In April of 1997, Kimberly began in the sales department of Harvest House Publishers as the assistant to the National Sales Manager as well as the International Sales Director. Within 4 years, she was hired into the editorial department as the Manuscript Coordinator where she spent the next 8 years reviewing 1,200 submissions annually. The variety of queries, cover letters, book proposals, and sample chapters honed her ability to identify and polish the diamonds hidden within the coal mines of unsolicited submissions giving her an eye for talent and a heart for the underdog
Kimberly has discovered numerous new authors, many going on to find success with various book deals, Christy nominations and awards, PW star ratings, and establishing themselves as the fresh and relevant voices within the CBA market in both fiction and non-fiction genres.
It was January of 2009 when Kimberly launched Living Word Literary Agency where she continued to pursue her passion for helping new and hungry authors find a home within the publishing community. The following year, she joined George Fox University as an Expert Advisor where she guides graduate students through Artifact II—transforming their dissertations into publishable works.
A screenwriter, freelance article and book contributor since 1995, Kimberly is a member of the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association), the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), Willamette Writers, and offers her 20 years of experience.
Several scripts have placed in various contests such as L.A. Expo 5, FiLmLaB 2015, WeScreenplay, Nashville Film Festival, and BlueCat.
Name: Kimberly Shumate
Lives in: Eugene, Oregon
Company: Living Word Literary Agency
Occupation: Screenwriter and Editor
School of Hard Knocks