ann Voskamp and Karen Ehman, FamilyLife Today, Simply Bliss clothing, and more.

Stephanie is looking for:

  • Nonfiction: Christian living, spiritual growth, memoir, current events, inspirational, business/leadership, marriage, parenting, political and social issues, women’s issues, new voices (pastors, journalists, and other professionals), and some gift and cookbooks. Also looking at books for millennials.
  • Devotionals: Will look at uniquely themed and creative devotional concepts.
  • Children’s: Looking at picture book concepts that fit the Christian marketplace with faith content and also projects for the general market that don’t have faith content but stress morals and values. Author needs to have a good-sized platform for these books.
  • Fiction: We will review adult trade fiction: romance, contemporary, women’s, Western, and historical.

In general, authors need to have a platform that spans a significant blog readership, online (guest blogging and media experience) and social media presence, active speaking schedule, and networking with other authors.

Come prepared to talk about what you are saying in your book that no one else is saying. You need to have a distinguishable book hook that is unique and stands out from other books, to have developed your concept in a way that makes others say, “I haven’t thought about that before” or “I haven’t heard anyone say it like that.”

Stephanie is not looking for:
poetry, Bible studies, or short stories.
The agency will review a limited number of devotionals.
Stephanie will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

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

Coaching Class:  Children’s/YA Critique Group, Premium class Fiction and Nonfiction
Agent Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Sally Apokedak, Associate Agent with Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency
Sally Apokedak

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 15 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. Find out more at www.sally-apokedak.com.

 

Sally is looking for:

  • picture books
  • middle grade and young adult novels for the general market all genres, but sci-fi and fantasy books are my favorites, with mysteries coming in a close second after speculative.

Sally will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Tim Beals – www.credocommunications.net

Workshop: The Business of Writing: Understanding Literary Agreements, Book Contracts, Copyright, and More
Agent Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Tim Beals

Tim Beals has been president of Credo Communications, a literary agency, and publisher of Credo House Publishers, an independent book publisher, since 2005. He has also been an adjunct professor of publishing, editing, and professional writing at Cornerstone University since 1989. Tim earned his undergraduate degree in English and philosophy at Cornerstone University and then began his publishing career as an editor at HarperCollins Christian Publishing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He completed a master’s in professional writing from Western Michigan University and later earned his business degree at Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business.

He fills his days working closely with authors and publishers, bringing words to life. He also travels worldwide to meet with authors and encourage their craft. Tim is sometimes a coach, sometimes a critic, sometimes a counselor, but always a cheerleader. He believes that a book is less like a product—a thing; instead, it is more like a person—even a friend, the unique and irreplaceable offspring of an author’s heart, mind, and soul.

Tim is looking for:

  • Thoughtful nonfiction for the Christian marketplace, including specialty Bibles, academic work, unique angles on Christian living, social issues, and women’s issues.
  • Fiction, including biblical and historical fiction, contemporary and international settings, and military themes. Children’s books are also welcome, from board books to early reader.

Tim is not looking for: science fiction, romance, young adult, articles, flash fiction, fantasy, speculative, thriller/suspense, Amish

Tim will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Nick Harrison – http://www.wordserveliterary.com/

Workshop: Praying, Planning, Persisting in Your Career
Agent Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Nick Harrison
Nick Harrison

Nick Harrison is an agent with WordServe Literary, representing both fiction and nonfiction authors. For 15 years Nick served as a senior editor for Harvest House Publishers, where he worked with several high-profile authors including Dr. Tony Evans, Allison Bottke, Jerry Eicher, and Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys. Nick has written more than 10 books, including Magnificent Prayer and Power in the Promises. He and his wife live in Oregon and are the parents of three adult daughters. Check out Nick’s website and blog at www.nickharrisonbooks.com.

Nick is looking for:

  • Nonfiction with mass appeal.
  • Fiction with mass appeal.

Nick is not looking for: children’s books, gift books, poetry, personal stories, devotionals, prophecy, cults.

Nick will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Jim Hart – http://hartlineagency.com/

Workshop: Marketing for Writers Who Don’t Like to Market (Nonfiction and Fiction)
Agent Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Jim Hart

Jim Hart works with both veteran and debut authors and represents a mix of nonfiction and fiction clients. He serves both the Christian and general markets. Jim is also a singer/songwriter/worship leader and has been involved in youth and music ministry for several decades. He is a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God.

 

 

 

 

Jim is looking for:

Nonfiction

  • Christian living
  • Church growth
  • Social issues
  • Parenting
  • Self-help.

*Nonfiction writers will need to show a strong platform in their area of expertise.

Fiction

  • Suspense/thrillers
  • Romance (contemporary, historical, suspense, Amish)
  • Women’s fiction
  • Speculative and sci-fi.

*Fiction writers should possess a strong and growing platform.

Jim is not looking for: children’s or middle-grade fiction at this time.

Jim will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Bill Jensen – www.wkjagency.com

Workshop: What Agents Do for Authors (and Publishers) (Nonfiction and Fiction) with Vicki Crumpton
Agent Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Bill Jenkins
Bill Jenkins

William (Bill) Jensen has worked in book publishing for 40 years. He discovered and helped launch the writing careers of Stormie Omartian, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Thomas Kinkade, Lisa Samson, Mark Buchanan, Ann Voskamp, Melanie Shankle, Melissa Michaels, Seth Haines, and many more. In the last four years, eight books he represented have become New York Times bestsellers, four have won Christianity Today’s Award of Merit, while others won Christy Awards, Christian Retailer Book of the Year award, and more.

Bill is looking for:

Nonfiction:

  • Christian living
  • Devotionals
  • Memoir
  • Gift books
  • Bible prophecy
  • Marriage and parenting, and lifestyle
  • Children’s books

Fiction:

  • Contemporary fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Romance

 

Bill is not looking forfantasy, speculative fiction, and poetry.

Bill will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Tawny Johnsonwww.dcjacobson.com

Workshop: Creating Your Proposal from a Marketing Perspective (Nonfiction and Fiction)
Agent Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Tawny Johnson

Tawny Johnson is a literary agent with D.C. Jacobson & Associates. Her years of experience as regional manager, buyer, and marketing director for a successful chain of 10 Christian bookstores give Tawny the ability to recognize relevance and marketability. Before becoming an agent, Tawny worked for Multnomah Press in marketing, advertising, and international book rights. 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. Her first encounter with Christ came through reading a memoir, so she understands how God can use Christian books to touch the heart of a searching soul, and considers it a privilege to work with authors to encourage their work.

Tawny is looking for:

Nonfiction:

  • Memoir
  • Parenting, marriage, Christian Living, men’s, women’s

Tawny is not looking for: fiction, Bible study, children’s, gift books

Tawny will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.