Session 1: Thursday, September 30 at 7pm central time
How to Be a Publishing Team’s Dream Author
Whether you’re a new writer or a multi-published author, working with editors, marketers, and other publishing pros can be tricky—but our panel wants to make it easier. They’ll share some dos and don’ts for working with your publishing partner, everything from reasonable expectations to pet peeves to the best way to talk through a conflict. If you’re not yet published, these tips will help with presenting yourself and your proposal to editors and prepare you for next steps, and if you’re a seasoned author, you’ll gain helpful insights to smooth the road for your publishing journey. Moderated by Amy Lokkesmoe.
About Stephanie Broene
Stephanie Broene is a Senior Acquisitions Editor of fiction at Tyndale House Publishers. For fifteen years, she has loved working with authors to help them cultivate and bring their stories to the page, managing the publishing process from the idea phase to finished product. She loves studying what makes a story work—in books, in movies, in almost any medium—and is constantly amazed at the way good stories can simultaneously entertain and communicate truth in a powerful way. Stephanie holds a bachelor of arts degree in English with minors in Writing and Psychology from Calvin College. Before coming to Tyndale, she learned the publishing ropes as a managing editor in the magazine industry. She now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and enjoys spending her free time with her husband, son, and twin daughters. She also loves reading and watching movies (of course!) and diving boldly if somewhat naively into new home improvement projects.
About Amy Green Lokkesmoe
Amy (Lynn) Green Lokkesmoe has been connecting readers with books as the fiction publicist at Bethany House Publishers since 2013. She loves to help writers overcome their fear of marketing and brainstorm ways to reach new readers, because the best marketing is just storytelling in a different form. Her debut historical novel, Things We Didn’t Say, released in 2020, and gave her the chance to experience novel marketing from the other side of the desk.
About Becky Monds
Becky Monds is the associate publisher for fiction at HarperCollins Christian Publishing and has seventeen years of experience in the publishing industry. Starting as a bookseller and events coordinator at an independent bookstore in Nashville, she moved to the publishing side of the industry in 2007. She has edited New York Times bestselling authors and many award-winning novels. What she loves most about her job is finding new, passionate storytellers and watching her editorial team find their own successes.
About Chris Sigfrids
Chris is the Assistant Director of Marketing for WaterBrook & Multnomah, imprints of Penguin Random House. During his 13 years at WaterBrook, Chris has held a roles in digital marketing and has served authors including Tim Tebow, Michael Todd, Mark Batterson, David Platt, and Mark Moore. Chris and his wife Kelly live in Monument, Colorado and have two sons, Ransom and Lewis.