We are thrilled to announce our faculty for our conference in Grand Rapids.
Listed in alphabetical order by first name.
Abby Van Wormer
Abby Van Wormer is a Marketing Manager for Baker Books and Revell Nonfiction and has been working in the Christian book publishing industry for over twelve years. She is also the author and illustrator of Scrappy’s Search, a children’s book about a very special orange cat who is looking for a home. She graduated with a BA in Communications from Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. She has a heart for missions and has been on short-term mission trips to Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. In her spare time, Abby is learning Spanish and enjoys spoiling her own orange cat, Ninja. She lives in Grand Rapids, MI.
Ann Byle is owner of AB Writing Services, a freelance writer for national and local magazines, and author or coauthor of several books. She is a former newspaper copyeditor and is a cofounder of Breathe Christian Writers.
Christi McGuire, co-owner of CEN LLC, has been the director of The PEN Institute since its launch in September 2016 and the director of the Christian Editor Connection since 2014. As a freelance editor, writer, and consultant, she has been in the Christian publishing industry for seventeen years. She has published more than one hundred magazine articles and dozens of children’s devotionals and curriculum and is the coauthor of, When’s It My Turn? A Collection of Short Stories and Temper Tantrums. Currently, her primary focus is partnering with authors in the creative process to polish their nonfiction book manuscripts and help them navigate the path to publishing through her company CM Creative Consulting LLC. Christi works and plays along the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast in Florida with her husband and their two daughters. Her website is ChristiMcGuire.com.
Dawn 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. 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.
Dori Harrell edits full time, and her top-selling service is her Content Editing Package. As an editor, she releases more than twenty-five books a year. Her client list includes USA Today, NYT, and Publishers Weekly best-selling writers; indie authors; and publishers. A multiple-award-winning writer, she indie published her first novel in 2017, and she’s published more than a thousand articles.
Hannah Brinks Korns
Hannah Brinks Korns works in the marketing department of Revell Fiction, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Prior to joining Baker, she spent time writing and editing for a local magazine. In her three years in Christian publishing, she’s become passionate about connecting great stories with eager readers. When not working, Hannah enjoys running (no really, she does), reading, traveling, and spending time with family. Hannah and her husband, Bryan, live in Grand Rapids, MI.
Janyre Tromp has worked in the CBA industry for twenty years, spending time in both marketing and editorial. Currently, she is a developmental and acquisitions editor for Kregel Publications by day and a writer at night. For the record, you pronounce her name Jan-air … like the stove, but not like the book.
Jennifer Vander Klipp
Jennifer Vander Klipp is owner of Tandem Services, a publishing services company helping writers navigate the world of publishing, indie or traditional. A California native transplanted to the Midwest, Jennifer has over fifteen years of experience in business, marketing, and publishing, holding titles of marketing director, managing editor, graphic designer, and director of communication. Her skills include complex project management, writing and editing, marketing, and graphic design. She is a bestselling author in fiction and nonfiction.
Karin Beery — Writer. Editor. Novelist. Karin writes contemporary and speculative fiction with a healthy dose of romance. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s editing or writing business copy through her business Write Now Editing & Copywriting Services. And when she’s not doing either of those, she teaches. She’s currently teaching Substantive Editing for Fiction through The PEN Institute. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website.
Kelly Anne White
Kelly Anne White has edited and contributed to hundreds of books in nearly every genre for HarperCollins, Kirkus Media, and Christian Editor Connection. Prior to her ventures into book publishing, Kelly served as longtime Executive Editor of nationally distributed Girls’ Life magazine. Kelly is an instructor for The PEN Institute and a lesson designer for SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Her most recent book releases include Choose a Career Adventure at the White House (Cherry Lake Publishing, 2016), The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts (Healthy Learning, 2016), and Natural Wonders of the World: Yellowstone (Focus Readers, 2018). Check out Kelly’s Christian poster designs at Etsy.com/shop/JesusPosters.
Author of Find Your Future in Art, Kim Childress began her thirty-year career in children’s publishing as a bookseller at Kids’ Ink Children’s Bookstore and book reviewer for Girls’ Life magazine. Later she became an award-winning, middle-grade editor for HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Zondervan), and has written and edited hundreds of books, stories, and articles for children and the adults in their lives—all while raising a personal focus group of four children. A self-proclaimed naturalist married to a veterinarian, Kim’s life revolves around books and caring for critters, which have included a crested gecko, albino rat, two bearded dragons, African cichlids, eleven chickens, and two dogs. Not to mention the children. Founder of Childress Ink. Share the adventures at www.childressink.com.
Natalie Nyquist is a full-time freelance editor and has completed more than 450 book projects for traditional Christian publishers, including HarperCollins Christian Publishers, Gilead Publishing, and Moody Publishers. Her specialties are biblical studies and academic content, especially bibliographies and citations. She has a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and an Editing Certificate from the University of Chicago. Natalie also teaches for The PEN Institute and at industry conferences. Website | LinkedIn
Robert Hudson (Keynote)
Robert Hudson has been an editor at Zondervan since 1984. He is the author of The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style and five other books. His articles and poetry have appeared in Christianity Today and other journals. He was the founding editor of WorkingPOET.com, which ran from 2000 to 2004.