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Thursday, September 20, 2012
PUTS HIS STETSON ON THE SAME by Linda S. Glaz
My dad was involved in politics for a while, and I would from time to time go with him when he got to see the biggies. I was awestruck. He always told me not to be intimidated by anyone.
So don’t be intimidated by Terry, y’all. He puts his Stetson on just like everybody else.
Only, that’s not what my dad said. He said, “Just remember, Dolly, everyone pulls up their pants the same way. Nobody’s different than anyone else.”
(I just thought the Terry analogy was a bit nicer).
A lovely lady just told me that when she first met me, as agent Linda, not as good old normal Linda, that she was intimidated by me. ME!?! I had a student in karate class YEARS ago, tell me the same thing. Said she thought I chewed nails for breakfast. YIKES! What an image to be portraying. No wonder the dentist has to work so hard.
Writers need to understand they should walk boldly up to whichever agent or editor they choose, and remember, they are no different. They have all the hopes and dreams, fears and realities of everyone else.
They are neither more or less important in the scheme of things. We are all part of the industry that we love. Agents and editors want the chance to get to know you as well. Or they should. If not, they’re in the wrong biz.
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Joyce Hart, Owner and principal agent
Joyce Hart, owner and principal agent of Hartline Literary Agency has been a literary agent for more than a decade. She was formerly the vice president of marketing of an inspirational publishing company and as the president of Hartline Marketing has nearly thirty-two years of successful experience marketing and promoting books. Joyce has been a pioneer in selling high-quality fiction to the inspirational market and has built an excellent rapport with leading inspirational publishers. A member of ACFW, and the National Association of Professional Women, Joyce is a graduate of Open Bible College, Des Moines, IA now merged with Eugene Bible College in Eugene, Oregon. Joyce is based at Hartline Literary's Pittsburgh headquarters.
Terry Burns. Agent
Terry has been with the Hartline agency for over ten years, five years as an agent, and has a substantial list of clients, a growing list of credits, and a reputation for presenting to conferences all over the country. He is consistently listed near the top on the Publisher's Marketplace list of agents helping debut authors to publish. Terry comes from a writing background, has over 40 books of his own in print, most recently, adapted the Christian movie "Footprints" into book form, his Young Adult entitled Beyond the Smoke won the Will Rogers Medallion and has a book out on the skills needed to get published entitled "A Writer's Survival Guide to
Publication" that was developed out of the month long course he held for ACFW. A bookstore of his available works as well as a periodic blog can be found at http://www.terryburns.net. As an agent Terry says "I'm looking for a good book, well written in a unique voice, aimed at a market that looks promising, and where I feel I have the contacts appropriate to be able to sell the book in that market. I'm pretty open as to genre but I don't do picture books, sci fi or fantasy. He's a member of the Association of Author's Representatives (AAR).
Diana Flegal, Agent
Diana currently lives in Asheville NC. A Bible College major in Missions and Anthropology, Diana has been a medical missionary to Haiti, a women's speaker and bible study leader. One of her life's highlights has been teaching apologetics to high school students as preparatory for college. Avid reader and intuitive editor, Diana's represents nonfiction and well written fiction. She has a passion for getting great writers published.
Linda Glaz, Agent
Linda is an experienced editor, reviewer and writer, and for a couple of years was a final reader for Wild Rose Press, then for White Rose Publishing and she worked as an editorial assistant for Hartline Agent Terry Burns. She has judged for numerous contests including the Genesis for the American Christian Fiction Writers, as well as the Emily Award for the West Houston Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. She has been on the faculty for Faithwriters.com annual conference, Maranatha, and is slated for numerous others in 2013. Linda understands writers because she's a writer herself with 4 books releasing in 2013.
Andy Scheer, Agent
Andy has a wealth of experience as a publishing professional with over 18 years as the managing editor of Moody Magazine, 8 years as the managing editor for the Christian Writer’s Guild, and as a free-lance writer and editor. He is a frequent instructor at writing conferences around the country. A journalism graduate from Colorado State University, he also attended Denver Seminary. Andy is a consummate professional and will be a great addition to the Hartline team.
Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Publicist
In House Publicist / marketing advisor
Jennifer has over fifteen years experience in the publishing industry, working with other authors, agents and traditional publishers. Before breaking into publication, she worked for other companies providing website and graphic design, creative writing and copy editing services, print and online marketing. Jennifer will begin working with authors as they become a client to build platform and name identification, when they sign a contract, then again when they have a book to launch. If there are functions a client does not feel qualified to do she also offers additional assistance beyond her Hartline role at http://email@example.com