New Agent at WordServe!

Guest Post by Rachelle Gardner

Effective immediately, we at WordServe have added thirty years of experience to our service for authors with the addition of industry insider Barbara Scott as a new literary agent.

“Publishing continues to evolve, but finding and guiding the careers of new and established authors will always be a big need,” says 17-year agent Greg Johnson. “Barbara has worked as an in-house sales rep for a publisher as well as an editor, and authored numerous books of fiction and non-fiction. Her strong editorial eye, relational skills and professionalism make her a natural to join the WordServe team.”

Barbara Scott brings 30 years of publishing experience to WordServe having worked at Zondervan, McGraw-Hill, Honor Books, and most recently Abingdon Press where she developed and built the fiction line.

Barbara has partnered with best-selling authors such as Brandilyn Collins and Melody Carlson for the YA fiction line at Zondervan, and many of the authors in her fiction launch at Abingdon Press received rave reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal. Two of her most recent authors at Abingdon Press, Cynthia Ruchti and Richard Mabry, have been nominated for Carol Awards by ACFW in 2011. The fiction line at Abingdon Press exceeded all sales expectations, and Barbara has been credited for kicking off a well-rounded series of quality, highly-reviewed novels.

I’m thrilled that I get to work alongside this talented lady, who is already well-loved in CBA. Please join me in welcoming Barbara to our team!


P.S. Barbara won’t be at ACFW, but I’ll be there scouting projects for her!

What Barbara is Looking for:

Adult Fiction:
Full-length fiction, 65,000 to 100,000 words. General market or Christian market.
Genres: Women’s, Romance, Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Historical, Family Saga, Amish, Political Thrillers, Mainstream, Supernatural/Speculative, including End Times.

Short contemporary and historical fiction, 40,000 to 65,000 words. Christian market.
Genres: Romance, Historical, Romantic Suspense. Will accept queries for Barbour, Steeple Hill Love Inspired, Summerside Love Finds You, and Avon Inspire.

Middle grade and YA books

Both Christian market and general market projects. Current Affairs, Political, Management, Sales, Money, Home Life, Marriage, Family, Parenting, Health & Diet, How-to, Popular Culture, Psychology, Science, Self-Help, Women’s Issues, Devotionals. Authors should have established social media, consulting, or speaking platforms.

Christian theology, apologetics, pastoral, spiritual growth:
I will only take on this type of project if the author has well-known credentials and/or a large, established platform.

What she is NOT looking for:
• Gift books
• Poetry
• Short stories
• Screenplays
• Graphic novels
• Children’s picture books
• Horror

Contact Barbara Scott: barbara {at} (This email might not be active yet – give it a couple days!)

26 Replies to “New Agent at WordServe!”

    1. Martha, sorry you received that message. There’s a note after the address in the post now: (This email might not be active yet – give it a couple days!)

  1. Welcome, Barbara! WordServe is blessed to have you, and I know that many writers will be blessed to call you their agent. This is exciting news!

  2. Barbara,
    You left such a beautiful impression on me after our meeting last year. This is fantastic news! It’s so cool we’ve both recently joined WordServe. I trust you’ll make an excellent agent and I can only imagine how thrilled Greg and Rachelle are to have you onboard. I’ll miss seeing you at ACFW.
    I couldn’t stop beaming when I read the news. I love how God works. (And I love this agency.)
    ~ Wendy

  3. What a great addition to an already amazing agency! Barbara, welcome aboard! I am sorry we won’t be able to congratulate you in person in St. Louis, but hope to see you next year!

  4. Welcome, Barbara! What an exciting time for WordServe, and for the writers who will now benefit from your wealth of wisdom. Praying this will be an exciting new season of fruitfulness for you as well. Bless you!

    1. You didn’t miss it, Martha! No worries! I just went and added it a couple hours ago. So you’re not going crazy. 🙂

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