Annette M. Irby


Annette M. Irby
Mixing-It-Up Mondays

Manuscript Mondays are about fellow writers sharing writing craft helps and industry insights. Since Annette hosts this day, she often posts an article or devotional herself. Find the encouragement you need to kick off your writing week here on Mixing-It-Up Mondays.

About Annette


Annette M. Irby has enjoyed writing since her teen years. If she’s not writing, she’s reading for review, or editing. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and finaled in their Genesis Contest, 2006. Married twenty-three years, she lives with her husband and family in the Northwest. Her latest release is Her Nerdy Cowboy, and her other titles include Husband Material, and Love Letters. She has served in acquisitions and currently works as a freelance editor (visit AMI Editing), as well as editing for a publishing house. She has served in her church as a mentor, cell pastor, and musician on the worship team. She enjoys photography, nature, and falling deeper in love with Jesus. Learn more at her website, and blogs (Net’s Notes, Net’s Book Notes, and Net’s Bridal Notes).


Annette's Books

Whoever heard of a bookish cowboy? When Logan McDaniel’s brother-in-law dies, he steps in to help his beloved sister run her ranch. But what does a city boy know of herding cattle?

Claire Langley loved her cousin. After he dies, she agrees to serve as a temporary nanny for two heartbroken children. Claire and Logan find they share a love of books, and Claire can’t resist the nerdy uncle who is great with children and who reads to her of pirate romance, but Claire’s ailing mother needs her in Seattle. Can she break away? And if she does, can there ever be a future for Logan and her?


Love Letters

Jordan Ambrose is looking for passion. From her husband. And, as Randy Ambrose will tell you—she’s great at pushing his buttons. The problem? He’s hiding out from intense emotions, like passion. So their love life is lackluster. Well, except for those letters.

Jordan discovered a box of love letters in her husband’s home office closet. Why doesn’t he act like the “R” from the letters, so clearly written to “J”? If she can drag him away from his writing desk, they can talk about it. But will Randy stop hiding and love with abandon?




Wyatt Hansen has no fears about commitment, but only three years have passed since his beloved wife died, and he can't bring himself to break their annual dinner date—that is until he meets restaurant owner Lara Farr.

Lara doesn't have time for romance; she has a business to run. At least that's what she tells herself so she doesn't have to admit that commitment scares her. But Lara's business is failing, and it just may take a miracle—or marketing analyst, Wyatt Hansen—to save it.

Can Wyatt rescue Lara’s restaurant, help her overcome her fears, and prove to her that he is good husband material?



What makes people read your work book after book? Reader loyalty. As a writer, you want to capture the attention of your readers and compel them to read your books every time you release a new one. Their commitment is based on how satisfied they are with your work. Did you meet their expectations? Did you endear yourself to them? How do you do that? Let me help.

I've served as an acquisitions editor for a Christian publisher and seen lots of submissions, and I've studied the CBA marketplace and current trends. I am a thorough, detail-oriented person, and I bring that to my editing. I have a deep understanding of fiction as I’ve read, written, and studied the craft of writing for well over a decade. My critiquing services will offer you insight into where your project’s strengths and weaknesses are. See my website for more information. (http://www.amiediting.com)

Editing Services Testimonials:

Annette has provided a valuable service to Summerside Press as a critical reader for several of the books in the Love Finds You™ series. She is a perceptive and careful reader, and she has offered several shrewd insights. With meticulous editing skills and a strong sense of what makes a story work, Annette has my recommendation! ~Rachel Meisel, previous Senior Fiction Editor, Summerside Press

I've greatly enjoyed working with Annette Irby. She has a keen sense of story and pointed out weak areas in my story that I'd missed. I'm looking forward to working with her again! ~ Tricia Goyer, author of over thirty books, including co-author of Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington