Thursday, April 28, 2011

Agents looking for Inspirational Fiction

A critique partner from long ago, posted this on her blog. You can find the link to her blog below.

The following literary agencies state on their website that they have at least one agent who represents authors of Christian fiction and/or who has attended a Christian writers’ conference. They may represent secular authors and non-fiction as well, but this list concentrates exclusively on Christian fiction.

The information below is accurate according to information on their websites. The fact that they are on this list does not constitute an endorsement of any kind.

Before you contact any agent, make sure to check their website for their submission guidelines. While I will try to update this list at least yearly, many things can change at an agency between updates. Agents come and go, what each agency is looking for changes regularly, and the status of accepting submissions may change. Make sure you have the most up-to-date information by checking the website before contacting any agency.

Alive Communications
Agents: Lee Hough, Rick Christian, Joel Kneedler, Andrea Heinecke
Genres: Adult and YA, children’s gift books
Only accepting queries from authors with at least one book commercially published (not self-published) or who are referred by an Alive Communications client.

Andrea Hurst Literary Management
Agent: Judy Mikalonis
Genres: adult and YA

Benrey Literary
Agent: Janet Benrey, Ron Benrey
Only accepts brief e-mail queries from unpublished authors, queries and proposals from previously published authors, and queries and proposals from unpublished authors referred by current B-L clients.

The Blythe Daniel Agency
Agents: Blythe Daniel
Genres: adult fiction, children’s books

Books & Such
Agents: Janet Grant, Wendy Lawson, Etta Wilson, Rachel Zurakowski
Genres: adult fiction (Janet & Wendy), children’s fiction (Etta), YA & 20-30 something (Rachel)

Browne & Miller Literary Associates
Web Site:
http://www.browneandmiller.comAgents: Joanna MacKenzie, Danielle Egan-Miller
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, YA, Women's Fiction, Mystery, General Fiction, teen/chick/mom/lady lit, Women’s Fiction,

Creative Trust Agency
Agents: Dan Raines, Katie Sulkowski
Genres: not listed on their website
Does not accept unsolicited manuscripts or book proposals from unpublished authors, but will accept unsolicited inquiries from previously published authors.

Daniel Literary Group
Agent: Greg Daniel
Genres: general fiction, inspirational, suspense/thriller (no Children's, YA, Romance, or Science fiction/Fantasy

D.J. Jacobson & Associates
Agents: Don Jacobson, David Van Diest, Jenni Burke, Lauren Yoho
Genres: all types of Christian YA and adult fiction, children’s literature

Donald Maass Literary Agency
Agents: Donald Maass, Jennifer Jackson, Cameron McClure,
Genres: all types of fiction

Dreisbach Literary Management
Agent: Verna Dreisbach
Genres: literary and commercial fiction with a particular fondness for mystery and thrillers

Eames Literary Services
Agents: John Eames
Genres: YA and adult fiction

Farris Literary Agency
Agents: Mike Farris, Susan Farris
Genres: thrillers, suspense, mysteries, romance, mainstream, action/adventure,
Currently only accepting submissions from referrals and writers conferences.

Foundry Literary + Media
Agents: Chris Park
Genres: character-driven fiction

Hartline Literary Agency
Agents: Joyce Hart, Tamela Hancock Murray, Diana Flegal, Terry Burns
Genres: commercial fiction (no children’s)

The Knight Agency
Agents: Deidre Knight
Genres: specializes in women’s fiction, romance, young adult, literary fiction, mystery, fantasy and science-fiction, as well as multicultural and inspirational/religious fiction

Leslie H. Stobbe Agency
Website: None (should be able to see his guidelines for submission at but the link is currently broken)
Agent: Les Stobbe
Genres: all fiction except sci-fi and fantasy

Literary Management Group
Agent: Bruce Barbour
Genres: fiction (no childrens’ books)

Living Word Literary Agency
Agent: Kimberly Shumate
Genres: adult and YA fiction

MacGregor Literary
Agents: Chip MacGregor, Sandra Bishop
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction, General Fiction

Mortimer Literary Agency
Agent: Kelly Mortimer
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Mainstream Fiction, Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Thrillers/Suspense (without romance), Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Closed to submissions at this time (check website for the few exceptions listed)
Only signs PRE-PUBLISHED writers (those who have yet to snag a contract with a traditional pub house), or haven’t had a book pubbed within the last three years.

Nappaland Literary Agency
Agents: Mike Nappa, Alex Smart
Genres: suspense, women’s fiction
Currently not accepting any new authors for representation unless they are recommended by a current Nappaland author or editor.

Natasha Kern Literary Agency
Agent: Natasha Kern
Genres: specializes in women's fiction (including inspirational fiction, romantic suspense, contemporary and historical romances, and multicultural fiction) and currently seeking historical novels; contemporary fiction and a broad range of inspirational fiction (including suspense and mysteries, historicals, romance, and contemporary novels

The Seymour Agency
Agent: Mary Sue Seymour
Genres: any type of romance including: historical, contemporary category, contemporary mainstream, suspense, paranormal, regency or inspirational

Spencerhill Associates
Website: unable to find website, but you can find information about this agency at:
Agents: Karen Solem
Genres: Chick Lit, Christian, Commercial Fiction, Women's Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Multi-Cultural
Not currently accepting unsolicited queries.

Sterling Lord Literistic
Agents: Claudia Cross
Genres: "books for the CBA marketplace"

Steve Laube Agency
Agent: Steve Laube
Genres: Christian fiction in all genres

Three Seas Literary Agency
Agents: Michelle Grajkowski, Cori Deyoe
Genres: inspirational romance

VanDiest Literary Agency
Agents: David Van Diest, Sarah Van Diest
Genres: "While we mainly handle non-fiction, there are a select group of fiction writers who have a unique [Christian] message which is enhanced because of the format of fiction."

The Waxman Literary Agency
Agents: Holly Root
Genres: upmarket and commercial fiction, including women's fiction, mystery, urban fantasy, romance, and YA

William K. Jensen Literary Agency
Agents: William Jensen
Genres: all fiction except YA and sci-fi/fantasy

Word Serve Literary
Agents: Greg Johnson, Rachelle Gardner, Caleb Seeling
Genres: all fiction

Winters, King and Associates
Agents: Thomas Winters
Genres: specifics not listed on website

Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
Agents: Mary Beth Chappell
Genres: historical fiction, inspirational fiction, Christian fiction, upmarket women's fiction, Southern fiction, cozy mysteries and young adult fiction
Not currently accepting unsolicited submissions of any kind.

Suzanne Hartmann - Suspense with a Twist -

Please feel free to share this list with others. All I ask is that you leave my name and contact information at the bottom of the list.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Track your Queries

Have you used If not, you might want it check it out. It's a great tool to use while searching for an agent.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

4 Simple Ways to Kick the Telling Habit

I received and email from Annie Oortman on 4 Simple Ways to Kick the Telling Habit:

Don’t say the Old Lady screamed… bring her on and let her scream.—Mark Twain.

“Show, don’t tell.” That adage has struck fear in many a writer’s heart. But turning “telling” into “showing” is easy if you’re willing to take a critical look at your prose and perform a bit of rewriting.

1. Get Rid of Filters

The easiest way to kick the telling habit is to find filters in your writing. They’re dull phrases of unnecessary realization: He saw, she heard, Sandy realized, Joe noticed, Henry thought, she felt, they listened, he looked, she observed, they anticipated, etc. Stopping to think in the middle of action is like stopping to scratch or blow our noses. Not something your reader needs to be a part of.

He thought of himself as a strong-willed person. (telling)
He was strong-willed. (showing)

She believed Joe had cheated on her. (telling)
Joe had cheated on her. (showing)

The policeman looked like he didn’t believe me. (telling)
The policeman didn’t believe me. (showing)

2. Say Bye-Bye to Expletives

Expletives are it is/was, it has been, there is/was/were, and there has been sentence starters, and they’re so-o-o-o-o telling because (1) their vagueness hurts your ability to show your story and (2) they put emotional distance between the character and the reader.

It was true he was a strong-willed person. (telling)
He was strong-willed. (showing)

It seemed Joe had cheated on her. (telling)
Joe had cheated on her. (showing)

It was pretty evident the policeman didn’t believe me. (telling)
The policemen didn’t believe me. (showing)

3. Eliminate Dialog Tags

Dialog tags are the he saids, she saids that identify a speaker and are telling at its worst. If you’ve written dialog well, you need only an occasional reminder to the reader of who is speaking. You also don’t need to sneak movement or major information into a dialog tag. Make the movement or other information a separate sentence.

“Hi, Joan,” Helen said, her grocery cart coming to rest by a row of fresh produce.
“Hi, yourself,” Joan said, turning to see her old friend.
“What do you plan to do this weekend?” Helen asked, forcing a smile.
“Tom and I are going out on the boat Saturday,” Joan responded in a strained voice.
“Oh, well, if you’re interested, Brad and I are having a cook-out Saturday night about seven,” Helen said with a shrug.
“We’ll see,” Joan laughed nervously. “Thanks.”

Be careful about –ly adverbs like nervously—they tell, too. This conversation doesn’t even make clear whose POV we’re in.

“Hi, Joan.”
A grocery cart bumped into the display of red and yellow peppers. Joan turned to see an old friend her husband didn’t care for.
“Hi yourself!” Joan picked up a pepper rolling on the floor and returned it to the display.
“Have any plans for the weekend?”
“Tom and I are taking the boat out Saturday.”
“Oh, sure.” A shrug. “Well, Brad and I are having friends for a cook-out Saturday night about seven. If you’re interested.”
“We’ll see.” Joan started moving down the aisle. “Thanks.” She couldn’t look back.

4. Eliminate Passive Voice (as much as possible)

Passive voice (a form of “to be” + past participle… was broken, had been eaten, was explained) is one of the most common ways of telling. Writing in passive voice tells the action, which weakens the conflict you’re illustrating.

Miranda was told her husband had been seen with a neighbor lady several times. (telling)

Took a minute for Miranda to absorb the truth. Her husband spent a lot of time with the chick who lived down the street. A lot. She put her coffee down and headed for the work shed. She‘d kill the jerk. (showing)

The crevasse was being skied over by men desperate to avoid the avalanche. (telling)
Desperate to avoid the avalanche, the men skied over the crevasse. (showing)

Brady was tormented by memories of the accident. (telling)
Memories of the accident tormented Brady. (showing)

Something to Think About

"Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next." Gilda Radner

Monday, April 18, 2011

Learning to Lean

Mildred Colvin, a talented writer from one of my ACFW critique groups, has recently published her latest book, Learning to Lean, on Amazon. Check it out!
What woman wants the Brady Bunch reruns to take over her life? For that matter, what man wants that kind of responsibility? None, right?

Heather Conway, daycare owner and widowed mother of three, has no extra money and very little faith. Where was God when her husband died, leaving her with no insurance, no income, and facing bankruptcy? Her fourteen-year-old son is getting out of control, she needs something better than their two-bedroom rental to live in, and she just bumped into a man who has her heart beating overtime. If she were sensible, she’d latch onto a childless, wealthy man who could give her the security she craves.

Matt Sanders has just moved to town with his three kids and placed them into Heather’s daycare while he gets his Jack-of-all-trades construction/repair business off the ground. He may appear to be poor, but he has more going for him than meets the eye. His admiration for Heather soon turns into love as their families intertwine through church activities and work on her daycare.
But six kids? Maybe Matt and Heather would be better off as friends. They soon find it’s hard to let go of the security they see and blindly trust God to take care of their tomorrows. Learning to lean on God can take a lifetime or maybe only a lesson in trust.

Learning to Lean is a full-length contemporary sweet romance.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011


This subject is a little different than what I usually blog, but I have to talk about bullying. I have recently finished a YA inspirational fiction about bullying called Bullied to Death.
When Chloe drowns herself in the family pond, four lives drown in the aftermath. Now they must learn how to live without her while their faith hangs in the balance. Chloe's parents separate because blaming each other is easier than trying to love through the pain. Her brother seeks revenge. Sophia, Chloe's best friend, has to find a way to get through high school and defend herself against the same group of bullies. It's a battle of faith and grief. When Chloe's journal surfaces, can God's love see them through the truth?
Bullying needs to end. Period. Now, how can we make it stop? I just watched a series of videos showing several children who have committed suicide over bullying. My prayers go out to these families.

My daughter is also bullied. She and I are close; spending time together and talking every day. Until I started writing this book, I didn't know the extent of it. I soon found out she never confided in me about everything. I asked her to start a journal. This was in March. She started with an entry in January. The bully had kicked her in the stomach! She never told me. Had I not asked her to start this journal, I may never have known.
That's one thing I encourage parents. Have your children write in a journal, especially if you suspect they are being bullied. Luckily, my child allowed me to read her journal so I could place the entries as chapters in my book. But I feel that parents should read their children's journal or diaries. Is it going against privacy? Maybe. However, there are some things parents need to know. Most often, children do not always tell others when they are being bullied.
Why? My daughter says two reasons: she doesn't want to be a tattle-tale, and two, it makes the bullying worse.
In future blogs, I will discuss what I find during my research of this subject. I pray God will work through me to share my findings with you.
Please feel free to comment. I would love to hear what you think. Also, if you have stories to share, I'd love to hear about them too.
If it's not too much to ask, please forward my blog out to others so we can discuss this in a wide range. My hopes for my book is to help others, including parents and bullies, see what bullying can do through the words of their victim. I also pray that my work gives victims out there the knowledge of God and a helping hand. There are options, just suicide shouldn't be one of them.