Charles Martin is the author of more than 20 books, translated into more than 35 languages and published in some 40 countries. In 2017, 20th Century Fox adapted one of his novels to film, and a second is currently in the works. He and his wife, Christy, have been married 30 years are the parents of three boys. They live in Jacksonville, Florida.
Charles Martin is our Keynote Speaker for the 2022 Maranatha Christian Writers' Conference.
OWNER @ WRITE NOW EDITING
Owner of Write Now Editing, Karin Beery is a published author and editor with experience in traditional and self-publishing, freelance editing, and editing for a publisher. She is an active member of American Christian Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network, as well as a PEN Institute instructor, and a general editor for Iron Stream Media. Her specialty is substantive fiction editing with an emphasis in romance and women’s fiction.
David Lambert is the author of twelve published books. He has received numerous awards for magazine articles and short stories published in such places as Virtue, Moody, Story, Christian Parenting Today, Sweet Sixteen, Decision, Montana Magazine, Campus Life, Outreach, and many other periodicals. David has an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Montana. He has held a variety of positions in publishing, spending eighteen years as an acquiring editor at Zondervan, most of that time as executive editor for fiction. He also spent three years as senior fiction editor at Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. David heads Lambert Editorial
@ BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP
Cindy Lambert is an author, speaker, and collaborative writer who began her career as owner of an award-winning independent Christian bookstore, then expanded into leadership roles in distribution, editorial, and publishing at Ingram, Simon & Schuster, and Zondervan, where she served as vice president and associate publisher of trade books. She and her husband, Dave, also own Lambert Editorial. She is the author of Staying Power along with her coauthors—Dave Lambert and Carol and Gene Kent (Revell). As a collaborative writer, she has co-authored eleven books including the bestseller UnPlanned with Abby Johnson, and Forgiving My Father, Forgiving Myself with Ruth Graham (Baker Books). Her two most recent releases are Fierce Mercy with Abby Johnson, and Transforming Loneliness with Ruth Graham. She and her husband, Dave, have six children and ten grandchildren and enjoy launching their kayaks off their pier in front of their log home in Michigan.
FOUNDER OF THE WELL
Kathy Bruins helps writers and authors take the next step in their journey through consultation, teaching, coaching, and praying. Kathy has a freelance business and is the founder of The Well Ministries for Christian Creatives. She is the CEO of The Well Publishers. Prayer is important to Kathy. She has led many organizations in corporate prayer. Kathy serves as President of Word Weavers West Michigan. Her speaking topics include The Book Proposal Studio, One Sheet Studio, and other helpful writing workshops. She speaks God’s truth in various topics regarding growing in faith, leadership, prayer, and writing topics. Contact her through seeyouatthewell.net or writingbybruins.com
Eddie is an award-winning author of middle-grade fiction. Father of two boys, he’s also a pirate at heart who loves to surf. An avid sailor with a great sense of humor, Eddie has been married to a girl he met at a stoplight in West Palm Beach during spring break for... "too many years," Eddie's wife says.
"Not enough," says Eddie.
@ KEYS FOR KIDS
Courtney Lasater is the editor of Keys for Kids, a daily devotional for children ages 6–12 that is published in print, audio, and online/app formats by Keys for Kids Ministries. She graduated from Calvin College and has over 15 years of experience in Christian publishing and retail. When not at her desk, she can often be found scoping out the shelves of her local bookstore or looking for new trails to hike.
AGENT @ HARTLINE LITERARY AGENCY
Linda, while an agent with Hartline Literary Agency, is also the author of eight novels and two novellas, so she “gets” writers. She represents authors in both the Christian and secular communities. She speaks at numerous conferences and workshops around the country each year. Married with three grown children and four grands, she lives in a small town where everyone is family.
Linda joins us to teach and take one-to-one appointments.
CONTENT SPECIALIST @
LEVERAGE CREATIVE GROUP
Sarah Rexford is a Content Specialist who works for individuals such as Chandler Bolt (CEO, Self-Publishing School), Jerry Jenkins (Left Behind series), and as a freelance writer for Taylor Conroy (speaker and activist) of Thought-Leader. With a BA in Strategic Communications, Sarah equips writers and businesses to communicate their message and build their platform through branding and copywriting. She writes fiction and nonfiction and offers writers behind-the-scenes tips on her journey in the publishing industry at itssarahrexford.com. She is represented by C.Y.L.E Young Literary Elite.
ACQUISITIONS EDITOR @
Jim is an award-winning author of over 20 books and 2,000 articles, who has spoken across the United States and overseas. He has served as an editor and editorial director at Wesleyan Publishing House, an editor with the American Bible Society, and currently as acquisitions editor with EA Books, a partnership publisher. He taught writing at Taylor University for 15 years and has guest-lectured at Liberty, Regent and other universities. He is currently writing and speaking full-time as well as consulting in book development. Jim loves God, his family, writing, speaking and Chinese food- in that order.
Jeannette Taylor began working in the Bible publishing industry in 1984. Hired as Zondervan’s first market research analyst, she was appointed general manager of the Bible division in 1988. She was instrumental in the creation, development and launch of multiple bestselling Bibles including the NIV Study Bible, The Student Bible, The Adventure Bible, The Teen Study Bible, The Women’s Devotional Bible, and The Quest Study Bible.
Named Vice-President of Marketing for the Zondervan Corporation in 1992, Jeannette directed all marketing functions for the publishing house. After the birth of her first son in 1993, she left Zondervan and started her own marketing/market research consulting firm, JET Marketing. In 2010, Jeannette co-founded Somersault, a Christian publishing consulting firm. In addition to her consulting businesses, Jeannette is an adjunct professor at Cornerstone University, where she teaches marketing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her most recent publication is The Wayfinding Bible, published by Tyndale Publishing House.
AUTHOR , EDITOR, SPEAKER, & REVIEWER
Thirty years in publishing, Kim Childress is an award-winning editor, author, speaker, and reviewer, including book editor for Girls' Life magazine since its 1994 debut, and previous middle grade acquisitions editor for HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Zondervan). Author of Find Your Future in Art, Kim is the author of 100s of books, short stories, and articles for all ages, former contributor to Focus in the Child (division of Focus on the Family-6 years), and for the Institute of Children's Literature's monthly bulletin and guide books. Currently a product developer in publishing, specializing in children's publishing, providing editorial and PR services, Kim continues to write, edit, read, and review, all while raising of personal focus group of four children.
AUTHOR , SPEAKER
Crystal Bowman is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 100 books for children and families. She also writes lyrics for children's piano music and stories for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. She writes for several Christian publishers and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She enjoys teaching workshops at writers' conference and mentoring aspiring writers.
EDITOR @ KREGEL PUBLICATIONS , SPEAKER
Janyre Tromp has worked in the CBA industry for more than twenty 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.
EDITOR @ UNLOCKED
Hannah Howe is the editor of Unlocked, a daily devotional for teens ages 14–18 that is published in print, audio, and online/app formats by Keys for Kids Ministries. Through essays, poetry, church history, and a dash of sci-fi and fantasy, Unlocked invites teens to engage with the Bible and to write and submit their own devotional pieces. Hannah graduated from Cornerstone University. She enjoys encouraging writers and offers practical suggestions for creating content for a teen audience.
SENIOR LITERARY AGENT & C.O.O. @ CREDO COMMUNICATIONS,
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. Since 2009, she has worked alongside nonfiction authors who write about Christian living and spiritual growth, as well as topics geared toward women and families. In 2017, she expanded her representation to also include children’s picture and board books.
SENIOR LITERARY AGENT
Sandy has a passion for helping authors see their creative vision become reality in the most straightforward and cost-effective way. Having spent most of her over twenty-year career in the printing and book manufacturing industry, she applies a combination of technical skills and book publishing expertise to deliver effective results.
BIRGIT SYRAN MYAARD
Birgit Syran Myaard (pronounced BEERgit saRAN MYerd) is the 2016 recipient of Movieguide's $10,000 Kairos Prize for her screenplay THE HAND OF A WOMAN (based on Judges 4 and 5) and the writer of ELLIDA, a screen adaptation (based on her own translation from the original Norwegian) of playwright Henrik Ibsen's THE LADY FROM THE SEA, which is currently in post-production.
MORE TO COME
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