Beyond the Smoke
Terry Burns

Terry Burns is an agent with Hartline Literary as well as writing inspirational fiction. As a writer he has over 40 books in print including 10 novels. He has a new 4 book series from Port Yonder Press entitled “The Sagebrush Collection” of his collected short works and the first released March 2010 entitled “On the Road Home.” A Young Adult entitled Beyond the Smoke won the Will Rogers Medallion and a new book “A Writer’s Survival Guide to Publication” also from Port Yonder Press was developed out of the month long course he held for ACFW. A popular speaker at workshops across the country, a bookstore of his available works as well as a regular blog can be found at 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 children’s, sci fi or fantasy. He’s a member of the Association of Author’s Representatives (AAR).

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Nothing Is Constant But Change

This has been a quite a month for Hartline Literary Agency. By now everyone knows that Joyce took a bad fall, and we thank you for your prayers and concern for her. She is out of the hospital and home recovering nicely, but her arm and shoulder are immobilized, which is hampering her activity a bit. We are very happy at how well and quickly she is recovering.

We are facing further change as Tamela Hancock Murray announced she was leaving Hartline to join the Steve Laube Agency. She has been with Hartline for ten years, and we wish her the best.

Here at Hartline, we have been discussing what changes we might make to better position ourselves in this constantly changing industry. Now seems to be the time to move forward and implement some of them.

Jennifer Hudson TaylorFirst, Jennifer Hudson Taylor is joining the agency as in-house publicist and PR/marketing advisor. Jennifer has been a publicist for a big nonprofit agency for many years and is already making a major impact, advising our clients on the steps and actions from contract to book-on-the-shelf that publishers want and expect from authors today.

Second, Hartline has set up a special online group that only Hartline clients may access. In this group, clients discuss their PR and marketing efforts (with input from Jennifer) as to what is and is not working, as well as share ideas on what they might want to try. In today’s publishing environment where advances are smaller or in many cases nonexistent, it is important to us and our authors to maximize the royalties from their projects.

Joyce is interviewing prospective replacements for Tamela, and while we are at it, adding more than one agent may be in the cards. At present we have the main office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a field office in Amarillo, Texas. We are

considering field offices in different parts of the country to make it easier to interface with regional writer’s groups. Stay tuned for more information on this process.

The ebook market is exploding, and we are taking steps to assist our clients in taking advantage of the opportunities being offered.

Last, we are increasing our contact with the movie industry, particularly Christian film companies, and are exploring more opportunities for our clients in this area.

Stay tuned as we evaluate and restructure. Exciting things are on the way.

That’s what’s happening at our house, hope all is going well at yours.


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