Credo Communications is pleased to work with some of the best in the business. With over 80 years of combined experience, these literary associates have worked for some of the largest publishers and best nonprofits for decades, and they are authors themselves. We are proud to be associated with them.
Authors who’ve worked with Credo literary agent Ann Byle know her as a trusted guide who helps them create the best manuscripts and book proposals possible.
This doesn’t mean she helps write their books. Instead, Ann uses her thirty years of experience as a copy editor, newspaper and magazine writer, author and co-author and her inside track into the publishing world to help authors achieve their publishing goals. Her ability to shepherd authors’ manuscripts started early in Ann’s publishing career. Her first job entailed writing dust jacket copy for Moody Publishers. Her boss at Moody was bestselling author Jerry Jenkins of the Left Behind series, which he co-wrote with Tim LaHaye.
Writing holds a transcendent quality in Ann’s view. “God gives everyone talents,” says Ann. “He has given me a talent for guiding others and authors a talent for writing. It works when those two things come together.”
Ann works with novelists, children’s authors, and nonfiction writers. Her contacts with publishers are extensive, including local publishers Zondervan, Baker Publishing Group, Eerdmans, Kregel, Discovery House, and dozens more throughout North America. She regularly writes stories for Publishers Weekly, which has afforded her another opportunity to connect with writers and publishers.
Her published books include The Making of a Christian Bestseller. She is co-author with Bethany Hamilton of Soul Surfer Devotions and with Troy Evans of The Edge of Redemption.
“I really enjoy guiding people,” says Ann. “I think that’s where being a literary agent comes in. I can’t do the work for the authors but I can guide them to create a really good book proposal and a really good book.”
Ann is co-founder of the Breathe Christian Writers Conference, established in 2005 and hosted each fall in West Michigan. Guilty pleasures include garage sales and a “small” Macy’s habit.
Andrew Chamberlin, JD, believes he found God’s calling for his life at Credo Communications. In 2016 Drew joined Credo as literary representative and intellectual property specialist.
Drew earned his juris doctor degree, cum laude, from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While there, he was the recipient of several academic awards, including certificates of merit for receiving the highest grade among his peers in both Property Law and Entertainment Law. These two subject areas spurred his interest in the publishing industry, while giving him a broad base of knowledge in relevant contract and intellectual property issues.
In addition to his JD, Drew holds a BA in economics from Michigan State University. He feels that his time at MSU honed his critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. After graduation, Drew returned to the Grand Rapids area to work in sales for several years. While he loved sales for the opportunity to form new relationships and solve problems in creative ways, he decided to leave the field to further develop his writing, negotiation, and analytical skills by obtaining his law degree.
Drew is frequently sought out by family, friends, and acquaintances for his gift of listening to problems and guiding people through challenging times. He is incredibly excited to use this gift to partner with Credo authors to help their dreams and passions come to fruition.
While he has a voracious appetite for reading and learning, Drew also has a love for cooking international cuisine. He also loves to travel and experience new things, has a great sense of humor, and always seeks to spend quality time with his family. Born and raised in West Michigan, Drew resides in northwest Grand Rapids with his wife, Carissa, and their seven-year-old son, Peyton.
“We are so grateful to have Drew on board,” Tim Beals says. “He turned down several other job offers to join our team. Now more than ever, Credo is positioned to offer a full array of services to our many publishing partners and our growing list of accomplished authors.”
Credo senior literary agent Karen Neumair feels she’s reached a rewarding end of a journey when she can celebrate a noteworthy milestone with the dozens of authors she works with.
“The most powerful moment for me is holding an author’s book in my hands for the first time,” says Karen. “All the work we’ve done to put together this beautiful product makes the time and effort worth it.”
As a Credo agent, Karen makes it her mission to match authors with the right publisher. She accomplishes this all-important task by assisting authors with their book proposals and connecting them with potential publishers.
“Most authors don’t know the more than 200 editors who are on my list, and that number is frequently growing,” says Karen. “We have a lot of connections.”
Karen became connected with the world of Christian publishing shortly before she graduated from Cornerstone University, where she distinguished her academic competence by graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Theology and a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Karen initially had an eye on a career in education and was set to begin her final semester of student teaching when she sensed God had other plans for her life’s direction. Her English professor and mentor asked if she had ever considered a career in editing and publishing. It was the Aha! moment Karen had been waiting for. Her professor soon introduced her to Credo founder and president Tim Beals, for whom she initially worked as an intern before hiring on as a literary agent in 2009.
“It was clearly an act of God in my life,” says Karen.
Most of the time, Karen works alongside authors writing for a 20- to 30-something reading audience pertaining to spiritual growth, as well as topics geared toward women. The focus of Credo’s mission is satisfying to Karen.
“It’s so empowering to my authors and to me to get our passion out there and to share it with other believers,” says Karen.
Originally from the Chicago area, Karen lives in Grand Rapids with her three children and husband, Chris. She enjoys the “small-big” city amenities Grand Rapids offers in much the same way she enjoys Chicago’s suburbs. “One moment you’re in a pumpkin patch and a few moments later you’re in downtown Grand Rapids,” says Karen. “Grand Rapids isn’t as big as Chicago, but there are a lot of cool things going on here.”
Even though she spends her work-week poring over book proposals and manuscripts, Karen’s idea of a refreshing time alone is to grab a good book and read it fireside at her local Panera Bread.
Despite her academic and career accomplishments, Karen’s highest priority is to be known as a woman who walks with God.
David Sanford wears many hats at Credo Communications: author, editor, and literary agent. Among his many credits, David has served as executive editor of Holy Bible: Mosaic, general editor of Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family (now in its 6th printing), co-author of God Is Relevant, and author of If God Disappears and two forthcoming books.
David also has represented a wide spectrum of award-winning and bestselling authors published with Zondervan, Tyndale, Thomas Nelson, Multnomah, Baker and other respected Christian publishers (CBA), and with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, and other top mainstream publishers (ABA).
In 2003 David and his wife, Renée, founded Sanford Communications, Inc., which became part of Credo Communications LLC in 2008. Prior to starting Sanford Communications, Inc., David served as Vice President of Publishing and Internet Ministries for the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association. Concurrently, David served as an instructor of mass media at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Corban University, where he also served as Director of Institutional Marketing until 2016.
David lives in Oregon’s capital city, Salem, with his wife, Renée. They have 5 children and 11 grandchildren (including 1 in heaven).