Agents, Editors, & Others
David C. Cook
Catherine DeVries is the publisher of children’s resources for David C. Cook, which includes overseeing Tru, Bible-in-Life (children), Echoes, Scripture Press, the Action Bible Collection, and all children’s books. Catherine has also written 20 books, including the bestselling Adventure Bible Storybook.
Lifeway Publications - Facts & Trends, Online Editor
Aaron Earls is a writer and online editor at LifeWay Christian Resources. My primary focus is FactsAndTrends.net and Facts & Trends, a free quarterly magazine designed to help leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church.
TheWardrobeDoor.com, my personal blog whose name obviously pays homage to Lewis, began in 2004 and currently serves as my main creative outlet. Since that time, I have also blogged for World Magazine, the sports blog of an ESPN writer and numerous other sites along the way. As a freelance writer, I’ve worked with various Christian organizations, including Baptist Press. He also has an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can find me on Twitter @WardrobeDoor and at Facebook.com/WardrobeDoor.
Focus on the Family
Troy Griepentrog is the senior associate editor of marriage topics for Focus on the Family magazine and FocusOnTheFamily.com. Editing is his third career. He’s also been a German teacher and a advertising account executive.
Lisa Carter is the bestselling author of seven romantic suspense novels, four historical novellas and a contemporary Coast Guard series. The Stronghold won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier. Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense. Beyond the Cherokee Trail was a 4 1/2 star Romantic Times Top Pick. Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales and researching her next exotic adventure. When not writing, she loves spending time with her family and teaching writing workshops. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball. http://www.lisacarterauthor.com
Holiness Today Magazine, Grace & Peace Magazine
Charles is Managine Editor of Holiness Today, the everyday faith magazine for the Church of the Nazarene and Grace & Peace Magazine, the theological journal for USA/Canada clergy in the church. He is also Strategic Communications Coordinator for the USA/Canada Region of the Church of the Nazarene.
Besides his editorial roles, Charles has been a full time pastor in various cities in the USA for 24 years, and for 18 years has been adjunct professor at a variety of universities and seminaries, specializing in systematic and moral theology and pastoral training. He is the author of Ethics in Ministry: A Guide for Pastors and Mentors.
Christian Writers Market Guide
Lin Johnson is administrator-editor of The Christian Writers Market Guide; managing editor of Christian Communicator; author of more than 70 books, with a specialization in Bible curriculum; a Gold Medallion Book Award and an Evangelical Press Association Higher Goals award recipient; and adjunct instructor of writing at Taylor University. She also directs the Write-to-Publish Conference in the Chicago area and teaches at writers conferences around the world.
In 7th grade Ben Wolf saw the movie Congo on TV. It was so bad that he wrote a parody of it that was set in Australia and featured murderous kangaroos instead of gorillas. So began his writing career.
As someone who knows how hectic life can get, Ben founded Splickety Publishing Group (SPG) to meet the needs of busy folks like him: people who appreciate great fiction but don’t have a lot of time to read. SPG offers three quarterly flash fiction magazines: Splickety Magazine (multi-genre), Havok Magazine (speculative fiction), and Spark (romance).
Ben has written six action/adventure novels (five of which are good) and has multiple other projects in the works. His first novel, Blood for Blood won the 2015 Cascade Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel and has been characterized as “bold… with nonstop tension” and “hard to put down.” It examines the question of whether or not God can redeem anyone—even a vampire. His debut children’s book, I’d Punch a Lion in His Eye for You, won the 2016 Cascade Award for Best Children’s Book and is beloved by children nationwide.
For more information about his writing and his professional services, please visit his website, www.benwolf.com
Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency
Les Stobbe is a literary agent, the executive editor of The Christian Writers Guild, and former Journalist in Residence at Gordon College, Wenham, MA. He has also served as Director of International Christian Writers.
The founding editor of the Mennonite Observer in Winnipeg, Les Stobbe served as editor at Christian Life Publications, editorial director of Cambridge Publishers (Canadian business magazines), Moody Press Books, Christian Herald Books and Book Clubs, and Here’s Life Publishers Ltd., and managing editor of curriculum for Scripture Press. For seven years he served as president of Here’s Life Publishers. His most recent full-time position was as Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the Evangelistic Association of New England (now Vision New England).
He is author or co-author of 14 books and has written more than 700 published articles. Recipient of Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference award for probably having published more first-time authors than anyone else. Recipient of the Partnership Award from The Word Guild of Canada for his significant contributions to Canadian writers who are Christian and The R.A. Torrey Award for Outstanding Service as a Publishing Pioneer.
Les has also landed contracts for several top-selling books coming from HACWN authors!
Sally Apokedak is an associate agent with the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency.
She’s been studying, reviewing, and marketing children’s books, as well as giving writing instruction for almost 20 years. She represents several award-winning and/or best-selling authors, including Hannah C. Hall, Taryn Souders, Joyce Magnin, and Mark S. Waxman.
She is most interested in middle grade and young adult novels for the general market and in author/illustrators for the general market. She also is looking for a few middle grade and young adult novelists for the Christian market.
Sally likes fantasy, romance, mystery, and sci-fi. Historical and contemporary are not necessarily her favorites, but if a book is well written and has sympathetic characters, most genres will pull her in.
She is really not the right agent for supernatural/paranormal or horror.
Sally doesn’t rep much in the way of adult fiction or nonfiction.
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Mantle Rock Publishing
Kathy Cretsinger is owner of Mantle Rock Publishing LLC. Mantle Rock Publishing LLC is a small Christian publisher that publishes Christian Romantic Suspense, Christian Historical Romance, Christian Contemporary Romance, and in 2018 they will open a line of Christian Fantasy/Speculative.
“We are devoted to helping the author find his or her way in the marketing industry,” Kathy says. And the word we are hearing on the street at HACWN is that Kathy has a strong author support system and really does know how to help authors market books—that’s the topic she’ll teach.
Kathy is also an author writing under the name of Katt Anderson so she understands both sides of the publishing fence. Her latest book, Smoky Mountain Brides, releases October 17, 2017. Learn more at http://mantlerockpublishing.com.
Andy Scheer has worked in publishing since 1984. He’s served as editor-in-chief for the Christian Writers Guild, editorial director for Believers Press, an agent with Hartline, and an editor with Moody magazine. A freelance book editor since 2010, he’s edited projects for Moody Publishers, WinePress, and Kregal, as well as clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, and Sammy Tippit. A journalism graduate of Colorado State University, he also studied at Denver Seminary. Visit him at AndyScheer.com.
Craig von Buseck
CBN representative, screenwriter
Dr. Craig von Buseck is a chaplain, a published author, and a contributing writer for CBN.com, MTL Magazine, and Generals.org. He is a regular guest on Susie Larson’s “Live the Promise” program on Faith Radio Network. He holds a Doctor of Ministry and an MA in Religious Journalism from Regent University, and a BA in Speech Communication from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Craig’s most recent book is Nobody Knows: The Forgotten Story of One of the Most Influential Figures in American Music – a narrative biography of the great African-American composer, Harry T. Burleigh. Craig is also the author of Praying the News: Your Prayers Are More Powerful Than You Know, co-written by 700 Club co-host Wendy Griffith.
He has just completed a biography examining the Zionist Movement and the life of President Harry S. Truman to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. The new book, I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel, will be released soon.
Craig has extensive speaking experience and travels often to speak at conferences, professional events and writer training meetings. Craig served for twelve years as Ministries Director and Programming Director for CBN.com, one of the world’s most popular Christian websites. He also served for more than ten years on the Executive Board of the Internet Evangelism Coalition (IEC).
Dan Brownell, editor of Today’s Christian Living and Today’s Pastor, is a graduate of Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in English. He taught junior high and high school English at an international Christian school in Uijongbu, South Korea, before entering the publishing field. Besides editing magazines, he has worked as an educational test writer and editor, copywriter, proposal writer, and editor of 60 books. He is married to his sweetheart, Cathy, whom he met in college. They have two children—Elizabeth and Josh—a dog, and, according to Dan, way too many cats.
Electric Moon Publishing - Sponsor
Lee Warren, Representative
Electric Moon Publishing will be joining us this year as a sponsor. Electric Moon offers various publishing services for clients, and are highly recommended by our friends at the Wordsowers Writers group in Omaha. In fact, they’re sending a rep who is an experienced author and a familiar friend to HACWN members, Lee Warren. Lee will be teaching a workshop and will also be available to talk with conferees about ways Electric Moon can assist them.