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Have some general questions about the publishing world, but don’t know who to ask? Try a MENTOR APPOINTMENT!

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Alyssa Roat, Jr. 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.

Taking Agent/Editor (Pitch) appointments and Paid Critiques.


Amy Williams – Crosshair Press and Studio 1212

Amy is accepting submissions for CROSSHAIR PRESS. Currently we are interested in genres including action/adventure, romantic comedies, space operas, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and steampunk.

Taking Agent/Editor (Pitch) appointments and Paid Critiques.

Amy is also offering 15- and 30-minute appointments for STUDIO 1212 technology coaching.


Andrew Winch – Havok Publishing

Andrew Winch is the editor in chief of Havok, an e-zine and anthology publication that provides free daily flash fiction across a variety of genres. Of the million or so words Andrew has edited—from best-selling authors and fledgling writers, alike—over half of them have been flash fiction. He will be accepting pitches for Havok as well as offering paid critiques (first 10 pages or 2 flash fiction stories) and mentor appointments for brainstorming and potential editing clients.

Taking Agent/Editor (Pitch) appointments, Paid Critiques, 15- and 30-min mentoring appointments


Arpit Mehta Photography

Arpit is an international visual artist, creative sherpa, and published writer based out of Los Angeles, California. With over a decade’s experience in photography and graphic design, Arpit has been working with authors over the last five years on refining their visual identity to effectively connect with their ideal audiences.

Taking 20- or 45-min photography appointments.


Brent Weeks

New York Times Bestselling author and Realm Makers’ Keynote Speaker

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn’t own cats or wear a ponytail.

Taking 30-min mentoring appointments.


Bryan Davis

Bryan Davis is the author of the Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, Children of the Bard, Reapers, Dragons of Starlight,Tales of Starlight, and Time Echoes series, contemporary/fantasy books for young adults and adults. The first book, Raising Dragons, was released in July of 2004, and several books in the series have hit various bestseller lists, including Eye of the Oracle, which hit number one on the CBA Young Adult best-seller list in January of 2007.

Taking 15- and 30-min mentoring appointments.


C.J. Redwine

C.J. Redwine is the New York Times bestselling author of YA fantasy novels, including the Ravenspire series of fairytale retellings and the Defiance trilogy. She’s still waiting for her letter from Hogwart’s. Currently, she lives in Nashville with her husband, five children, three pets, and a wardrobe that stubbornly refuses to lead to Narnia, no matter how many times she tries.

Taking 15-min mentoring appointments.


Catherine Jones Payne – Quill Pen Editorial

Catherine Jones Payne is a Seattle native who loves the written word, international travel, crashing waves, and good coffee. Her earliest memory involves pulling up a rolling chair to her parents’ old DOS computer—while wearing a tiara, naturally—and tapping out a story of kidnapped princesses. By day she’s the managing editor of Quill Pen Editorial and the editor of Splickety Magazine. She lives in Waco, TX with her historian husband and their cats, Mildred and Minerva.

Taking 15- and 30-min mentoring appointments.


Chris Morris

Chris Morris is an accountant that focuses on the creative entrepreneur. He counts authors, editors, and publishing houses among his client. If you have any questions about taxes or anything else on the business end of writing, set up an appointment with Chris.

Taking 30-min Accounting for Authors appointments


Cindy Koepp – Bear Publications

Bear Publications is looking for highly polished short stories for Mythic Orbits Volume 3 (and perhaps other anthologies), short- to normal-sized science fiction and fantasy novels (40K-90K-ish), and good jokes (because who doesn’t need a laugh now and then?). For mentoring appointments, Cindy can help you sort out world-building issues (especially involving scientific phenomena), Renaissance rapier choreography, technical writing questions, and probably more than you wanted to know about birds.

Taking Agent/Editor (Pitch) appointments and 15- and 30-min mentoring appointments.


Gen Gavel

Lover of meaningful fiction and powerful connections, Gen writes, edits, and blogs with one goal: to draw people together. Whether you need to launch your online author platform for the first time or could use the inspiration to take your marketing in a new direction, Gen would love to talk to you. She specializes in helping authors create and maintain their own authentic, sustainable, and effective brand.

Taking 30-min mentoring appointments.


Grace Bridges

Getting started, getting unstuck, outlining techniques, purposeful pantsing, excerpt critiquing, style tips, troubleshooting, career advice, technical questions on publishing.

Award-Winning Author- Vortex of Eire cyberpunk series – Earthcore YA urban fantasy series – Avenir Eclectia shared world project- Editor & Producer for dozens of books – Indie Production & Publishing since 2007 – President of SpecFic.NZ – Chair of GeyserCon.NZ – Anthology Editor & Presenter at Young NZ Writers – www.gracebridges.kiwi

Taking 30-min mentoring appointments.


Janeen Ippolito – Uncommon Universes Press

Janeen Ippolito writes urban fantasy & steampunk, and creates writing resources, including the reference book World Building From the Inside Out & the creative writing guide Irresistible World Building For Unforgettable Stories. She’s an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, and is the leader of Uncommon Universes Press, a small science fiction and fantasy publishing house. She’s also the cohost of the podcast Indie Book Magic. Available to mentor for world building, story issues, & branding/marketing.

Taking Agent/Editor (Pitch) Appointments, Paid Critiques, and 15-min mentoring appointments.


Jesse Doogan – Tyndale House 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.

Taking Agent/Editor (Pitch) Appointments and Paid Critiques.


Jill Williamson

Jill Williamson writes fantasy novels for teens and adults. She is the author of over twenty books, including her debut novel, By Darkness Hid, which was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel of 2009 by VOYA magazine. She also writes books on the craft of writing fiction and teaches writing on her YouTube channel and at www.GoTeenWriters.com, the latter of which has been named one of Writer’s Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers.” To learn more, visit Jill at www.jillwilliamson.com.

Taking 15- and 30-min mentoring appointments.


Julie Hall

Julie Hall is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of young adult fantasy fiction.

Taking 15- and 30-min mentoring appointments.


Kerry Nietz

Science fiction and self-publishing expert. Writing Counselor. Founding Father. All-around great guy. Kerry’s happy to listen to people’s ideas or struggles and offer his two cents.

Taking Paid Critiques and 15-min mentoring appointments.


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.

Taking Agent/Editor (Pitch) appointments and Paid Critiques.


Lisa Mangum – 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.

Taking Agent/Editor (Pitch) appointments, Paid Critiques, and 15-min mentoring appointments.


Morgan Busse

Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, the award-winning Soul Chronicles, and the Ravenwood Saga, a new fantasy series releasing from Bethany House in 2018. Her debut novel, Daughter of Light, was a Christy and Carol Award finalist. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel. Find out more about Morgan at www.morganlbusse.com

Taking Paid Critiques and 15- and 30-min mentoring appointments.


Patrick Carr

Patrick is the award-winning author of A Cast of Stones (Double Carol Finalist-Speculative and Debut, Clive Staples Award, and Carol Award-Speculative Fiction), The Shock of Night (Inspy Award – Speculative Fiction, Realm Makers Award – Epic Fantasy), and The Shattered Vigil (Inspy Award-Speculative Fiction). He delights in using his arcane knowledge of fencing, pain, and other topics to bring his stories to life. He lives in Nashville with his incredible wife, Mary, and their dog, Mr. Fruffles.

Taking 15-min mentoring appointments.


Phyllis Wheeler – Castle Gate Press

Co-founder of award-winning Castle Gate Press (CastleGatePress.com), which was born at the first Realm Makers conference. Fiction editor and writer of fiction for young people. Phyllis delights in big-picture questions and sorting out the needs of a manuscript.

Taking Paid Critiques and 30-min mentoring appointments.


Ralene Burke

Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a social media wand, or a freelance editor’s sword, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to help everyone #SHINEBeyond their dreams!

She has worked with a variety of clients, both organizations and individual authors. Currently, she is the Marketing Director for Realm Makers and is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (10+ yrs.). Her fantasy novels, Bellanok and Armor of Aletheia, are available on Amazon.

Taking Paid Critiques + appointment.


Robert Liparulo

Former investigative journalist Robert Liparulo is the bestselling author of 6 acclaimed thrillers for adults and the 6-book Dreamhouse Kings adventure series for young adults. Ten of his books have been optioned for feature motion pictures. He contributed critically acclaimed short stories for anthologies by James Patterson and Brad Thor.  He is currently writing an original script for Phoenix Pictures and the adaptation of Deadfall for Mandalay Pictures. He has 2 TV series in preproduction at 2 networks.

Taking Paid Critiques and 15-min mentoring appointments.


Ronie Kendig

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty titles. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband live a short train ride from New York City with their children, VVolt N629 (retired military working dog) and Benning the Stealth Golden. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

Taking Paid Critiques and 30-min mentoring appointments.


Sarah Gorman, Jr. 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/

Taking Agent/Editor (Pitch) appointments, Paid Critiques, and 30-min mentoring appointments.


Steve Rzasa

By day, Steve Rzasa works as a local technical services librarian. By night, he dons his spacesuit and authors speculative fiction. Steve has written numerous novels of science-fiction and fantasy, including Broken Sight, which won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Best Speculative Fiction award, and The Word Reclaimed, a finalist for the same award. The Word Endangered and Man Behind the Wheel have both been finalists for the Realm Award. He’s a fan of all things sci-fi and superhero, and history.

Taking Paid Critiques and 15-min mentoring appointments.