Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live on Moody Radio. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and a native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.
Chris' novels, which include Dogwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, Not in the Heart, Borders of the Heart, Every Waking Moment, The Promise of Jesse Woods, Looking into You, and Under a Cloudless Sky, have won five Christy Awards, an ECPA Christian Book Award, and two Christianity Today Book Awards of Merit, but it's his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more.
Chris has also published more than 70 other books, ranging from nonfiction and film novelizations, including the Kendrick brothers' War Room and Overcomer, to novels for children and young adults.
Chris Fabry is our Keynote Speaker for the 2021 Maranatha Christian Writers' Conference.
MANAGING EDITOR @ HARAMBEE PRESS
Edwina Perkins is an award-winning writer, speaker, and free-lance editor. She serves on the Word Weavers International Advisory Committee. She is the Mentoring Coordinator for Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. Edwina is a free-lance writer with Guideposts. Currently, she is the Managing Editor for Harambee Press—Iron Stream Media’s ethnic voices imprint which seeks to publish ethnic writers. She is also a Sensitivity Reader seeking to help writers accurately portray cultures outside of their own.
MANAGING EDITOR @ GUIDING LIGHT WOMEN'S FICTION
Karin Beery has worked with Iron Stream Media/LPC as an author, general editor, and now as managing editor of Guiding Light Women’s Fiction. She is an active member of American Christian Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network, as well as a published novelist and owner of Write Now Editing.
She is seeking general market women’s fiction with strong moral values and a clear sense of right and wrong but not necessarily with a spiritual narrative. She is also taking pitches for mystery/suspense, contemporary and historical romance, and contemporary and historical westerns. She is not looking for nonfiction, speculative fiction, young adult, or children’s books.
David Lambert is the author of twelve published books, including the gold medallion award-winning Jumper Fables, coauthored with Ken Davis, and This Road I’m On, co-authored with Tennessee governor Bill Lee, released by Thomas Nelson in 2018. Revell released on March 31, 2020 Staying Power: Building a Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst, co-authored with his wife Cindy and with Gene and Carol Kent.
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, including managing editor of a youth magazine and founding editor of two others. He spent eighteen years as an acquiring editor at Zondervan, most of that time as Executive Editor for fiction, and more recently, three years as senior fiction editor at Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
@ BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP
Cindy Lambert is an author and speaker, an executive editor for Baker Publishing Group, and a collaborative writer of eleven books including the bestselling Unplanned with Abby Johnson and Forgiving My Father, Forgiving Myself with Ruth Graham.
She began her book industry career as the 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, have six children and nine grandchildren and enjoy launching their kayaks off their pier in front of their log home in Michigan. Cindy joins us to teach and take appointments.
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. 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 with Kim de Blecourt (and new this year, One Sheet Studio), Collaborating with Style, Mind Mapping Treasure Hunt, and other helpful writing workshops. She speaks at women's retreats, churches, and human trafficking events. Kathy and Kim’s new book on book proposals is Book Proposal Secrets and includes access to a book proposal template.
Eddie has the unique ability to guide you step by step through the process of creative writing, publishing, and promoting through KDP and IngramSpark. "During my time as CEO of LPC Books I evaluated countless book proposals and learned to quickly gauge whether a manuscript has potential. Now I help authors reach their publishing goals and earn more writing income."
Eddie works with both fiction and non-fiction writing clients in the areas of plotting, scene development, character creation, dialogue, writing powerful paragraphs, humor writing, devotional writing, mysteries, and ministry writing. He has an English degree from NC State, with an emphasis in journalism. Eddie joins us to teach and take one-to-one appointments. Eddie joins us to teach and take one-to-one appointments.
Abby McDonald is an award-winning writer, wife, mom and speaker whose hope is show women their identity is found in Christ alone, not the noise of the world. She believes when we’re firmly rooted in our identity as daughters of God, our lives will be fuller, richer and less complicated. When she’s not chasing her two boys or cuddling her newest sweet girl, you can find her drinking copious amounts of coffee while writing about her adventures on her blog and other places where she regularly contributes.
Abby’s work has been featured in numerous publications including A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions to Meet You in Your Everyday Mess, and 101 Secrets to a Happy Marriage. Places where she’s published on the web include Proverbs 31 Ministries, (in)Courage, Crosswalk, iBelieve and more. Abby joins us to teach and to take appointments.
Linda Taylor has been a publishing professional for three decades and continues to work as a freelance writer and editor. She is an instructor in the Professional Writing concentration at Taylor University in Indiana. She has her M.A. from Ball State University and is pursuing her M.F.A. through Ashland University in Ohio.
She is the author of a book about editing titled Word by Word: An Editor Guides Writers in the Self-editing Process released through Bold Vision Books summer 2017. She blogs about writing, editing, teaching, and living in the country (with lots of cats) at lindaktaylor.com. Linda will be teaching and taking one-to-one appointments.
LITERARY AGENT AND PUBLISHING COORDINATOR
Pete Ford has built websites, planned writers conferences, edited manuscripts, and converted books to ebooks. After graduating from Calvin University with a degree in literature, he joined Credo Communications as a literary agent and publishing coordinator. In both roles, he enjoys supporting and encouraging authors. He focuses on Credo’s fiction program, new and diverse voices, and young authors.
AGENT @ HARTLINE LITERARY AGENCY
Linda S. Glaz, married with three grown children and four grandchildren, is a complete triple-A personality. How else would she find time to write as well as be an agent for Hartline Literary Agency? She loves any and every thing about the written word and loves when families pass stories along through the generations as her mother did with her. She’s a speaker, presenter, and searches her emails each day to find that one nugget of gold just “ready” for a publisher—writing so stellar and from a teachable spirit that no one would dare say no. What more could she ask for?
Linda joins us to teach and take one-to-one appointments.
CONTENT SPECIALIST @
LEVERAGE CREATIVE GROUP
Sarah Rexford is a Marketing Content Creator and writer. She works with Leverage Creative Group to help authors build their platform through branding and copywriting. With a BA in Strategic Communications, Sarah equips writers to learn how to communicate their message through personal branding. Her writing has been published in Unlocked, Almost An Author, and shared by numerous organizations,
including Youth for Christ International.
Sarah writes fiction targeting the General and Inspirational markets as well as nonfiction for the Inspirational market, and offers writers behind-the-scenes tips on the publishing industry through her blog itssarahrexford.com. She works as a content specialist for author Jerry Jenkins, and is represented by the C.Y.L.E Agency. Sarah joins us to teach and to take appointments.
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.
Jeannette lives with her husband in West Michigan and has two married sons. She joins us to teach and take one to ones.
AUTHOR , SPEAKER
Brenda Yoder is a speaker, author, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and school counselor whose passion is encouraging others when life doesn’t fit the storybook image. Her books include Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind , a personal handbook for parents in the season of raising and releasing kids, and Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All. Brenda’s been featured in Guidepost and Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Washington Post, and For Every Mom.
Brenda is a former teacher and was twice awarded the Touchstone Award for teachers. Her ministry and podcast, Life Beyond the Picket Fence, is found at brendayoder.com where she writes about faith, life, and family beyond the storybook image. Brenda is also the co-host of the Midlife Mom podcast. Brenda is a wife, mom of four children, ranging from college age to adults, and lives on a farm in Indiana.
AUTHOR , SPEAKER
Crystal Bowman is a bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and four nonfiction books for women. She is the creator and co-author of Our Daily Bread for Kids, M is for Manger, and I love You to the Stars—When Grandma Forgets, Love Remembers. She is also a speaker, freelance editor, and monthly contributor to several blogs.
More than 2 million copies of her books have sold internationally, and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is a regular contributor to Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, and writes lyrics for children’s piano music. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their grown children and seven huggable grandkids.
AUTHOR , SPEAKER
Bob Hostetler is an award-winning author, blogger, editor, 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.
PRESIDENT @ CREDO COMMUNICATIONS
Tim Beals has been president of Credo Communications, a literary agency, and publisher of Credo House Publishers, an independent book publisher, since its founding in 2005. He has also been an adjunct professor of publishing, editing, and professional writing at Cornerstone University since 1989.
After 25 years of working for other publishers, large and small, Tim started his own companies in the service of authors and readers during a period of rapid change in the publishing industry. As president and publisher, Tim 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 the author or compiler of over a dozen books and Bibles published by Crossway, InterVarsity Press, Tyndale, and Zondervan.
Tim’s acquisitions interests include the following: thoughtful nonfiction (especially spiritual growth and cultural issues, but no devotionals, Bible study, memoir, children’s, or fiction
BOOK CONSULTANT @
THE WELL PUBLISHING
Sandy Gould has a passion for helping indie book publishers and 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. Sandy will be taking one-to-one appointments.
CO-OWNER @ BOLD VISION BOOKS
Karen Porter is an international retreat and seminar speaker and a successful businesswoman. She is the author of seven books including her newest If You Give a Girl a Giant….
Karen served as Vice President of International Marketing of a major food company in Texas for more than 30 years. Today she and her husband, George, own Bold Vision Books, a Christian publishing company.
Karen is a coach of communicators in both writing and speaking and serves on numerous boards of national ministries.
Karen says her marriage to George is her greatest achievement, but she’d love to talk to you about her five grandchildren! In her spare time, Karen continues her life-long quest to find the perfect purse. Karen is a people person, plain and simple and you will love to laugh with her and maybe even cry a little as she shares her joys and struggles.
George Porter is a brother, husband, father, and grandfather who loves God. As a science teacher for more than 23 years, George bring the scientific world to life in his presentations, Bible teaching, and writing as he helps his audiences embrace the God who made us all.
George is co-owner of Bold Vision Books, an independent, Christian publishing company. George serves as general manager, acquisitions editor, and publisher.
George is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has done graduate work in physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, and cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine. He served as a combat medic and paratrooper in Vietnam and as a bacteriologist in the Surgical Research Unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in projects involving the treatment of burn patients.
George is married to Karen and has two children. He makes his home in Texas.
CO-OWNER @ BOLD VISION BOOKS
EDITOR @ KEYS FOR KIDS DEVOTIONAL
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. 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.