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Ms. Linda S. Glaz

Hartline Literary Agency

51670 Washington

New Baltimore, MI 48047

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from WhiteGardenia
Mar 22, 2018 12:47 pm

From her bio on agency website:

"Please no works that include any graphic sexuality or profanity."
from KristenH
Feb 01, 2018 10:56 am

EQ 10/28/16 (Requery Chain Reaction)--same day rejection. She said she doesn't handle novels with cursing in it. Mine doesn't have any, so I'm thinking she remembers the original back in 2012. I'll try Diana in December with Chain Reaction.
from KristenH
May 25, 2017 4:25 pm

EQ 3/27/17 (Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 5/25/17 (Passed--didn't connect.)
from Patrick (admin)
May 01, 2017 8:32 am

Profile Update: This agent reviewed and approved this listing.

from Bryn_75
Aug 19, 2016 12:57 pm

I "know" Linda as we were both fellow writers represented by Hartline when Terry Burns was with them. I believe she took over Terry's position. She's super nice, but I don't think she's any better as an agent than Terry was. She's placed a few books, I believe, in the women's romance/suspense genre. But my experience with the agency was horrible. Terry is a very nice guy, and a good Christian man. Nothing against him. But he sent out letters to publishers with typos in them. He said he read through my book in one sitting, but then was wanting me to re-write things so that it would "force" the reader to turn the first page. Basically, they seem to have a template of "to-dos" for writers that are silly and undefined. What, exactly, will "force" a reader to turn the first page? Wouldn't it be the fact that they found the story interesting enough to pick up in the first place? There's no objective rule that can be used to measure that. It's a purely subjective thing ... and yet I've seen that over and over. Bottom line, I think getting an agent with Hartline would be fine if you are writing a romance/suspense targeted for women. They appear to have connections for that. I'm not sharing this to be derogatory of anyone, just want to share my experience.
from KristenH
Jun 20, 2016 4:05 pm

6/20/16-Same day rejection for Venom's requery and read it fast. She said it didn't work out for her and didn't hold her interest. She said it needs a lot of work, but that's just her opinion. I disagree. I'll try her with Chain Reaction this summer.
from batsojopo
Nov 10, 2015 5:27 pm

EQ: 10/23
ER: 11/4 said beginning was too slow. I asked if I could revamp the beginning and resubmit. Linda agreed.
ER: 11/10
from Julie_L_Spencer
Sep 01, 2014 11:03 pm

My response from Linda:
Julie, I just don't feel it's quite ready yet for submission.
I'd suggest that you get involved with organizations and take
all the classes they offer. They are two very good ones, ACFW,
and Faithwriters. Both offer classes as part of their membership,
or there are some awesome blogs: Write This Way by Suzanne
Hartmann and Gail Gaymer Martin's blog (can't remember the name
of it) but both offer plenty of good info and advice on writing much
stronger fiction. The dialogue in this just isn't strong enough, in my
opinion. I wish you the best and have no doubt with some hard work
this will be ready to pursue.
from PhantomII
Jul 28, 2014 3:18 pm

I agree with WriterK. The part I most disliked about their incredibly structured "proper proposal" tome was the two sections that asked for market and competitive analysis. Well, uh, isn't that sort of why we're looking for an agent? Aren't YOU supposed to evaluate the market potential and tell US how you'd pitch it to publishers?

If they want us to do the work and then take their 15%, they're looking at the wrong author. They're on my DNQ list.
from WriterK
Jul 01, 2014 1:05 pm

Eq: 6/20

You know, after all the hoops they make an author jump through just to query them, something more than a "not the right fit" form would be nice. I know agents are busy but that submission requirement list was practically a short story in itself!!
from JD_Wallace_826
Apr 05, 2014 12:54 pm

EQ 4/4/14
ER 4/4/14

Crime thriller - 110k

FYI -- "While this is a great premise, we don't handle anything with any swearing in it at all."
from Ginabina61
Jul 02, 2013 9:41 am

from KristenH
Jul 02, 2013 6:57 am

Gina, I've queried to her and other agents here. They want all that in one WP document attachment. I followed the sample on the website on what they wanted. Good luck!
from Ginabina61
Jul 01, 2013 7:59 pm

I am a little confused about this agency's requirements. They ask for an email attached with several items that appear to be all separate. I'm used to putting most of this in a one page query letter, so I'm just wondering what others who have submitted have done. Thanks for your help!

Here's what is on their website:

1. Proposal Cover letter
Addressed to the appropriate agent with title/genre/word count and appropriate contact information in the letter, this letter should interest us in reading your proposal. In an email the attached file name should be descriptive - author name / fiction or nonfiction proposal / logline.

2. One-page sell sheet
A one page overview that summarizes your novel.

3. Biographical sketch
List your writing experience, your education, your achievements, and your prior publishing history.

4. Story Synopsis
Prepare a one to three page synopsis of your story.

5. Market analysis
Identify your novel's audience (the specific categories of readers your book is aimed at)

6. Competitive analysis
Identify novels published within the past five years that are similar to your proposed work. Tell us why your book should be published, and explain how your book is superior and/or provides a new slant on your topic.

7. Marketing strategies (what will you do to sell your book in cooperation with the publisher?)
Increasingly, fiction and non-fiction authors are encouraged to promote their novels themselves through writers' conferences, book signings, and web sites. We suggest you establish a web site, and you'll need to create promotional giveaways, arrange your own book signings, or attend writers' conferences. Think outside of the box.

8. History of the manuscript
Please tell us if the manuscript has been submitted to editors and/or publishers by yourself or another agent.

9. The first three chapters
For fiction send the first three chapters. Non-fiction can be your choice of the first three or what you feel best showcases your book.
from AndyandMary
Mar 27, 2013 9:11 pm

Thanks, angelscribe. You were right. Yep, passed again. Said it is good writing, but she just didn't feel a "connect" to it.

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