Our list of acquiring editors and agents for the Realm Makers conference is ever-evolving, so stop back occasionally for updates to this roster of professionals who will be in attendance at this year’s conference. To whet your appetite and convince you to get that manuscript spit-shined by July, here are a few of the professionals who will be taking appointments at the conference.
Linda Howard; editor, Tyndale Publishing
We are looking for YA and MG fiction with a strong Christian wordview (if not overtly Christian), that has a strong hook and excellent writing. We like books that are issues-driven but not preachy. We’re open to fantasy, spiritual warfare/supernatural, and sci-fi. Any books in the supernatural realm or that use biblical language need to have a firm biblical basis. We also require our books to be PG-rated. Tyndale Kids publishes books for ages 0-18.
Lisa Mangum; Editor, Shadow Mountain Publishing
Shadow Mountain is looking for well-written, compelling fantasy for middle grade, YA, and adult readers. I am particularly interested in seeing new twists on familiar tropes. I also like stories with strong themes about family. I am also looking for general fiction/women’s fiction for adults. I’m not interested in horror.
Our submission guidelines (and online submission process) are available at this address.
Steve Laube; Owner and Agent, Steve Laube Agency
Steve is the picture of flexibility. He says he will look at anything.
Steve Laube is the owner and Publisher for Enclave Publishing, is he is also president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency. He’s a 36-year veteran of the book industry. Steve has very eclectic interests. As a literary agent he has represented everything from the sweet romance to the systematic theology. Over the years as an editor or an agent he has worked with many authors in the science fiction and fantasy genre like Kathy Tyers, Patrick Carr, Tosca Lee, Donita K. Paul, Sharon Hinck, Morgan Busse, Nadine Brandes, and others.
Alyssa Roat; Agent, C.Y.L.E.
Alyssa Roat is a junior literary agent with Cyle Young Literary Elite, as well as a freelance editor with Sherpa Editing Services, the online editor and a staff writer for The Echo News, and a research assistant at Zondervan Library. She has also previously worked for Illuminate YA Publishing and Little Lamb Books. She is a YA novelist and an award-winning writer with dozens of works featured in newspapers, magazines, and books.
Sarah Gorman; Agent, C.Y.L.E.
Sarah is taking appointments for the following:
SCREENPLAYS – pitches and mentoring
TV PILOTS (especially children’s – think PBS)
Sci-fi/fantasy MG & YA
Find out more about Sarah at https://slgorman.com/
Lesley Sabga – The Seymour Agency
Lesley Sabga has worked as an editorial intern and freelancer for multiple publishing houses. She’s also been working for The Seymour Agency since 2014 as an eager intern, Literary Assistant, and, as of 2017, an Associate Agent.
Lesley loves intricate & vivid world-building & character driven plots. She is acquiring MG, YA, and Adult fantasy/sci fi, dark and twisty suspense or thriller featuring strong, female protagonists, loves a classic HEA romance, or curling up with a good mystery.
Andrew Winch; Editor, Havok Magazine
As its name suggests, Havok is looking for hard-hitting stories that keep readers coming back for more. We publish across multiple genres (mystery, thriller, scifi, fantasy, and comedy), and we keep things fresh with a different theme each month. Stories must be between 300-1000 words in length and must be PG-13 or lower. Check out GoHavok.com for more information.
Janeen Ippolito; Editor, Uncommon Universes Press
At Uncommon Universes Press, we delight in fresh world-building with strong character voices and potent plots.
We love stories that own their genre–whether steampunk, paranormal romance, epic fantasy, or space opera–with unique twists and compelling conflicts. And a side of dry wit or snark is always welcome!
Amy Williams; Editor, Crosshair Press
Crosshair Press is a general market publisher open to pretty much any genre, as long as it features cinematic-style writing with vivid characters worthy of their own memes. We accept stories that go dark, as long as you’ve got a thread of light that shines through.
Currently we are interested in genres including action/adventure, romantic comedies, space operas, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and steampunk. We’ll consider almost anything though, if it’s well done.
Michele Harper; Acquisitions Editor; Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC
Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing is a small traditional press, dedicated to clean or Christian speculative fiction. Currently obtaining for our 2020 production schedule, Michele and her team seek manuscripts that are professional, gripping, and wholesome, all with fantastical or sci-fi elements.
Manuscripts must be complete, and although we ask for a one-sheet and a business card during the pitch session, we also request a proposal and the first three chapters be emailed to us directly after the pitch session. Thank you!