Charles Martin is the NYT bestselling author of 16 books, translated into 35+ languages and just as many countries. In 2017, 20th Century Fox adapted one of his novels into a major motion picture that saw worldwide release. A second is in the works. He and his wife Christy live in Jacksonville, with their three boys.
Charles joins us as our keynote speaker and a Q&A session.
AUTHOR, AGENT @
Del Duduit is a literary agent with C.Y.L.E. and freelance writer from Lucasville, OH. He is the author of Buckeye Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Ohio State Faithful, Bengal Believer: 40 Who-Dey-Votions for the Cincinnati Faithful, Dugout Devotions: Inspirational Hits from MLB’s Best, and First Down Devotions; Inspirations from NFL’s Best.
As a former sports writer, he won both Associated Press and Ohio Prep Sports writing awards. His weekly blog appears at delduduit.com, and his posts have been retweeted to as many as five million followers through social media.
In November 2017, he was named Outstanding Author, 1st Place in Short Non-Fiction, and 1st Place in Inspirational at the Ohio Christian Writers Conference. He also won a 1st Place Blue Seal Award in non-fiction at the 2018 Ohio Christian Writers Conference. In 2019, Buckeye Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Ohio State Faithful, won second place in the Selah Awards for Best Devotional at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. Del is also a member of the Serious Writer, Inc. team. He joins us to teach and take appointments.
MANAGING EDITOR @ LIGHTHOUSE PUBLISHING OF THE CAROLINAS
Karin Beery, the managing editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, is looking for stories that entertain, encourage, inspire, and enlighten. She also serves as the Christian Editor Connection coordinator and teaches several classes through The PEN Institute as well as at local and national conferences.
In her free time, she runs Write Now Editing (specializing in substantive fiction editing) and writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. She works from her home in northern Michigan, where she lives with two cats, two dogs, and an amazing husband. Karin joins us to teach workshops and take one-to-one appointments.
David Lambert is the author of eleven published books, including the gold medallion award-winning Jumper Fables, coauthored with Ken Davis, and This Road I’m On, co-authored with Tennesse governor Bill Lee, released by Thomas Nelson in 2018.
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. David joins us to teach and to take appointments.
@ 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.
Michelle has more than 20 years of experience helping clients tell their stories. In addition to her writing, editing, and proofreading expertise, she has proven skills in formulating and executing marketing communication plans; creating and implementing PR campaigns; planning advertising campaigns, and orchestrating special events and industry trade shows for domestic and international companies.
Michelle is one of EABooks' Marketing Coaches and she is also a much sought after ghostwriter. Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa; she is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and the Florida Authors & Publishers Association. She joins us to teach and take one-to-one appointments.
ACQUISITIONS EDITOR @
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 is a North Carolina-based writer, writing coach, and book consultant. He is Acquisition Editor of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and has written over a hundred articles that have appeared in 20 different publications. His is a three-time winner of the Delaware Writers Conference and his Middle Grade / Tween novel, The Curse of Captain LaFoote, won the 2011 Selah Award in Young Adult fiction.
He's authored five non-fiction books, two novels and taught writing classes from Pennsylvania and the Carolinas to Colorado and Illinois. 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, ministry writing and how to launch your own radio show. He has an English degree from NC State, with an emphasis in journalism. 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.
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.
AUTHOR, EDITOR & GHOSTWRITER
Leilani Squires has never been a morning person, but she has always loved story—because every story is an example of what to do or what not to do. With more than 15 years of writing, editing, and publishing experience, Leilani’s expertise includes articles, books, website copy, ad and promotional copy, scripts, screenplays, radio dramas, and blogs. She has a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing from Taylor University and a master’s degree in Communications from Regent University, with a concentration in Script and Screenwriting.
Leilani served as the Writer/Administrative Assistant for the Masterworks Festival, the Admissions and Marketing Manager for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, the Director of Content for PayProMedia, and as an adjunct writing professor for Taylor University. Leilani freelances and ghostwrites for national and international organizations from her home in Indiana and welcomes the opportunity to help equip writers with tools to succeed and tell their stories better.
UNLOCKED TEEN DEVOTIONAL
KEYS FOR KIDS MINISTRIES
Kandi Zeller is the editor of Unlocked, a daily teen devotional from Keys for Kids Ministries. Unlocked is currently seeking short, gospel-centered devotional pieces in multiple genres—poetry, fiction, essay, etc.
With a bachelor’s in English from Kuyper College, Kandi is a word and theology nerd who loves helping writers and readers revel in the truths of God’s Word. She loves church history, documentaries, thrifting, and music. She lives in Michigan with her husband, Kevin (who also loves theology and writing). Kandi will be taking one-to-one appointments.
AGENT @ HARTLINE LITERARY AGENCY
Linda Glaz, 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.
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.