Speakers

In alphabetical order by first name.

Amy Williams

Amy Williams is a novelist, freelance copywriter, co-founder of Crosshair Press LLC, and professional geek. She writes adult fiction and daily devotionals as A.C. Williams and YA fiction as Kimberly McNeil, with nine titles currently available. For seven years, she has edited articles, magazines, technical papers, websites, and blog posts, specializing in residential, commercial, and industrial plumbing, heating, and pipe-joining. She’s single, lives in her family’s 100-year-old farmhouse, loves Jesus, and drinks too much coffee.

Cecil Murphey

Cecil (Cec) Murphey’s more than 140 published books include the best sellers 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). Because of his commitment to help other writers, he wrote Ghostwriting: The Murphey Method (February 2017 release), Unleash the Writer Within, and Writer to Writer. He also offers writing tips and advice at cecwritertowriter.com. For more information, visit cecilmurphey.com.

Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written twenty works of fiction, all of which have made the CBA and ECPA best-seller lists. She’s won numerous awards and has been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Connect with Cindy at cindywoodsmall.com.

Don Catlett

Featured speaker, WordPress designer, Social Media enthusiast, Digital Brand adviser, and owner of Clearly See Media. Don has been working at the crossroads of digital advertising and marketing for a long time. Some of his customers include Amazon Publishing, ID Branding Group, Lamplighter Publishing, QVC, PENCON and many retail and service businesses. He would love to connect with you at twitter.com/clearlyseeme and LinkedIn.com/in/doncatlett. For more information, visit clearlysee.com.

Karin Beery

Owner of Write Now Editing and Copywriting Services, Karin Beery specializes in fiction and professional business copy. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the American Christian Writers Association. A Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network member, she is the Substantive Editing for Fiction instructor for The PEN Institute. Karin is represented by literary agent Steve Hutson at Word Wise Media. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website, karinbeery.com.

Katie Morford

Katie Morford (known professionally by her author name, Karis Waters) is an author, editor, photographer and gypsy soul who loves writing and blogging about writing, authentic faith, and living your story well. She is also the co-founder and primary content editor at indie publishing house Crosshair Press. She has a background in journalism, and lived and traveled overseas for almost three years before launching her own freelance fiction editing career. Her co-authored romantic suspense novel, Kenan, was released in May 2015.

Connect with Katie on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or storyforhisglory.com.

Kristen Stieffel

Kristen Stieffel is a freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction and is associate editor of Havok, a flash fiction magazine focused on the science fiction and fantasy genres. She provides a full range of editorial services and has worked on a variety of projects including business nonfiction and Bible studies, but she is a novelist at heart and has edited novels in many genres for both the general market and the Christian submarket. Kristen is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Christian Editor Connection and is a Word Weavers International mentor. Connect with Kristen at kristenstieffel.com.

Linda Harris

Linda Harris owns Perfect Word Editing Services. She has been an editor and freelance writer for over thirty-five years. She edits nonfiction for adults, textbooks, and children’s books—her favorite books to edit. She a Gold member of The Christian PEN and a member of The Christian Editor Connection. She teaches a course on editing books for children through The PEN Institute.

Natalie Nyquist

Natalie Nyquist is a freelance editor specializing in academic content and citations. In the past four years, she has completed 350 projects for traditional publishing houses. Natalie was on faculty at the Maranatha Christian Writers Conference (2015, 2016) and teaches for The PEN Institute. Her education includes a B.S. in Biblical Studies (Moody Bible Institute), Editing Certificate (University of Chicago), Certificate in Teaching Online (University of New South Wales), and Certificate in Typography (California Institute of the Arts). Connect with Natalie at natalienyquist.com/editor or pathbrite.com/natalienyquist/Icne (Visual Portfolio).

Rachel Newman

Rachel E. Newman is a freelance editor and indexer with Revisions by Rachel, LLC. She is a Gold member of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, is an established freelance editor with the Christian Editor Connection, is an instructor with The PEN Institute, and serves as a judge for the Excellence in Editing Award. She focuses her editing practice on speculative fiction, memoir, and children’s books.

Ralene Burke

Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to help everyone SHINE BEYOND! She has worked for a variety of groups, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for several freelance clients. Her first novel, Bellanok, is available on Amazon. When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . . You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website, www.raleneburke.com.

Faculty is subject to change.