Black Hawk Literary & Portfolio Agency

We do not charge writers any reading fees, and there are no other fees or charges with Black Hawk Literary Agency. We read manuscripts and consider them for representation as your potential literary agents. If we take you on as a client, we will professionally edit your manuscript, and other documents necessary for our submission to publishers. We will provide excellent training materials and phone meetings on marketing your book so you will be prepared to promote your published book.

Jan Kardys

Jan L. Kardys’ diverse book publishing career included executive positions at ten of the major book publishers – Doubleday, St. Martin’s Press, Scholastic, Macmillan, Scribner’s, Little, Brown & Company, Warner Books, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Lippincott & Crowell, Publishers, Simon & Schuster/Prentice Hall and Condé Nast Publications. Her book publishing positions have been in editorial, art/production, subsidiary rights, contracts, copyrights, permissions, book agenting, editing, teaching, and writers conferences (she created Unicorn Writers Conference Jan also worked for Google for three years and has Internet sales/marketing training.

Barbara Ellis

Barbara worked for Knight Ridder Newspapers as a feature writer, interviewing notable people and writing a sailing column. She became an editor and then editor-in-chief. She works with writers, doing everything from basic line-editing to plot and character development to complete manuscript evaluation. She can help you produce a dynamite query letter, do a book summary, or expertly guide you through the process of writing a non-fiction book proposal. And if you need it, she is a writing coach, or can even ghost write your book. Besides enjoying what Miamians call Paradise, Barbara and her kids are dog and cat lovers and rescuers.

What makes Black Hawk Literary
& Portfolio Agency different from other agencies?

  1. Manuscript (we professionally edit every manuscript)
  2. Bio with photo, including published work and social media numbers (we edit this for you)
  3. Marketing Plan (we give you detailed samples, instructions and hands-on help to develop a plan to work with the publisher to generate sales for your book, because in today’s market, this is a collaboration)
  4. One Page Synopsis (we edit this for you until it is a compelling sales tool)
  5. Chapter-by-Chapter Summary (we explain the format and edit this for you until it is a concise representation of your manuscript)
  6. Competition for your book (we provide the correct format and work with you to develop a list of 8 to 10 published books that are similar to yours, to show publishers where your book fits into the marketplace)
  7. Website (we discuss in depth the tabs and information on your site)
  8. Newsletter (we recommend you look at authors’ newsletters and develop your own, because publishers today prefer Newsletters to Blogs as a way to gauge the excitement you are generating for your followers)
  9. Illustrators (we submit an artist’s portfolio, artist bio, and sample artwork)

Having worked inside major publishers, we know the world of publishing from the point of view of editors, art directors and publishers. For artists, we provide an artist’s portfolio, artist bio, and sample artwork. Our personalities – enthusiastic, passionate, thoughtful, kind, patient, loyal, devoted and hypersensitive to our clients.