Barb Barnes, Baker Publishing Group Senior Editor. Prior to this, she was a stay-at-home mom and freelanced as a proofreader and copyeditor. While she works on some nonfiction, fiction is her primary focus. She and her hubby live in the Grand Rapids, MI area.BreakoutEditing

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 has published more than a thousand articles. BreakoutEditing

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 has published more than a thousand articles. BreakoutEditing

Barb Barnes, Baker Publishing Group Senior Editor. Prior to this, she was a stay-at-home mom and freelanced as a proofreader and copyeditor. While she works on some nonfiction, fiction is her primary focus. She and her hubby live in the Grand Rapids, MI area.BreakoutEditing

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 has published more than a thousand articles. BreakoutEditing

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 has published more than a thousand articles. BreakoutEditing

Barb Barnes is a senior editor at Baker Publishing Group. Prior to this, she was a stay-at-home mom and freelanced as a proofreader and copyeditor. While she works on some nonfiction, fiction is her primary focus. She and her hubby live in the Grand Rapids, MI area.

Faith Watkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) as well as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC). She has been a therapist in community mental health since 2005. She also has expertise working with people suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health and co-occuring disorders. She is passionate about loving people and helping individuals and families find hope and healing through the therapy experience.

During his time as CEO of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Eddie Jones evaluated countless book proposals and learned to quickly gauge whether a manuscript has potential. Great editors do the same. In addition to the ability to edit nonfiction and fiction, editors must be able to draft press releases as well as write back cover copy and author marketing materials. Editors are expected to know trends in new software and, in many cases, use these tools. Eddie offers brutally honest assessments of what sells in today’s marketplace.

“Live significantly!” That’s the inspiring message of Sharon Norris Elliott, award-winning author, editor, agent, speaker, and minister. Author of 13 books, she’s associated with several prestigious organizations such as AWSA, ACE, SCBWI, and HSBN.tv; co-director of the WCCW conference; and founder/CEO of AuthorizeMe® Consulting, Coaching, & Editing Firm, and Literary Agency.

Deb Haggerty is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Elk Lake Publishing, an award-winning, traditional Christian publisher that “Publishes the Positive.” She is a published author, blogger, and professional speaker. Deb’s books are Experiencing God’s Love in a Broken World, with her husband, Roy, and These Are the Days of My Life, her memoir.

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 has published more than a thousand articles. BreakoutEditing

Kelli Sallman has freelanced as an editor, writer, and mentor since 2001, specializing in memoir, theological nonfiction, and literary fiction. She earned her ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and taught creative writing there as an adjunct. A poet, she also publishes a bimonthly arts-and-theology mini journal, Inklings and Inspiration. Learn more at sallmanediting.com.

Joel Armstrong is content editor and product developer at Our Daily Bread Publishing. His science fiction and fantasy stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, and NewMyths, and he’s published poetry in Nature and Sufi. Find out more at joeljarmstrong.com or on Instagram @joelarmstrongwrites.

Dr. Craig von Buseck is an award-winning author and popular speaker. He holds an MA in journalism from Regent University. His book, I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel won the 2020 Selah Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for the Truman Award by the Truman Presidential Library. Learn more at vonbuseck.com.

Kelly White has edited hundreds of books in nearly every genre for HarperCollins, Kirkus Editorial, Guideposts Books, Callisto Media, and more. Prior to her ventures into book publishing, she was longtime Executive Editor of Girls’ Life magazine. She is an instructor for The PEN Institute and conducts publishing courses at Morgan State University. She is also the award-winning author of The Legend of the Fairy Stones, The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts, Outdoor Adventures:Archery, and other books for kids. Learn more at Kelly White, Editor.

James Watkins

Keynote Speaker 2022

Jim is a writer and editor saved by grace. That’s what’s most important—not that his 20 books or over 2,500 articles have won numerous national awards, or that he has worked as a magazine and book editor since his sophomore year in college, or even that he taught writing for fifteen years at Taylor University. And it’s not important that he’s spoken around the world in churches, colleges, and conferences. What is important is that he loves God, his family, writing, mentoring writers, and Chinese food—in that order. www.jameswatkins.com

Faculty is subject to change.