Advance Mentoring

Interested in working with a Mentor at the conference?


How it works:
1. Read the information below.
2. If you decide you would like to have one of our mentors work with you, contact them using their contact information. 
3. You will receive a 30-minute consultation with your mentor during NGCWC.

What you need to do:
1. Make sure you have signed up for NGCWC.
2. Following the instructions of your mentor, send a check to them for $40, and your work (according to their instructions).
3. Find your mentor at NGCWC to find out what time your 30-minute session has been scheduled.

Our 2019 Mentors Are:

Sally Apokedak: Children’s fiction (for ages 0 to 18) any genre or children's nonfiction (for ages 0 to 18). Send first ten pages plus synopsis to [email protected] .
Sally has 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, and Joyce Magnin. She is most interested in middle grade and young adult novels for the general market.
Lindsey Brackett: Fiction including flash or short fiction, southern, women's, or romance. Non-fiction including opinion pieces, creative non-fiction, blogs. For Fiction send 10 pages plus synopsis and/or one page. For non-fiction up to 2500 words to [email protected]
Lindsey “just writes life” in the midst of motherhood. Her debut novel, Still Waters was named 2018 Selah Book of the Year, Directors Choice Fiction Award winner for the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, and shortlisted for the INSPY Awards. Lindsey was also an ACFW Mentor of the Year nominee for 2018. Locally, Lindsey is well known for her weekly columns in The Northeast Georgian, The White County News, and The Elberton Star reflecting on the intersection of motherhood, faith, and community. In addition, she is a freelancer for local publications and a copywriter for national organizations. Lover of all things creative and Southern, Lindsey’s favorite days are spent on the back porch, sweet tea in hand, writing stories, reading books, mentoring authors, and planning big family meals. Connect with her at or on Facebook/Instagram:
Linda Glaz: Fiction (except fantasy/spec) and nonfiction. Send up to 15 pages, double-spaced, along with a synopsis to [email protected]
Linda is an author and agent with Hartline Literary Agency. She’s married with three children and four grandchildren. Having served in the Air Force at a time when it wasn’t exactly politically correct for a woman, she blazed many firsts for women in the military. She has taught karate and self-defense for thirty years and was a National instructor and referee for the largest soccer youth group in the US for twenty-five years. She isn’t afraid to try something new. Before joining Hartline, Linda was a reviewer for online romance sites, a final proofreader for a publisher, and organized and ran two separate writers’ groups. She worked for two years as an editorial assistant to Terry Burns at Hartline. Linda has two novellas, six short novels, and two romantic suspense. Five more are burning a hole in her hopeful pocket. She’s a member of ACFW, AWSA, and numerous other writers’ groups. She presents nationally each year at conferences, teas, churches, workshops, and various other venues. She’s also active on social media. Linda loves to laugh and make other people laugh. There is definitely healing and joy in laughter. She’s forever on the lookout for ideas that will turn into a suspenseful novel, and as an agent, is always looking for that next great blockbuster novel.
Tessa Emily Hall: YA fiction. Send first ten pages plus synopsis to [email protected]
Tessa is an award-winning author who writes inspirational yet authentic books to show teens they’re not alone. Her first teen devotional, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, released with Bethany House September 2018. Tessa’s passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as an Associate Agent for Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of She’s guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating art journals, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website:
Lori Hatcher: Non-fiction, Christian living, articles, blog posts, devotions, blog evaluation. Send the first 10 pages (double spaced) plus synopsis for non-fiction book, or 3 devotions, or article up to 2,000 words, or link to blog to [email protected]
Lori is the editor of Reach Out, Columbia magazine, a regional Christian living mag. She’s the author of three devotional books and a contributor to numerous collections and anthologies, including the new Guideposts collection, All God’s Creatures. She’s been published in online and print magazines such as War Cry, Christian Living in the Mature Years, P31, Today’s Christian Living, Purpose, The Lookout, and The Old Schoolhouse. As a freelance editor, she enjoys helping her clients find places of publication for their literary children.
Kristi Ann Hunter: fiction (romance preferable, no suspense/thriller). Send the first ten pages and a synopsis up to two pages long to [email protected]

Award-winning author, Kristi Ann, has been a lover of stories from a very young age. Now she spins her faith and humor into romantic tales set in Regency England. Her books include A Noble Masquerade and A Defense of Honor and celebrate the fact that God created people in His image and offers His grace to all. When she isn’t writing or consuming large amounts of Chick-fil-A diet lemonade, she spends time with her family and working with the youth at her church.
Tammy Karasek: Fiction: southern fiction, women's contemporary, romantic suspense nonfiction: Christian living, memoir. Send first ten pages and synopsis to [email protected]

You’ll find Tammy seeing humor and causing laughter in every aspect of life. Her past, filled with bullying and criticism from family, is the driving force of her passion to always encourage others and give them The Reason to smile. She’s been married to her college sweetheart, Larry, for 37 years, a mom to their grown daughter, Kristen, and wrapped around the paw of a little dog named Hattie. Born and raised in Ohio, her family now resides in South Carolina. She is the President of Word Weavers Upstate SC, member of ACFW and My Book Therapy/Novel Academy. She’s the Blog Editor for Word Weavers International. A Conference Assistant for Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference. A monthly contributor for The Write Conversation. A contributor in the 2018 Divine Moments Compilation Book—Cool-inary Moments. Also a regular contributor to several other blogs.  Connect with Tammy: Blog:  Email: [email protected]
Katy Kauffman: Poetry. Send up to ten pages of poetry (could be three to ten poems) to [email protected] 

Katy is an award-winning author, an editor of Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies (not the same as Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas). She graduated from Luther Rice College & Seminary with a BA in Religion (2004), and she has taught the Bible to women and teens. Her Bible studies focus on winning life’s spiritual battles.

Katy loves connecting with writers and creating compilations. The first book she compiled, Breaking the Chains, won a 2018 Selah finalist award. The next compilation, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character,  was a 2019 Selah finalist, as well as a Director’s Choice finalist at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.

Katy’s writing can be found at, the Arise Daily blog,, The Write Conversation, and the Blue Ridge Conference blog. Her poetry, including the award-winning poem "The Confession," can be found at She loves spending time with family and friends, making jewelry, and hunting for the best donuts. Connect with her at her blog, The Scrapbooked Bible Study, and on Facebook and Twitter.


Andy Lee: Nonfiction and Bible Studies. Send premise, outline, and first fifteen pages to [email protected]

Andy is the author of A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called (Leafwood, 2016) and The Book of Ruth Key Word Bible Study: A 31-Day Journey to Hope and Promise (AMG, 2015).She’s a blogger, event speaker, Bible teacher, and Facebook Live entrepreneur. Andy is the president of the Wilmington, NC, Word Weavers chapter. Her articles have been featured in MTL magazine and, and she was a contributor to The Write Conversation blog. Andy digs deep to live fully on her site where she provides a weekly Bible reading plan called the Bite of Bread. Join hundreds of viewers on Facebook for her weekly broadcast, an encouraging teaching about the “bite” or verse for the day. There’s nothing like a healthy meal for your soul. 

Edie Melson: Spec Fiction (first 10 pages), YA Fiction (first 10 pages), Non- fiction (first 10 pages), Social Media/Blogging Evaluation (email me and I'll send a questionnaire to fill out). Making Writing Your Career (I'll look at up to 10 pages total of writing samples and be able to answer specific questions about everything from freelance contracts to what to charge for copyrighting to how to manage multiple streams of income). Send to: [email protected]  
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. In addition, as a respected expert in social media, Edie has the proven expertise to teach others how to plug in and reach their target audience without the restraint of physical boundaries. In her role as social media coach she’s worked with clients that range from authors and speakers to business and ministry leaders. Her bestselling eBook on this subject, has been updated, expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers. As a leading professional within the publishing industry, she travels to numerous conferences as a popular keynote, writing instructor and mentor. Her blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month and has been named a Writer’s Digest Top 101 Websites for Writers. She’s the Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Vice President of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.
Taryn Souders: Children’s PB and Middle Grade novels. Picture Books: send full manuscript. Middle Grade Novels: send first ten pages (you may include a synopsis as part of the ten pages if you like) to [email protected]

Taryn has written both picture books and middle-grade novels. Dead Possums Are Fair Game and How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer were both Crystal Kite Finalists. Her books have taken part in Battle of the Books, have also been listed on the Georgia Children’s Book Award list, and the Sunshine State Young Readers Award list. Her fourth middle grade novel, a mystery titled, Remains to be Seen, releases Spring 2020. Taryn is a member of both SCBWI and Word Weavers, International, and is represented by Sally Apokedak of the Apokedak Literary Agency. She 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 sleep on the sofa all day (the cats, not her husband or children). She serves as the executive assistant to Eva Marie Everson at Word Weavers, International. Her website is
Cindy Sproles: Fiction--synopsis and 1st chapter (max 3) and devotions—3 per person (max 3). Send to [email protected]
Cindy is an author, speaker, and conference director. She serves as the managing editor for SonRise Devotionals and Straight Street Books, both imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Cindy is a cofounder and executive editor of and She is a bestselling, award-winning fiction author and her devotions have been published across the eastern seaboard. Cindy lives in Tennessee with her husband and son. Visit Cindy at

Denise Weimer: Historical Romance. Send first ten pages plus one-sheet and/or long synopsis to [email protected] 
Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s a managing editor for Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Historical Fiction imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of novellas, including Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Colonial Backcountry Brides Collection. Her contemporary romance, Fall Flip, and historical romance, The Witness Tree, both release in September 2019 with LPC. A wife and mother of two daughters, she always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses!