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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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Ingrid Beck
Acquisitions Editor, Moody Publishers

Ingrid Beck is a publishing veteran with nearly 15 years in the industry serving in a variety of roles including development editor, managing editor, editorial director, and acquisitions editor. Ingrid recently joined the team at Moody Publishers in Chicago as an acquisitions editor serving the core evangelical audience. Ingrid is creative, collaborative, and passionate about equipping the church with spiritual growth resources that are filled with grace and truth. Ingrid is a travel enthusiast who is always dreaming about her next adventure. She is also an avid reader who loves cooking, staying active, and exploring the outdoors, all while seeking to be constantly growing and learning more about herself, God, and his world.

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

Bio Forthcoming!