2019 One-on-One Mentoring

Kathy Cretsinger  | One-on-One Mentor  Visit Mantle Rock Publishing

Kathy Cretsinger lives in Benton, KY, but she is a native of the mountains of East Tennessee. She and her husband moved to Kentucky nine years ago to be closer to their children. Mantle Rock Publishing began in 2012 for the purpose of publishing only her books, but agents and other authors wanted her to publish theirs. Kathy attended Freed-Hardeman University and took several other classes in colleges close to her hometown. She loves history and watching her grandchildren in their sports and music venues. She enjoys working with authors to help them become better authors. Kathy and her husband, Jerry, have two grown children and four grandchildren. Kathy is especially looking for pitches on contemporary romance, historical romance, cozy mysteries, and romantic suspense. Mantle Rock does not accept novellas.

Debra Butterfield  | One-on-One MentorVisit Debra's page at CrossRiver Media

Debra Butterfield dreamed of being writer since she was a pre-teen. She didn’t pursue her dream until she was forty-five years old and began as a junior copywriter with Focus on the Family. In 2006, she stepped into the world of freelance writing. She is the author of Carried by Grace and Mystery on Maple Hill (a short story ebook). Her magazine credits include CBN.com, Susie, Live, The Vision, and On Course online. Debra has three adult children and two grandchildren whom she doesn’t see often enough. Oddly enough, she likes the smell of skunks. She blogs about writing at DebraLButterfield.com. She has been freelance writing since 2006, started freelance editing in 2010, and joined CrossRiver Media as Senior Editor in 2014. Debra is especially interested in inspirational fiction and nonfiction for women.

Julie Gwinn| One-on-One Mentor  Visit The Seymour Agency website

Julie Gwinn, currently a literary agent with The Seymour Agency, has more than a decade of experience in Christian publishing, including serving as marketing manager then Fiction Publisher for B&H Publishing Group and marketing manager for Abingdon Press. Prior to joining the publishing industry, Gwinn had more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing, and public relations. She uses her previous experience to aid her authors at every phase of their publishing plan. She lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband and two children and also enjoys freelance editing and DIY projects around the house.  Julie is most interested in Christian fiction (especially romance), mystery, historical and contemporary women’s fiction and nonfiction (especially spiritual growth and Christian living titles).

Jon Woodhams| One-on-One Mentor | Visit the Guideposts website

Jon Woodhams has been in Christian publishing for more years than he cares to admit. He worked for David C. Cook and Waterbrook Multnomah prior to joining Guideposts in 2011 where he is editor of fiction continuities. He has edited Miracles of Marble Cove, Nantucket Dreams, Chesapeake Antiques Mysteries, A Cup of Christmas Cheer (short Christmas fiction), Secrets of the Blue Hill Library, Mysteries of Silver Peak, Tearoom Mysteries, and is now launching a brand-new series in 2020. This will be his third time at MSCWC.