Deb Haggerty has been involved in Christian speaking and writing for over thirty years. In 2016, she purchased Elk Lake Publishing, a traditional Christian publishing company that partners with its authors and staff in a nontraditional way. Under her leadership, Elk Lake has published over four hundred books and grown to over two hundred authors and thirty staff. Their books have won multiple awards—including an Excellence in Editing award. Deb lives outside Plymouth, Massachusetts, with her husband, Roy.

Keynote: Once upon a Dream
What begins as a dream can become a publishing reality when we fully rely on God’s plan and timing.

Workshop: Publishing 101
Understanding the publishing process is important not only for authors but for editors as well. During this workshop, we’ll discuss the traditional publishing process in general, and the Elk Lake model specifically. The documentation sent to authors upon contract and to ELPI editors will be available as handouts and will be discussed. This is an interactive seminar with questions and discussion actively encouraged.

Participants will:

  • Review the traditional publishing operation and procedures in general
  • Learn about Elk Lake Publishing’s specific procedures
  • Receive documents/resources given to authors and editors and learn why they’re important
  • Understand why editor training is so critical to a publisher’s success.