Brainstorming with the Experts

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Have you ever wished you could sit down with an expert--a mentor--for a half hour? Someone who has taken the time to look over  your work carefully and who is willing to go over things like your hopes … your next career moves … what works and what doesn't within your work?

Now you can. FCWC offers you a list of mentors to choose from--one perfect for you and your genre. 

Look over the list below. Once you choose your ideal mentor, follow the instructions they give. You will pay an additional $40 directly to them and will send them the work they specifically require. While at FCWC, they will set aside a half hour to talk with you. To go over the work. To chat about your best next move, etc. 

 

Expert Mentor
 
Genre
Mentor Email
Children’s board books and picture books (both fiction and nonfiction), Magazine queries and articles. Michelle writes: Michelle Medlock Adams is a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter and the author of over 90 multiple-award-winning books. Over the course of her career, she has written more than 1500 articles for print and online magazines as well as acted as a newspaper reporter, and she has written dozens of nonfiction books for women and many children’s board books and picture books. In her role as president of Platinum Literary, she coaches other writers to realize their dreams of publishing as well as strategizes best practices for gaining publicity for past and current projects.  To learn more, go to www.michellemedlockadams.com online.
 
Genres: Non-fiction, including devotionals and Bible studies (no children's). Fiction (no children's, no historical, YA is fine). Shellie writes: I am happy to evaluate non-fiction projects for continuity and focus based on a full proposal, or synopsis and table of contents (if applicable), and first 30 pages. For fiction, I am happy to evaluate a full proposal including the first three chapters (up to 30 pages) for hook, story arc, and character arcs. When we meet, we'll discuss weaknesses and strengths in your project, how you can minimize the weaknesses and capitalize the strengths.
 
Women's fiction, romance (contemporary and historical), and general fiction. Karin writes: Owner of Write Now Editing, Karin Beery is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Christian Editor Network, where she teaches several editing classes through the PEN Institute and serves as the coordinator for the Christian Editor Connection. She is the Managing Editor of Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Her sophomore novel, Practically Married, was a 2020 INSPY Award semi-finalist and Serious Writer Book of the Year finalist.
 
Being a ghostwriter leads to many different genre experiences . . . except poetry! Kathy Bruins helps writers take the next step in their journey through consultation, teaching, coaching, and praying. She has a freelance business and is the founder of The Well Ministry for Creatives.  Kathy is a ghostwriter which has given her much experience in writing different genres. She serves as President of Word Weavers, West Michigan.
 
Nonfiction – adult, children/teen. Fiction - children. Blythe writes: I primarily represent authors writing non-fiction (though our agency does have some fiction). So it’s best to only send to me what you see that we represent so that I can comment on what you’re writing relative to what we spend our time working on with writers. Briefly, these categories are: Christian Life, Spiritual Growth, Current Events, Business/Leadership, Church Leadership, Prophecy, Marriage, Parenting, Social Issues, Women's Issues, Men's Issues, Devotionals, DIY/craft, Gift books. Hope this helps you and I look forward to meeting you!
 
Kim de Blecourt specializes in nonfiction book proposals and one sheets. Kim writes: Kim de Blecourt has been professionally writing since the 1990's, and writing books since 2011. Kim is represented by Steve Laube, and has two published books, "Until We All Come Home" and "I Call You Mine."
 
Nonfiction, devotions, magazine articles. Lori writes: Lori Hatcher served as Editor of Reach Out, Columbia magazine for 10 years. She’s written three devotionals and hundreds of articles and devotions for magazines, books, and online. She’s published more than 1,000 blog posts and is a popular conference and women’s ministry speaker.
 
Fiction. Send a 2-page synopsis and the first five pages. Accepting up to three submissions. Rachel writes: I"ve spent the last 15 years working with Susan May Warren training and mentoring writers. I have been published for 16 years with books on every major bestseller lists including the New York Times. My books have won several awards including the Christy and double RITA finalist.
 
Fiction: contemporary, historical, mystery, suspense, thriller. Nonfiction: Christian living, devotionals, humor, spiritual growth, women’s nonfiction. Bob writes:  I’m an award-winning and best-selling author of 50 books, which include The Red Letter Life, The Bard and the Bible, and the children’s book, Don’t Close Your Eyes. I’ve also been an award-winning radio commentator and article-writer (in such publications as Family Circle, Guideposts, and Poets & Writers). I also serve as executive editor of the Christian Writers’ Institute and a literary agent with the Steve Laube Agency. 
 
Children’s stories, YA, and fantasy. Kate writes: Kate has been an avid reader for years. She started writing YA fantasy books in high school. During a college internship, she discovered a love for children’s publishing. She’s worked as an editor for Clubhouse Jr. for 4 years.
 
Proposals, Marketing assistance, Devotionals, YA, Nonfiction. Bethany writes: 
Bethany Jett is a multiple award-winning author, ghostwriter, and marketer. Bethany recently received the Distinguished Scholar award for earning the top GPA in her Masters Program, where she focused on Communications: marketing and PR. Bethany co-owns Serious Writer and Platinum Literary Services and loves everything about the publishing industry...except the rejections! She is a military wife to her college sweetheart and a work-from-home momma-of-boys who loves planners, suspense novels, and all things girly. Connect with Bethany at BethanyJett.com.
 
Nonfiction, Devotions. Carol writes: Carol Kent is a bestselling author and international speaker.  She’s the executive director of the Speak Up Conference, a ministry committed to helping Christians develop their writing and speaking skills. Carol holds a master’s degree in communication arts and a bachelor’s degree in speech education. Carol has trained Christian speakers for over twenty-five years and she has been a featured speaker at Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy arena events.  She is the author of over twenty-five books, including the bestselling When I Lay My Isaac Down, Becoming a Woman of Influence, and Speak Up With Confidence (all NavPress).  Her two newest titles are a 365 page-per-day devotional titled, He Holds My Hand (Tyndale), and Staying Power (Revell). Carol would be happy to do mentoring appointments with people who have an interest in writing non-fiction, Bible studies, and/or devotionals.
 
Scifi, Fantasy, nonfiction I can also mentor regarding:

*How to have a writing career  * Blogging  * Social Media
Edie writes: Edie has been active in the publishing industry for 24+ years. The first part of her career was spent as a freelance writer, often publishing over 700 articles a year. She's been a professional blogger, copywriter, ghost writer, novelist and nonfiction author. Her reputation as an online expert is well-deserved. Her blog reaches thousands and has been named a Writer’s Digest Top 100 Sites for Writers. She's the director of one of the largest Christian writers conferences in the nation and board member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She’s a writer who feels lost without her camera and a reluctant speaker who loves to encourage an audience. And she embraces the ultimate contradiction of being an organized creative. Her passion is to encourage and equip other writers to follow the unique path God has for them.

All fiction and nonfiction genres in both the Christian and mainstream markets. Will also consider stage plays. Not interested in journals, poetry, Bible studies. Mike writes: I am a professional writer with more than 2,000 published articles, 4 stage plays, 2 books, 3 optioned screenplays. Publisher for WordCrafts Press. I've published more than 140 titles from 90+ authors.
 
Nonfiction, devotions, magazine articles. Ava writes: Ava is a certified coach for writers and speakers. She is also a mentor with Word Weavers Int'l. and a Bible teacher with Bible Study Fellowship Int'l. (BSF). Equipped with training from Moody Bible Institute and an MBA, she understands both the business and ministry aspects of the Christian publishing industry.
 
Fiction, Nonfiction. Edwina writes:  I've been a member of Word Weavers for over ten years. I've used the teachings I've received from Word Weavers, Jerry Jenkins, Cec Murphey, and Guideposts editors to mentor and teach others in the areas of fiction and nonfiction. 
 
Nonfiction: Christian living, workbooks, memoirs, articles, children's and YA (pretty much anything in the nonfiction realm). Marti writes: I'm an award-winning writer and editor who's also published hundreds of articles and edited thousands more. I've edited for magazines (print and digital) as well as independent and traditionally published books and taught at writers conferences across the country. 
 
Nonfiction - Adult and YA / Fiction - Historical, YA, Romantic mysteries, Contemporary. Karen writes: 
Karen Porter is an experienced, knowledgeable, and qualified coach for writers and speakers. She is also acquisition editor for Bold Vision Books. 
She will help you develop your manuscript so that it is ready for a publisher to review. 
 
[email protected] - Please put Florida CWC in the title
Children’s manuscripts, PB-YA. A little something about Melissa: Melissa Richeson is an Associate Agent at Storm Literary Agency, where she happily represents books for kids in both the general market and the Christian market. In addition to working alongside her clients as an agent, Melissa has been writing professionally for years. Her publishing credits include The Washington Post, Focus on the Family, Florida Today, Space Coast Parent, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many more. Melissa also has a background in marketing, which gives her a keen eye for the salability of manuscripts, and she served briefly as an elementary literature teacher, where she thrived on helping young readers fall in love with books.
 
Middle Grade. Taryn Souders writes for the general market, but tries to instill Christ-like values in her stories. Her middle grade novels have taken part in Battle of the Books, been named to state reading lists, including the Georgia Children’s Book Awards and the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards, and have been Crystal Kite Finalists. Her latest novel, Coop Knows the Scoop, which released this July, is a murder mystery set in Windy Bottom, Georgia. Taryn is a member of both SCBWI and Word Weavers International, and is represented by Sally Apokedak of Apokedak Literary Agency.
 
Tina can help with psychological authenticity in characters or scenes. She can also review devotionals (for Inkspirations Online) and media pitches for (Flourish-Meant podcast) interviews. Tina writes: Award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and life coach, Tina also hosts the Flourish-Meant podcast and publishes Inkspirations Online, a weekly devotional for writers. She has won over thirty writing awards, including a 2020 Golden Scroll Award and 2013 FCWC Writer of the Year. Her fiction and nonfiction strive to clarify how we might relate better to others, to ourselves, and to God. Licensed as a counselor since 2005, she has over twenty years of experience teaching adults, teens, and children in academic, clinical, and faith-based settings. Yeager serves as the secretary on the Christian Authors Network board, a mentor with Word Weavers International, and an active member of AWSA. Her Psyched Characters and Kindle your Creative Spark courses are available online at the Serious Writer Academy. Come visit her for a virtual cup of java online. For life coaching tips or to book her as an event speaker, check out tinayeager.com. Beautiful Warrior: Finding Victory over the Lies Formed Against You helps women identify and fulfill their potential as they discover Christ-centered significance (https://www.newhopepublishers.com/shop/beautiful-warrior/).