: owns the Apokedak Literary Agency. She represents bestselling & award-winning authors including Hannah C. Hall, Taryn Souders, Joyce Magnin, and more. She’s interested in adult books for the Christian market or children’s book (age 0-18) for the Christian or general market.
: truly enjoys sharing the tools and skills he’s developed as a designer & marketing advisor over the past 20 years. As a freelance Wordpress & social media consultant who’s fascinated by content marketing, design, & technology, he transforms creative ideas into effective strategies. He helps his clients bring the right content to the right media, so it's ready at the right time. Looking for someone to help you tell your story on the web? Come along as Don guides you through the journey.
: the bestselling & award-winning author of The Faithful One, The Peace Maker, The Runaway Prophet
and The Jealous Son
, contemporary suspense novels that re-imagine Bible stories. Michele is also a speaker, college writing instructor, book coach, graduate of the University of Notre Dame, & lives in North East, MD.
: has self-published four of her own books as well as helped numerous authors to publish theirs. After starting as a freelance editor, she now works for Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., Redemption Press, & Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She’s also an editor for The Christian Pen, Vice President of the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Association, & coordinator of her local critique group.
: is the publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Elk Lake Publ., Inc., an independent, royalty-paying Christian co. that “publishes the positive.” Deb’s also an author & professional speaker. For over 40 years she’s written stories, is published in over 20 books, & has 50-plus articles in print. She’s looking for fiction (mystery/suspense & contemp. women’s) & selected nonfiction: no Amish, cowboy, memoirs, devos, Bible studies, or poetry.
: is associate editor for Surry Living Magazine, Mt. Airy, NC. Her experience includes editing for a small publisher & reviewing for Blue Ink Reviews. She’s a member of Christian Editor Connection, Christian PEN, ACFW, ACW, and WordWeavers. Vie received a nonfiction Excellence in Editing award in 2017, and a novel she edited won a 2018 Selah award.
: is a lit. agent with Hartline. His clients include veteran & debut authors & represent non-fiction & fiction. He serves the Christian & general markets. He’s looking for topics that include Christian living, social issues, parenting, biographies. Fiction includes contemporary, historical, Amish, suspense. Jim’s a singer/ songwriter/worship leader.
Matthew K. Holliday
: has been with PAMagazine since 1992. Although his title is “Editor,” his job includes all aspects of the publication process: working with contributors through coordinating production & marketing the magazine to potential subscribers. He enjoys working with regular & new contributors to obtain engaging material. He lives with his wife, teen son, & two golden retrievers in Mechanicsburg.
: a multi-genre award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife & associate literary agent for Wordwise Media Services. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal & Maxwell award for best non-fiction, she’s a member of the Christian Author's Network & the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She & her husband live in Coopersburg, PA, with their 2 children.
: the author of more than 12 books, including the acclaimed Bright’s Pond series, the Harriet Beamer novels, Maybelle in Stitches (Quilts of Love Series) and 4 middle grade novels, Boxing Emily
, Jelly Bean Summer
, Carrying Mason
, & Chickens and Taste of Peculiar
, which was awarded a Kirkus starred review. Her debut novel, The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow
was named one of the top 5 titles of 2009 by Library Journal
& was a Carol Award finalist.
Zoe M. McCarthy
: the author of 6 contemp. Christian romances containing humor & tenderness. Her nonfiction book, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days
, is designed to shape a not-yet-submitted, a rejected, or a self-published manuscript with low ratings into a book that shines. The book can also be a guiding resource for writers starting a manuscript. Zoe is a member of Word Weavers & Amer. Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA.
Cindy K. Sproles
: is the manag. editor for Straight Street Books & Son Rise Devotionals (imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), & the exec. editor of ChristianDevotions.us
. She travels nationwide teaching at writers’ conferences & women's conferences. She’s a bestselling author & serves as a writing mentor. The author of 9 non-fiction & two fiction books, her devotions are published over the eastern seaboard.
: is an award-winning & best-selling author of 23 novels with 400,000 copies in print. She has a B.S. in education & is a graduate of CLASS (Christian Leaders & Speakers Services). With 17 years in the writing industry, she has spoken at the Colorado & Philly Christian Writers Conferences, at ACFW, & has been an annual instructor on ACFW’s online conference.
: Dave’s life was transformed by 2 events, someone introducing him to Jesus and someone showing how his art could be used to glorify God. Today Dave is a pastor/speaker and the author/illustrator of 18 books, ranging from children’s books to non-?ction books on creative ministry.
: is the author of 5 nonfiction children’s books. This year The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide & Whooo Knew?
The Truth about Owls will be published. Annette has experience writing magazine articles & Sunday school materials. She learned to love science & history as an environmental educator & classroom teacher. Annette lives in Oxford, PA, with her husband & 3 children.
: is an international speaker, former TV host, & award-winning author of 18 books. She’s written more than 600 articles for more than 60 publications. Karen writes for Leading Hearts Magazine & Molly Green Magazine. She also writes for women, families, children, & the military. Her bestsellers include God’s Girls & My Princess Devotions
: Kathy is pleased to be back at the Montrose Bible Conference where, as a young musician, she refined her musical skills, working with many Godly, talented artists. As an accomplished pianist, blending both old and new, her music has been a blessing to many.
Having recently joined the ABWE missionary team, she and her husband Bill will be serving Liberians (West Africa) by helping the indigenous church through compassion and Gospel ministries.
This is a great opportunity to have your work evaluated by a published professional. You will receive a written evaluation of your manuscript plus a 30-minute private appointment to discuss ways to improve and/or market your piece.
Register for MCWC by June 10th and request guidelines for emailing your manuscript. $40.00 per critique.
SALLY APOKEDAK – MIDDLE GRADE, YA NOVELS, PICTURE BOOKS (5)
MICHELE CHYNOWETH – FICTION (5)
SUE FAIRCHILD – PERS. EXPERIENCE & OTHER NONFICTION (4)
DEB HAGGERTY – JUVENILE AND ADULT FICTION (LIMIT 5)
VIE HERLOCKER – CHRISTIAN LIVING, SELF-HELP, MEMOIRS, MISC. (4)
MICHELLE LAZUREK – PICTURE BOOKS – NO LIMIT
JOYCE MAGNIN – JUVENILE FICTION – NO LIMIT
ZOE MCCARTHY – ADULT FICTION (1)
CINDY SPROLES – DEVOTIONS (NO LIMIT)
TIFFANY STOCKTON – HISTORICAL ROMANCE, CONTEMPORARY FICTION (3)
ANNETTE WHIPPLE – CHILDREN’S NONFICTION (2)
KAREN WHITING – KIDS’ DEVOS, BK. PROPOSALS, MARKETING, ARTICLES (NO LIMIT)
Private 15-minute appointments with editors and agents to show them your work, which may be suitable for their publications and/or to discuss ideas for stories. Sign-up sheets available at the conference. Bring professionally prepared manuscripts. Be sure to bring copies! No charge.
FOUR-SESSION WORK-IN-PROGRESS: Adult fiction ($40) Limit: 8 conferees
ONE-SESSION WORK-IN-PROGRESS: Songwriting ($20) Limit: 8 conferees on Wednesday afternoon.
CRITIQUE GROUPS and GENRES of INTEREST GROUPS
Opportunity for feedback from other writers. No charge. Held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:30pm.
Features books by faculty and conferees. When registering, please indicate books you’ve written which you would like to sell. Please tag all books with prices rounded to a dollar.
PRIVATE BLOGGING LESSONS
Work one-on-one with social media guru, Don Catlett, to start a blog or upgrade the one you have. Each 45-minute session is $20.
Listen to the sessions you missed or those you want to hear again.
MONDAY: “MS WORD: The Masked Superhero of the Writing World” - Lurking on your computer—ready to jump in and come to the writer’s rescue—is the often-overlooked superhero, MS WORD! Come to this evening session with Book Mama and Miz Moe (Vie Herlocker) and learn to unleash the power of Find and Replace, Find and Highlight, Comment Balloons, and the mastermind, Track Changes.
OR “Masterpiece Paint Class” – Artist Dave Weiss will take you step-by-step from a blank canvas to a finished work of art. He promises that “anyone can do it” with his help. Cost $20.
TUESDAY: FREE TIME or REHEARSAL FOR WEDNESDAY EVENING
WEDNESDAY: SINGSPIRATION - If you love to sing, this is your night! Join our MCWC choir (practice Tuesday evening with our worship leader, Kathy Brittain or just come to enjoy singing some of our favorite contemporary pieces as well as hymns that have stood the test of time. Learn the history of some of our most favorite hymns as we worship our wonderful God in song.
THURSDAY: WRITERS’ THEATER- another opportunity for you to shine! Bring your own work, an excerpt from a short story, memoir, novel, or a poem trimmed to three minutes and read it to the conferees at the Writers’ Theater, a delightful program that celebrates your creativity.