Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! It’s been a great 2018 at WordServe, and as always, exciting things have been happening this month. But first, some reflections on the year as whole.
What’s new with WordServe in 2018?
On November 1st, we celebrated 15 years as an agency! Next May 1 will be my 25th anniversary of being an agent. It’s a big year. We’re ready for many more years serving our authors! The joy of being involved in shepherding an author’s career and seeing how their books and creativity make a difference seems to always far outweigh the challenges of the publishing industry.
How was our year in the agency as a whole? Here are a few stats we compiled:
New books signed: 51
New Collaborations signed: 15
Foreign books signed: 14
General market deals closed: 6
Movie options: 2
Books released in 2018: 41
Books by new authors: 19
Keely, Sarah, Nick and I continue to find success in an ever-changing publishing market. We’re pleased with the numbers because it shows we’re broadening the types of deals we’re doing for our authors. General market books, movie options and foreign deals have been a big jump for us compared to previous years.
So…we’ve not just been busy, we’ve been strategic. My sense is that we’ll continue to find new markets for our authors in order to serve them better. We have a long ways to go in having an in-road with film, but it’s always tough getting books from paper to celluloid.
Thank you for entrusting us with your writing career. We’re looking forward to big things in 2019 and hope you are too.
Jamie Sumner signed with B&H for her book Keep On Superhero: Celebrating Your Strengths as You Parent a Child with Special Needs.
Jan Drexler signed with Revell for An Amish Christmas Kitchen Novella.
Maritza Wills signed with Muvelt Nep Kft. (Budapest, Hungary) for John Jairo Velasquez – Mi vida como Sicario de Pablo Escobar.
Robert Karrer, Rev. Herman Mendoza, Ed Norwood joined WordServe this month. Welcome!
Wishing all of our WaterCooler followers a very Happy and blessed New Year!