WordServe News April 2022

As this month begins, so does the release of many books this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Congratulations to Rick Johnson and Salem Books  on the April 5, 2022 release of When Grandparents Become Parents: How to Succeed at Raising Your Children’s Children

There’s a quiet epidemic in our culture: The fastest-growing type of family unit is grandparents charged with the task of raising their children’s children.

Though there are myriad reasons for this—the death of one’s adult child, parental drug addiction, abusive living situations, or incarceration, to name a few—the effects tend to be the same: Senior citizens who expected to spend their golden years relaxing or traveling are now seeing their dreams dashed. Those on limited incomes are feeling the strain and are frightened about their futures. And the mental, spiritual, and physical exhaustion of parenting and disciplining children many decades their junior, exacerbated by a technology gap, is overwhelmingly real.

And yet, through their sacrificial service, these seniors are acting as kinsman-redeemers for their grandchildren—keeping them out of the foster care system and giving them the best shot possible for a successful life.

In When Grandparents Become Parents, experienced author Rick Johnson details both the challenges and solutions these heroic seniors face, offering strategies and resources (including real advice from other grandparents) to deal with major areas of stress—incorporating humor, common sense, and practical advice along the way.

The Mystery of SilenceCongratulations to Dr. David Olshiine and Core Media Group  on the April 27, 2022 release of The Mystery of Silence: Making Sense of Life When God Seems Absent.

Most of us have wrestled with doubt, fear, stress, and wonder what to do when life gets difficult. How do we handle adversity? What do we do when God seems passive, quiet or absent?

The Mystery of Silence will take you not only into the author’s world, but also look into examples which will help you discover what silence means in your world, and how to handle the noises all around us.

 

Congratulations to Jessica Hooten Wilson with Jacob Stratman  and Zondervan Publishing  on the May 3, 2022 release of Learning the Good Life: Wisdom from the Great Hearts and Minds That Came Before.

Discover the Good Life as You Learn from the Wise Voices of the Past

We’ve lost ourselves. Disconnected from the past and uncertain about the future, we are anxious about what our lives will be and troubled by a nagging sense of meaninglessness. Adrift in the world, many Christians have their identity completely wrapped up in work and their definition of the “good life” is financial success. Fewer of are staying committed to the Christian faith, finding it difficult to reconcile their experience with their longings and desires. With so much uncertainty, where can we find a true vision of “the Good Life”?

Learning the Good Life speaks to this malaise with trusted and assured voices from the past, inviting Christians into an age-old conversation with some of history’s wisest hearts and minds as their dialogue companions. Featuring classic writings from a diverse lineup of over 35 writers and thinkers including Confucius, Augustine, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, W.E.B. DuBois, Flannery O’Connor, and Wendell Berry. Together these sages of the past address important issues such as:

  • Vocation
  • Calling
  • Meaning
  • Suffering
  • Beauty
  • Virtue
  • Learning
  • Wisdom
  • Critical Thinking
  • Community
  • Wonder
  • Reflection
  • And more

Each of these texts are introduced by experts who are teachers, from a variety of Christian colleges and universities, to help providing a broader, richer, and more cohesive narrative in which Christians may participate. In addition to a substantive introduction, each text is accompanied by discussion questions to provoke further thought and contemplation and also to facilitate discussion when used in groups. Ideal for any Christian seeking a deeper connection to the wisdom of the past and wanting a more cohesive and beautiful vision of the good life. All the writers have a message for you. All of them are calling you to die to yourself, to your habits of indulgence, to your pride and ambition, and instead, dedicate your time to learning, thinking, and loving.

Fierce ValorCongratulations to Jared Frederick with Erik Dorr and Regnery Publishing  on the May 10, 2022 release of Fierce Valor: The True Story of Ronald Speirs and his Band of Brothers.

Fans of Stephen E. Ambrose’s Band of Brothers will be drawn to this complex portrait of the controversial Ronald Speirs, an iconic commander of Easy Company during World War II, whose ferocious courage in three foreign conflicts was matched by his devotion to duty and the bittersweet passions of wartime romance. 

Fight Like You Mean to Win

His comrades called him “Killer.” Of the elite paratroopers who served in the venerated “Band of Brothers” during the Second World War, none were more enigmatic than Ronald Speirs. Rumored to have gunned down enemy prisoners and even one of his own disobedient sergeants, Speirs became a foxhole legend among his troops. But who was the real Lieutenant Speirs? 

In Fierce Valor, historians Jared Frederick and Erik Dorr unveil the fuller story of Easy Company’s longest-serving commander. Tested by trials of extreme training, military rivalry, and lost love, Speirs’s international odyssey begins as an immigrant child in Prohibition-era Boston and continues through the bloody campaigns of France, Holland, and Germany. But 1945 did not mark an end to Speirs’s military adventures. Uncovered by sharp scholarship, his lesser-known exploits in Korea, the Cold War, and embattled Laos also come to light for the first time.

Packed with groundbreaking research, Fierce Valor unveils a compelling portrait of an officer defined by boldness on the battlefield and the inherent costs of war. His story serves as a telling reminder that few soldiers escape the power of their own pasts

Country soulCongratulations to Cara Whitney and Thomas Nelson Publishing  on the May 17, 2022 release of Country Soul: Inspiring Stories of Heartache Turned into Hope.

This book is filled with heartwarming stories–30 compelling journeys of faith about men and women from all walks of life who have turned heartaches into hope and setbacks into victory.  

Most of the stories are drawn from ordinary everyday folks just like you: 

  • A Nebraska rancher who survived cancer and heart disease . . . and is now telling others how to break free from a far worse disease: sin
  • A wounded warrior who found healing in Christ . . . not to mention a brand-new life! 
  • A coal miner’s daughter who met Jesus in a West Virginia holler . . . and is committed to following Him to the ends of the earth 

With full-color color photos, a presentation page, and a ribbon marker, Country Soul is a thoughtful gift for:

  • Horse loversThe Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon
  • Believers who need a little faith lift
  • Birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day
  • Friends and loved ones going through difficult times

Refresh your soul as you rediscover that no matter how hard life gets, you can trust God.

Readers of Country Soul will also enjoy Cara Whitney’s previous books, Unbridled Faith and Fields of Grace.

The forgotten life of eva gordonCongratulations to Linda MacKillop and Kregel Publishing  on the May 17, 2022 release of The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon.

Failing memory has forced Eva Gordon to move in with her granddaughter, Breezy. But Eva hates the bustle of Boston. All she wants to do is move back to her quiet, cozy Cape Cod home and be left alone.

Then Breezy announces she’s getting married, and they’ll be moving to her new husband’s rundown family farm, where he lives with an elderly uncle. They’ll be one big family–but only Breezy and Brent think it’ll be a happy one.

It’s all too much for Eva. Too much change, too much togetherness, too much of an over-crowded life she never wanted. But as her desire for privacy collides with her worsening memory, Eva may find herself in a pickle she can’t get out of. Can an unlikely cast of misfit characters step in to woo Eva from her self-imposed isolation?

Fans of A Man Called Ove will appreciate Eva’s predicament, and enjoy the poignant, hilarious, and intergenerational rescue effort to save her from herself.

Finding MessiahCongratulations to Jennifer M. Rosner and IVP  on the May 24, 2022 release of Finding Messiah: A Journey into the Jewishness of the Gospel.

Jesus was Jewish, and his Jewish identity informed every aspect of his work, words, and witness. He came as the Messiah of Israel, God’s covenant people, and he spoke the language of God’s faithfulness to this people. So why does it seem that Judaism has little to do with our Christian discipleship today? Jennifer Rosner, a scholar of Jewish-Christian relations, takes us on a personal and corporate journey into the Jewish roots of Christian faith and practice. Understanding Judaism―and the way in which Judaism and Christianity became separate religions―is essential for a rich and holistic Christian identity. As a follower of Jesus who was raised in a Jewish home and who continues to live a Jewish life, Rosner has seen firsthand how a Christian faith can become impoverished when divorced from its Jewish roots. Finding Messiah follows Rosner’s own journey in rediscovering the role of Judaism and God’s covenant with Israel in Christian life and practice. When we begin to understand Christianity’s indelible relationship to Judaism, key aspects of the Christian faith come alive and the wonder of the gospel becomes clear in new and powerful ways. Jesus’ Judaism provides the foundation for the church that is built upon his name. Rediscover the Jewish Jesus, and in so doing, experience a deeper and richer faith than ever before.

More of YouCongratulations to Amanda Martinez Beck and Broadleaf Books on the May 24, 2022 release of More of You: The Fat Girl’s Field Guide to the Modern World.

Too often, fatness has been viewed as a moral failing. Fat Christian women in particular are shamed and marginalized by the message that they are failing God because they can’t change their bodies. More of You will challenge that status quo, teaching readers to resist the shame and guilt that is pressed onto them by the world and instead to embrace their bodies, take up space, and learn to navigate the world in ways that allow them to flourish.

With wit and candor, Amanda Martinez Beck, a fat woman herself, compiles her hard-won wisdom to give the skinny on thriving in a fat body to others who have been pushed to the margins of acceptance. Offering helpful tools like The Fat Girl’s Bill of Rights and a script for a weight-neutral doctor’s visit, this book addresses real needs in the fat acceptance community, from how to find self-love in a thin-obsessed world, to navigating a world built for butts smaller than yours, to advocating for equality and justice for fat women’s medical care.

Jacobs ApartmentCongratulations to Joshua Kimbell and Graphic Mundi  on the June 7, 2022 release of Jacob’s Apartment.

Some questions can shake even the strongest faith.

At first glance, college roommates Jacob and Sarah seem like polar opposites. Jacob is a Christian; Sarah is an atheist. Sarah is a drinker, and Jacob, a teetotaler. But they have been friends for years, finding commonality in their shared dream to create art.

Jacob’s world is turned upside down when his father dies, causing him to question his faith. Meanwhile, Sarah wrestles with her own demons, searching for solace in one-night stands after her boyfriend (and professor) leaves her for a job in New York.

A coming-of-age graphic novel in the vein of Ghost World and Fun Home, Jacob’s Apartment weaves together the threads of spiritual faith, identity, purpose, love, and loss to create an engrossing world in which waking and sleeping dreams collide

Contracts

Candace Camling signed with One Ingram for the April 2024 release of  Woodward Whittles A Tune.

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson signed with Salem Communications for the August 2023 release of Don’t Let Satan Blow It Out.

John Dailey signed with Post Hill Press for the April 2024 release of Tough, Rugged Bastards.

Thomas Sileo signed with St. Martin’s for the January 2024 release of I Have Your Back.

Candace Camling signed with Kregel Publications as Illustrator for the release of Amon’s Secret.

New Clients

 Ryan Keats and Jessie Cruickshank recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

On the SpectrumCongratulations to Daniel Bowman, Jr. His book, “On the Spectrum” has been named,  Book of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy. 

Read the entire article at https://rushtopress.org/on-the-spectrum-by-daniel-bowman-jr-named-book-of-the-year-by-the-academy-of-parish-clergy/

 

WordServe News March 2022

As this month begins, so does the release of many books this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Train your dogCongratulations to R. Ruddell Weatherwax  and Skyhorse Publishing  on the Jan. 4, 2022 release of Training Your Dog the Weatherwax Way.

A training manual for any dog owner using the tried, true, and trusted Weatherwax methods.

The name “Weatherwax” is widely known in the dog world. The author is a third-generation professional dog trainer and owner of Weatherwax Dog Training. The family has trained the original “Lassie” (actually a male named “Pal”), Toto for “The Wizard of Oz,” and also “Old Yeller.” These theories and tactics are applicable to any dog lover and owner, not just those on the big screen!

This is a complete guide to dog ownership and basic training manual using the Weatherwax method, which hasn’t changed in almost a century; though Robert has added a few enhancements over the years from his exposure to other great trainers.

To be continuedCongratulations to Mike Ashcraft  and B&H Books  on the March 15, 2022 release of To Be Concluded: How to Prevent Your Past from Piling Up and Find Hope for Your Future.

“To be continued…”
The words build anticipation for what’s coming . . . which is great for a Netflix binge, but not a healthy pattern for our lives. In real life, constant continuation causes our lives to pile up, episode upon episode, with no space for reflection or rest, contentment or closure.
This book is for the too-busy, driven person who’s moving on to the next win, without ever processing how one season of life affects the next. It’s for the person stuck and held back because she’s never done the hard work of getting real closure on a season. When we fail to finish well, we live with a pile of unfinished beginnings. But finished things become usable things because they are a part of the story of God’s grace and faithfulness.

You HappierCongratulations to Dr. Daniel G. Amen  and Tyndale Publishing  on the March 22, 2022 release of You, Happier: The 7 Neuroscience Secrets of Feeling Good Based on Your Brain Type.

Happiness is a brain function. With a healthier brain always comes a happier life.

After studying more than 200,000 brain scans of people from 155 countries, Dr. Amen has discovered five primary brain types and seven neuroscience secrets that influence happiness. In You, Happier, he explains them and offers practical, science-based strategies for optimizing your happiness. Dr. Amen will teach you how to

  • discover your brain type based on your personality and create happiness strategies best suited to you;
  • improve your overall brain health to consistently enhance your mood;
  • protect your happiness by distancing yourself from the “noise” in your head; and
  • make seven simple decisions and ask seven daily questions to enhance your happiness.

Creating consistent happiness is a daily journey. In You, Happier, Dr. Amen walks you through neuroscience-based habits, rituals, and choices that will boost your mood and help you live each day with clearly defined values, purpose, and goals.

Drawing the LineCongratulations to Kate Crocco  and Baker Books  on the March 29, 2022 release of Drawing the Line: How to Achieve More Peace and Less Burnout in Your Life.

In order to live a full and abundant life in alignment with our dreams and callings, we first need to become crystal clear on where we draw our boundary lines. But where and how do we draw the line? And how do we communicate clearly and lovingly to those around us where the line is and why it’s important?

With plenty of relatable stories from her life juggling multiple businesses and a full house, therapist and mindset coach Kate Crocco offers eight principles that will help you understand, create, and maintain healthy boundaries in order to find more peace, greater fulfillment, and less burnout. She shows you how to take back control from the whims of other people’s opinions about what you should be doing so that you can align your time and priorities with God’s highest calling for your life.

Stop selling yourself short, waiting for permission, and looking to others for approval to begin living a life of purpose, passion, and personal peace.

Preaching Life ChangingCongratulations to Jesse Nelson  and Kregel Ministries  on the April 12, 2022 release of Preaching Life-Changing Sermons: Six Steps to Developing and Delivering Biblical Messages.

A how-to guide for preparing and delivering Spiritfilled, biblical messages that make an impact

Being called to preach is a tremendous commission. In Preaching Life-Changing Sermons, Jesse L. Nelson shares a simple process for effective expository sermon preparation and delivery, flavored with insights from his life in ministry and academic work. Those with teaching and preaching responsibilities with little to no seminary training will learn practical steps they can use today in their ministry.

 

Contracts

Jennifer Fitzpatrick signed with Salem Publishing for the May 2023 release of  The Patient-Centric Culture.

Catherine Ricketts signed with Broadleaf Books for the April 2024 release of Mother & Makers.

Kevin Ford and James Singleton, Jr. signed with InterVarsity Press for the November 2023 release of The Attentive Church.

Sarah Frazer signed with B&H Publishing for the summer/fall 2023 release of When Your Story Shifts.

Leslie Leyland Field signed with NavPress for the Jan 2024 release of Nearing a Far God.

New Clients

 Joe Muccia and Kimberly Shumate recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

 

 

 

WordServe News February 2022

Much has been happening this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Living Unbroken WorkbookCongratulations to Tracie Miles  and David C Cook Publishing  on the March 1, 2022 release of Living Unbroken: A Divorce Recovery Workbook.

With discussion questions, journal prompts, prayers, Scripture verses, real-life stories, teaching videos, and a downloadable leader’s guide, the Living Unbroken Divorce Recovery Workbook is uniquely geared for women-only small groups. This interactive book creates a safe place for women to come together and process their heartbreak and questions. It empowers them to glean encouragement, build companionship, and find spiritual strength to reclaim their lives and happiness after divorce.

Women who know the pain of separation or divorce often feel alone, even in the church. This small group companion to Tracie Miles’s honest and groundbreaking book Living Unbroken invites women to take an important step on their journey to healing together.

Specifically created for groups of women only, The Living Unbroken Divorce Recovery Workbook offers:

  • Access to 7 videos hosted by the author plus a downloadable leader’s guide
  • Journal prompts, discussion questions, prayers, Scripture verses, and real-life inspirational stories to help hurting women find optimism
  • Action steps such as “Happiness Prompters” and “Caring-for-You Reminders”

Written for the tens of thousands of Christian women who have experienced divorce and feel unseen, this powerful workbook reminds readers that their identity comes from Christ, not their marital status. Although it’s hard to imagine while overcome by pain, they can indeed discover joy, hope, and self-confidence again. 

Stop Chasing EasyCongratulations to Stephen Blandino  and The Core Media Group  on the March, 2022 release of Stop Chasing Easy.

Are you tired of chasing the empty promises of ease, comfort, and security? Are you ready to make your life count today…and for eternity? 

Everywhere you look, there is a constant enticement to pursue a life of ease. In fact, for many people, “Easy Street” has become their primary ambition in life. There’s only one problem: the apostle Paul warns us that, “Easy street is a dead-end street.” In the end, it leaves you feeling empty, and it deceives you into believing that the purpose of life is to avoid anything difficult. 

In Stop Chasing Easy, Stephen Blandino inspires us with a bigger vision beyond the edges of ease. He unpacks the apostle Paul’s wisdom in the book of Philippians and shares four powerful trade-offs that will help you make your life count. 

No matter where you find yourself, Stop Chasing Easy will inspire you to think differently, grow to your full potential, and pursue a mission worth your life. Rather than chasing easy, you’ll learn how to make your life count today…and for eternity. 

 

The Grace MessageCongratulations to Andrew Farley  and Salem Book Publishing  on the March 8 , 2022 release of The Grace Message.

What Is God’s Grace—and What Does It Mean for You?

Grace. It’s a word we’ve heard since the very first step in our faith journey—but do we really believe in God’s grace?

Grace raises eyebrows. It begs questions. Grace turns everything upside down. The Grace Message invites you to discover the best flavor of Christianity and celebrate the good news of the Gospel to the fullest. Here, you’ll learn:

• how to abandon rule-based living and stop trying to measure up

• why your new identity in Jesus matters more than you can imagine

• how you can now enjoy God’s New Covenant way of grace

Bestselling author and radio host Andrew Farley’s no-nonsense straight talk will awaken you to a revolutionary perspective every healthy Christian should have.

Life is too short to miss out on God’s best—and what you don’t know can hinder you from experiencing Jesus in every area of your life. So if you’ve been weighed down by ruthless religion, or you’ve been searching for that high-octane version of the Gospel that you know must be out there somewhere, here it is. This thought-provoking book will challenge you to dismiss the lies you’ve believed and to make up your own mind about how big God’s grace really is.

“Andrew Farley shows why the good news is actually great news. This extraordinary, battle-tested message of hope and freedom has a proven track record of transforming lives. The Grace Message is bursting with truth. The love of God practically drips from its pages. Read it and see for yourself!” —Bart Millard, singer/songwriter for MercyMe

 

Finding Joy in the Empty NextCongratulations to Jim Burns  and Zondervan Publishing  on the May 10 , 2022 release of Finding Joy in the Empty Nest.

When the kids are gone, you can discover a richer, deeper, and more fulfilling life than you ever imagined!

Whether you’ve been looking forward to it or dreading it, the experience of coming home to an empty nest brings with it a well of emotions, realizations, and one gigantic, all-consuming thought: Now what? As an empty nester, the options before you are practically limitless–a fact that can be as exciting as it is terrifying.

In this book, Jim Burns combines his personal experiences with extensive research, interviews with other empty nesters, and his professional work as a family educator to help you navigate your new life as an empty nester and find joy in the opportunities for life-change before you.

Rather than offering shallow suggestions of hobbies you should take up, Burns encourages you to actively pursue a fresh start, reinvent yourself, and thrive beyond this new stage. To help you do this, he equips you with practical advice and timeless principles, including how to:

  • Change the relationship you once had with your children–for the better
  • Face big issues (like aging parents, finances, and kids returning home) with confidence
  • And rekindle your fire and purpose to live with passion day by day

Amid his wealth of know-how, you’ll uncover what may be the most important takeaway of all: hope that the best is yet to come.

Contracts

Kris Tarantino signed with Waterbrook Publishing for the March 2023 release of Be My Valentine.

Carolyn Leiloglou signed with Waterbrook Publishing for the January 2023 release of Beneath the Swirling Sky.

Grace Hamman signed with Zondervan for the  September 2023 release of The Many Faces of Jesus.

Melissa K. Norris signed with Harvest House Pubishers for the January 2024 release of Made-from-Scrath Life.

Sarah Frazer signed with B&H Publishing Group for the Summer/Fall 2023 release of When Your Story Shifts.

New Clients

 Alicia Kazsuk, Lisa Colon DeLay, Greg Munck, and Gregory Pratt recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

 

Who We’re Recognizing

  .It’s with a heavy heart that we announce what many have already heard. Steve Farrar, one of my clients since 1995, has passed away at the young age of 73 after compli-cations from a heart procedure.  I’ve been privileged to work with many wonderful men’s ministry leaders the last 30 years, but Steve was that rare combination of a great heart, incredible speaking gifts (humor and depth), a deep thinker, a great writer . . . and most importantly, a kind and compassionate man. He was the kind of man I always wanted to be. He was quick with a laugh, a prayer, an insight and a big bear hug. He was a giant of a man in things that mattered most. Finally, he was a good friend who will be profoundly missed not only by his wife Mary and his children and grandchildren, but also by the Kingdom.

 

Congratulations to Patricia Raybon for being selected for Stephen Curry’s Book Club which was announced in the Rush to Press recent weekly news.   Read the interesting article at  https://rushtopress.org/10150-2/

  “Tyndale is pleased to announce that Stephen Currys Literati book club, Underrated, which is committed to championing often overlooked authors and stories, has selected All That is Secret by Patricia Raybon as its March 2022 pick for readers. “

WordServe News January 2022

Why Socialize when You Can Read!

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

New Releases

Jesus love to the endCongratulations to Anne Barbour and FaithHappenings Publishers on the December 5, 2021 release of Jesus Love to the End: A Devotional to Prepare Your Heart fo Easter.

Is your experience leading up to Easter one filled with anticipation? It can be!

Jesus Love to the End will help you saturate yourself in the story of Jesus’ final weeks up and through His death and resurrection. As you do that, you will find yourself deeply appreciating Jesus and His radical display of love. Whatever traditions and practices make up your preparation for Easter each year, the focus—the point of it all—is Jesus.”

 

Be A Giant KillerCongratulations to Ed Norwood and Freiling Publishing on the August, 2021 release of Be A Giant Killer – Overcoming Your Everyday Goliaths.

SINCE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN, there have been giants in your life. Tyrants of immense size who try to exert negative influence over your destiny. Giants try to intimidate you into inaction and apathy. They want to convince you that your past mistakes, family tree, size, and shame will always hold you back. I, too, was born with giants. When I was eight years old, twenty-seven of my relatives were massacred by cult leader Jim Jones in the Jonestown Guyana Tragedy. The shame of my own family history shadowed my life until I discovered the lessons revealed in this book, a searing expose of how our history can influence our legacy.

We were made to break the cycle and, just like men and women in the Bible, fiercely face the giants in our lives before they get passed to the next generation.

Be A Giant Killer is a knockout punch to what’s holding you back from your wildest dreams and best life!

“Powerful and impactful! Ed is an incredible man and friend with a very unique personal story. His passion is contagious! He identifies God’s dreams for His children and the giants in the way of fulfilling these dreams. This is a must-read for anyone excited to use biblical weapons to help defeat these giants in life and chase their dreams! Get reading and let’s go!” -BRUCE TOLLNER, Co-Author of Sidelined with Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano/NFL Agent/ Owner Rep 1 which represents Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Marcus Mariota, Ben Roethlisberger and many others.

“In Be A Giant Killer, Ed Norwood equips the reader to be able to readily identify the enemies that hinder us, and then conquer them. Defining the problem well is half the battle. This is gold to those who are ready to be victorious warriors.” -BISHOP DALE C. BRONNER, D. MIN., Founder/Senior Pastor, Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, Atlanta, GA

 

BusesCongratulations to Charles Person with Richard Rooker and St. Martin’s Publishing on the January, 2022 Paperback release of Buses are a Comin’ Memoir of a Freedom Rider.

A firsthand exploration of the cost of boarding the bus of change to move America forwardwritten by one of the Civil Rights Movement’s pioneers.

At 18, Charles Person was the youngest of the original Freedom Riders, key figures in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement who left Washington, D.C. by bus in 1961, headed for New Orleans. This purposeful mix of black and white, male and female activists―including future Congressman John Lewis, Congress of Racial Equality Director James Farmer, Reverend Benjamin Elton Cox, journalist and pacifist James Peck, and CORE field secretary Genevieve Hughes―set out to discover whether America would abide by a Supreme Court decision that ruled segregation unconstitutional in bus depots, waiting areas, restaurants, and restrooms nationwide.

Two buses proceeded through Virginia, North and South Carolina, to Georgia where they were greeted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and finally to Alabama. There, the Freedom Riders found their answer: No. Southern states would continue to disregard federal law and use violence to enforce racial segregation. One bus was burned to a shell, its riders narrowly escaping; the second, which Charles rode, was set upon by a mob that beat several riders nearly to death.

Buses Are a Comin’
 provides a front-row view of the struggle to belong in America, as Charles Person accompanies his colleagues off the bus, into the station, into the mob, and into history to help defeat segregation’s violent grip on African American lives. It is also a challenge from a teenager of a previous era to the young people of today: become agents of transformation. Stand firm. Create a more just and moral country where students have a voice, youth can make a difference, and everyone belongs.

 

Mrs. WitherspoonCongratulations to Mary Davis and Barbour Publishing on the January 31, 2022 release of Mrs. Witherspoon Goes To War (Heroines of WWII).

A WASP Goes Above the Call of Duty to Free Captive American Soldiers

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes; the heroines of WWII. Peggy Witherspoon, a widow, mother, and pilot flying for the Women’s Airforce Service in 1944 clashes with her new reporting officer. Army Air Corp Major Howie Berg was injured in combat and is now stationed at Bolling Field in Washington D.C. Most of Peggy’s jobs are safe, predictable, and she can be home each night with her three daughters; until a cargo run to Cuba alerts her to American soldiers being held captive there, despite Cuba being an ally

Will Peggy go against orders to help the men? Even risk her own life? Don’t miss this and other stories about Heroines of WWII.

Contracts

Sarah Varland signed with Harlequin Enterprises for Sarah Varland K-9. to be released May 2023.

Dr. Cindy McGovern signed with McGraw Hill for Sell Your Brand-Sell YOU to be released March 2023.

New Clients

 K.C. Campbell recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

 

What We’re Celebrating

 

The Scandal of HolinessCongratulations to Jessica Hooten Wilson for the Review of her book”The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints” in Publisher’s Weekly Magazine. 

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Read the entire review at:  https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-58743-524-9. 

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WordServe News December 2021 and Year-End Updates

ChristmasHappiest of New Year’s to you and those you love.

I hope you had a truly wonderful Christmas season

Along with all of the things we’re celebrating this month as you’ll see below, our year end wound up with some great things to celebrate, as well. It goes to show that publishing goes strong even through the hardest of times. Here are a few of the highlights . . .

Total Nonfiction/fiction books under contract: 63

General Market: 13

Christian Publishers: 37

Children’s: 14

Collaboration Projects: 12

New Authors sold: 22

Audio deals: 3

Video deals: 5

Foreign deals: 3

Screenplay/book options for film: 4

Books released in 2021: 53+

Another solid year that showed a lot of variety of the types of intellectual property sold/licensed.

So on behalf of Keely, Sarah, Nick and Julie (our new assistant), we wish you a really wonderful new year!

 

Always,

Greg Johnson

President

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New Releases

Pray and think imaginativeCongratulations to Candace Camling for theDecember 3, 2021  release of Pray and Think Imaginative Rosary Book by Ascension Press.

Engage children in praying the Rosary and inspire them to love the Blessed Mother with this inviting, imaginative how-to book.

Colorful, reverent pictures and child-friendly explanations for each mystery offer parents and children a chance to grow together in the Faith. Meditation on the mysteries helps young Catholics to think about each mystery (including the Luminous) and interact with the pictures using their imaginations, leading them toward the first steps of meditative prayer.

This hardcover picture book is written by a Catholic mother for Catholic mothers to help teach their children how to experience the beauty of the Rosary and how to pray it.
 The Pray and Think! Imaginative Rosary Book includes:

  •  Step-by-step, illustrated instructions for praying the Rosary
  • The prayers of the Rosary
  • Child-friendly explanations and illustrations for each mystery
  • Prompts to help children start meditating on the mysteries
  • chart to show when to pray each set of mysteries
  • Warm, colorful, reverent artwork

Ahome For His FamilyCongratulations to Jan Drexler with Noelle Marchand for the January 25, 2022  paperback release of The Texan’s Inherited Family and A Home for His Family  by Harlequin Books.

Nate Colby came to the Dakota Territory to start over, not to look for a wife. He’ll raise his orphaned nieces and nephew without schoolteacher Sarah MacFarland’s help. Sarah deserves better than a man who only brings trouble to those around him. Yet helping this ready-made family set up their ranch only makes Sarah long to be a part of it—whatever the risk.

Contracts

Linda Clare with Sandy Silverton signed with BroadStreet Publishing, for Thank God for Cats to be released March 2023

Geralyn Ritter signed with The Core Media Group for Bone by Bone to be released December 2022.

Lanny Hunter signed with Blackstone Publishing for Exit Wounds: A Vietnam Eulogy to be release October 2022

Deb Adamson signed with Cottage Door Press for God Sent You with Love to be released December 2022

New Clients

Caroline Faisel, Grace Hamman, and Monica DiCristina signed with WordServe recently. Welcome!

 

WordServe News November 2021

Much has been happening this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Tune It OutCongratulations to Jamie Sumner for the August 31st paperback release of  Tune It Out from Atheneum Books.

From the author of the acclaimed Roll with It comes a moving novel about a girl with a sensory processing disorder who has to find her own voice after her whole world turns upside down.

Lou Montgomery has the voice of an angel, or so her mother tells her and anyone else who will listen. But Lou can only hear the fear in her own voice. She’s never liked crowds or loud noises or even high fives; in fact, she’s terrified of them, which makes her pretty sure there’s something wrong with her.

When Lou crashes their pickup on a dark and snowy road, child services separate the mother-daughter duo. Now she has to start all over again at a fancy private school far away from anything she’s ever known. With help from an outgoing new friend, her aunt and uncle, and the school counselor, she begins to see things differently. A sensory processing disorder isn’t something to be ashamed of, and music might just be the thing that saves Lou—and maybe her mom, too.

One Kid's Trash

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for the August 31st hardback release of  One Kid’s Trash from Atheneum Books.

From the acclaimed author of Roll with It and Tune It Out comes a funny and moving middle grade novel about a boy who uses his unusual talent for decoding people’s trash to try to fit in at his new school.

Hugo is not happy about being dragged halfway across the state of Colorado just because his dad had a midlife crisis and decided to become a ski instructor. It’d be different if Hugo weren’t so tiny, if girls didn’t think he was adorable like a puppy in a purse and guys didn’t call him “leprechaun” and rub his head for luck. But here he is, the tiny new kid on his first day of middle school.

When his fellow students discover his remarkable talent for garbology, the science of studying trash to tell you anything you could ever want to know about a person, Hugo becomes the cool kid for the first time in his life. But what happens when it all goes to his head?

Rocking It GrandCongratulations to Shelie Rushing Tomlinson with Chrys Howard for the November 9th paperback release of  Rocking It Grand – 18 Ways To Be A – Game-Changing Grandma from Focus on the Family.
 
Grandma―You Can Be a Game-Changer for Generations to Come.
Today’s grandmas live in an ever-changing, fast-paced, highly-competitive, busier-than-ever world. We struggle with balance as we help our children manage theirs―grandbabies, work, exercise, staying healthy, and leading our growing families.

 

Chrys Howard and Shellie Tomlinson have more than 20 (as of now) grandchildren between the ages of newborn to 30 years old. Together they inspire grandmas with personal stories, learned insight, relevant Scripture, and a few laughs to encourage new and seasoned grandmas to press on.

Rocking It Grand includes four, easy-to-remember R’s in each of the 18 devotions:

  • Remember it is a scripture passage to absorb;
  • Read about it is a personal message from Chrys or Shellie;
  • Reflect on it is a quote to highlight their message; and
  • Rock it provides an action step to reinforce the topic.

Become more confident and intentional with your grandchildren, your adult children, and their spouses; more grounded in your faith; and ready to rock your role as the best grandparent you can be.

Behind Nazi LinesCongratulations to Denise George with Andrew Gerow Hodges, Jr. for the paperback re-release of  Behind Nazi Lines from Penquin Random House.

In 1944, hundreds of Allied soldiers were trapped in POW camps in occupied France. The odds of their survival were long. The odds of escaping, even longer. But one-man had the courage to fight the odds . . .

An elite British S.A.S. operative on an assassination mission gone wrong. A Jewish New Yorker injured in a Nazi ambush. An eighteen-year-old Gary Cooper lookalike from Mobile, Alabama. These men and hundreds of other soldiers found themselves in the prisoner-of-war camps off the Atlantic coast of occupied France, fighting brutal conditions and unsympathetic captors. But, miraculously, local villagers were able to smuggle out a message from the camp, one that reached the Allies and sparked a remarkable quest by an unlikely—and truly inspiring—hero.

Andy Hodges had been excluded from military service due to a lingering shoulder injury from his college-football days. Devastated but determined, Andy refused to sit at home while his fellow Americans risked their lives, so he joined the Red Cross, volunteering for the toughest assignments on the most dangerous battlefields. In the fall of 1944, Andy was tapped for what sounded like a suicide mission: a desperate attempt to aid the Allied POWs in occupied France—alone and unarmed, matching his wits against the Nazi war machine.

Despite the likelihood of failure, Andy did far more than deliver much-needed supplies. By the end of the year, he had negotiated the release of an unprecedented 149 prisoners—leaving no one behind. This is the true story of one man’s selflessness, ingenuity, and victory in the face of impossible adversity.

The Best GiftCongratulations to Walt Larimore, MD for the paperback release of  The Best Gift: Tales of a small-town doctor learning life’s greatest lessons from Revell Publishing.

When Walt Larimore, MD, moved his young family to Kissimmee, Florida, to start a small-town medical practice in 1985, he had no idea he was embarking on an enterprise that would change his life in ways both large and small. Dr. Larimore shared some of these heartwarming and heartbreaking tales in The Best Medicine. Now he offers up more charming stories of his time as a family physician in a rural, small-yet-growing town in The Best Gift.

Ideal for anyone wrestling with the inevitable and difficult storms of life, as well as fans of Dr. Larimore’s popular Bryson City series, The Best Gift is a tender and insightful collection of stories chronicling one young doctor’s spiritual growth as a physician, husband, father, and community member. Filled with characters colorful and crusty, warmhearted and hotheaded, witty and winsome, these captivating stories glow with drama, heartbreak, warmth, love, and humor. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll learn some of life’s greatest lessons. And you’ll wish Dr. Larimore was your doctor.

 

Contracts

John Meador signed with The Good Book Co, for Coming Back from Any Setback to be released May 2023

Carole Engle Avriett signed with Regnery for Extravagant Love to be released November 2022

Angie Ward signed Zondervan Corp for Uncharted Territory to be release June 2023

New Clients

Craig Evans, Roger Hutchinson and Halee Gray Scott signed with WordServe recently. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

 

Nick-Harrison_Headshots-e1540826818869Beginning January 1, WordServe literary agent, Nick Harrison, will assume the newly created position of WordServe Writing and Proposal Coach. Nick’s new duties will include finding promising proposals and book ideas that can be represented by WordServe agents to the appropriate publishers. In this role, Nick will work with authors to make sure their proposals are ready to be reviewed by acquiring editors in our industry.

A Flicker of LightCongratulations to Katie Powner.  Her book A FLICKER OF LIGHT is a finalist for the Kipp awards.  The Kipp Award is a contest to celebrate notable Christian Fiction sponsored by Fiction Readers Summit. This is a 100% reader nominated prize and the winners are also selected by readers. We think that’s pretty special! Please go to the link and vote for Katie before December 5th.  Clink Here

 

CT nov 2021Congratulations to Fred Sievert for the book review in Christianity Today on his book, Fast-Starting A Career on Consequence. Read the full review at:  2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers

 

 

Publishers Weekly
Congratulations to Terry Whalin on his article Winning Attention with That Book Proposal in the November 12, 2021 issue of Publishers Weekly.

 

bannerCongratulations to Patricia Raybon for the book reivew in The Sunday 11-14-2021 Denver Post on her book “All That Is Secret.                                                                              Read the full review at: The Sunday Denver Post.

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