Editors and Agents

Editors, publishers’ representatives, and literary agents bring essential professional expertise to Write2Ignite Conference. Conference participants may register on a first-come, first-served basis for individual consultations with an author, editor, or agent. Maximum of two consultations per person attending. Sign-up sheets will be available in the registration area. Research the editors and agents planning to attend, and make plans to discuss your works-in-progress with these amazing resource professionals!

Wanda Barbella

Acquisitions Editor at EABooks Publishing

Wanda F. Barbella, LMHC, CAP, CPP, ICADC

Wanda followed her passion after many years in the corporate world and obtained her master’s degree in Christian counseling in 2000. She then continued her education and has since received several other credentials—which explains all the initials after her name. In her private practice, she works with individuals and families with addictions and eating disorders, trauma and grief, and a variety of emotional and relationship issues.

Wanda serves on the board of directors of and has been vice president of Living Parables of Central Florida, the umbrella organization over EABooks Publishing, since 2014. Since 2017, she has served in the role of acquisitions editor and author relations coordinator for EABooks Publishing.

Wanda is proud of her Christian heritage; she’s the granddaughter of two Methodist ministers. She resides in South Florida with her handicapped cat and enjoys all the beautiful things that South Florida has to offer. She loves reading on her Kindle while enjoying her lakefront back deck. She’s excited to help authors follow their passion and get their message out into the world, which—she sees firsthand—needs the touch of God.


Jim Burger

Founder and Publisher of The Kids’ Ark Magazine

Vi and Jim Burger

Jim Burger is the founder of The Kids’ Ark magazine and serves as half of the magazine’s publishing team. His passion for helping children stems from his own experience and enables him to see how the problems of adulthood are rooted in childhood difficulties.

Jim and his wife, Violette, had a “dream of what a children’s magazine should be,” and their dream became a reality in 2005 with the first-issue print of twenty thousand copies of The Kids’ Ark. Geared for children aged six to twelve, the magazine is interactive and Bible based. It contains thirty-six full-color pages and is published quarterly.

Jim and Violette, graduates of Destiny Bible Institute, have served faithfully as leaders at their local church in Victoria, Texas, for over twenty years, working in areas such as prayer partners, men’s ministry, greeters, small group ministries, and children’s church. The Burgers are passionate about presenting wholesome reading material (in both print and e-zine formats) to kids, helping to answer these and other questions that kids have while growing up: Who am I? Am I loved? Am I worthy? Am I valuable?

We regret that Violette, the Kids’ Ark sales and subscriptions executive, can’t join us this year, but we look forward to hearing how God has sustained Kids’ Ark and what new plans the Burgers have for their beautiful children’s magazine, which was developed to help children “develop a strong biblical foundation on which to base their choices in life.”

See a sample issue of The Kids’ Ark and submission guidelines at TheKidsArk.com.


Brenda Covert

Author and Editor

Freelance author and editor Brenda Covert was first published for pay in 1999 with an article in the May/June issue of Today’s Christian Woman and a Thanksgiving poem in Clubhouse Jr. Since 2002, Brenda has written more than four hundred short children’s stories for Union Gospel Press’s Sunday school curriculum. Her stories, most of which are written for the nine-to-eleven age group, entertain as well as offer a lesson on living for our Savior. She also published numerous scripts for use in schools, the two most popular being K.C.’s Dream and The Constitutional Convention. Additionally, she has written poetry for the Adult Bible Study published by Union Gospel Press.

Brenda has been editing since 2002, first in the educational field and then in the Christian/family-friendly market. Her editing experience goes from picture books to chapter books—including Johanna’s Journey: Call to Freedom (a finalist for the 2015 Selah Award)—to YA novels and adult fiction and nonfiction, including inspirational books and Bible studies.

Brenda has two grown children, a new grandchild, two blogs that she promises to devote more attention to, and more cats than an allergic woman should have! (Want one?)

You can find Brenda online at BrendaCovert.blogspot.com. If you’re especially fond of Christmas, you’ll enjoy her blog at ChristmaswithBrenda.blogspot.com. Follow her on Twitter, where she’s @radiantsunset7.


Linda Gilden

Author and Editor

Linda Gilden is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, writing coach, and certified personality trainer. Author of the popular Love Notes series, she’s also the author of Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Mama Was the Queen of ChristmasPersonality Perspectives: Clues to Building Better Relationships, Called to Write, Why You Do What You Do, Words to Live By, Called to Speak, and many ghostwritten books. With over a thousand magazine articles to her credit, she’s a prolific writer who loves to share a great story.

She speaks nationally many times throughout the year, is a frequent radio and television guest, and welcomes the opportunity to help others become better communicators.

Linda directs the Carolina Christian Writers’ Conference held annually in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


Tessa Emily Hall

Author, Associate Agent at Hartline Literary Agency, and YA Acquisitions Editor at Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint)

Tessa Emily Hall is an award-winning author who writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show teens they’re not alone. Her passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as an associate agent at Hartline Literary Agency, YA acquisitions editor for Illuminate YA (LPC imprint), and founder and editor of Pursue MagazineTessa’s first teen devotional, Coffee Shop Devos, will release with Bethany House in September 2018.

She’s guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating art journals, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: TessaEmilyHall.com.


Lori A. Hatcher

Author and Editor of Reach Out, Columbia Magazine

Lori Hatcher is a women’s ministry speaker, author, magazine editor, blogger, minister’s wife, and healthcare professional. She shares an empty nest in Lexington, South Carolina, with her husband, David, and her vast collection of books.

Lori has served as the editor of South Carolina’s Reach Out, Columbia, a Christian magazine dedicated to celebrating the life and work of Jesus Christ. A mom who homeschooled for seventeen years, she’s the author of two devotional books: Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time: Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women (the 2016 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year) and Joy in the Journey: Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms. She’s also a freelance writer for Crosswalk.com. Her feature articles and devotions have appeared in publications such as Proverbs 31 Ministries, The Upper RoomWar Cry, Today’s Christian Living, Christian Living in the Mature YearsEvangel, The Mother’s Heart, Inspired Woman, The Old Schoolhouse, and Columbia Metropolitan magazine.

A contest-winning Toastmasters International speaker (ACG, ALB), Lori loves to use stories to impart spiritual truths. Encouraging, inspiring, and entertaining are the words people use most to describe her. You’ll find Lori pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time. You can reach her at LoriAHatcher@gmail.com.


Terri B. Kelly*

Author, Educator, and Freelance Editor

*Update: Unfortunately, Terri won’t be attending W2I 2018. We look forward to her being with us for the 2019 conference.

Educator, author, blogger, and freelance editor, Terri B. Kelly has presented at conferences including Write-To-Publish; Carolina Christian Writers’ Conference; Writers Advance! Boot Camp (now Asheville Christian Writers Conference), of which she is a planning member; and Write2Ignite Conference.

Author of Mary Slessor: Missionary Mother (JourneyForth, 2014), Survive & Thrive teachers’ resource guide, devotionals, and magazine articles, Terri joins W2I 2018 as a freelance editor available for individual appointments with participants. She previously served as acquisitions editor for Teen/YA: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and is a former editor of DevoKids.

You can read more about Terri’s passion for education and her writing at TerriBKelly.com.


Samuel Lowry

CEO and Publisher at Ambassador International

As a young man in Northern Ireland, Samuel Lowry determined to establish a Christian publishing company dedicated to magnifying the Lord through books and materials. So, in 1980, he founded Ambassador International. The company soon became well known for its extensive series of Christian biographies and classic Christian reprints.

Each year, the company printed and released more and more new titles, including theological, devotional, inspirational, and historical works. Through the years, the company has also produced videos, calendars, cards, magazines, and pictures for the Christian marketplace. In 1995, Ambassador International opened offices in Greenville, South Carolina, to better serve the US market.

Samuel can be contacted at publisher@emeraldhouse.com or via LinkedIn.


Vicki H. Moss

Author and Contributing Editor for Southern Writers Magazine

Vicki Moss is contributing editor and past editor-at-large for Southern Writers Magazine. A previous pundit for American Daily Herald, she has over five hundred articles published nationally and internationally. She’s also a poet, a certified Precept Ministries leader, a Christian Communicators graduate, and author of Smelling StinkweedAdrift, and Rogue Hearts: Making Sense of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Her latest inspirational book, Nailed It! The Nail Salon Chronicles (Grace Publishing), which is coauthored with N. A. Banda, was released in July of 2018.

She has written for Hopscotch, Fun for Kidz, and Boys’ Quest magazines for the last decade. Many of her stories and poems have been reprinted and used in teaching CDs. Eighteen of her stories were published in Grace Publishing’s Moments series, and several are forthcoming in 2018. She’s also published in Cecil Murphey’s book I Believe in Heaven. Her popular writing workshops are taught nationally from her books How to Write for Kids’ Magazines and Writing with Voice.

Read more about Vicki at LivingWaterFiction.com.


Rachel Pellegrino*

Founder, Publisher, and Managing Editor of Little Lamb Books

*Update: Unfortunately, Rachel won’t be attending W2I 2018.

Rachel Pellegrino is founder, publisher, and managing editor of Little Lamb Books, an imprint of Lamb Publishing, LLC—a Texas-based boutique publishing house launched in 2015 with a vision for faith-based fiction in the market. Rachel is also the founder and host of #FaithPitch, the only Twitter pitch party exclusively for faith-based fiction writers seeking representation by agents or publishers. Events happen twice a year.

Little Lamb Books, an independent publishing company, focuses on authors of faith-based fiction for elementary, middle grade, and young adult readers. The company seeks to empower authors through personal interaction, authentic marketing strategies, and creative industry resources. Little Lamb Books is dedicated to providing parents and their children (ages five to eighteen) with great storytelling that’s mixed with honorable character traits, biblical principles, straightforward values, colorful illustrations, and beautiful cover art.


Tony Snipes

Author, Illustrator, Consultant, Publisher and Editor at Art Lessons from God, Your Creative Mission, and Portsmouth Aeroshipbuilding Co.

Tony Snipes developed ArtLessonsfromGod.com, based on his combined experience in illustration, new media marketing, and ministry, to help creative people discover their purpose. Art Lessons from God is a web publication produced by Kreative Kingdom, Inc. (a nonprofit organization).

Recently, Tony made a new group, Your Creative Mission, to help creative people answer three questions—“Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “What should I be doing?”—and discover the connections between their creative gifts and God’s calling on their creative endeavors. In addition, Tony has developed Art Slam! Live exhibitions, held throughout the Upstate of South Carolina, and he markets his illustrations through Portsmouth Aeroshipbuilding Co.

See more about Tony on his Facebook page.


Chantea M. Williams

Owner and CEO of Greater Working Women Publishing Co., LLC

Chantea M. Williams, a chef, author, speaker, and mentor, believes that part of her purpose in life is encouraging others with the Word of God. In 2011, she started the journey of encouraging a small group of women via email devotionals. In 2015, she published The Greater Working Woman Devotional. Feeling the Spirit’s tug to do more in ministry, she also created a faith-based, inspirational blog, Greater Working Women Ministries. Its mission statement is “Encourage, Empower and Equip women from all walks of life through the Word of God.” Although the blog is primarily dedicated to the task of encouraging women, anyone can use it.

Greater Working Women Ministries is a community of Christian believers who have a true relationship with the Father. Writers are welcome to apply to contribute articles to GreaterWomen.com. (This invitation isn’t limited to female writers; anyone who is a believer in Christ may apply.) You can contact Greater Working Women Ministries at info@greaterwomen.com. You can also find the organization on Facebook.