About Greg Johnson

I’m the president of WordServe Literary in Centennial, Colo. and founder and president of FaithHappenings.com. More importantly, I’m married to Becky, and together we share six adult children, and are grandparents to seven. In previous years, I've been a Campus Life leader (10 years), Breakaway magazine editor (5 years), author or coauthor of 21 books. But for the last 22 years, I've been a literary agent privileged to work with a great family of authors and staff trying to make a dent for the Kingdom.

WordServe News March 2018

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

New from Mountain Brook Ink and Patricia Lee, Love Calls Her Home, Book 2 in the Mended Hearts Series. Can a hurting boy help two broken people find their way back to love? Lissa Frye returns home from the Navy hoping to find a different future—one which includes a husband, marriage, and a family, until news from her sister impacts Lissa’s personal life and derails her plans.

Congratulations to Kathi Lipp on her re-release from Harvest House Publishers, The Mom Project: 21 Days to a More Connected Family. Do you want to connect with your children outside your regular routine and find ways to understand, enjoy, and learn more about them? This handy guide offers a straightforward, workable plan to do just that! Kathi’s warm, funny, and thought-provoking expertise will give you the tools and confidence you need to connect with your kids. Small efforts can make a big difference in the life of a child…and in the life of a mom!

New from Joe L. Wheeler and Pacific Press, My Favorite Courage Stories the fifth book in Joe L. Wheeler’s Favorite Stories Collection. Desmond remained on top of the cliff until he had lowered every wounded man to safety. During this five-hour ordeal, again and again, Doss prayed, “Just one more, Lord.” The official record would go on to state that 75 men had been save by Desmond Doss, although it was likely closer to 100. Read this incredible story of courage and more in Joe L. Wheeler’s latest collection.

Congratulations Jamie Sumner on her new release from FaithWords, Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood.  Unbound gives hope and encouragement to all women whose picture of motherhood is strained by disillusionment, otherness, and even despair. With honesty and vulnerability, Jamie Sumner walks readers through each stage of her own journey to motherhood through infertility and special needs parenting. She pairs her story with those of women in the Bible, offering readers comfort, hope, and companionship rooted in biblical truths.

Debora M. Coty released her companion journal to the Too Blessed to be Stressed series. In the My Prayer Journal, Coty invites readers to spend some quite time in the comforting presence of our heavenly Father, who cares about anything and everything the day may bring our way. This inspiring journal features a collection of prayer starters plus scripture selections and room to record your own personal thoughts and prayers…the perfect complement to our daily routine.

Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Trey Gowdy release Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives U Hope for a Divided Country from Tyndale. Our nation is hungry for unity. Most Americans  would rather celebrate what we have in common than focus on our differences. But the feelings of division are real. In recent years, the very foundation of our melting-pot society has been shaken—ironically, by our differences. We long for a story that will give us a glimpse of how to once again find harmony with our diversity. This is that story.

Also released this month by Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Trey Gowdy in conjunction with Tyndale is The Friendship Challenge: A Six-Week Guide to True Reconciliation — One Friendship at a Time. Do you want to transform your community? Take the Friendship Challenge. In 2016, Scott and Gowdy began hosting a series of community roundtables, bringing together pastors, law enforcement officers, and administrators to discuss community relations. In The Friendship Challenge, they apply the lessons they learned to help promote reconciliation in their communities.

Congratulations to Leslie Leyland Fields and Kregel Publications on her new release The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 On Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength. Start embracing the wonder of life after 40. We’re all getting older. How do we make the second half of our lives the best half? Forty incredible women of faith from 40 to 85 tackle aging anxieties head on—and upend them with compelling first-person stories full of humor, sass, and spiritual wisdom.

Contracts

Rick Lawrence signed with Harvest House Publishers for Finding Freedom to be released early 2019.

Cynthia Herron signed a three-book deal with Mountain Brook Ink with a possible book four. The three books will be part of the Welcome to Ruby series. First book in the series, Her Hope Discovered, due for release July 2019.

Kim Kimberling signed with Faith Words for his book Avoiding The Train Wreck Marriage: Keys to Making the Right Connections for a Lifetime, due to publish in early 2019.

Casey Diaz with Mike Yorkey signed with Emanate, an imprint of the Thomas Nelson division of Harper Collins Publishing for The Shot Caller due out Spring 2019.

Laurie Short signed with Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group for Hidden Wisdom to be released early 2019.

Jamie Erickson signed with Moody Press for The Unlikely Homeschooler due for release mid 2019.

Lydia Harris signed with Harvest House for her Grandma and Me Cookbook due for release mid 2019.

Sara Varland signed with Love Inspired for books 3 and 4 of the Moose Haven Series, due for release mid and late 2019.

New Clients

Sarah Jackson and Ryan Hendrickson joined WordServe this month. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations agent Sarah Joy (Freese) Oaklief and family! Welcome to the world sweet Sadie Jayne Anne Oaklief, born March 15. At 6.9 lbs and 19 inches, Sadie Jayne (and mama) are home and doing great!

 

Congratulations to Donald Stratton whose work All the Gallant Men with Ken Gire helped inspire a commercial on PBS which has been nominated for an Emmy! See the commercial here: https://www.facebook.com/ussarizonasurvivor/posts/438281903295828

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WordServe News February 2018

Exciting things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Mary Davis released Courting Her Amish Heart with Love Inspired. A doctor or an Amish wife? She can choose to be only one…This first book of the Prodigal Daughters series has Kathleen Yoder coming home after fourteen years in the Englisher world.

Fred Sievert released Grace Revealed, Finding God’s Strength in Any Crisis with BroadStreet Publishing. Crises are inevitable, will you face them alone or call upon God’s amazing grace for a lasting solution? In Grace Revealed, be inspired and encouraged from real-life stories of others who discover they are not alone when crises arise.

Mindy Ferguson released the latest installment of the Eyewitness to Promise Bible Study Series with Abraham: Developing Unwavering Faith. Through this study, you will watch the budding father of a nation question God’s plans, take matters into his own hands, and, at times, compromise truth. Like us, Abraham and his wife, Sarah, made mistakes along their journey with God, but Abraham learned to trust God more fully from each misstep. Abraham became a great man of faith. Will you?

 

New Contracts 

Martha Bolton signed with BroadStreet Publishing for Forgettable Jokes for Older Folks, due for publication in December 2018.

New Clients

 

What We’re Celebrating

 

WordServe News January 2018

Happy 2018! Exciting things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary.

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of WordServe authors’ recently released books along with a recap of agency news.

New Releases

Mary Davis’s novella, Holly and Ivy, was released as part of A Bouquet of Brides Collection from Barbour. In this delightful collection, readers meet seven American women who were named for various flowers but struggle to bloom where God planted them. Can love help them grow to their full potential?

Phillip Robinson and Rondol Hammer released Forgiveness in the First Degree with FaithHappenings Publishers. The gun was never supposed to go off. When a drug dealer assured twenty-nine-year-old Ron Hammer and his brother-in-law that they could make some quick easy money, they were intrigued. He promised them that when a local grocer delivered a bag of money to his store to cash Friday paychecks, they only needed to show him a gun and he’d hand over the bag.
But high on meth and dulled by liquor, they ended up in a scuffle with their target, and the gun accidentally fired.

 

Sarah Varland released Mountain Refuge with Love Inspired Suspense. When someone tries to grab Summer Dawson on a secluded mountain path, she escapes—but soon discovers she’s a serial killer’s latest target. Ex-cop Clay Hitchcock, promises she won’t become the next victim, but can Clay and Summer work together to bring down the crazed killer lurking in the wilderness?

New Contracts 

 

New Clients

 

What We’re Celebrating

 

WordServe December News & End of Year Update

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! It’s been a great 2017 at WordServe, and as always, exciting things have been happening this month. But first, some reflections on the year as whole.

When I look back at 2017, the best word that describes it is “Eventful.”

We started the year with All the Gallant Men (Harper/Morrow) staying on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list for 5 weeks. It’s gone on to sell nearly 160,000 copies, so far. A great tribute for Donald Stratton’s story of surviving the sinking of the Arizona at Pearl Harbor, and then rejoining the fight a year later after his injuries and burns had healed.

And then towards the end, Sensing the Rhythm by deaf jazz singer and “America’s Got Talent” 4th place finisher Mandy Harvey (written with Mark Atteberry) came out with Howard/Simon & Schuster.

In between, we had such notable releases at Dr. Daniel Amen’s new book Memory Rescue (Tyndale), Denise George and Rob Child’s WWII biography, The Lost Eleven (Berkley/Caliber), Steve and Misty Arterburn’s The Mediterranean Love Plan (Zondervan), Christian George’s The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon, Vol I and II (Lifeway), Tricia Williford’s You Can Do This (NavPress) and Julie Cantrell’s Perennials (Thomas Nelson).

The agency continued a string of great books being released and signed:

  • 60 New books released, with 10 of these by first-time authors.
  • 65 New books under contract, with 13 by first-time authors.

As we head into 2018, the WordServe family gets a bit larger with agent Sarah Freese due to have her third child in April, and agent Keely Boeving having twins in January!

In the meantime, we wish all of our WaterCooler followers a very Happy and blessed New Year!

December News

New Releases

Craig Chapman released Battle-Hardened: An Infantry Officer’s Harrowing Journey from D-Day to VE-Day with Regnery Publishing. It tells the fascinating story of an American soldier’s growth from a 2nd Lieutenant eager to prove his worth in battle to a skilled and resolute commander over the course of the Northern European Campaign as he fought against the Nazis.

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson released Devotions for the Hungry Heart with Barbour. Grounded in scripture and Shellie’s signature storytelling style, this devotional invites you to God’s table for a continual feast. With themes including Sharing, Needing, Celebrating, Praying, Surrendering, and Being Intentional, you’ll be challenged and encouraged to develop God-honoring traits in your spiritual life.

New Contracts 

Amanda Anderson signed with Nelson for her book All My Friends Have Issues. An exploration of how even flawed women — and what other kind are there? — can find safe, sane friendships in which we help each other become who God intended us to be, it will publish in summer 2019.

Jim Burns signed with Zondervan for his next book, Doing Life With Your Adult Child, which tackles the tough issues and offers honest, practical advice on parenting your adult child.

New Clients

Anne Barbour and Rob Maaddi joined WordServe this month. Welcome!

 

WordServe News June 2017

Exciting things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

Agency News

Anita Agers-Brooks launched a new project this month, BookInfluencers.com. Created to help authors expand the reach of their books, Book Influencers connects writers to thousands of book reviewers, book clubs, book sellers, and dozens of influencers in other categories. She’s offering a special discount to WordServe authors of 10% off all services for a limited time. Please check out the site at http://bookinfluencers.com, and email Anita at bookinfluencers@gmail.com with any questions!

New Releases

Tricia Williford released You Can Do This with NavPress. Tricia explores how confidence and self-awareness can be a path toward stronger and richer faith, and offers stories and strategies to inspire and lead women to develop the confidence to stand firm in the face of the blows, losses, and disappointments in life.

Jan Drexler pre-released An Amish Courtship with Love Inspired. Samuel Lapp all but accepts his estrangement from the Amish community—until Mary Hochstetter moves in next door to. She sees Samuel differently than his neighbors do. If he can earn her respect while helping with her aunt’s chores, perhaps the rest of the community will follow. But as their delicate friendship grows deeper, they both must overcome their painful pasts before they can build a home together.

Amanda Jenkins and Tara McClary Reeves’ books, The Knight and the Firefly and The Pirate and the Fireflyare now available in paperback! These creative and inspirational tales guide children through God’s Word with the help of Phineas the firefly, imparting important lessons about courage, confidence, friendship, and more.

Anne Love’s novella “The Gardener’s Daughter” was published as part of the Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection by Barbour. Nine stories of poverty and opulence during the Gilded Age will thrill readers as couples meet during these exhilarating times and work to build an incredible future together.

New Clients

Amanda Anderson, Drew Clark, Cynthia McGovern, Bill Nester, and Kerri Pomarolli joined WordServe Literary this month. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Tricia Lott Williford’s book, You Can Do Thisis being featured on the main table at 64 Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. It also hit #1 for new titles on Amazon in Women’s Issues. Congrats, Tricia!

Leslie Leyland Fields’ latest book, Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas, will be translated into the Slovak language. Additionally, RightNow Media is heading to the Alaskan island where Leslie lives to film a video study of Crossing the Waters, one of just 20 books a year RightNow chooses for their video study series!

WordServe News: March 2017

Exciting things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Mary Davis’s novella, “An Unlikely Hero,” was published as part of The Pony Express Romance Collection from Barbour. Nine adventure-filled novellas revive the period between April 1860 and November 1861 when riders faced daily urgency and danger to get mail across the country via the Pony Express.

Stephen Kuhn released 52 Amazing Things that Became True of You the Moment You Trusted Christ with FaithWords. Once you accept Jesus, your identity is now “in Christ” — but what exactly does that mean? Stephen helps you fully understand your true identity based on God’s love, enable you to walk in His power rather than your own.

Tracie Miles released Unsinkable Faith with David C Cook. Offering hope for women who struggle with negativity, each chapter explores Tracie’s and other women’s personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Despite what storms roll in, hearts anchored in God don’t sink.

Joe Wheeler released My Favorite Life-Changing Stories with Pacific Press. The fourth book in his My Favorite Stories Collection, this volume looks at stories having to do with pivotal moments or powerful experiences in a person’s life.

New Contracts 

Dr. Daniel Amen signed with Tyndale for the publication of Stones of Remembrance, a collection of Scriptures for memorization and meditation as well as tips on using Scriptures for meditation, improving memory capacity, and incorporating Scripture memory into one’s life.

Mark Atteberry and Many Harvey signed with Howard to publish Sensing the Rhythm, Mandy’s story of becoming profoundly deaf at the age of 19 and how she learns new ways to “hear” and sing music, as well as her spiritual journey along the way, for publication in 2018.

Kent Hunter signed with FaithWords for the publication of his book, Who Broke My Church?, in early 2018. Based on a survey of 75,000 churchgoers of all denominations and 1-on-1 interviews, the book offers practical directions for Christians to experience the breakthrough impact every church could make on society.

Andy Savage signed a 2-book deal with Bethany House for his books Making Marriage Make Sense, which considers how good marriage can be when we dare to deal with the one thing that erodes perfection: selfishness; and Making Parenting Make Sense, which will speak to the biblical, practical, and sometimes radical high calling of parenting–equipping moms and dads to navigate the journey without the pressure of perfection.

Joe Wheeler signed with PZZ to publish a Polish edition of My Favorite Angel Stories. 

New Clients

Judy Thompson, Christy Johnson, Jared Frederick, Lionel Hollins, Remy Maaddi, Andrea Gurney, and Matt Rogers joined WordServe this month.

What We’re Celebrating

Outreach Magazine named two WordServe books as Resources of the Year! Adam S. McHugh’s The Listening Life was named the Christian Living Resource of the Year, and Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin’s Growing Young was named Church Resource of the Year. Congratulations to our authors!

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that Joe L. Wheeler’s entire backlist is now available digitally as ebooks! Many out of print titles have also been restored to print with paperback editions. You can find them all on Amazon.com, and find out more on Joe’s website: http://joewheelerbooks.com/.

WordServe News: February 2017

Exciting things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

61ic0zrs0sl-_sx353_bo1204203200_Christian T. George released The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon with B&H. For almost 160 years, Charles Spurgeon’s earliest sermons were lost to history. Now, these rediscovered sermons can finally be enjoyed by the millions around the world who admire Spurgeon’s spiritual insights and literary grace. This multi-volume set includes full-color facsimiles of Spurgeon’s original handwriting, transcriptions of his outlines and sermons, and editorial commentary.

jpg_coverLaurie Polich Short published The College Pocket Guide to Dating, Mating, and Waiting with FaithHappenings Publishers. This short, smart guide is packed with answers to questions that many college kids have–but are too afraid to ask. Offering solid truth and experienced insights, it will help every reader make thoughtful decisions in their relationships.

9780800727550_p0_v2_s192x300Dr. David Stoop and Dr. Jan Stoop released Smart Love with Revell. What would happen if you applied the game-changing principles of emotional intelligence to your most important relationship? Drs. Stoop help readers improve their love IQ and transform their marriages with practical action steps and wise counsel.

51fsc40ezgl-_sx314_bo1204203200_Jan Drexler’s A Mother for His Children was re-released as a mass market paperback along with Hannah’s Courtship by Emma Miller, from Love Inspired. Now two heartwarming Amish stories about second chances and the courage to make room for love are available in a single volume!

51p65rwysl-_sy346_Angela Ruth Strong released Presumed Dead with Love Inspired Suspense. Framed for a sabotaged military operation, Preston Tyler has allowed everyone to believe he’s dead—until he witnesses someone planting a bomb in his childhood sweetheart’s cabin. To save Holly Fontaine’s life, he must blow his cover. The two are reunited… but will the ultimate betrayal tear them apart for good?

51l1em4ei8lSarah Varland released Perilous Homecoming with Love Inspired Suspense. When former Treasure Point police officer Kelsey Jackson witnesses a murder while back in her hometown, the killer is dead set on silencing her. This riveting inspirational romance involves a murdered museum curator, modern-day pirates, and a handsome marine biologist determined to make up for his past.

New Contracts 

Bonnie Kristian signed a contract with FaithWords for her book 200 Million Ways to Follow Jesus, a readable exploration of the lively theological diversity that stretches back through church history and across the spectrum of Christianity today.

Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers signed with Gerth Medien for a German edition of their book Love Never Ends, for publication next year.

Suzanne Norquist signed with Barbour for her novella “A Song for Rose,” and Mary Davis signed for “Holly and Ivy,” both which will be included in the Bouquet of Brides Collection.

New Clients

U.S. Senator Tim Scott, U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy, Nigel Dixon, and Jamie Sumner joined WordServe Literary this month. Welcome!