Meet Terry's Editorial Assistants


Deb Harper

Deborah is a published author and an experienced editor and critique participant.  She's a graduate of the Apprentice, Journeyman, and Craftsman Courses of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. 
Teresa Burns
Teresa "Teri" Piearcy
Teri is an award winning writer, who spent two decades as a reporter and copy editor working on a number of publications and doing free-lance work, as well. She majored in journalism and English at Stephen F. Austin State University. In her spare time, she works with her fiance in his Web design and marketing company and does freelance manuscript editing.

Bonnie S. Calhoun
Bonnie is the Owner/Publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine,Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, and a debut author with Abingdon Press. She is working with Terry as Webmaster and Marketing Analysis assistant.

 

Linda Yezak
Linda W. Yezak holds a BA in English, a graduate certificate in Paralegal Studies, and a bucket list as long as her arm.  Until the day she can retire with her husband to their land in Central Texas, she’ll continue with her writing and freelance editing careers and working with Terry as editorial assistant.


We work submissions in the order they come in and indicate a 90 day response time although it is generally 30 days or so. We do get several hundred submissions a month so we are often a bit stacked up, and of course we give precedence to working on behalf of the clients we already have.

We do work query letters as they come in before working on proposals and manuscripts and if they are clearly not a fit for us notify the author then. If it passes that initial test it is logged in and it takes its rightful place in line. The submissions are divided between myself and my editorial assistants. We leave all former correspondence on an email as it builds a record of the contact. These ladies have the authority to ask for a proposal if they like a query, or a full read if they have a proposal and want to see more. On occasion if they feel changes need to be made in order for them to recommend it to me and will ask an author if they are willing to make them. They do not accept or reject, but they are VERY good and I am usually in agreement with whatever disposition they recommend.

In the process we take the time to check the markets and see if there seem to be some good possibilities for it before we are willing to tie up a work. It slows us down, granted, but it also means we’re not taking projects off the market when we don't have a realistic chance of placing them. I came up through the author ranks, and I'm very sensitive to not doing that to a fellow writer.

PLEASE NOTE THESE LADIES DO EDITING AND OTHER FUNCTIONS ON THE SIDE. IT IS THE POLICY OF THIS AGENCY TO NOT RECOMMEND SUCH EDITING FOR FEAR OF THE APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY BUT THEY ARE LISTED WITH OTHERS ON THE PROFESSIONAL EDITING LIST (http://www.terryburns.net/Professional_Editing.htm) AND ARE CERTAINLY FREE TO WORK WITH WRITERS OUTSIDE OF THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITY WITH ME.


Terry Burns, Agent