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Speakers

 
Ann Swindell

Ann Swindell
Author & Founder of writing with grace

Ann Swindell is a dynamic writer and teacher who helps others strengthen and sharpen their writing voice, ability, and craft. She has been writing professionally for a decade, and her first book, Still Waiting, released with Tyndale House Publishers in April of 2017.  Ann's has also had over 150 articles published in places such as RELEVANT Magazine, The Gospel Coalition Blog, Proverbs 31 Ministries, Darling Magazine, Today's Christian Women, Life: Beautiful, Deeply Rooted, and (in)courage. 

Ann holds an MA in Writing from DePaul University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Seattle Pacific University. She taught writing and creative writing courses at Wheaton College for five years as a college instructor and is passionate about helping other writers communicate clearly and powerfully as they seek to tell their own stories well. You can get to know her more at www.annswindell.com.

Kara Leonino
Acquisitions Editor, Tyndale House Publishers

Kara Leonino is an Acquisitions Editor for nonfiction at Tyndale. She manages product development and the acquisitions process for nonfiction products. Kara has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio University. Since coming to Tyndale, Kara has had the privilege of working with a variety of talented authors, including Ann Swindell, Lisa-Jo Baker, Christi Paul, Kasey Van Norman and Jeremy Camp. She enjoys working with authors who share her passion for books that incite new ideas and offer truth to others. Kara will try most anything once, can often be found wandering through libraries and can read a map.

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Amanda Cleary Eastep
Developmental Editor, Moody Publishers

Amanda Cleary Eastep is the senior developmental editor at Moody Publishers in Chicago, working closely with authors to help shape Christian nonfiction books in the areas of Christian living, church and ministry, personal and spiritual growth, and biography.

She has contributed to Christianity Today, Think Christian, and IIT Magazine, among other publications. Her writing for children has been published by Ladybug magazine and in Sunday school curriculum. In 2016, she cofounded ThePerennialGen.com, a blog collective and online community for writers over 45.

Amanda blogs about the writing life, young adult books, and purpose at amandaclearyeastep.com.

Dan Balow
Literary Agent, Steve Laube Agency

Dan started in Christian publishing in 1983 and over the last 30+ years has been involved in the business side of the industry in marketing, sales, foreign and domestic rights management, audio books, digital publishing, and acquisitions. He joined The Steve Laube Agency in July 2013 and works with authors of non-fiction exclusively. He blogs on the company blog every Tuesday. (https://stevelaube.com/blog/

In 2016, he and a business partner started Gilead Publishing (www.gileadpublishing.com), a publisher of Christian-themed fiction. Dan serves as president and publisher of the company.

Dan served on the executive board of the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association, the trade association for Christian publishers in the U.S. In addition, he is a founding member of the advisory board of the Christy Awards and is involved in training and mentoring Christian publishers from around the world through Media Associates International.  (www.littworld.org)

Dan is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in Communications, is married to Carol, a speech therapist in the public schools, making Wheaton, Illinois their home. They have four grown children and four granddaughters.

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Jan Stob

Jan Stob,
Director of Fiction, Tyndale House Publishers

Fiction is my passion and I love working with our talented fiction authors;  fiction has been my focus for 13 years.

What’re 3 of your main job duties?
It’s hard to boil it down to three things. There are so many pieces to the acquisitions process. Reading is a huge part of our job. We are constantly reading proposals and manuscripts, as well as staying on top of what our competitors are publishing, and reading titles that continue to hit the best seller lists. We always seem to be writing copy – back cover copy, summaries for sales and our online retailers, working with our marketing team on ad copy, and pulling together proposals for sales and committee. And most importantly, we champion our authors and their novels from concept stage through publication.

I especially enjoy discovering new talent and brainstorming with our authors. My least favorite, yet a necessary part of the job, is working on financials. I prefer words over numbers.