THE SEYMOUR AGENCY - Making Your Literary Dream a Reality
PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR PRE-PUBLISHED AUTHORS:
 
  • First impressions count. Use spellcheck and format your manuscript properly (1" margins, 12pt font, Header with title, page #, author name).
  • Beware of typos.
  • Avoid passive writing.
  • Do your homework. Know your target audience and genre.
  • Be unique. Every theme/storyline has been done before. What makes your manuscript different?
  • Edit. Edit. Edit. Make sure your story begins in the right place, that secondary characters don't steal the show, and the tension escalates.
  • Every agent/editor/reader wants a book they can't stop reading, be mindful of pacing.
  • Create characters a reader will care about.
  • Typing "The End" is only the beginning. Be prepared to promote and market both your book and your brand. For example, blogspots and websites build readership and establish an online presence.
  • Networking through writing groups and formal organizations (ACFW, RWA, MWA, FWA) can introduce you to new friends, critique partners, and offer resources tailored to your genre.
  • Develop your craft and DON'T STOP WRITING. Writers improve with every manuscript, and completing more books increases your odds of achieving publication.   
 
 
MEET OUR PRE-PUBLISHED AUTHORS:
 
We are proud to continue to search for talented new authors. Meet some of our gifted, soon-to-be published clients.
 
 
Lauren Brandenburg
Lauren Brandenburg
Lauren is a speaker and advocate for home education, as well as author of the middle-grade series The Books of the Gardener and creative writing curriculum, The Engaged Writer. Her novels are recognized as a “Top Safe Read” and “Top Read Aloud” for young readers in the homeschool community. She is active in ACFW, Realm Makers, and Masterpiece Ministries. Lauren and her husband, Jamie, live in Nashville, Tennessee with their two children.


Ralene Burke
Ralene Burke
Whether she's wielding a fantasy writer's pen, a freelance editor's sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer's world. And her goal is to make it SHINE! She has worked for a variety of groups, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients. Her first novel, Bellanok is available on Amazon!

When her head's not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .
Amy Burle
Amy Burle
Amy writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her inspirational, contemporary fiction aims to illustrate the beauty in the world right here at our hands. She believes we are all connected; "our stories are interwoven, bonding us together on this journey." Amy was raised in the small coastal town of Kure Beach, North Carolina. She spent several years in her husband's home state of Missouri before getting homesick for North Carolina. She now lives in the mountains near Asheville with her very gracious husband and four children. Amy also aims to bring glory to God through her writing, creating mainstream fiction that recognizes Christ in our world and in our lives. She doesn't write "religious fiction," but her faith seeps into her character's lives and she hopes they will notice. She hopes you will see Him too. What Amy says about her fiction: ​"You don't have to have an explosive past or be from some exotic land to be interesting. Everyone's life is full of fireworks and magic moments, trials and triumphs, hopes and heartaches. Your life is amazing. I write about us–you and me–and the everyday extraordinary lives we all live." What Amy says about writing: "God didn't give me the desire to understand algebra or the knowledge of exactly when and where to use a semi-colon, and I'm not that great of a speller, but He did give me a wild imagination, the ability to string words together and the desire to tell stories. I hope I can do Him proud.
Melanie Clarke
Melanie Clarke
With over a decade of professional writing experience, Melanie Clarke is the writer of eight fiction manuscripts, including four fantasy romances, three contemporary romances and one children's fantasy. Her manuscripts have seen success in various RWA-sponsored contests including First Place in the Sweet Spicy Spooky Contest, Unsinkable Heroine Award in the Molly, Third Place in the Southern Heat Contest, Third Place in the STAR Contest and two semi-finalist showings in the Molly Contest. She was a finalist in the FRW Golden Palm, West Houston RWA Emily and Cleveland Rocks Romance competitions. Ms. Clarke has produced thousands of written pieces across a wide variety of subject matters for businesses and individual clients. Ms. Clarke worked both in advertising agencies and marketing departments as a copywriter, as well as on a freelance basis. Her freelance articles on the web garner more than 20,000 clicks a day. She is active in the Florida Romance Writers, a local chapter of Romance Writers of America. Ms. Clarke is married with three young children. She lives in South Florida and enjoys reading and exercising. She writes on a daily basis. She welcomes any comments or questions from interested readers. My website is www.anenchantedland.com
Lynn Gutierrez
Lynn Gutierrez
I worked for many years as a bartender before I went to college. It was a great job, I had a lot of fun, and I met some truly interesting people. After countless nights spent with a variety of humanity, I consider myself something of an expert on human interaction. My background has a huge influence on my characters and hero/heroine relationships. I live on the west coast of Florida with my husband and the box turtle my son left behind when he went off to college. I have a bachelor’s degree in finance and work in the accounting department for a technology company. My writing career began at the age of six when I wrote a story about a tiger. These days I write historical and contemporary romances with enough humor to keep them light and fun. I’m a Pro member of RWA and belong to two local chapters: Southwest Florida Romance Writers, where I serve as Contest Coordinator and TARA—Tampa Area Romance Authors, where I’m a Category Coordinator.
Anna Hamilton
Anna Hamilton
For the past nineteen years, Anna Hamilton has been busy raising her three sons alongside the love of her life. Several years after her youngest started school, she reestablished her love for writing. And there her dream began. Shortly after her mother’s passing, she and her family moved to Northern California and everything came together. Within six months she completed her first novel, a romantic suspense titled, Killing Perfection. The creative process of writing brings her comfort and peace. The technical process has matured the professional side of her. It has taught her that perseverance, commitment, diligence, and believing in a dream are key characteristics in any undertaking in order to succeed. She is excited about what the future holds. Since then, Anna has two romantic suspense series in the works as well as a historical romance series. Sitting close by, in a tiny frame, is a fortune from a cookie that reads “You will become an accomplished writer.” You can find Anna at facebook.com/Author.Anna.Hamilton and twitter.com/#!/AnnaHamilton_
Lyndee Henderson
Lyndee Henderson
Lyndee Henderson knows about digging up history – literally. As a child she accompanied her father on archeological expeditions. Now she writes inspirational historical romance – a perfect combination since she holds a BA in religion and is recognized by the Illinois Center for the Book as an Illinois history writer. Henderson is also author of three non-fiction, traditionally published history books. Local NBC and FOX media outlets and multiple newspapers have featured her in interviews and she has lectured on a variety of history related topics. Her inspirational historical romances have garnered numerous awards. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (Windy City and Faith, Hope and Love chapters) and American Christian Fiction Writers. Residing in ‘sweet home’ Chicago, she shares her space with her pack of fluff-ball Pomeranians, who jockey to supervise from her lap.
Erin Brown Hollis
Erin Brown Hollis
As a wife and mother to two young daughters, Erin is acutely familiar with the pressures facing women today. Her daughters fuel her passion to reach women with the message of the joy available in finding fulfillment in Christ alone.

Erin has a B.A. in Journalism from Samford University (2006) and a Juris Doctorate
from Mississippi College School of Law. When she graduated from MCSOL in
2010, she went to work for Maynard, Cooper & Gale for three years conducting
extensive research and brief drafting. Erin subsequently joined another firm where
her research and writing were used in a brief submitted to the Alabama Supreme
Court.

In 2015, Erin’s lifelong love for writing led her to create a lifestyle website entitled
“Rising and Shining” where she spends her days sharing content with readers geared
towards empowering them to find fulfillment in Christ alone.
Aimee Jackson
Aimee Jackson
Aimee Jackson is, “Not the Perfect Cook.” A fun, energetic, happy, television personality who not only is a writer and recipe developer, but is also someone who tries to inspire and encourage viewers and readers, making them laugh along the way. Not the Perfect Cook appears on Nashville’s NBC affiliate, WSMV during the 4:30 news hour, (225,000-250,000 viewers) the midday news, and has also appeared on the nationally syndicated shows, The Today Show and Better. February 2016, we shot the pilot for Not the Perfect Cook cooking show, and are currently in negotiations with PBS to pitch season one to APT (American Public Television).
Bethany Kaczmarek
Bethany Kaczmarek
Bethany’s home is often filled with twenty-somethings. Bethany mentors new college grads making their transition to the Real World, and she and her husband also tag-team pre-marital counseling sessions with their new adult friends. Back from the Polish mission field where they shared a college ministry for six years, Bethany is passionate about making room for the New Adult niche in the inspirational market. She writes about twenty-somethings who wrestle with newfound independence, struggle to make counter-cultural choices, and live with integrity in both the workplace and the world. Strains of Silence is a 2015 Genesis finalist in romance, and it took 3rd place in Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference’s Unpublished contest. Previously (then Afraid to Dance) her manuscript won the 2013 Novel Rocket Launchpad Contest in Contemporary Romance and a Frasier Bronze medal. A member of ACFW, My Book Therapy, and the Light Brigade Writers Group, Bethany writes about twenty-somethings and temptation, grit and grace. Bethany connects with millennials at www.bethanykaczmarek.com and on Tumblr at www.brkaczmarek/tumblr.com where she shares stellar books, recommends high-caliber Christian indie music, and finds joy in the everyday. She’s also on Twitter as @BRKaczmarek. And you can find her pinning story-related pics and quotes on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/brkaczmarek/ and https://www.pinterest.com/ajcattapan/christian-ya-authors/.
Lillie Lainoff
Lillie Lainoff
Lillie is currently working on her B.A. in English at Yale University. Her work, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry, has been published in the Outlook section of The Washington Post, Scholastic writing anthologies, collegiate literary magazines, and via the Scholastic Art and Writing Award national winners gallery. She has attended the Yale Writer’s Conference for Young Adult Writing, the graduate summer intensive fiction session at Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and both sessions of the Master Class for Fiction Writing at the NY State Writers Institute this summer. She was selected to participate in a master class on diversity in children’s publishing sponsored by We Need Diverse Books and the Library of Congress. She has worked as an intern at a literary agency, and is currently Managing Editor of the Yale Daily News Magazine, a reporter at Yale Sports Publicity, and a Writing Partner at the Yale Writing Center (where students can drop in for advice/edits on their papers). She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her personal mentors include Michael Cunningham, Richard Deming, Terra Elan McVoy, among others.
Tamara LeBlanc
Tamara LeBlanc
Tamara LeBlanc is a member of Georgia Romance Writers, RWA, and a critique group consisting of three very talented women! She is mother to two fabulous teenagers and loving wife to a man so good to her, her Italian grandmother demands she wash his feet and drink the water to show her gratitude. Though she has yet to lather his toes, and knock back a shot of the bubbling brew, Tamara is sure her inspiration for crafting the perfect romance hero comes from her husband. She can’t imagine a better job than writing, and hopes she will be fortunate enough to spend the rest of her life doing just that.
Joseph Miller
Joseph Miller
Joseph Miller has been writing stories and creating imaginary worlds since second grade. While in college, he became an award-winning writer for the role-playing game industry, but switched his focus from games to fiction after taking a children's literature class. He has spent the last decade honing his craft by working on numerous picture books and a variety of other stories. Currently, he works as a reference librarian in Michigan for Schoolcraft College where he helps students and staff with research and collects graphic novels and children's books for the library. His favorite pastimes include: reading, playing games (board, card, computer, etc.), and watching TV and movies. He is an active member of the SCBWI, enjoys providing constructive feedback to other writers, and looks forward to sharing his stories with all the young at heart. In addition to children's literature, he also writes a spiritual reflection blog based on the daily readings of the Catholic Church (http://aglancetoheaven.blogspot.com/). If you'd like to, you can follow Joseph on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JosephDMMiller.
Christine Organ
Christine Organ
Christine Organ is a writer in the Chicago area, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. In addition to her freelance writing career, she writes about contemporary spirituality and the depths of human connection. Her writing focuses on seeking grace in the everyday, celebrating life’s ordinary miracles, bridging the gap between the spiritual and the secular, and drawing inspiration from the soulful tales that live within all of us. In addition to her own website, she regularly writes for the Huffington Post and her work will appear in an upcoming anthology of spiritual essays. She earned a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2002, and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. You can follow her blog at http://www.christineorgan.com; on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RandomReflectionz; Twitter at @christineorgan.
Amy Paulshock
Amy Paulshock
Amy writes what she knows. She has a brother and sister with albinism, which is how Luke explains Dora’s translucent appearance. Amy also used to be a research scientist in a lab that studied cystic fibrosis so she knows a bit about the disease
She has written When Your Bird Flies Off, pp. 32-35, Amy Paulshock, Parrots Magazine Issue# 149 June 2010. And writes for the website "Walt Disney World for Everyone”. http://www.diz-abled.com
She’s a human from the snowy backwoods of New Hampshire, and now Ilives in Disney's happy town of Celebration and writes for a Disney guidebook.
Kim Peterson
Kim Peterson
Kim grew up in central New Jersey. She moved to New England to attend college and eventually she settled there. She has been a practicing divorce attorney for many years and recently she earned a degree in occupational therapy. Always the romantic, both professions provide her with numerous story ideas that she races to get onto paper as often as possible. Kim’s desire to write inspirational romantic suspense developed through her faith and during the endless hours she spent waiting in courtrooms. In fact, numerous yellow legal pads still occupy her office, filled with plot and dialogue ideas. Thus far, she has completed Legally Yours, a story about a young widow and mother who discovers that her “deceased” husband is still alive and the new life she thought she had created is tumbling down around her like a house of cards. Currently, Kim is working on Imperfect Justice. It involves a gorgeous, bad-boy, defense attorney who uses a wheelchair due to a paralyzing injury, and his opponent and heroine, a feisty female prosecutor, who races against him, and eventually with him, to solve a murder case and keep each other alive. Kim is also writing a historical inspirational romantic suspense series entitled Ladies at the Bar. It highlights brave and determined heroines who ignore convention, face danger and controversy, and yet still find love, while becoming the first lady lawyers in the United States during the 1800s. All of Kim’s stories focus on heroes and heroines who unexpectedly find themselves facing life-changing challenges, and how they rely on faith, forgiveness and humor to work through them. In addition to fiction, Kim has authored two legal textbooks. She lives in Connecticut with her family.
Melissa Ringsaff
Melissa Ringsaff
Melissa Ringstaff is a pastor's wife serving with her husband in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. They have nine children between them - which is a whole story in and of itself - four of whom are still living at home where they enjoy homeschooling. Melissa loves her dogs, chickens, horses and all the other critters who pass through her home. She is a country girl at heart. Blue jeans, flannel shirts, and mason jars are a few of her favorite things and she believes a dog and a horse are a girl's best friends - not diamonds! Melissa is the Founding Editor and Publisher of a popular Christian women's website, A Virtuous Woman - http://www.avirtuouswoman.org.
Kaye Schmitz
Kaye Schmitz
Kaye Schmitz was first published in her small town weekly newspaper when she was ten-years-old. Her poem, “The Garden,” was a flower-filled fantasy that so surprised her parents and teacher, they all insisted she send it in to the local news editor. Later on she had a number of poems and short stories published in her high school newspaper. In fact, whenever the editor had an empty spot, he would contact Kaye and she would dash off a poem or short story to fill the space. During college and marriage, and children, and careers, Kaye had very little time for writing except for occasional poems from her heart. Along with constant fiction reading, singing with a group, Christmas baking and aerobic dancing, she also got a kick out of occasionally visiting psychics with her friends on Saturday afternoons. Every single psychic she saw looked at her palm and said, “Oh…you’re a writer.” After a while, she began to believe it and when, years later, she visited an ancient cemetery in the lowlands of Georgia, one of the spirits there reached out to her and her first novel, THE CONSORT LEGACY, was born. Kaye now lives in St. Augustine, Florida, and insists that she is still ten-years-old inside. She loves—in addition to her husband, her two grown children and four grandchildren—cartoons, circuses, carousels, and chocolate
Salvador SeBasco
Salvador SeBasco
Salvador SeBasco is a recognized book critic with more than eight years experience in published written reviews of books, and radio broadcasting. He is a Literary Director and the Host of the Inside View Show (a literary review broadcast on which he interviews authors) on a CNN affiliate station. He is an active member of the National Book Critics Circle, contributor of book reviews published in books, online and on publishes web site. He is a past Bible Study Leader and led successfully in a ministry in two states using the same techniques. He has worked in radio and helped countless publishers, publicists, executives, and published authors, and aspiring authors, put writing into action. Salvador’s expertise has been featured in media venues throughout the United States. He lives in San Diego, California, and Austin, Texas. Salvador SeBasco’s favorite Bible verse is John 21:25 and, being on the publishing industry, you know why when you read it. Web site at Publishers Marketplace: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/sebasco/ * LINKEDIN: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/salvador-sebasco/a/9b/278 Follow on TWITTER: http://twitter.com/SalvadorSeBasco
Peggy Rychwa
Peggy Rychwa
Peggy’s interest in writing started off more like You’ve got to be kidding me. A composition every week? Well, if I have to do all that writing, and you have to do all that reading, then I may as well make this as pleasant as I can for the both of us. Somehow that mindset she adopted to survive a semester of English 101 evolved into a genuine enjoyment of writing. Her interest in writing zeroed in on inspirational romance, and so she supplemented the writing and creative writing courses she’d taken during college with the Apprentice and Journeyman courses offered through the Christian Writers Guild. She joined the American Christian Fiction Writers, attended several writers conferences, and has been a finalist in Operation First Novel and other romance writers’ contests. She’s currently working on a historical western romance series. Peggy attended college in Massachusetts , where they forced her to take that confounded English 101 class. She graduated with highest honors, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and was elected to Who’s Who Among Students. She’s a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a social worker in Nurnberg , Germany . She now resides with her husband in New Hampshire. You may visit Peggy at her website http://peggyrychwa.weebly.com/ or on Facebook.
Caroline Vazzana
Caroline Vazzana
Caroline Vazzana is a fashion writer living and working in New York. She studied at a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania and during her time there worked as a red carpet stylist. When she graduated and returned to New York, she began working at Teen Vogue and currently InStyle. Vazzana has had the incredible opportunity of interviewing designers like, Betsey Johnson, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Manolo Blahnik. She currently mentors students from F.I.T., Albright College, and Kent State University and hopes to shed light on the industry to the future fashion generation.
J.S. Walker
J.S. Walker
Jasmine Walker, who writes as J.S. Walker, was born in Chicago, IL. From as far back as elementary school she’s loved to write stories. Her favorite part of English class was the chance to write narratives. It wasn’t until high school when she wrote and finished her first full manuscript, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She attends Columbia College Chicago in the Undergraduate Program and majors in Fiction Writing. Her favorite books are anything with a great plot and steamy romance, but she particularly likes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, and those are the genres she typically writes in. Her favorite things are reading, writing, and spending time with her daughter.
Marge Wiebe
Marge Wiebe
Marge Wiebe is a graduate of Long Ridge Writers Group and an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. An avid reader from an early age, her love for romantic, faith-filled stories inspired her to create her own. She first began writing after the birth of her second son and is now both full-time homeschooling mom and writer. She writes contemporary and historical inspirational romance and has recently completed Light in the Shadows, the first book in her medieval series. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys puttering about the kitchen and cooking, though her favorite past-time is reading. She also loves coffee and chocolate—preferably at the same time. She resides in Manitoba Canada with her amazing husband, three sons and two daughters.
Joshua Zayas
Joshua Zayas
Joshua Zayas is the Founder & CEO of INFORMED magazine. He is also an ordained minister who has preached in front of thousands at various church events and conferences. He has spoken alongside Evangelist Beverly Broadus Green (mother of iconic rapper, Snoop Dogg), and the real “Freeway” Rick Ross. Some of his writings about military antiquities have appeared in the armed services magazine, Armchair General. He is the father of eight, six boys and two girls. He resides with his family in Phoenix, Arizona.