Agent, Hartline Literary Agency
Jim Hart is a musician/songwriter/worship leader with an ever-growing library of fictional titles, as well as books on Christian growth, ministry, and biographies of the Heroes of the Faith.
Jim is looking for authors who can write unique and engaging fictional suspense, romance, women’s fiction, spiritual warfare, YA, and some sci-fi. He is also interested in some non-fiction regarding church growth, Christian living, and self-help. Keep in mind that non-fiction topics require a certain level of credentials, experience and expertise.
Philippians 4:8 is the filter in which Jim uses to select any material “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Jim gets excited when Christians use their creative spark to fire the imagination of others. He is also passionate about the local church, its role in the community, and in seeing people becoming mature followers of Christ. Jim is a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God, and serves part-time as Worship Pastor in his local church in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He holds a degree in Production Journalism and worked for twenty years in direct mail advertising before taking a job with an urban social services agency, where he worked for twelve years. All during his professional career, Jim has served with the local church doing youth ministry and music/worship ministry.
Joyce has been a literary agent since 1992. She was formerly the vice president of marketing Whitaker House Publishing and, as the president of Hartline Literary Agency, has over thirty-five 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, Joyce is a graduate of Open Bible College, Des Moines, IA now merged with New Hope College in Eugene, Oregon. Joyce is based at Hartline Literary’s Pittsburgh headquarters.
Although Joyce isn’t seeking new clients, she loves to encourage new writers, and if she likes what she sees, she’ll direct you to another agent within Hartline.
Susanna White is the co-founder of WhiteFire Publishing. Her husband, David White, founded WhiteFire in 2005 with the release of a hardback version of A Stray Drop of Blood by Roseanna M. White. The Whites were soon interrupted by their beautiful first child so put their publishing vision on hold until 2009. By that time the hardbacks had sold out and a clamor was going up for a paperback version of Stray Drop. Utilizing what they had learned in the intervening 4 years, the Whites rewrote, redesigned, and reordered their business, with the goal of expanding to include other amazing authors over the next few years.
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Jeanette mentors writers in developing nations, and here in the U.S. She is the head of Lancaster Christian Writers and offers advice and encouragement to those seeking to extend their knowledge in the craft of writing, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. She edits and also writes collaborative non-fiction. Her fiction books have been named finalists in ECPA, the Carol Awards, Christy Awards, and more. Find out more about her on the Keynote page.
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