bob-hostetlerBob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His forty-five books, which include Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell), the historical novel, Northkill, and The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional), have sold millions of copies. He and his wife, the lovely Robin, have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron, who have given them five perfect grandchildren.

WatkinsJames Watkins is an award-winning author of 16 books and over 2,000 articles, as well as a conference speaker throughout the United States and overseas. (He taught for 15 years in Taylor’s online writing program.) Jim is also an editorial advisor for ACW Press.



Dr. Dennis E. “Doc” Hensley has published 60 books – including seven novels and eight textbooks – as well as more than 150 short stories and 3,500 newspaper and magazine articles. He’s also a recognized authority on the life and works of twentieth-century author Jack London. No wonder Dr. Hensley is called a master of professional writing. Dr. Hensley is the creator and head of the Professional Writing program at Taylor University.


Rachael PhillipsRachael O. Phillips,
a church music director, began her unplanned writing career during midlife when the church secretary demanded newsletter articles at gunpoint. A 2004 Erma Bombeck Global Award, Rachael laces most of her works with upbeat, offbeat humor. Since winning the 2007 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award, she has published seven novels, with contracts signed for five more, as well as more than 700 articles, columns, devotions, and stories.



sprolesCindy Sproles is a best-selling author, speaker and conference teacher. She is the cofounder of ChristianDevotions.us where she serves as Executive Editor. Cindy is also the managing editor for Straight Street Books and SonRise Devotionals, imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Cindy’s debut novel, Mercy’s Rain, carries the title best-selling, and her second novel hits stands in June of 2017. 



Lin Johnson 2Lin Johnson is a full-time freelancer whose business includes editing, writing, proofreading, and training. She is managing editor of Christian Communicator, proofreader of Israel My Glory, as well as owner and director of the Write-to-Publish Conference. The author of more than 70 books, Lin specializes in Bible curriculum and is a Gold Medallion Book Award and an EPA Higher Goals Award recipient.




Katie Long graduated from the Professional Writing department in 2013 and married a Taylor grad in the summer of 2015. She now works as Communications Coordinator for the Wesleyan Publishing House in Indianapolis, Indiana. She and her husband spend their free time watching soccer and serving at Grace Church in Noblesville.



estee_wells_zandeeEstee Zandee works at Zondervan as the Editorial Assistant for the nonfiction team, supporting the acquisition editors and authors in editorial development. Publishing her first book review at age 12, Estee graduated with a degree in Professional Writing from Taylor University. She has 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, serving in project and brand management, publishing administration, writing, and editing. Away from the desk, Estee is usually mountain biking with her husband and their energetic pup, Harper.white-rectangle-large

Rebekah R. Blomenberg professional picture (2)Rebekah Blomenberg obtained her BA in Professional Writing from Taylor in 2011, and has published numerous book reviews, poetry, and devotionals, and a self-published novel and  collection of short stories. She was a Quality Assurance Specialist for the Yellow Pages’ marketing websites, which involved checking spelling, grammar, and style. In 2013, she became a copy editor for Annie’s Publishing, an international craft publisher in Berne, Indiana, with nine magazine titles, and various books and continuities. In 2016, she moved to full-time line editing for Annie’s fiction department.


Kate Jameson graduated from Taylor University’s Professional Writing program in 2015. While she was a student, she completed an internship at Focus on the Family with Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines, where she discovered a love of children’s writing. After graduation, she interned briefly with Highlights for Children before returning to Focus on the Family where she currently works as Editorial Assistant for the two children’s magazines.


andersonDawn Anderson is associate editor at Kregel Publications, whose stated mission is to develop and distribute—with integrity and excellence—trusted, biblically based resources that lead individuals to know and serve Jesus Christ. To that end, she acquires and edits both fiction and nonfiction. A graduate of Cornerstone University with an English major and a psychology minor, Dawn has enjoyed various aspects of book publishing, from typesetting to editing, in both religious and general markets, both on a freelance basis and in-house


Lawrence Wilson PhotoLawrence W. Wilson brings nearly 30 years of professional writing experience to his roles as full-time freelancer and acquisitions editor for DustJacket Books. As an ordained minister and former editorial director, Larry is familiar with all aspects of Christian publishing. He has written four books, ghosted or collaborated on dozens more, and developed projects ranging from daily devotionals to Bible commentaries to YA fiction. He blogs at www.lawrencewilson.com




Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor Literary, Inc., a literary agency located on the left coast. He has been working in the publishing industry for three decades, and made his living as a freelance writer and editor for several years. He is the author of numerous books, including a couple of bestselling nonfiction titles, and formerly served as a publisher with Time-Warner. Chip began working as an agent nineteen years ago, and has represented hundreds of titles — that includes numerous award winners and bestsellers, and one book that hit #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. Ten years ago he began his own literary agency, and over the past several years has been the busiest literary agent in the United States. He works in both the Christian market and the general market, with both fiction and nonfiction titles, but the majority of the business he is currently doing is nonfiction. A well-known speaker at writing conferences and via online writing sites, he lives on the Oregon coast.


Linda Glaz is a multi-published author in historic romance and romantic suspense. She’s a literary agent with Hartline Literary Agency and loves finding new voices, especially in fiction. Her loves are historic fiction and suspense, but a great voice will catch her attention on many genres. She speaks/teaches nationwide. Linda is married with three children and three grandchildren. She’s had an awesome life thus far and looks forward to Act Two. She agrees with George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life!


michele-harper-lr-2Michele Israel Harper, acquisitions editor of Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing LLC, is on a mission to discover and publish professional, gripping, and wholesome speculative fiction. Currently obtaining manuscripts for their 2018 production schedule, Michele and her team seek stirring tales from both new and established authors. Her company strives to create an exquisite publishing experience for their authors and to produce quality fiction for their readers. L2L2 Publishing is a small traditional press, dedicated to clean or Christian speculative fiction. The L2L2 Publishing team tackles every new project with relish, and their goal is an uplifting company where each author, reader, and team member puts others’ needs before their own


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