Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, literary agent, pastor and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His forty-five books, which include The Bone Box and American Idols (The Worship of the American Dream), have sold millions of copies. He has co-authored eleven books with Josh McDowell, including the best-selling Right from Wrong (What You Need to Know to Help Youth Make Right Choices) and the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award, among others. Bob is also a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. Bob was ordained to the ministry in 1980 by The Salvation Army. He and his wife, the lovely Robin, served in The Salvation Army from 1980-1992. In addition to his training for ministry with The Salvation Army, he earned degrees in English Bible from Cincinnati Christian University and English Communications from Bloomfield College. In 2000, Bob (with his wife) helped to co-found Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He has served that church in leadership and teaching pastor roles. He has been a disc jockey, pastor, magazine editor, freelance book editor,and (with his wife Robin) a foster parent to ten boys (though not all at once). Bob and Robin have two adult children, Aubrey and Aaron, son-in-law Kevin and daughter-in-law Nina, and grandchildren Miles, Mia, Calleigh, Ryder, and Avery. They live in Hamilton, Ohio.
Eva Marie is a CBA best-selling and multiple award-winning author and speaker, including a Christy finalist, a Silver Medallion winner, a Carol, several Maggie and Golden Scroll awards, and an Inspirational Retailers Choice Award. She is one of the original five Word Weavers members, which began in 1997. She served first as the original president (2000-2007) and is now president of Word Weavers International, Inc., which serves writers primarily as a national and international group of critique and educational chapters.
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She weaves memorable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story, so why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure?
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and Mountainside Retreats: Marketing, Nonfiction, Novelists, and Speakers with social media specialist Edie Melson. DiAnn continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.
DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, no matter if she’s writing for fiction readers, parents, or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.
She’s a leading professional within the publishing industry and travels to numerous conferences as a popular keynote, writing instructor and mentor. Her blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month and is a Writer’s Digest Top 101 Websites for Writers. She’s the Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, the Mountainside Marketing Conferenceand Soul Care, as well as Vice President of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine. In addition, she's a regular columnist forJust18Summers.com, PuttingO
Edie Melson — author, blogger and speaker—is a leading professional within the writing industry, as well as a popular instructor and mentor. Her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers across the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and a prolific writer, with numerous books and thousands of articles. Her popular writing blog, The Write Conversation, is a well known resource. Edie is the senior editor for Novel Rocket, and the social media mentor for My Book Therapy websites, as well as social media director for Southern Writers Magazine. She’s also the military family blogger for Guideposts.org. In keeping up with the leading edge of all things digital Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on Twitter, Facebook, and social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in. Her bestselling eBook on this subject, has been updated and expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers. Her books for military families include her latest, While My Soldier Serves, Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military, (Worthy Inspired) and Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas).You can also connect with Edie on Twitter andFacebook and at ediemelson.com.
Taryn Souders’ middle grade novels have been named to state reading lists, including the Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Awards, the Georgia Children’s Book Awards, and the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards, and have also been Crystal Kite Finalists. Her latest book, Coop Knows the Scoop, is a 2021 Edgar Award nominee for Best Juvenile mystery novel. She is a member of SCBWI, and has recently taken on the role of vice president of Word Weavers International. She is represented by Sally Apokedak of Apokedak Literary Agency. Taryn currently lives in Sorrento, Florida with her husband, David, their three children, and two cats—an overly fuzzy Ragdoll named Mordecai and a polydactyl Hemingway named Sebastian—who like to terrorize flies. While she’s somewhat decent at math, she is terrible at science and has an intense dislike of tarantulas.
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.
John has been serving churches or church-related entities for over 40 years. John continues to support the work of the church in the areas of publishing, curriculum development, strategic thinking/planning, discipleship, staff development, mentoring and connecting the dots between ministries and people. He is also an entrepreneur, having started several small businesses. John can see the potential of connections everywhere, especially between ministries and ministry suppliers.
His favorite discussions include his Lord, his family (especially his grandsons), missions, business as ministry, and coffee.
John holds the Doctor of Educational Ministry degree and a Masters in Christian Education from
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Samford University.
John presently serves on the board of Designs for Hope, a ministry working in developing countries through churches and ministries by providing engineering and technology solutions. John was focusing much of his attention in Sri Lanka prior to the pandemic.
John and his wife, Stacy live in Birmingham with their little dog, Bo. They attend The Church of the Highlands where they serve on the Dream Team and the Legacy Team. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Lori Hatcher is a women’s ministry speaker, author, editor, blogger, minister’s wife, and healthcare professional. She shares an empty nest in Lexington, SC with her husband, David, and her vast collection of books.
Lori served as the editor of South Carolina’s Reach Out, Columbia magazine for more than a decade. She’s authored three (soon to be five) devotional books, including Refresh Your Faith, Uncommon Devotions from Every Book of the Bible (Our Daily Bread Publishing) and the 2016 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year, Hungry for God … Starving for Time. Lori writes devotions for Our Daily Bread and Guideposts projects including All God’s Creatures, Evenings with Jesus, and God Knows Her. Her feature articles and devotions have been published by Proverbs 31 ministries, Revive Our Hearts, The Upper Room, War Cry, Today’s Christian Living, and Christian Living in the Mature Years.
A contest-winning Toastmasters International speaker (ACG, ALB), Lori loves to use stories to impart spiritual truth. Encouraging, inspiring, and entertaining are the words people use most to describe her. You’ll find Lori pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God. . . Starving for Time (www.lorihatcher.com).
Nancy Lohr, Acquisitions Editor at JourneyForth Books, acquires for both the youth and adult markets and has over twenty years of experience in book publishing. She was an educator and children’s librarian before moving to publishing, and she loves to teach about the art and craft of writing. On the editor’s side of her desk, her responsibilities range from acquiring manuscripts and illustrations to editing manuscripts and managing book production. As an author, her personal résumé includes two historical novels for children, curriculum stories and articles, and numerous book reviews and articles for parents and educators. She is an avid reader who reads widely in both the youth and adult markets, and she happily agrees with C.S. Lewis who said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
LINDA GILDEN – is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, and writing coach. Author of the popular Love Notes series, she is also the author of Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Mama Was the Queen of Christmas, Personality Perspectives, Called to Write, and many ghostwritten books. With over a thousand magazine articles to her credit, Linda Gilden is a prolific writer who loves to share a great story. As a freelance editor and writing coach working with publishers and individuals, she encourages others to write with excellence. As a speaker, she travels all over the country sharing the message of God’s hope. As a member of the CLASS Seminars training staff and Director of CLASS Christian Writers Conference and Carolina Christian Writers Conference, Linda enjoys helping others polish their speaking and writing skills on their journeys to clear, concise communication. Linda is a Certified Personality Trainer helping others discover the joy of understanding themselves and others. Contact Linda at [email protected] and visit her website at www.lindagilden.com
YVONNE LEHMAN – Director, Novelist, Editor for Romance & Women’s Fiction
Yvonne Lehman is a best-selling author of 58 novels and compiler of 10 non-fiction books. She founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years and now directs the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She has joined Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas as Acquisitions and Managing Editor of Candlelight Romance and Guiding Light Women’s Fiction. She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. Her recent novel releases are a novella Have Dress Will Marry (Heart of a Cowboy collection, Mountainbrook Ink), Better Latte than Never (cozy mystery, Winged Pub), and 8 Romances (4 set in SC, 4 set in NC, LPC). Her non-fiction Moments series (Grace Pub) are Divine Moments, Christmas Moments, Spoken Moments, Precious Precocious Moments, More Christmas Moments, Stupid Moments, Loving Moments, Why? Titanic Moments, and Additional Christmas Moments. LPC released Writing Right to Success (by 25 authors about their writing journeys and craft). For release in 2017 are Merry Christmas Moment and The Gift (Secret Admirer collection, Winged Pub). Her 50th novel is Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the Titanic (Abingdon), which she signs periodically at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge TN. She blogs at www.christiansread.com and Novel Rocket. www.yvonnelehman.com - [email protected]
2019 ACFW Agent of the Year
Linda S. Glaz is an experienced editor, reviewer and writer, has been a proofreader for two publishers, an editorial assistant to for Hartline becoming an agent four years ago. She has worked as a professional reviewer for a romance site, and just loves anything to do with books. She's extremely active in the judging community and speaks at conferences nationwide. She is also a member of AWSA, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association which takes her speaking from libraries to ladies teas, churches, and conferences. Linda understands writers, because she IS a writer.
[email protected] http://hartlineliteraryagency.blogspot.com
Larry J. Leech II spent eighteen years writing, editing, and managing news and sports departments at daily newspapers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, and Florida. He finished his journalism career with a five-year stint as editor of Christian Retailing magazine, the leading trade publication in the Christian industry. With more than 2,300 articles published, Larry moved into freelance writing and editing in 2004. He has ghostwritten more than twenty books, edited more than 200 manuscripts, and written back cover copy and press releases for numerous publishers. Larry teaches at numerous conferences nationwide and has become a much sought-after writing coach. Recent releases include the “Unholy Series,” featuring Unholy Quest, Unholy Terror, and Unholy Alliance.
Find Larry at www.larryleech.com.
Les Stobbe has been an active Literary Agent for 23 years. Les has been denominational weekly editor, book editor, book club vice-president, journal editor, curriculum managing editor, and president of a book publishing house. He has written curriculum, journalism lessons, 14 books and hundreds of magazine articles. His website is at www.stobbeliterary.com
Cindy Sproles – Cindy K. Sproles is the Cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries. She is an author, popular speaker, and conference teacher. Cindy is the Executive Editor of ChristianDevotions.us and a Lead Managing Editor for IronStream Media. Her devotions are published widely in Christian newspapers across the eastern seaboard. Cindy is the author of three Appalachian historical award-winning, best-selling novels. She is an IndieFab Book of the Year winner and a Golden Scroll Book of the Year winner. She is a certified life coach and mentor. Cindy is the director of the Asheville Christian Writers Conference. Cindy is married and is the mom to four adult sons and two gransons. She is proud of her Appalachian heritage and doesn’t mind when people tease her about her accent. Visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com.
From self-publishing or traditional publishing to advice on how to acquire an agent and sign with a larger house, Eddie he has the unique ability to guide you step by step through the process of creative writing, publishing, and promoting. Before our meeting, if you are published, Eddie will review your books' Amazon pages, sales category listings, and competing titles. During our meeting we will discuss your publishing goals, review your past marketing efforts, establish sales targets, and discuss ways to reach your target audience. After our meeting you will leave with a clear understanding of your target audience and a list of specific milestones for your publishing career.
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Iron Stream Media: Iron Stream Media is an emerging media company.
Iron Stream Media derives its name from Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” This sharpening describes the process of discipleship, one to another. With this in mind, Iron Stream Media provides a variety of solutions for churches, missionaries and non-profits ranging from in- depth Bible study curriculum, Christian book publishing to custom publishing and consultative services.
Through the popular Life Bible Study, Student Life Bible Study, D-Life and New Hope brands, ISM provides web-based full-year and short-term Bible study teaching plans as well as printed devotionals, Bibles and discipleship curriculum. The recent addition of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas adds greater depth to their discipleship lines and a broad variety of fiction imprints and titles.
Iron Stream Media www.ironstreammedia.com
Martin Wiles lives in Greenwood and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is a freelance editor, English teacher, minister, and author who serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions, as Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a proof-editor for Courier Publishing. He is the author of six books and has been published in numerous publications. His most recent book is A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Busy World. Wiles is the pastor of Buffalo Baptist Church in McCormick, SC. His next book, Don’t Just Live…Really Live, is under contract with Ambassador International.
Ann Tatlock is an award-winning novelist, children’s book author, and editor. She has been in the publishing industry for 35 years, having started her career in 1987 as an assistant editor of Decision magazine, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In 2013, she founded and is former managing editor of Heritage Beacon, the historical fiction imprint of LPC/Iron Stream Media. Ann and her husband Bob live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Please visit her website at www.anntatlock.com.
Candy Arrington is a writer, blogger, speaker, and freelance editor. She frequently writes on the topics of faith, health, personal growth, and methods for moving through, and beyond, challenging life circumstances. Candy’s publishing credits include hundreds of articles and devotionals in numerous print and online outlets including: Focus on the Family, AriseDaily.com, Inspiration.org, CBN.com Healthgrades.com, Care.com, NextAvenue.org, CountryLiving.com, and Writer’s Digest. Her newest book, Life on Pause: Learning to Wait Well (Bold Vision Books), addresses the challenges inherent in navigating life pauses and seeks to help others learn to wait well. CandyArrington.com
Deb Haggerty is Publisher and Editor in Chief of Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., a traditional, royalty-paying Christian publisher that “Publishes the Positive.” They publish fiction for all ages and nonfiction with a twist. elklakepublishinginc.com
Deb is a published author, blogger, and professional speaker. She has authored two books: Experiencing God’s Love in a Broken World—A Spiritual Journey, co-written with her husband, Roy, and These Are the Days of My Life, a memoir with a bonus section of business tips.
Roy and Deb live just outside Plymouth, Massachusetts, with “Coki the Dog,” their miniature dachshund.
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