Indiana Faith and Writing Conference - October 21

Consultation Information

One-on-one consultations are an incredible way to get feedback on your writing, book proposals, professional goals, and craft.

Each 20-minute consultation costs $20 and can be purchased in advance.
 

Here is everything you need to know to make the most of your consultation.

When do I sign up? You can pay in advance for 1 or 2 consultations through this website. When you add your consultations to your shopping cart, you will be able to select the type of consultation that you would like to have. Your options are:

Meet with a publisher & pitch your writing or get advice about your next publishing steps,

Andy Rogers

Andy Rogers will be representing both Discovery House and Off the Page at the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference.

Discovery House
Discovery House is looking for proposals for Christian non-fiction books in the Christian Living, devotional, and Bible reference categories. Other categories are considered on a more select basis. The target audience should be a broad swath of Christian book readers, but does not include poetry or fiction. If you’re interested, see the Discovery House writers' guidelines.

Off the Page
Off the Page is interested in publishing writers who write compelling creative non-fiction in short forms, including blogs, short essays, and the occasional work of poetry or fiction. Off the Page reaches an audience of thoughtful readers who are interested in Jesus and who are likely on the edge of mainstream Christian culture. Learn more 

 

Terry Whalin

W. Terry Whalin understands both sides of the editorial desk. A former literary agent, Terry is an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. He has written more than 60 books for traditional publishers including Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams and several of Terry’s books have sold over 100,000 copies.  He has authored an innovative training for writers, Write A Book Proposal. Terry is an active member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Terry Whalin is returning to IFWC as a speaker and consultant this year. Terry is an experienced consultant with a specific history publishing books from IFWC consultations. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Terry today if you have a manuscript you have been working on and are interested in assessing the possibility of publication.

Our writing mentor is at the conference to help you take the next steps in your career. This is professional writing coach who wants to see you achieve your writing goals.

Ann Kroeker

People thinking about signing up for a consultation at IFWC should listen to an episode of the "Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach" podcast to get a feel for what she would be like in a consultation. (Individuals interested in a consultation with Ann Kroeker can listen to any of them at http://annkroeker.com/podcasts/ or subscribe through iTunes or other podcast players.)

You can see a few excerpts below from her Writing Coach page.

Ann is an experienced writing coach who can help you overcome and address each challenge, supplying you with strategies and systems, offering professional input, and accompanying you on this otherwise solitary journey. If any of the following apply to you, we encourage you book a consultation with Ann.

  • practical advice for maximizing your strengths and addressing your challenges
  • lots of encouragement and honest input
  • guidance for navigating the publishing industry
  • social media strategies
  • positive, upbeat guidance from someone who sees your potential
  • suggestions for how to recapture the joy of writing
  • ongoing nudges to keep you on track

Carly Gelsinger

Carly Gelsinger, author of the forthcoming memoir “Backslidden,” is an accomplished writing coach and editor. She offers a wide range of services, including coaching, editing, and instruction, which are typically available via  her website. For this event, Carly is graciously offering her time for face to face consultations at IFWC’17. If any of the following apply to you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Carly:

  • You have an idea for a project but don’t know where to start.
  • You are stuck in the middle of your book and need some guidance.
  • You want to write your memoir but are not happy with your writing.

If any of those qualities apply to you, Carly would love to guide you and provide tangible steps to achieve your writing goals. As an accomplished prose writer, Carly can also meet with you to discuss specific essays, stories, and book projects you want to work on.

Ed Cyzewski

Ed Cyzewski is an accomplished professional writer who is presenting at the IFWC about building a writing career. He can consult with attendees about their book projects, book proposals, and writing goals. He is an experienced writing coach who can help you take the next steps in your writing. 

 

Discuss your craft with an accomplished poet.

Tania Runyan

Tania Runyan is an accomplished poet and author of the books “Simple Weight,” “A Thousand Vessels,” and “Second Sky”. Find out more about Tania’s published work on her website. She is also a experienced consultant with IFWC, having offered her services for the past several years. This year, Tania will again be available for face-to-face consultations  and would love to help you breathe new life into your poetry! If any of the following apply to you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation Tania Runyan:

  • You have a poem or two that you feel stuck
  • You have poems you are not sure you can salvage.
  • You have an message or theme that is not coming through in your poem.

 

David Wright

David Wright has been teaching creative writing for the past 25 years and loves helping writers at all levels jumpstart and reconsider their own work. He teaches creative writing and American literature at Monmouth College in Central Illinois. He is the author of two poetry collections, A Liturgy for Stones (Cascadia, 2003) and The Small Books of Bach (Wipf & Stock, 2014), and his work has appeared widely in places like Image, 32 Poems, Ecotone, and Poetry Easy, among others. He can be found online at at sweatervestboy.tumblr.com and on Twitter @sweatervestboy.

David returns to the IFWC as a consultant and presenter this year. Meet with him to discuss your poetry. He is open to discussing craft as well as publishing outlets for your work.

Discuss your Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Memoir craft.

Ed Cyzewski

Ed Cyzewski is an accomplished professional writer who is presenting at the IFWC about building a writing career. He can consult with attendees about their book projects, book proposals, and writing goals. He is an experienced writing coach who can help you take the next steps in your writing. 

Carly Gelsinger

Carly Gelsinger, author of the forthcoming memoir “Backslidden,” is an accomplished writing coach and editor. She offers a wide range of services, including coaching, editing, and instruction, which are typically available via  her website. For this event, Carly is graciously offering her time for face to face consultations at IFWC’17. If any of the following apply to you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Carly:

  • You have an idea for a project but don’t know where to start.
  • You are stuck in the middle of your book and need some guidance.
  • You want to write your memoir but are not happy with your writing.

If any of those qualities apply to you, Carly would love to guide you and provide tangible steps to achieve your writing goals. As an accomplished prose writer, Carly can also meet with you to discuss specific essays, stories, and book projects you want to work on.

 

The consultation schedule will be available two weeks before the conference. Everyone who has paid for a consultation slot will be sent the schedule to select their time.

How do I sign up during the conference? Upon arrival, you can sign up for the conference at the registration table. Keep in mind that consultation slots fill up quickly, and there may not be a lot of options left for you if you wait until the conference to sign up.

What should I expect from my consultation? Each speaker doing consultations has a different approach to these 20 minute one-on-ones. We will provide you with as much information as possible about the speakers so that you can know what to expect. Some are there to accept manuscripts, others to give advice on finding a publisher, and still others to respond quickly to short pieces of your writing.

Can I choose which consultant I meet with? You can choose the category for your consultation. If you request a specific consultant, we will do our best to match you with that person.

What should I bring to my consultation? Feel free to bring book proposals, manuscripts, business cards, and outlines. You will not be able to spend a lot of time going over these things, but having them on hand in case your consultant wants to accept them is always a good idea.

How should I prepare for my consultation? Be familiar with the speaker you are going to meet with. Look them up online, look at their publication history, what they editor, what their press publishes, etc. Be familiar with your own writing and try to come up with 1-2 sentences that explain your current project.

What should I do if the person I want to meet with is not available? Unfortunately, each speaker only has a limited amount of time to meet with attendees. If the consultant’s schedule is full, he or she is no longer available for consultations.