David L. Hancock

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

David L. Hancock founded Morgan James Publishing in 2003.

David has revolutionized book publishing from the author’s standpoint. As Founder of Morgan James, he was personally selected for Fast Company Magazine’s Fast 50 for his leadership, creative thinking, significant accomplishments, and his significant impact on the industry over the next ten years. David was cited by NASDAQ as one of the world’s most prestigious business leaders, and named a Finalist in the Best Chairman category in The American Business Awards, hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Post.

David serves as President of the Executive Board for Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, and as Chairman of the Board of The National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence.

David and his wife Susan live in Hampton Roads, Virginia with their two children, Morgan Renee and Ethan James.

Cindy Sauer

Vice President of Operations

Cindy Sauer brings experience in finance and customer service to the table at Morgan James. She has worked with Morgan James since 2004 and has been in the Customer Service field for over 30 years. Cindy ensures that duties, responsibilities, authority and accountability of all positions are defined and understood. She keeps Morgan James focused on meeting corporate goals and facilitates appropriate communication throughout the organization.

Cindy attended Elim Bible College in Lima, New York and maintains sound principles and values on which to build solid relationships with our authors and with our staff. Cindy and her husband, David, live in the Hampton Roads area in Virginia.

Jim Howard


Jim Howard joined Morgan James as the Publishing Director in 2005 and is also the owner of Renegade Author, and is phenomenal motivational speaker with his Live Life Revolution brand.

Jim has personally worked with almost 2,000 authors, helping them to create the perfect identity for their book, and realize the true potential of the business behind their books. With over 30 years in commercial print, branding, and publishing, Jim is dedicated to helping authors, entrepreneurs, CEOs and business owners leverage the power of a book to become the authority and dominate any market.

Jim has worked with entrepreneurs from all over the world including Kendra Todd, Season 3 winner of Donald Trump’s Apprentice, Bill Romanowski of the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, Armand Morin, International Internet Marketing authority, and Jay Conrad Levinson, the father of Guerrilla Marketing.

Bethany Marshall

Publishing Director

Bethany Marshall has played an integral role in the success of Morgan James Publishing, working closely with the company since 2008. An entrepreneur at heart, Bethany has worked with thousands of authors, and is passionate about working with authors who have a powerful message to share. Bethany helps Morgan James’ authors smoothly navigate the publishing process to ensure a final product that fully represents them and their vision. Bethany recognizes that the landscape of publishing is rapidly changing and enjoys finding innovative approaches to continue growth both for Morgan James and for our authors.

Nickcole Watkins

Director of Author Support

Nickcole Watkins was adopted by Morgan James February of 2013. She has since worked alongside hundreds of authors helping them get their message out into the world. She focuses on helping authors narrow down the specific tactics they need to take to generate the most successful book launch based on their individual goals. She also works closely with the sales and distribution team to help optimize and leverage author activity to appeal to the various bookstores and retailers.

Nickcole earned her B.A. in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing from Lynchburg College in 2009. She has resided in Newport News, Virginia since 2012 when her husband, Corey, was first stationed at Langley Air Force Base. They welcomed their first and only child, Sterling, into the world March 2014 and also have two dogs and a cat who they consider their fur babies.

Karen Anderson, M. S.

Associate Publisher/Acquisitions

Karen brings a wealth of experience and perspective to her role as an Associate Publisher. Starting out as an Acquisitions Editor for Morgan James, she has worked in various roles in the book business and as a marketer for the last 25+ years.

Karen is a nationally published author (including major media tours), a self-published author, a ghostwriter, and a co-author. She’s been a Substantive Editor, Managing Editor, Acquisitions Editor, and Coach working with authors and major book publishers. Karen’s fingerprints are all over numerous New York Times bestselling books!

She is now blending her loves of helping people (particularly entrepreneurs), writing, and strategic marketing to acquire books for Morgan James Publishing.

Karen and her husband, Steve, live in Franklin, Tennessee, and have two married daughters and 5 incredibly adorable grandchildren (and # 6 is on the way!). She joined the Morgan James family in 2015.

W. Terry Whalin

Acquisitions Editor

Terry Whalin understands both sides of the editorial desk–as an editor and a writer. Terry worked previously as a magazine editor, and a book acquisitions editor at Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster and David C. Cook and he also ran his own literary agency for a couple of years. He joined Morgan James in 2012.

Terry’s nonfiction writing has appeared in magazines like Christianity Today, Writer’s Digest, The Writer and more than 50 other publications. Terry is an active member of The American Society of Journalists and Authors, which is the leading nonfiction writers group in the United States.

Terry has written more than 60 books through traditional publishers in a wide range of topics from children’s books to biographies to co-authored books. Several of Terry’s books have sold over 100,000 copies.

To encourage writers of nonfiction and fiction, Terry is the creator of Right-Writing.com at: www.right-writing. com. Also his blog about the writing life at: www.thewritinglife.ws includes over 1,200 searchable entries.

Terry and his wife, Christine, live in Colorado.

Chris Jones

Acquisitions Editor

Chris Jones is a three-time Virginia Press Association award-winning editor and journalist. Chris enjoys coaching authors through book writing process. While helping authors develop their books, he uses his graphic design and branding background to educate authors on the importance of marketing and self-promotion as it relates to their sales success.

Chris has served nonfiction authors in varying capacities from co-authoring and ghostwriting to editing, proofreading, and providing public relations services with Morgan James authors since 2017.

Chris lives in Southeastern Virginia with his wife, Elizabeth, and their children.

Stefanie Hartman

Associate Publisher/Acquisitions – Vancouver BC

Stefanie has a Background in TV. She co-produced and Hosted several television shows, specials and documentaries, including work for BBC, The Discovery Channel, CTV, The Outdoor Life Network, The Sports Network, Canal TV, Baton Broadcasting. She won the single seat offered to Canadians into prestigious NIDA Australia.

Her Personal Brand is “Stop Trading Your Time for Money”. She has been a behind-the-scenes Marketing and Business Building Consultant for Top Experts. Working with Speakers, Authors, CEO’s, Lawyer, Doctors, Olympic Athletes, Oprah Show Guests, Major Motion Picture Studio Executives & Music Producers. www.stefaniehartman.comwww.press-project.com

As an Acquisitions Editor, she is looking for creative thinkers, leaders and architects of change. She is an avid TRUTH seeker, and is looking for powerful Non-Fiction biographies, stories, business or life trainings or Faith books that will reverberate through people’s hearts and souls and change lives.

Stefanie has been with MJ ‘officially’ since 2016 but we have been a fan of hers since 2007!

Stefanie lives in Vancouver, Canada, by the ocean with her 2 little girls, dog and possibly soon to be pair of kittens.

Jennifer Robbins

Literary Scout

Jenni Robbins is new to the Morgan James family in 2018, but has been a fan for more than a decade. She is the founder of Ignite Development, a boutique consulting firm focused on helping authors, speakers, trainers and coaches build and grow their expert platform. She has been working with entrepreneurial experts since 2005, playing the role of implementer, project manager, chief of staff, booking agent and idea strategist. Her clients call her the “Make It Happen” girl for their business. Jenni’s clients range from New York Times best selling authors and sought after keynote speakers to entrepreneurs on a mission to tell their story to a wider audience. She thrives on putting structure to chaos and loves to help clients turn their ideas into reality. Jenni and her husband, John, live in Carmel, Indiana and can usually be found cooking something delicious in their kitchen or planning their next trip to the Napa Valley.

Mitchell Stuart

Storyteller and Filmmaker

MITCHELL STUART is an Emmy-Award winning storyteller and filmmaker.  He has created multiple groundbreaking documentaries, ad campaigns, and series across digital and traditional platforms.  He has worked with a who’s who of name brands including the Walt Disney Company, iHeart Media & Entertainment, and the Madison Square Garden Networks.

An avid reader and writer, Mitchell’s love of the written word bring him to Morgan-James with a team of digital content marketers who bring elite, one-stop shopping skills to create compelling, move-the-needle campaigns for all the platforms where content is consumed today.

Mitchell provides guidance in the following areas:

  • Content marketing and strategy for authors
  • Website development and execution
  • Digital marketing & analytic services

He has been known to jump in a plane and travel around the globe to search for unique stories, whether big or small that celebrate lives and brand stories. We’re honored to have him on our team since 2020.

Tom Dutta

Literary Scout

Tom is a senior business leader, speaker and International best-selling author with more than 30 years experience helping build and grow companies in Canada and the USA. Tom is a published author with Morgan James and has been part of our family since 2016. This gives him the unique perspective of knowing what it is like to go through the publishing process from an author’s standpoint. He enjoyed the process so much, he joined us as a Literary Scout.

Tom is also the host and executive producer of The Quiet Warrior Internet radio show and founder and CEO of KRE-AT®. Tom is married to his business partner, Anna, and together they have three children.

Cortney Donelson

Associate Publisher Fiction/Acquisitions Editor

Cortney is a writing services business owner, ghostwriter, speaker, and author—your proverbial grammar nerd. Her business, vocem, LLC’s mission is to give voice to stories that will change the world and has provided freelance editing services to Morgan James authors as needed. Cortney’s first personal book and first ghostwritten book were both published with Morgan James in 2017 and 2019, respectively. As with others on the team, this gives her the unique ability to coach other authors through the journey of the publishing process.

Cortney is a frequent speaker at a mental health ministry in North Carolina and at various women’s classes/retreats and marriage conferences. She and her husband, Marc, are an “Encourager Couple” for The Basic Idea Ministries based in Georiga. In her spare time (ha!), she is learning to screenwrite and adapt books for film. Cortney and Marc are blessed with two children through international adoption. We are honored to have her join the team in finding more incredible authors to join the family. Cortney was promoted to Associate Publisher for our Fiction division in 2020!

Kristin Beale

Acquisitions Editor

Kristin Beale has had a love for reading and writing since she can remember. She joined the Morgan James family in 2017 with her first nonfiction book, Greater Things, and has a growing list of publications. She has written and edited a number of articles for websites, feature magazines, newsletters, and newspaper articles. She also loves to draw; her second book, Date Me, is a comic book about dating in a wheelchair.

Kristin is a frequent public speaker at conferences, meetings, and groups in her area. She and her dog, Achilles Jones, live in Richmond, Virginia. In her spare time, Kristin is focused on marketing her work, and trying to get her story on the big screen.

Angie Kiesling

Acquisitions Editor, Fiction Division

Angie Kiesling followed her lifelong passion for books by carving out a career in the publishing industry, with a special eye toward fiction. A writer/editor since 1985, she has authored more than a dozen books and edited hundreds of manuscripts. Over the course of her career, Angie has worked as a magazine staff editor, website editor, small press editorial manager, and reporter for Publishers Weekly. She is a fiction judge for a national awards contest and also coaches authors as they shape their books into bestseller shape. Angie lives in Central Florida but escapes to the mountains whenever possible.

Wes Taylor

Associate Publisher, Faith Division 

Wes Taylor was born and raised in North Carolina. He is a graduate of Holmes Bible College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys running, reading, great coffee, being outdoors, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Juliann have three beautiful children and one incredible dog.


Human Resources

Annabelle is our Human Resources Director, responsible for the emotional well being of our founders and family.

Annabelle works out of our Southeastern, VA home office location. Annabelle joined the Morgan James family in November of 2012.


Kimberly Brabec

Foreign Rights Director 

Kimberly Brabec is our Waterside Productions Foreign Rights Director, responsible for the licensing of books for translation for a wide variety of publishers and authors. For Morgan James, Kimberly handles general non-fiction, business books, computer books, children’s books and literary fiction.

Kimberly works out of Waterside’s San Diego, CA location. Kimberly joined Waterside in April of 2000. In her early years at Waterside, she agented a range of nonfiction and fiction, including $30 MUSIC SCHOOL by Michael Dean, THE TURBULENT TWENTIES SURVIVAL GUIDE by Marcos Salazar, and OYSTER BLUES by Michael McClelland.

After domestic agenting for several years, Kimberly shifted gears and joined Waterside’s foreign rights team. Kimberly managed Waterside’s foreign rights business for technical books for several years until recently taking over as director for both technical and trade titles. Her reach extends to much of the world, including a great deal of activity in countries such as Brazil, China, The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, The Ukraine and others.