HELMERS LITERARY AND CREATIVE TRUST FORM NEW LITERARY PARTNERSHIP
Donald Miller, Philip Yancey Join Ted Dekker On Newly Combined Roster
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 28, 2008 – Creative Trust, Inc., an elite artist management firm with music, media, and literary clients, has formed a new literary division in partnership with Kathryn A. Helmers of Helmers Literary Services (Colorado Springs, Colo.) announced Dan Raines, CTI founder and president.
Helmers, a 30-year publishing veteran, will transition her roster of notable writers, including Blue Like Jazz author Donald Miller and What’s So Amazing About Grace author Philip Yancey, into her new role as managing partner of Creative Trust Literary Group. They join a boutique list of CTI authors including N.Y. Times best-selling suspense novelist Ted Dekker (House, Adam) and premier women’s author/speaker Angela Thomas (Do You Think I’m Beautiful?).
“No one in the business is better at finding and developing great content than Kathy,” said Raines. “Her reputation as a passionate author advocate and her keen sense of content development has attracted some of the most original and creative voices in publishing today. We are honored to join together in building this new literary partnership.”
Creative Trust, Inc., originally founded in 1989 to manage music artists such as Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day, expanded into literary representation in 2001 with a unique mission: to apply its expertise in client management to serving authors with a comprehensive, brand-marketing strategy across multiple platforms such as film, radio, Internet, graphic novels, events, and corporate and charitable partnerships.
“The challenges to literary success are pressing the need to develop targeted reader communities and expand market penetration and awareness for authors,” said Raines, who has built Creative Trust with partners Jim Houser and Jeanie Kaserman and has expanded its literary business with agent Katie Sulkowski. Leveraging the explosive success of authors such as Dekker and Thomas, CTI has demonstrated that it can grow an author’s influence beyond the book world.
Helmers began her career in magazine publishing in New York before earning an M.A. in English (University of Denver, 1981) and building an extensive track record in book editorial and publishing management. In 1995, she began work as a literary agent with Alive Communications, Inc. Her strengths in conceptualizing and developing book projects as well as her ability to grasp and interpret a writer’s vision have led to work with authors such as Richard Foster, Cynthia Heald, Richard Land, Donald Miller, Brennan Manning, Brian McLaren, Eugene Peterson, Walter Wangerin, Jr., and Philip Yancey.
Through the new partnership, Helmers envisions “an ability to support writers more comprehensively in a changing industry that keeps upping the ante on value-added services.” She continued, “in Dan and his team, I found kindred spirits in subverting the dominant paradigm—not only for success in the publishing and entertainment industries but ultimately in planting the seeds of cultural transformation through the power of ideas and artistic expression.”
Helmers and Raines describe their new venture as applying the depth and substance of Helmers Literary Services to the breadth, innovation, and media expertise of Creative Trust. “We look forward to the synergy of our combined efforts in extending the brand platforms of our clients through proactive development of book, film, and other media initiatives,” said Raines.
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Creative Trust Author Roster
Craig M. Barnes
Steven Curtis Chapman
Jean Graham Ford
Richard J. Foster
Philip J. Newell
James Bryan Smith