New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers had a successful writing career in the general market for several years becoming a born-again Christian; she then wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith, which is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction and it continues to be one of the industry’s top-selling titles year after year. Since Redeeming Love, Francine has published numerous bestselling novels with Christian themes—including The Masterpiece, Bridge to Haven, and A Voice in the Wind—and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the world. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors and in 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for Inspirational Fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. In 2015, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Francine’s novels have been translated into over 30 different languages, and she enjoys bestseller status in many foreign countries.
Writing Humor & Books into Movies
Rene has been writing professionally for twenty years, with diversified expertise in fiction, comedy sketches, novelizations and screenwriting. She is the author of 24 novels, including My Life as a Doormat, which was adapted into the Hallmark movie Love’s Complicated. She is co-director of Write Well Sell Well and WriterCon and is the head writer at Skit Guys Studios, where she is co-writer of their upcoming motion picture, Family Camp.
YA (Young Adult) & Speculative Fiction
Lindsay A. Franklin
Lindsay A. Franklin is a Carol Award–winning author, freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband and their 3 children. She is the author of "The Story Peddler" series. Lindsay is also a writers’ conference teacher and speaker, covering topics ranging from speculative fiction to editing and time management.
Writing for Multicultural Audiences
Lisa A. Crayton, M.F.A.
Lisa is a nonfiction writer with more than 30 years’ experience. Her background includes corporate publications management, public speaking, e-publishing, and freelance writing. She is an award-winning freelance writer, freelance editor, conference speaker, writing mentor, and multi-published author including 14 children’s nonfiction books. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from National University, and her dual B.S. in PR/Journalism from Utica College.
Adult & Teen Nonfiction
Sharon Norris Elliott
Sharon is an award-winning author, popular conference speaker, and Bible teacher. Sharon encourages everyone who will listen to live a life that matters. Her books span genres including parenting, women’s, teens’, children’s, and general Christian interest. Sharon is also CEO of her own mentoring / coaching / editing service, AuthorizeMe®, through which she assists writers toward their publishing goals via private coaching or fun, hands-on seminars.
Proposals & Query Letters
Jane S. Daly
Jane Daly is an award-winning author, speaker, and teacher based in Oregon. She serves on the board of Inspire Christian Writers and on the advisory board of West Coast Christian Writers and regularly teaches the craft of writing at workshops and conferences up and down the west coast. Jane is the author of "The Caregiving Season" and "Because of Grace" as well as being a regular contributor to Inspire's blog.
2018 ACFW Agent of the Year, Jim’s clients include both veteran and debut authors. He serves both Christian and general markets. Jim is currently actively accepting nonfiction proposals, but is also willing to listen to, critique, and field questions about pitches in other genres. 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.
Bob is an award-winning author, literary agent, and international speaker. His more than fifty books include Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional. Bob is also an agent with The Steve Laube Agency and the executive director of the Christian Writers Institute (christianwritersinstitute.com).
Steve, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, has nearly 40 years of bookselling experience. Previously, he spent over a decade with Bethany House Publishers. In the last 16 years, he or his agency have represented nearly 2,000 new books. He was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. Steve has very eclectic interests, having represented everything from sweet romance to systematic theology. His clients are equally divided between fiction and nonfiction.
Wendy joined Books & Such Literary Agency in 2005 and was named vice president of the firm in 2011. She represents a number of successful, best-selling authors. She enjoys helping her clients to develop their ideas and chart their careers. She’s adept at working with authors to discover the core of their writing style, leading to a brand recognition for each author in the marketplace of books. Wendy acquires adult fiction & nonfiction books.
Karen Neumair is a Senior Literary Agent and the Chief Operating Officer of Credo Communications, where she assists authors with their book proposals and connects them with potential publishers. For the past decade, she has worked alongside nonfiction authors who write about Christian living and spiritual growth, as well as topics geared toward women and families. Karen is currently acquiring adult nonfiction.
Cynthia is an agent with Books & Such Literary Agency. She is also a prolific author, with more than 30 books—both fiction and nonfiction. She tells stories hemmed in Hope through books and speaking engagements. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six grandchildren. Although Cynthia is open to a few novelists, she currently is focusing her acquisitions attention on nonfiction projects.
Deb is the author of the bestselling "Ten Little Night Stars" and its follow-up, "Sleepy Time Colors." She has been featured on multiple radio broadcasts, including Family Life Today. She also enjoys speaking at conferences and to kids in schools. A recovering Silicon Valley technical writer, she’s written over 100 articles for women’s and parenting magazines including American Baby and Bay Area Parent, as well as storyboards for children’s games.
Children's Nonfiction & the Educational Market
Annette celebrates curiosity and inspires a sense of wonder in young readers while exciting them about science & history. She's the author of 8 children's informational books including The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion (Chicago Review Press), Whooo Knew: The Truth about Owls (Reycraft Books), and The Story of the Wright Brothers (Rockridge Press). Annette is a fact-loving, cookie-baking children's nonfiction author living in Pennsylvania.
PR & Marketing
Sandra has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education and a master’s in English with a focus on Creative Fiction. During her studies, she took a publishing class and fell in love with the industry. That infatuation sparked Celebrate Lit Publicity Group where she helps authors publicize their books. In 2016, she opened Celebrate Lit Publishing to help Christian authors bring their books to the reading world. She's an avid Christian fiction reader and enjoys helping Christian authors succeed.
Building a Launch Team that Rocks
Debbie knows how to put together a marketing plan and launch team that rocks. She has both traditional and self-published books. Her most recently self-published book hit #2 in two categories for Amazon’s hot new releases and stayed in the top 100 for over 6 weeks. Her traditionally published book in 2018 debuted at #1 in Amazon’s hot new releases and in the top 20 overall in two categories. She looks forward to helping you with your launch team development, brainstorming strategies for your book launch, promotion, and marketing needs.
Susy Flory is the New York Times bestselling author or co-author of 15 books, including "Thunder Dog" and "The Unbreakable Boy." She directs West Coast Christian Writers, and is the founder of Everything Memoir, an educational community for anyone writing a memoir or personal story. She also volunteers with her daughter at a local wildlife rescue center, caring for injured and orphaned baby squirrels.
Robynne Miller, M.F.A.
Robynne holds a B.A. in English Literature from Westmont College and an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction and Fiction from Ashland University. She’s the author of eight self-published books, articles, short fiction, and numerous essays as well as thirty devotionals in the recently published "Where Are You, God" Flex Journal by Ellie Claire. Along with speaking nationally, she teaches writing via online and in-person events. Robynne is the president of Inspire Christian Writers.
David M. Hyde
Screenwriter, playwright, poet, David M. Hyde has always had a flair for creativity. Known for creating characters with depth that attracts talent, David is a multi-optioned award-winning screenwriter always creating new worlds in his writing be it in faith-based, family, drama, comedy, or sci-fi. David’s screenwriting has won, placed, or been Official Selections in numerous contests and film festivals.
Faculty is subject to changes and additions.