An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.
--F. Scott Fitzgerald
Steven Hutson OWNER AND LITERARY AGENT
I was a storyteller almost from birth; poems, articles, business letters, advertising copy, and lame excuses. But like most writers, I kept a day job; in-between gigs I found gainful employment as a clerk typist, vitamin buyer, waiter, forklift operator, lifeguard, bookkeeper, grocery manager, printer's apprentice, and meat cutter. Oh, and I went to college for a while with a major in business.
But the muse didn't give up on me, and in time I had a couple of books published. One thing led to another; I edited dozens of books for others and managed a writers’ conference for several years, making many valuable contacts along the way. I've mentored hundreds of aspiring authors, I speak often at writers' events, and I write two blogs. Swimming, gardening, and cooking keep my hands busy in-between. I live in sunny Southern California with my wife Ruth and son Bradley.
What I'm looking for: I'm interested in representing a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. Surprise me.
Dave Fessenden ASSOCIATE LITERARY AGENT
After 30 years of experience in writing and editing, I took the plunge into independent consulting. I have degrees in journalism and theology, served in editorial management positions for Christian book publishers, and was regional editor for the largest Protestant weekly newspaper in the country. I am the author of seven books; I’ve written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and edited numerous books for others. I am a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences. In 2011 I compiled my experience in publishing to produce Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract, published by SonFire Media.
My first novel, The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy, came out in 2013 through Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It reflects my love for history and for the Sherlock Holmes stories of Arthur Conan-Doyle. My wife, Jacque, and I live in south-central Pennsylvania and have two adult sons.
What I'm looking for: I'm interested in representing Science fiction, Fantasy, Historical fiction, Theology, Bible studies, Professional, Church Issues, Social/Cultural Issues, Career, Reference
Michelle S. Lazurek ASSOCIATE LITERARY AGENT
In 2009, I felt a calling on my life to start writing. Apart from some poems in high school, I had never written anything before. As I studied and wrote down my thoughts, I soon published my first book. Today, with nine titles in print and hundreds of articles (and a few awards along the way), I teach aspiring authors at writers' conferences. Now I get the privilege to journey with them more closely, and help them achieve their dreams. I have a Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Relations from Liberty University.
When not occupied with literary pursuits, you can find me sipping a hot latte at Starbucks, reading a good book, or collecting records from the 1980s and 90s. I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, two children and our crazy dog, Cookie.
What I'm looking for: I'm interested in representing Christian nonfiction for adults, and picture books for children.
Ruth Hutson ADMINISTRATOR & EDITOR
Hello, I'm the WordWise administrator. No matter what type of service you seek from our staff, chances are that I will be involved in one way or another, and you'll be hearing from me. I've always enjoyed reading and writing, but like Steve, I had to put off those dreams for years to work for a living.
Remember the 1980s TV comedy Scarecrow & Mrs. King? Well, I won an honorable mention in a contest (sponsored by Reader's Digest) to write an episode for the show.
CLARK ROGERS, 1928 - 2017 AN APPRECIATION
We are greatly indebted to the vision and generosity of Ruth's father. Clark was an early believer (and investor) in our little enterprise. During his long tenure as a design engineer at McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach, he helped to design the DC-10 jumbo jet and the T-45 fighter jet. (Plus, a few projects he couldn't talk about.)
The silhouetted figure in our company logo was designed by Gina McIntyre Graham www.ginagraham.com