2021 Book Editors

OCW Summer Coaching Conference
August 16–19, 2021

Oregon Christian Writers is pleased to introduce the wonderful book editors and publishing houses who will join us for the 2021 Summer Conference. Pay particular attention to types/genres of writing these editors want to acquire and note each editor’s preferences. 

Vicki Crumpton – www.revellbooks.com

Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Vicki Crumpton, Executive Editor for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has 30 years of publishing experience. A recipient of ACFW’s Editor of the Year award, AWSA’s Editor of the Year award, and AWSA’s Fiction Editor of the Year award, she has acquired a number of award finalists and winners as well as several New York Times bestsellers, including 90 Minutes in Heaven. She holds a master of divinity degree and a doctorate from Southwestern Seminary, is a Mensa member, and works from her office in Western Kentucky. When she’s not taking care of the menagerie, you can often find her riding a road or mountain bike, paddling a kayak, or taking photos.

Revell/Baker Publishing Group is looking for: 

  • Nonfiction: Christian living, spiritual/personal growth, self-help/personal growth, marriage/family. 
  • Fiction: suspense, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, contemporary.

Revell/Baker Publishing Group is NOT looking for:

  • Children’s, youth.
  • Poetry.
  • Short stories.
  • Gift products.
  • Sci-fi/fantasy, dystopian, visionary.

Vicki will meet with authors for cold pitch appointments.

Miralee Ferrell – www.mountainbrookink.com 

Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Miralee Ferrell founded Mountain Brook Ink more than seven years ago and is passionate about discovering and giving a voice to debut fiction authors. Several of the books Miralee has edited and/or MBI has published have gone on to be Selah Award winners, Love Hope and Faith Award winners, OCW Cascade Award finalists and winners, and ACFW Carol Award finalists, In 2019 MBI also had a double finalist in the Carol and Christy Awards. Mountain Brook Ink has taken a step of faith in starting a new speculative fiction line, Mountain Brook Fire. Miralee is a traditionally published, award-winning, best-selling author of 26 books. Three of Miralee’s books have been produced as TV movies, with the final one airing in 2021.

Mountain Brook Ink is looking for: 

  • Contemporary romance—no fluff—prefer deeper POV and storyline.
  • Fantasy or other spec fiction, including supernatural thrillers/suspense, etc., in middle grade, young adult, and adult.
  • Biblical fiction.
  • Mystery, cozy mystery, suspense, with or without romance.
  • Women’s fiction, non-romance/issue driven.

Mountain Brook Ink is NOT looking for: 

  • Children’s books. (We will consider middle grade and young adult only in spec fiction.)
  • Post-apocalyptic or end times, witchcraft, zombies, werewolves, horror, vampires.

Miralee will participate in the Manuscript Submission Program.

Linda Howard www.tyndale.com

Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Linda Howard is Associate Publisher for Children and Youth at Tyndale House Publishers. She brings an extensive background of working with children and children’s products to her role, including eight years of working with Focus on the Family’s beloved and best-selling Adventures in Odyssey brand, overseeing the successful rebranding and relaunch of the Faith That Sticks product line, 14 years of teaching preschool, and eight years at Wheaton College serving as Assistant Director for the Community School of the Arts. Linda’s enthusiasm and passion for bringing children to a deeper understanding of Christ is what drives her acquisition choices. Helping authors publish and shape products that start children on a path to spiritual maturity is a responsibility she takes seriously, and she is grateful for the opportunity to serve.

Tyndale House Children and Youth is looking for: 

  • Devotionals for kids and young adult.
  • Middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
  • Holiday (Christmas and Easter) themed books.
  • Books to fit in our Compassion International publishing line.

Tyndale House Children and Youth is NOT looking for: 

  • Bible storybooks without a fresh point of view or angle.
  • Adult fiction. 
  • Adult nonfiction.

Linda will participate in the Manuscript Submission Program.

Elizabeth Jackson www.tyndale.com 

Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Elizabeth Jackson is an acquisitions editor at Tyndale House Publishers, where she is involved in many steps of the book development process and manages Crazy4Fiction social media platforms that provide bookish content to fiction fans. An avid reader who loves a good story, Elizabeth enjoys meeting fiction writers, talking with authors about their manuscripts, and partnering in bringing great stories into the world as published novels. When she’s not in the office, you might find her reading a novel from her expansive book collection (preferably in her favorite park on a sunny day!), exploring the great outdoors, or maybe even watching a British television show.

Tyndale House fiction team is looking for:

  • Contemporary women’s fiction.
  • Southern fiction.
  • Romantic suspense.
  • Historical fiction and historical romance not set in World War II.
  • Contemporary romance.

The Tyndale fiction team is NOT looking for: 

  • Young adult.
  • Sci-fi, or fantasy novels.

Elizabeth will meet with authors for cold pitch appointments. Those meeting with Elizabeth will receive instructions for how to submit one-sheets before the meeting.

Terri Kalfas www.grace-publishing.com 

Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Terri KalfasTerri Kalfas acquires for Grace Publishing, an independent Christian publisher founded with the intent to develop and distribute biblically based resources that challenge, encourage, teach, equip, and entertain Christians young and old in their personal journeys. The company is committed to providing resources for spiritual growth and renewal that aid and encourage the lives of believers and the people their lives touch. Terri began her career as a journalist, where she worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance writer, managing editor, and editor. She made the move to Christian publishing more than 27 years ago. Since then, she has held positions ranging from editor to publisher. Her goal is to publish books that make people want to read the Bible for themselves in addition to reading books and studies about the Word. 

Grace Publishing is looking for:

  • Compilations, inspirational.
  • Christian living.
  • Memoirs.
  • Bible studies (including compilations).
  • Historical fiction.
  • Historical romance.
  • Contemporary.
  • Southern.
  • Mystery/suspense.
  • Women’s.

Grace Publishing is NOT looking for:

  • Children’s books.
  • Apologetics.
  • Articles.
  • Devotionals.
  • Poetry.
  • Gift books.
  • Fantasy or speculative.
  • Science fiction.

Terri will participate in the Manuscript Submission Program.

Susan McPherson www.davidccook.org

Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Susan McPherson is an author acquisitions editor at David C Cook Publishing, whose mission is to equip the church with Christ-centered resources. She has worked on projects with authors like Wendy Pope, Tracie Miles, Katy McCown, and Ginny Owens. Most recently, she represents David C Cook on “The FAITHFUL Project,” which is a collaboration of authors and music artists who come together to write a book, Faithful, create songs for an album, Faithful: Go and Speak, and tour the country in a partnership with Integrity Music and Compassion International. Susan is also the founder of God Girl Nation, a ministry that equips, encourages, and celebrates women serving God. She loves Jesus, coffee, and the Hallmark channel along with her life in the Nashville area. She has been married to her hubby for almost 30 years, and they have three grown children they adore.

David C Cook is looking for:

  • Women’s.
  • Marriage.
  • Parenting.
  • Family trade books.
  • Bible studies.

David C Cook is NOT looking for:

  • Fiction.
  • Memoirs/biographies. 
  • Personal devotionals.

Susan will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Raela Schoenherr – www.bethanyhouse.com 

Writing Center 

Raela Schoenherr is a senior fiction acquisitions editor at Bethany House Publishers, where she’s been a member of the acquisitions team since 2008. She has had the pleasure of working with award-winning and acclaimed authors and enjoys supporting writers as they craft new books for the readers of today. A graduate of Bethel University with a degree in business, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and loves to connect with writers on Twitter at @raelaschoenherr.

Bethany is looking for: 

  • Contemporary (women’s and family drama) and “book club” fiction.
  • Contemporary romance/rom-com.
  • Women’s suspense.
  • Romantic suspense.
  • Unique historical romance.
  • Suspense/mystery/thriller.
  • Historical fiction.

Bethany is NOT looking for:

  • Young adult, children’s, middle grade.
  • Fantasy, or sci-fi.

Bethany House fiction is looking for authors who are knowledgeable about the Christian fiction market and can effectively engage with a readership. Raela is happy to meet with authors who are in early stages of the writing process, but Bethany House will consider only complete manuscripts for publication from debut authors.

Raela will review through the Manuscript Submission Program. 

She will also take a small number of cold pitch appointments.

Jessica Sharpe – www.bethanyhouse.com

Writing Center

Jessica Sharpe (formerly Barnes) is a fiction editor at Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group (bethanyhouse.com). She has been editing fiction for more than 15 years and has worked with several best-selling and award-winning authors. Life has taken her from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains to Asia to New York City, but she’s currently based in the Twin Cities. 

Bethany House is looking for: 

  • Suspense.
  • Romantic suspense. 
  • #Ownvoices fiction.
  • Historical fiction with a unique setting or hook.
  • Contemporary romance.
  • Contemporary women’s fiction. 

Bethany House is NOT looking for: 

  • Amish, fantasy.
  • Sci-fi.
  • Children’s or young adult.

Jessica will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Mick Silva – www.zondervan.com

Workshop: “4 Key Traits of Best-Selling Nonfiction Authors”
Premium 4-hour Intensive: “Narrative Nonfiction Critique” (Thursday)
Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Before becoming Senior Acquisitions Editor for Zondervan Books, Mick Silva edited projects for Focus on the Family, Baker, InterVarsity Press, WaterBrook Multnomah, and Windblown Media, publishers of The Shack. He now acquires men’s and relationship categories and consults on platform building. He is looking for unusual personal narratives with strong spiritual takeaway that have the support of big names (or are working on it). See more at www.MickSilva.com.

Zondervan is looking for: 

Narrative-based nonfiction only: fresh relational concepts, restorative spiritual growth, touching and funny memoir, humor, questioning, searching.

Zondervan is NOT looking for: 

Preachy teaching, denominational interest, devotionals, Bible studies, sermon series, fiction, poetry, testimonies, prophecy, children’s, young adult.

Mick will participate in the Manuscript Submission Program. 

Note: Participants in Mick’s intensive “Narrative Nonfiction Critique” are kindly requested not to make manuscript submission appointments since students will have an opportunity for review in the class.

Janyre Tromp – www.kregel.com 

Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Workshop: “Story Technique in Nonfiction”
Writing Center

Janyre Tromp has worked in the CBA industry for more than 20 years, spending time in both marketing and editorial. Currently she is an editor for Kregel Publications by day and a writer (represented by William K Jensen Literary Agency) at night. And that all happens from her kitchen table when she’s not hanging out with her husband, two kids, two troublesome cats, and slightly eccentric Shetland sheepdog. In case you’re wondering, you pronounce that first name Jan-air . . . kind of like the stove, but not like the book. 

Kregel Publications acquires broadly in nonfiction and fiction. 

Kregel is looking for: 

  • Nonfiction titles that tackle contemporary issues using strong scriptural support as well as new takes on perennial topics like women’s issues, marriage, and parenting.
  • Excellent historical romance.
  • Contemporary suspense.
  • Historical fiction.
  • Women’s fiction with biblical grounding. 

Kregel is NOT looking for: 

  • Scripts.
  • Straight memoir.

Janyre will meet with authors for cold pitch appointments during the conference. One sheets, proposals, and synopses are helpful but not necessary. First-time authors welcome.

Trieste Vaillancourt www.dayspring.com 

Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Premium 4-hour Intensive: “Empathy is Your Superpower: writing in a way that connects to hearts and builds others up” (Thursday afternoon)
Writing Center

Trieste Vaillancourt is the editorial director of DaySpring, a writer, and a Louie Award finalist. Born on the Oregon coast, she spent 18 years in the Midwest and Mid-South before heading back to Oregon with her husband. Since the year 2000 she has written for Hallmark, DaySpring, Russell Stover, and more, compiled and written several gift books, and published articles with Radiant and Enhance magazines. She manages the worship team at DaySpring. Her passions include running, being outdoors, and bumbling through the fine art of middle-aged new motherhood.

DaySpring is looking for: 

  • Devotional style gift books.
  • Card ideas with fresh voices.
  • Children’s books ideas.
  • Nonfiction in the form of testimonies (we have a compilation of healing stories currently in the line) and true anecdotes and devotionals. 

DaySpring is NOT looking for: 

  • Novels.

Trieste will meet with authors for cold pitch appointments. 

She will also review a small number of manuscripts through the Manuscript Submissions Program.

Laura Wheeler www.tnzfiction.com and thomasnelson.com/fiction

Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Laura  is an editor with Harper Collins Christian Publishing. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Laura has more than 10 years of experience in Christian publishing. She earned a bachelor of arts in English and journalism from Asbury University and a publishing certificate from New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. She’s been with the HCCP fiction team since January 2018 and previously worked in editorial at Hachette Book Group and Abingdon Press. Laura lives in Nashville with her husband, Micah, and their standard poodle, (Mr.) Knightley, where she enjoys baking French pastries and playing nerdy board games in her free time.

Harper Collins Christian Publishing is looking for: 

  • Contemporary.
  • Romantic comedy.
  • Historical romance.
  • Women’s fiction.
  • Young adult.
  • General market crossover.

Harper Collins Christian Publishing is NOT looking for: 

  • Biblical fiction.
  • Amish fiction.
  • Short stories. 
  • Poetry.
  • Fiction that lacks crossover appeal.

Laura will meet with authors for cold pitch appointments. 

Roseanna White – www.whitefire-publishing.com

Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Roseanna M. White is a best-selling novelist, cover designer, home-schooling mom, blatant neglecter of housekeeping, and managing editor for the WhiteFire Publishing Group. Roseanna has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. She and her husband have run WhiteFire for more than a decade and were thrilled to welcome new imprints Ashberry Lane, WhiteSpark for young readers, and Chrism Press to the WhiteFire family in recent years.

WhiteFire Publishing is looking for:

  • Romance (all settings and sub-genres).
  • Historical.
  • Suspense.
  • Women’s fiction.
  • Nonfiction of all genres.
  • Young adult and middle grade.

WhiteFire Publishing is NOT looking for:

  • Poetry.
  • Memoir (unless it has a really great hook).
  • Amish.
  • Picture books.

Roseanna will meet authors for cold pitch appointments. Those meeting with Roseanna will receive instructions for how to submit one sheets prior to the appointment.

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