WordServe News: October 2012

Exciting things have been happening at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ books releasing in the upcoming month along with a recap of WordServe client news from the current month.

New Releases


A Year of Biblical Womanhood, by Rachel Held Evans (Thomas Nelson)


Finding God in the Hunger Games, by Ken Gire (eChristian)


In the Twilight, In the Evening, by Lynn Morris (Hendrickson)


Still Lolo, by Lauren Scruggs, with Marcus Brotherton (Tyndale)


A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, California, Erica Vetsch (Barbour)


Resolve, by Bob Welch (Berkley-Caliber)


Christmas in My Heart #21, by Joe Wheeler (Pacific Press)


New WordServe Clients

Christy Johnson: www.christyjohnson.org working on women’s non-fiction, spiritual growth

Angela Strong: http://angelaruthstrong.blogspot.com/ working on romantic suspense fiction

Dr. Wintley Phipps http://www.christianlifemediacenter.com/wintleyphipps.html working on Christian Living non-fiction, Spiritual Growth

Laurie Myers and Betsy Duffey, affectionately known as “The Writing Sisters.” Together they’ve written 30 children’s books in the general market that have sold 1.2 million copies. They’re writing both children’s works for the Christian market and Women’s Fiction. http://www.writingsisters.com/WritingSisters/Welcome.html

Cristobal Krusen, a film maker, screenwriter, novelist and collabortor. Recently had a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly for writing Undaunted, Josh McDowell’s memoirs. http://www.33hope.com/team/crist%C3%B3bal-krusen  and http://www.messengerfilms.com/

New Contracts

Wayne Cordeiro signed with Zondervan Publishing House to write and edit the NASB Leadership Bible. (GJ)

Deb DeArmond signed with Kregel Publishers for a book titled Related by Chance, Family by Choice. A book for moms and the daughters-in-law they love. (BS)

Jo Ann Fore signed with Leafwood Publishing House for her first book of nonfiction called When a Woman Finds Her Voice: God’s Healing for the Women Who Have Been Wounded, Controlled, Abandoned, and Silenced. (GJ)

Denver pastor and missional thought leader Hugh Halter signed for two books with David C. Cook. The first titled Flesh, a book that shows how to allow Jesus to live His life through you in daily living, the second untitled. (GJ)

Henry McLaughlin signed with Gateway Church to write a book on stewardship for one of their pastors. (SF)

Joe Wheeler signed with Howard Books for Great Christmas Love Stories. In every Christmas in My Heart book (21 straight years), Joe writes his own heartwarming Christmas story. This book will have the best of these love stories around Christmas. (GJ)

What We’re Celebrating!!

Excited for Rachel Held Evans, whose book A Year of Biblcal Womanhood has been getting some nice PR. She’s already done “TheToday Show,” “The View,” and will do “Inside Edition.” People magazine confirmed they’ll review it.

What can we help you celebrate?

One Reply to “WordServe News: October 2012”

  1. Excellent post, Jordyn, and you make some excellent ponits. This is a topic on my mind, in part because I’m writing a series that goes longer than the traditional three books. Unlike some authors, I’m naturally outgoing and love communicating with others in any venue or format. I’m also with a small, independent publisher who doesn’t send out advance influencer/reviewer copies nor are my books available in bookstores (no advance, either, but I’m actually happy about that). As a result, it’s taken a lot longer to get noticed. I’m blessed in that my first book has been quite successful and I’m maintaining a large number of readers from book to book now (Book #4 releases in December). How did it happen? I’ve done what I can in terms of sending out promotional blog copies, interviews, a few mailings, etc., and it’s always been my prayer the Lord would get my books into the hands of His choosing. I’ve discovered (at least for my books) that the best marketing plan for me is this: (1)pray every time I sit down to write; (2)write God-honoring books; and (3)do what I can and know God CAN do the rest. I’ve also found that word-of-mouth is the BEST marketing tool out there. Sorry this got long (hazard of the trade, perhaps)! Many blessings.

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