Monthly Archives: September 2013

Progress & Congress

As we observe the two major political parties engage one another during another budget deficit showdown in Washington, I am mindful of the old adage “if the opposite of “pro” is “con”, then the opposite of “progress” must be “congress.”

It’s easy to blame a political party that is not in the power position for obstructing “progress.” Both parties of course complain like this depending on who is in the minority power in any given political season, but here’s the thing… Politics and blocking progress is a part of our storied history as a nation. When one party complains that the other one is “blocking progress,” that is like complaining that the defense on the football field is cheating the “progress” of the team on offense.

This budget showdown is part of our country’s business. No entity can spend on programs more money than it has, which surely any rational person with common sense can acknowledge is ultimately unsustainable.

I’m sure that sometimes even moving toward dictatorship seems attractive because you don’t have to navigate redtape and various personalities with diverse opinions and perspectives, but it is a certain amount of bureaucracy that in fact makes our country so strong. True leadership is not using your title to tell people what to do, but moving people on principles and inspiring them as to why your agenda is best for the nation and then leading a disparate group of people forward effectively.

So, let’s not demonize one another’s opinions, but rather find common ground and work together within the laws of our country and the laws of the physical universe. That is, we cannot spend what we do not have. That is unsustainable and even as our forefathers gave us a great country to steward, we cannot hand down to next generations a bankrupt nation. A finite supply of capital and programs that sustain and grow are our only path forward. Let’s hope for reasonable constructive discourse between the two parties to resolve this problem. But when the discourse is not reasonable, let’s not feign surprise when the opposite party leverages politics to advance their agenda. Let’s instead lead.

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Literary Agent List

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I often get asked by new or aspiring authors at conventions or over social networks if they can submit a manuscript or proposal. Like most companies in the creative arts, we do accept submissions but only through agents and attorneys (or colleagues) with whom we already do business. This is really in the best interest of both parties, because many proposals and manuscripts may be similar to what we already have in development.

So it is a case of the old Catch-22, where a writer needs relationships but doesn’t yet have the relationships needed to break into the industry.

Well, here is a great place to start. I have listed below many of the agents and attorneys with whom I already work, along with their physical and email address.

Before you carpet bomb all of them with your big idea, be sure to first send a query letter to state who you are, why you are qualified to write, what your basic premise is and to kindly ask whether they are accepting new clients.

It is my hope that this helps launch your career, and I hope to see you and your work soon. Please use the comments field to ask any questions or make comments. Thank you.

NOTE: I am also an agent for select authors and new authors with manuscripts I believe can help change the world. So, you’ll see me listed as well.

LITERARY AGENT LIST

These are agents that focus on representing Christian authors and organizations. I also work with many entertainment and general market agents but this list is focused on Christian representation.

NOTE TO AGENTS: If you are one of the agents listed below and prefer a different contact address or to be removed entirely, please let me know by email. If you are an agent and are not listed below and would like to be added, please let me know by email.

Maurilio Amorim
Amorim Agency
112 Westwood Place Suite #110
Brentwood TN 37027
Email

Giles Anderson
Anderson Literary Agency
435 Convent Avenue Suite #5
New York, NY
E-mail

Sally Apokedak
Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency
5252 Barrett Parkway #39
Marietta, GA 30064
Email

Karen Ball
Steve Laube Agency
5025 N. Central Avenue Suite #635
Phoenix, AZ 85012–1502
Email

Bruce Barbour
Literary Management Group
P.O. Box 40965
Nashville, TN 37204
Email

Tim Beals
Credo Communications Inc.
3148 Plainfield Ave NE Suite 111
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Email

Sandra Bishop
MacGregor Literary
2373 NW 185th Ave Suite #165
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Email

Frank Breeden
PREMIERE AUTHORS
Washington – Nashville
Email

Chip Brown
PROPER MEDIA
Contact

Jenni Burke
D.C. Jacobson & Associates
3689 Carman Drive Suite 300
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
Email

Terry W. Burns
Hartline Literary Agency
1414 Sunrise Drive Suite #51
Amarillo TX 79104-4332
Email

Mary Chappell
Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
535 Boylston Street Suite 1103
Boston, MA 02116
Email

Rick Christian
Alive Communications
7680 Goddard St. Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Email

Jonathan Clements
Wheelhouse Literary Group
1007 Loxley Drive
Nashville TN 37211
Email

Chaz Corzine
The MWS Group
321 Billingsly Court, Unit 15
Franklin, TN 37067
Email

Claudia Cross
Folio Literary Management
The Film Center Building
630 9th Avenue, Ste. 1101
New York, NY 10036
Email

Blythe McIntosh Daniel
The Blythe Daniel Agency
P.O. Box 64197
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
Email

Greg Daniel
Daniel Literary Group
1701 Kingsbury Drive Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37215
Email

Jan Dennis
Dennis Literary
19350 Glen Hollow Circle
Monument, CO 80132
Email

David Dunham
The Dunham Group
63 Music Square East
Nashville, TN 37203
Email

John Eames
Eames Literary Services
4117 Hillsboro Pike, Box 103-241
Nashville, TN 37215
Email

Danielle Egan-Miller
Browne & Miller Literary Associates
410 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 460
Chicago, IL 60605
Email

Esther Fedorkevich
The Fedd Agency
606 Flamingo Blvd.
Austin, TX 78734
Email

Chris Ferebee
2834 Hamner Avenue Suite 456
Norco, California 92860
Email

Sara Fortenberry
Sara Fortenberry Literary Agency
1001 Halcyon Ave.
Nashville, TN 37204
Email

Gary Foster
Gary D Foster Consulting
733 Viginia Ave
Van Wert, OH, 45891
Email

Rachelle Gardner
Books & Such Literary Agency
52 Mission Circle, Suite 122, PMB 170
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Email

Don Gates
The Gates Group
1403 Walnut Lane
Louisville, KY 40223
Email

Jennifer Gates
Zachary Schuster Harmsworth
1776 Broadway, Suite 1405
New York, NY 10019
Email

Joel Gotler
Intellectual Property Group
9200 Sunset Blvd. Suite 520
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Email

Steve Green
Anvil II Management
12175 Network Boulevard, Suite 150
San Antonio, TX 78249
Email

Tamela Hancock Murray
Steve Laube Agency
5025 N. Central Avenue #635
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Email

Joyce Hart
Hartline Literary
123 Queenston Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15235
Email

Andrea Heinecke
Alive Communications
7680 Goddard St., Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Email

Kathryn Helmers
Creative Trust, Inc.
5141 Virginia Way, Suite 320
Brentwood, TN 37027
Email

Judy Hilsinger
Hilsinger-Mendelson West
8916 Ashcroft Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Email

David Jacobsen
D.C. Jacobson & Associates
P.O. Box 1965
Sisters, OR 97759
Email

Don Jacobson
D.C. Jacobson & Associates
P.O. Box 1965
Sisters, Oregon 97759
Email

Tina Jacobson
B & B Media Group, Inc., The
109 S. Main Street
Corsicana, TX 75110

Email

Bill Jensen
William K. Jensen Literary Agency
119 Bampton Court
Eugene, OR 97404
Email

Nancy Jernigan
Hidden Value Group
27758 Santa Margarita Pkwy #361
Mission Viejo, CA
Email

Greg Johnson
WordServe Literary Group
10152 S. Knoll Circle
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
Email

Natasha Kern
Natasha Kern Literary Agency
P.O. Box 1069
White Salmon, WA 98672
Email

Deidre Knight
The Knight Agency
570 East Avenue
Madison, GA 30650
Email

Janet Kobobel-Grant
Books & Such Literary Agency
52 Mission Circle, Suite 122, PMB 170
Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5370
Email

Steve Laube
The Steve Laube Agency
5025 N. Central Avenue, #635
Phoenix, AZ 85012–1502
Email

Wendy Lawton
Books & Such Literary Agency
Central Valley Office
Post Office Box 1227
Hilmar, CA 95324
Email

Shannon Litton
Amorim Agency
112 Westwood Place suite 110
Brentwood TN 37027
Email

Shannon Marven
Dupree, Miller & Associates
100 Highland Park Village, Suite 350
Dallas, TX 75205
Email

Jan Miller
Dupree, Miller & Associates
100 Highland Park Village, Suite 350
Dallas, TX 75205
Email

Tamela Hancock Murray
The Steve Laube Agency
5025 N. Central Avenue, #635
Phoenix, AZ 85012–1502
Email

Mike Nappa
Nappaland Lit Agency
367 Hawthorn Dr
Loveland, CO 80538
Email

Lynn Nesbit
Janklow & Nesbit Associates
445 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Email

Bryan Norman
Alive Communications
7680 Goddard St., Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Email

Bill Reeves
Working Title Agency
2948 Augusta Trace Drive
Spring Hill, TN 37174
Email

Bucky Rosenbaum
Rosenbaum & Associates Literary Agency
P.O. Box 277
Brentwood, Tennessee 37024
Email

Rebeca Seitz
Reclaim Management
1700 Hayes Street, Suite 302
Nashville, TN 37203
Email

Mary Sue Seymour, AAR
The Seymour Agency
475 Miner Street Road
Canton, New York 13617
Email

David Shepherd
The DRS Agency
317 Main Street/Suite 207
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Email

Meredith Smith
Creative Trust, Inc.
5141 Virginia Way, Suite 320
Brentwood, TN 37027
Email

Karen Solem
P.O. Box 374
24 Park Row
Chatham, NY 12037
Email

Ann Spangler
Ann Spangler & Co.
1420 Pontiac Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Email

Les Stobbe
Literary Agent
300 Doubleday Road
Tryon, NC 28782
Email

Mark Sweeney
Mark Sweeney & Associates
28540 Altessa Way, Suite 201
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Email

David Van Diest
Van Diest Literary Agency
P.O. Box 1482
Sisters, OR 97759
Email

David Vigliano
Vigliano & Associates
405 Park Avenue, Suite 1700
New York,, NY 10022
Email

Frank Weimann
The Literary Group International
The Stanford Building
51 East 25th Street, Suite 401
New York, NY 10010
Email

Thomas J. Winters
Winters & King, Inc.
2448 East 81st Street, Suite 5900
Tulsa, OK 74137-4259
Email

Andrew Wolgemuth
Wolgemuth & Associates
8600 Crestgate Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
Email

Erik Wolgemuth
Wolgemuth & Associates
8600 Crestgate Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
Email

Robert Wolgemuth
Wolgemuth & Associates
8600 Crestgate Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
Email

Curtis Yates
Yates & Yates
1100 Town & Country Road, Suite 1300
Orange, CA 92868
Email

Matt Yates
Yates & Yates
1100 Town & Country Road, Suite 1300
Orange, CA 92868
Email

Sealy Yates
Yates & Yates
1100 Town & Country Road, Suite 1300
Orange, CA 92868
Email

Wes Yoder
Ambassador Agency
P.O. Box 50358
Nashville, TN 37205
Email

What I Like & Don’t Like About Apple iOS 7

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I updated to iOS 7 last night and fooled with it for a few hours. Here’s a simple rundown of what I like and don’t like about it.

What I Like About iOS 7

Speed— iOS 7 seems a lot faster and more responsive than iOS 6. I don’t know if it is faster or of I’m imagining that or if maybe my iOS 6 just felt sluggish because iOS 7 is a fresh install, fully leveraging the initial allocation of memory upon install.

Multi-App Interface– I find it easier and more intuitive to move around between apps. You just double click the home button (same as in iOS 6) but then you see the two open apps on either side of the one you’re currently using. And it assumes you want to back to the previous one you were using so if you’re toggling back and forth to cut and paste or compare things, it’s much quicker. And, now when you want to close an app, you just flip it up out of the top if the screen instead if having to click and hold, then click the little red “x”, then hit the home screen. That’s much, much easier, and I find myself already closing apps after using them instead if finding myself with 20+ apps open, which drains the battery.
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Control Center is easier to get to and easier to use, with a more intuitive layout and taxonomy after seven years of organic, iterative growth of iOS. The buttons are better, too.

AirDrop is sweet. You can now use Bluetooth or wifi to pass files/photos/etc to and from other iOS devices.

Smaller icons for signal strength, battery, etc effectively give you more screen real estate for your apps. I think Apple did this to make way for a bigger form factor iPhone, which Tim Cook alluded to in their quarterly earnings call this past spring.

Gesture controls in the iOS and email are very helpful shortcuts once you learn them. That’s also probably paving the way for a bigger iPhone.

App Store no longer launches you out into the OS when you download an app. You stay in the app and can continue browsing or downloading other apps.

Camera App is better. It’s easier to shoot in a 1:1 (square) format and you can switch to that format or panorama or video just by swiping instead of hitting those tiny, tedious buttons in iOS 6. The app also now can take four simultaneous pics and composite them for the best exposure. (And the new iPhone 5s also combines two different hued flashes to capture more natural skin tones whether you are inside or outside, or even in low light. The lens in iPhone 5s is better, too.)

New Native Apps such as Evernote, Word Press, Facebook have cleaner, simpler, more elegant design.

Brightness slowly increases when you turn the phone on or wake it up. That’s kind of glamorous, and graceful if you’re just waking up.

What I Dislike About iOS 7

Settings changed. Some of my settings didn’t carry over from iOS 6. For example, the auto-lock feature defaulted to have to enter my password every time I turned off the screen, rather than the 15 minute lock I had previously set.

Bigger Clock on the Home Page messed up the home screen image.

Keyboard— the keys seem smaller, which makes it harder to type. (Maybe it’s an optical illusion?) Also, the letters on the keys are lighter (thinner), which I don’t mind.

Grey sub folders— We’re going backwards on this one. iOS 6 allowed up to 16 apps per sub folder so you could nest apps in categories of your choosing, but now instead of four across by four down (16 apps total per sub folder), now it’s only 3×3 (9 apps total) per sub folder “page.” It’s rather annoying to now have to click then swipe to a second page within a sub folder. Here is an image of the iOS 7 & iOS 6 sub folders compared:

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I will update this post as I engage the iOS in my regular daily activity over the next few weeks. Please comment to share your favorite (& not favorite) things about iOS 7.