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The MCWC Faculty Spotlight: Hartline Literary Agent Jim Hart

One of our 2020 MCWC faculty members will be Jim Hart.

Jim is a literary agent with the Hartline Literary Agency. His clients include both veteran and debut authors, and represent a mix of non-fiction and fiction. He serves both the Christian and general markets. Jim is also a singer/songwriter and worship leader and has been involved in youth and music ministry as well as social outreach for several decades.

Currently Jim is most interested in non-fiction on the topics of Christian living, church growth, social issues, parenting, biographies, and some self-help.

Jim is also looking at select fiction in these categories: suspense/thrillers, romance (contemporary, historical, Amish, and suspense), women’s fiction, speculative and sci-fi.

He is not looking at children’s or middle-grade fiction at this time.

JIM’S CLASSES
Wednesday

Are You Ready to Work with an Agent?

This class will help you evaluate where you are in your writing journey and help you to determine if you are properly prepared to look for a literary agent. We will address specific steps that ultimately lead you to begin your search for an agent. This will include understanding the role of a literary agent and what they do; researching agents; preparing the necessary materials such a query letter and a proposal; recognizing the role of author platform.

2020 Small Town Marketing

Marketing and platform building can be daunting. We often don’t know where to start. There are so many options and a multiple of people shouting to us “You need to do this” or “you should be doing that”. It’s like being lost in an unfamiliar big city. We have a destination, but don’t know where to turn next.  For some of us the big city is overwhelming. It’s crowded, and it’s too fast paced. We prefer a nice small town. It’s easier to get to know people, the pace is more relaxed, and it feels more like community.
Small Town Marketing will present simple ideas to help you in your efforts to market and promote your work and build your author platform along the way. We’ll talk about creating or tapping into a community of writers, creative people and readers.

Thursday

Marketing for Writers Who Don’t Like to Market

This class will look at marketing and promoting your book in a different light, starting with Jesus’ Parable of the Talents. We will define marketing simply as engaging with others. These are the questions that will be presented:

Why to engage? Who to engage? When to engage? Where to engage?

 

2020 Proposals that Pop

Your book proposal is often the first thing a prospective literary agent and editor will review as part of their decision-making process. Good proposals are noted and followed up on. Bad proposals are deleted and forgotten.

“Proposals that Pop” will give you valuable information on what exactly should be, and what should not be, included in your proposal. Some of the themes discussed will include: Basic Structure Guidelines, Compelling Cover Letters, and Knowing When to Stop.

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Writers’ please continue to pray with us that the COVID 19 situation will not cause us to cancel our 2020 MCWC conference scheduled for Sunday, July 12th to Friday, July 17th.
I hope to see you there!
Marsha, Director

To contact me for a brochure: marshahubler@outlook.com or register online at https://bit.ly/3avK1SA

 

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April 20, 2015

Get That Novel Written!

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 One of the workshops at MCWC (2014)

Of course, it’s the dream of every writer to have a best-selling novel on the shelves of every book store in the country sometime in their writing career. And most writers have great ideas that would make super novels. But the reality is that most of us don’t have three to six months to lock ourselves up in a bedroom with our computer or get that brilliant idea down on paper in a form of the English language that can be read without an interpreter.

Here are a few suggestions for you would-be novelists to help get motivated to start and finish a manuscript that just might land you a contract with a leading publishing company. These simple steps worked for me not once, but 10 times, enabling me to publish that many juvenile fiction novels at an average of three-months writing time a piece:

  1. Analyze your time and budget it. Prioritize so that you have time to write “regularly.” Yes, I know it’s impossible to write every day, but if you have this at the top of your priority list, you’ll get it done more often than if you just haphazardly decide, “Oh, it’s Monday. I have two extra hours today. I think I’ll write.” Your novel will never happen this way.
  2. Write a short outline or synopsis of where you’re going with your story and characters. I know of authors who have written their same novel over and over, sometimes hundreds and hundreds of pages in length, and to this day they still haven’t finished it because they’ve never resolved the ending. Their characters seem to be lost forever in some kind of word time warp, never to “live happily ever after.”
  3. Don’t worry about perfect English the first time you write. Just get your brilliant idea down on paper. Worry about the PUGS (punctuation, usage, grammar, spelling) later.
  4. Let your finished manuscript sit a few weeks then get back to it. You’ll read parts of it and wonder who in the world wrote that junk? This is a great time to start revising. Go through each scene with a fine-toothed comb, making sure your characters move the plot and/or subplot forward.
  5. When you finish revising your manuscript, print the entire thing on paper, read it aloud, and get it into the hands of a critique group or other writers who will tell you the truth. Aunt Susie or Brother Bill will only tell you how wonderful you are, but that won’t get your manuscript ready for a trip to the editor’s desk at the publishing house.
  6. While you’re revising again and perfecting your work, send out your queries, at least five at a time. It might take up to three or four months for you to get a response from the editors (if at all). In that framework of time, you can hone your manuscript and shape it into something that any editor would want.

So there you have it. Get the computer turned on, get your brain tuned in, and get going. You just might be the next great American novelist!

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Want a professional opinion of your work-in-progress (WIP)?

Come to the Montrose Christian Writers Conference and meet editors and an agent

who just might want your manuscript!

July 19th-24th

Beth, Tim, and Ed (Regulars at MCWC) with faculty member, Cindy Sproles (2013)

Beth, Tim, and Ed (Regulars at MCWC) with faculty member, Cindy Sproles (2013)

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