Agent versus Agency

If your agent leaves an agency, several issues may crop up that, as an author, you may find surprising. If you follow Christian publishing circles, recently an agent made a change between agencies, and several authors had to make a decision about what to do.

Stay with the agent or the agency.

Several details may play into your decision. What have you done for me lately? Perhaps you’re not on the best of terms with your current agent, and you want a fresh start. Staying with the agency may be a good choice. Or, you have a great working relationship with your agent and can’t imagine not moving forward with him or her. What’s the reputation of the new and old agency? Does it matter to you?

But the decision may not be as easy as just those questions.

Here are a few things I learned that surprised me.

1. You may not be able to leave. This sounds strange, so let me explain further. Your agent may not be able to take you away from the agency. This depends on the contract your agent signed with the agency when they developed their partnership. So, if you love your agent and never foresee parting ways, this may be an important piece of information for you to know. Personally, I never thought about asking this. Though, my agent is president of his agency, so he likely won’t leave himself.

2. Your contract will stay. Even if you leave the agency with your agent, the contract he/she negotiated will probably stay with the agency. This presents an interesting situation. It’s likely you’ll be working with both parties for the duration of the contract. The agency may handle some aspects, and your agent may handle others. Be sure you’re clear on these details.

3. You may have to reorganize. Perhaps your only social media presence was through your agency. Your picture was only on their web site. You blogged only through their outlets. This speaks to not having all of your eggs in one basket. Remember, your name is your brand. This should be developed separate from what your agency does. So, be blogging in multiple places. Have your own web site. The more internet presence you have, the less likely a change like this will affect your ability to get your message out.

What about you? Do you think you’d be more loyal to the agent or the agency?

When Mom and Dad Split Up

Getting an early morning call from your agent can lead to adrenaline induced heart arrhythmias. Working in the ER, I’m trained to assume and prepare for the worst case scenario. That’s the nurse in me. But, what do you do when you get a cryptic message from your agent?

Me—assume the worst. What could he be calling about? Is it an issue with my publisher? Is he dropping me? What could it possibly be?

Not only am I an ER nurse but a suspense author—so I may lean toward the dramatic.

Quick dial back.

The news was not anything I expected. An agent was leaving the fold as Greg mentioned in late December as part of the agency news. What did that mean? The reason for the call was to discuss what would happen to this agency blog when several contributors were leaving.

The WordServe Water Cooler started in the middle of last year as an agency blog with the focus of helping authors a little further back on their writing journey navigate the publishing road. Since it is an agency blog, professionally, it needed to be maintained as such. Those authors choosing to go with their agent to the other agency would not be able to participate.

Problem was—we had become a family along the way.

Initially, when the blog was set up, a Facebook group was started as a communication tool to facilitate signing up for posts. What it morphed into was a true community of authors supporting, encouraging, and praying for one another’s triumphs and difficulties.

Personally, I didn’t want to lose touch with those who were leaving. It felt like my family was splitting up. Greg had tasked me and another author to take over administrating the blog. We began a conversation with the current overseers about how to handle the change.

How this multi-author blogging group handled this agency change has been humbling and inspiring and I believe has some lessons that can be learned by all—both on a personal and professional level.

Here are a few I’d like to highlight.

1. Do not gossip. On our group Facebook page, there would have been ample opportunity to gossip about the situation. Who was leaving? Why were they leaving? What do you think of such and such agency? Agent? I can honestly say this did not happen. Everyone was professional and supportive and prayed over those having to make tough decisions and over those who were most affected by the change.

2. Your decision is personal. Whether or not you decide to stay with a particular agent/agency is a private matter—not a group discussion. Only a few trusted people should be privy to the reasons. This is handling it professionally. Airing grievances publicly, particularly on social media, will come back to bite you. The world of publishing is small, and people will remember how you acted.

3. Create a neutral meeting ground. To meet the need of maintaining those relationships that developed via the Facebook group—a new private group was created where those who left could still interact with those that stayed. Of course, I can’t tell you the name. It’s a secret.

4. Be open to new opportunities. Change is part of life. The choice you make is how you handle it. You may be presented with opportunities to grow and stretch. Don’t be shy about stepping up and learning new things. This month, you’ll see several new talented authors contributing to this blog—including superstar agents Greg Johnson and Barbara Scott. You’ll learn more about marketing and social media from publicity expert Ingrid Schneider. Ever wonder what it’s like to intern at a literary agency? Check out Sarah Freese’s posts.

Question for you—what’s been the biggest change related to publishing/writing you’ve had to deal with?

WordServe Literary News

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.

February New Releases

From Santa to Sexting
By Dr. Brenda Hunter and Kristen Blair
Leafwood Publishers
Non Fiction/Parenting

 

Something New
By Dianne Christner
Barbour Publishers
Historical Fiction

Into the Free
By Julie P. Cantrell
David C. Cook Publishers
                                                          

Sweeter Than Birdsong
By Rosslyn Elliot
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Historical Fiction

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 Agent News

Though Rachelle is “gone”, she’s still closing deals for her authors that were submitted last fall: Sandi Bricker got a 3-book contract with Moody for fiction; Billy Coffey a 2-book deal with Thomas Nelson for his next two novels; Susie Eller with Regal for a non-fiction book on forgiveness, and several others.

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 Barbara’s New Clients

Dianna T. Benson, EMT and Haz-Mat Operative, is a suspense/thriller novelist.

Terry Brennan, author of The Sacred Cipher published by Kregel, writes political thrillers and is Vice President of the National Organization on Disability in Manhattan.

Ann Lang Bundy, is a former police officer, home-schools her five children, and is a lay Bible scholar. She writes long biblical fiction.

Mary Davis, authored numerous bestselling Barbour/Heartsong books and is writing a longer work of fiction.

Sharon A. Lavy, a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren and author of traditional Old Order fiction. Sharon lives with her husband on a farm in southwest Ohio.

Sandra Dionne Mooore, multi-published Barbour/Heartsong author, has written a longer historical fiction novel.

Stephanie Reed, is a published author and currently in the editing stage of an Amish novel for Kregel.

Amy K. Sorrells, a registered nurse, writes women’s fiction.

Janalyn Voigt, will publish her first epic fantasy novels with Harbourlight and is also writing historical fiction.

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Greg’s Request

Would appreciate prayers for Lauren Scruggs. She as the woman who was in that horrific airplane/propeller accident where she lost her left hand and eye before Christmas in Dallas, Texas. She’s the daughter of WordServe clients Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs (I Do Again).  She’s getting major media constantly contacting her (People magazine, and all of the morning and afternoon talk shows), and I’ve (naturally) been getting calls from publishers. She’ll be making a decision about whether to write a book about it all soon. If she does, it will likely be a family written book, as this experience has tested them all.

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Sarah’s New Client

Kimberly Vargas, Kimberly Vargas has created instructional design content for companies such as Capital One and GEICO, and she is the 2011 Reader’s Favorite award winner for the category of Fiction—Chick Lit for her novel, Gumbeaux.

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 Contract News from Greg

Heather James signed a three-book contract with Kregel Publishers for contemporary suspense. The novels are tentatively titled: Lure; Lust; Lies.  These are Heather’s first books! Kudos to Sarah Freese for helping with the proposal and manuscript.

The Center for Bible Engagement CEO Arnie Cole and Senior Writer Michael Ross signed their second contract with Bethany for a non-fiction book titled: Tempted, Tested, True: A Proven Path to Overcoming Soul-Robbing Behaviors  (their first book, Unstuck, comes out in May).

Using the research from nearly 20,000 surveys, the authors share the new research that reveals a solution to resisting its grip, untangling negative emotions, and breaking free from behaviors that rob our souls of the life God wants to give us.

Gilbert Morris signed a three-book contract with B&H Publishing Group for a historical series called “All That Glitters”. It’s a series set in turn-of-the-century San Francisco.

Rich Marschall got a contract from Dover Publications for a reprint of 1987 book he wrote called: The Tough Coughs As He Ploughs the Dough: Early Writings and Cartoons by Dr. Seuss.  As a former syndicated cartoonist, Rick knew and knows all of the big-time cartoonists/authors from the day.

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 Other News from Greg

 Author Ken Gire has decided to give back to authors everywhere and do a month or two-month mentoring intensive for new or seasoned writers (reasonably priced). Ken has written both fiction and nonfiction, and is considered one of the finest devotional writers of our time (Intimate Moments with the Savior, among others).  If you or a writer you know is interested in hearing more about what it all entails, please contact me at greg@wordserveliterary.com or Ken directly at kengire@gmail.com. You can also find Ken on Facebook. Tell him you read about it on the WaterCooler. (He’s hoping to join us soon!)

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 That’s our good news for the month.

Please share yours in the comments so we can celebrate with you.

WordServe News Update and New Releases

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.

January New Releases

Shaped by the Cross:

Meditations on the Suffering of Jesus

by Ken Gire

IVP Books

Non Fiction/Christian Living/Easter

That’s My Girl

How a Father’s Love Protects and Empowers His Daughter

by Rick Johnson*

Non-fiction: Parenting

Revell Publishing

Shadow of the Mountain

(Cheney Duvall, M.D. #2)

by Lynn Morris

Hendrickson Publishers

Historical Fiction

A City Not Forsaken

(Cheney Duvall, M.D. #3)

by Lynn Morris

Hendrickson Publishers

Historical Fiction


Small Things with Great Love:

Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor

by Margot Starbuck

IVP Books

Non-Fiction/Christian Living

The Redemption (reprint)

(The Legacy of the Kings Pirates)

by Marylu Tyndall

Mission Books (a division of eChristian.com)

Historical Fiction

The Reliance (reprint)

(The Legacy of the Kings Pirates)

by Marylu Tyndall

Mission Books (a division of eChristian.com)

Historical Fiction

The Restitution (reprint)

(The Legacy of the Kings Pirates)

by Marylu Tyndall

Mission Books (a division of eChristian.com)

Historical Fiction

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Agent News

Sorry to see Rachelle Gardner go, but wish her very well in all of her new endeavors. God’s best to Rachelle and all of the clients she’s taking with her. Serve God well…and keep putting out great books! ~ Greg

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Bestseller News

New York Times Bestseller List for December 25, 2011

Rebecca Alonzo The Devil in Pew 7 took the #6 spot on the New York Times E-book Nonfiction Bestseller List for December 25, 2011.

After being on Dr. Phil to meet with the man who killed her mother 33 years ago, and having Dr. Phil hold the book up and say glowing things about it, this stirring story of forgiveness started to move a few copies.” ~ Greg

ECPA January 2012 List

Erica Vetsch*A Log Cabin Christmas, a nine-author novella collection that includes Erica’s story, “Christmas Service,” hit #4 on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Fiction Bestsellers list, #13 on the Multi-channel Bestsellers List, and #23 on the Top 50 Bestsellers List.

CBA Fiction Bestseller List for January 2012

Erica Vetsch*A Log Cabin Christmas, a nine-author novella collection that includes Erica’s story, “Christmas Service,” hit #7 on the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) Fiction Best Sellers list.

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Contest News

Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly Smith, David C. Cook, 2011, won the INSPY Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West*, Oak Tara, March, 2011, won the INSPY Award for romance.

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Barbara’s New Clients

Anita Agers-Brooks* (nonfiction)

Rebecca DeMarino* (fiction)

John Daly (nonfiction)

Pamela Binnings Ewen (award-winning author, multiple novels – fiction)

Mindy Ferguson* (multiple-book, nonfiction author)

Rita Gerlach (multiple novels – fiction)

Michelle Griep (multiple novels – fiction)

Frederick Hurr* (published author – U.K. fiction)

Karen Jordan* (nonfiction)

Henry McLaughlin (award-winning author – fiction)

Tracie Miles (nonfiction)

Melissa K. Norris* (fiction)

Cheryl Ricker (published author – nonfiction)

John Robinson (multiple novels – fiction)

Paul L. Williams (bestselling, multiple-book, nonfiction author – general market)

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Greg’s New Clients

Leigh Ann Bryant, a domestic abuse survivor writing her story of killing her abusive husband during a terrible beating, her trial and short jail sentence, her conversion in prison and release, and how God put her life back together these last 18 years.

Glenn Frazier, Bataan Death March survivor from WWII.

Heather James, attorney by day, contemporary novelist by night (and mornings, and weekends)

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Contract News from Greg

Steve Farrar signed a two-book contract with Thomas Nelson for a book for younger men on how to lead their families called Point Man 2.0, and then a book on providing well, tentatively titled Manna.

Mandy Steward, pastor’s wife, and Messy Canvas blogger, signed her memoir, I’m Tired of Being (that type) of a Christian, with David C. Cook.

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Other News from Greg

Julie Cantrell’s* debut novel, Into the Free, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

(* = WordServe Water Cooler Contributor)

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That’s our good news for the month.

Please share yours in the comments so we can celebrate with you.

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Post Author: Keli Gwyn

I write inspirational historical romance. My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, will be released July 1, 2012. I live in the heart of California’s Gold Country. My favorite places to visit are my fictional worlds, the Coach factory outlet store, and Taco Bell.

WordServe News Update and New Releases

Exciting things have been happening at WordServe Literary!

In 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.

December New Releases

Savanna’s Gift

by Camille Eide*

Christmas Contemporary Romance (novella)

White Rose Publishers

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Bestseller News

ECPA November 2011 List

Erica Vetsch*A Log Cabin Christmas, a nine-author novella collection that includes Erica’s story, “Christmas Service,” hit #25 on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Multi-Channel Bestsellers list.

CBA Fiction Bestseller List for December

Erica Vetsch*A Log Cabin Christmas, a nine-author novella collection that includes Erica’s story, “Christmas Service,” hit #11 on the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) Fiction Best Sellers list.

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Contract News from Greg

Denise George landed her book A Woman’s Right to Rest with Leafwood Publishers. A life-message for Denise (former pastor’s wife whose husband, Timothy, now leads a seminary), the book will be published in August.

Patty Kirk has the distinction of being the first client for whom I’ve sold the same book THREE times! The Gospel of Christmas (15 Advent Essays) was originally under contract with Thomas Nelson. It got purged in. . .the purge. Then resold to Guideposts, but when Guideposts bought Summerside, “thoughtful” books went out the window. Rights returned. “Keep the money.” So they returned this book AND another, Easy Burdens. Both completed books were sold to InterVarsity Press. I’m pretty sure both will be published. (Now how do I report all this in Publishers Marketplace?)

We sold audio rights to Tantor Media for WWII vet and “The Pacific” character Sid Phillips’s book You’ll Be Sor-ree! Tantor Media moves fast. The audio book can already be ordered on Audible and pre-ordered on Amazon.

Other News from Greg

Rebecca Alonzo is scheduled to be on Dr. Phil Friday, December 9th. This will be a “must record” program. Her book The Devil in Pew Number Seven (Tyndale), the true story of a small-town mafia man terrorizing her pastor father’s church, her mother’s murder by a hit man, and ultimately her family’s disintegration, has been selling well.

An appearance on CNN for multiple days gave the Dr. Phil producers an idea: What if we brought in Rebecca and her brother…and the man who was the actual shooter (hired by the devil in pew seven), for a first time meeting since the shooting more than 30 years ago? They found the shooter, and the meeting happened on air. Forgiveness is the point of the book, and I’m told (by collaborator Bob DeMoss, who was there) that it was a very powerful show.

Rebecca's husband, Kenny; Dr. Phil; Rebecca; Rebecca's brother, Daniel

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Contract News from Rachelle

Sandie Bricker* – Abingdon – “Quilts of Love” series

Barbara Cameron* – Abingdon – “Quilts of Love” series

Mary Davis* – Barbour – a novella as part of a collection

Lisa Jordan* – Love Inspired – Lakeside Family, a sequel to her just-released debut novel, Lakeside Reunion

Sandra D. Moore* – Abingdon – “Quilts of Love” series

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Other News from Rachelle

Christian Retailing chose Billy Coffey’s* Paper Angels as a “TOP PICK” for November.

Clients Sandra D. Bricker*, Billy Coffey* and Richard Mabry* all got reviews in Library Journal this month. Billy’s is a starred review!

(* = WordServe Water Cooler Contributor)

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That’s our good news for the month.

Please share yours in the comments so we can celebrate with you.

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Post Author: Keli Gwyn

I write inspirational historical romance. My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, will be released July 1, 2012. I live in the heart of California’s Gold Country. My favorite places to visit are my fictional worlds, the Coach factory outlet store, and Taco Bell.

WordServe News Update and New Releases

Exciting things have been happening at WordServe Literary!

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

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November New Releases

The Encounter: Sometimes God Has to Intervene

by Stephen Arterburn, with WordServe collaborator James Pence*

Contemporary Fiction

Thomas Nelson Publishers

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His Grace is Sufficient…But Decaf is Not

by Sandra D. Bricker* with Loree Lough, Trish Perry, and Cynthia Ruchti

Devotional for Women

Summerside Press

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Paper Angels

by Billy Coffey*

A Novel

FaithWords

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Lakeside Reunion

by Lisa Jordan*

Contemporary Romance

Harlequin Love Inspired

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As Sparks Fly Upward

by Gilbert Morris

Historical Romance

Howard/Simon and Schuster

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The River Queen (Book #1 in the “The Water Wheel” series)

by Gilbert Morris

Historical

Barbour Publishing

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Playing with Purpose: Basketball: Inside the Lives and Faith of Top NBA Stars

by Mike Yorkey

Sports biography

Barbour Publishing

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Contest News

The 2011 INSPY Award

On the Romance Shortlist:

The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund*, Bethany House, October, 2010

Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West*, Oak Tara, March, 2011

On the Speculative Fiction Shortlist:

The Resurrection by Mike Duran*, Realms, February, 2011

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New Clients

Susan Scott Krabacher: Haiti Orphan advocate and ministry leader, author of Angels of a Lower Flight: One Woman’s Mission to Save a Country…One Child at a Time (Touchstone, 2007) (www.haitichildren.com).

Jeff Nesbitt: Summerside novelist.

Mandy Steward: blogger at www.messycanvas.com.

Shellie Tomlinson: the creator of www.allthingssouthern.com, blogger, speaker, radio host.

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Contract News from Greg

Valor Studios head Adam Makos and all-star collaborator Marcus Brotherton* are writing Voices of the Pacific, a compilation of alive (and very old) marines who served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. Many were featured in the HBO mini-series “The Pacific.”  Signed by Berkley Caliber (Penguin).

Dr. Rita Hancock, Total Wellness Now, a medical approach to emotional healing and weight loss. To Charisma Publishers.

Adam Makos and Larry Alexander are writing A Higher Call, the true story of American B-52 pilot crippled after a bombing run, and the German fighter pilot who, instead of shooting the bomber down, escorted it safely to British airspace so other German pilots wouldn’t shoot it down, and their meeting, faith, and friendship after the war. Signed by Berkley Caliber (Penguin).

(* = WordServe Water Cooler Contributor)

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That’s our good news for the month.

Please share yours in the comments so we can celebrate with you.

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Post Author: Keli Gwyn

I write inspirational historical romance. My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, will be released July 1, 2012. I live in the heart of California’s Gold Country. My favorite places to visit are my fictional worlds, the Coach factory outlet store, and Taco Bell.

WordServe News Update and New Releases

Exciting things have been happening at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of WordServe client books releasing in the upcoming month along with WordServe Literary news from the month drawing to a close.

October New Releases

Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride

by Sandra D. Bricker*

Contemporary Romantic Comedy

Abingdon Press

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Challenging Puzzles from the Bible:

Including Crosswords, Word Search, Cryptograms, and More

by Timothy Parker

Howard Publishers

The Exceptional LIfe:

8 Powerful Steps to Experiencing God’s Best for You

by Stephen Arterburn

Bethany House

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Extreme Puzzles from the Bible:

Including Crosswords, Word Search, Cryptograms, and More

by Timothy Parker

Howard Publishers


Lethal Remedy

by Richard L. Mabry, MD*

Medical Drama

Abingdon Press

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Sacrilege

Finding Life in the Unorthodox Ways of Jesus

by Hugh Halter

Baker Publishing

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A Time for Peace

by Barbara Cameron*

Amish Romance

Abingdon Press

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The What’s for Dinner Solution:

Quick, Easy, and Affordable Meals Your Family Will Love

by Kathi Lipp*

Harvest House

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Agent News

We’re excited that Barbara Scott has joined WordServe Literary as the third agent.
To learn more about Barbara and what she’s looking for, read this announcement.

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Bestseller News

New York Times October 2, 2011 Lists

Erica Vetsch*A Log Cabin Christmas, a nine-author novella collection that includes Erica’s story “Christmas Service,” hit #34 on the NYT paperback trade fiction list.

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Consultant News

The WordServe agents have hired Ingrid Schneider to work with their authors on all of their social networking needs. Though it’s fee-based consulting, Ingrid’s been doing some fantastic things to help our authors coordinate all the various social networking platforms, blogging and the rest into a cohesive author brand.

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Contest News

ACFW 2011 Agent of the Year

We’re excited that Rachelle Gardner was named ACFW’s Agent of the Year!

ACFW 2011 Genesis Contest for unpublished novelists

Camille Eide* was the winner in the Women’s Fiction category with My Father’s House!

ACFW 2011 Carol Award for published novelists

We cheered for our finalists, who were one of the top three in their respective categories.

Jody Hedlund* in the Debut Novel category with The Preacher’s Bride.

Richard Mabry* in the Suspense/Thriller category with Medical Error.

S. Dionne Moore in the Short Historical category with Promise of Tomorrow.

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Contract News

Signing News from Greg:

Dena Dyer and Tina Samples ­– Wounded Women of The Bible, to Kregel.

Sid PhillipsYou’ll Be Sor-ee, his WWII memoir on audio, to Tantor Media.

Helen Shores and Barbara Shores Lee with Denise George – A memoir of their life growing up in Civil Rights era Birmingham and the influence their legendary Civil Rights attorney Arthur Shores had on the movement, to Zondervan.

Bob WelchResolved, the WWII memoir of Army hero Lt. Clay Conner, an escapee from the Bataan Death March, who lived and fought in the jungles of the Philippines until the end of the war, to Berkley Caliber (Penguin).

Rachelle announced the following deals on Publishers Marketplace:

Phil CookeOne Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do sold to Thomas Nelson
How to identify your personal “one thing” and more importantly, how to make it a reality in your life.

Jody Hedlund*Echo of Fall and two other titles sold to Bethany House
A young German immigrant must marry or lose her Michigan homestead and falls for a disguised nobleman while waiting for her mail-order groom.

Richard Mabry*Stress Test and two other titles sold to Thomas Nelson
Sparks fly between a doctor being framed for murder and his fiery redheaded lawyer, as they chase down the truth before the killer strikes again.

Krista Phillips*A Sandwich Romance sold to Abingdon Press
A 20-year-old moves to Sandwich, Illinois, to make a new life, then falls in love with her boss and becomes embroiled in a mystery that she must solve if she wants to save both her heart and her job.

Brian SussmanEco-Tyranny sold to WND Books
How the Left’s Green Agenda will Dismantle America, a follow-up to his first book, Climategate.

Lucille Zimmerman*Oxygen for a Woman’s Soul: Self-Care Strategies That Will Save Your Life sold to Abingdon Press
Exploring the idea that women can only love others if they care for themselves, so it’s time to get over thinking self-care is “selfish” and instead, embrace rest, peace and joy.

More News from Rachelle:

Paula Moldenhauer* was awarded her first fiction contract by Rebecca Germany of Barbour Publishing during a special presentation at the ACFW conference for her novella, “You’re a Charmer, Mr. Grinch,” in a Christmas collection with authors Paige Winship Dooly, Darlene Franklin, and Kathy Kovach.

 (* = WordServe Water Cooler Contributor)

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That’s our good news for the month.
Please share yours in the comments so we can celebrate with you.

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Post Author: Keli Gwyn

I write inspirational historical romance. My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, will be released July 1, 2012. I live in the heart of California’s Gold Country. My favorite places to visit are my fictional worlds, the Coach factory outlet store, and Taco Bell.

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!

~Rachelle

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.

Kids:
Middle grade and YA books

Non-Fiction:
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

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WordServe News Update and New Releases

Exciting things have been happening at WordServe Literary!

On the final post each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ books releasing in the upcoming month and a recap of WordServe client news from the current month. (Since this is the first New Releases and Recent News post, we’re playing catch-up.)

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September New Releases

(The titles are links to Amazon.)

A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City Kansas

by Erica Vetsch*

Historical Romance

Barbour Publishing

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“Christmas Service” in A Log Cabin Christmas

by Erica Vetsch*

Historical Romance

Barbour Publishing

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The Doctor’s Lady

by Jody Hedlund*

Historical Romance

Bethany House

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Light to My Path

by Erica Vetsch*

Historical Romance

Barbour Heartsong Presents

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Lily and the Lawman

by Erica Vetsch*

Historical Romance –

Thorndike Large Print Edition

Bestseller News

CBA September 2011 Lists

Tim LaHayeEdge of Apocalypse hit #19 on the Fiction list.

Tim LaHaye and Craig ParshallThunder of Heaven hit #29 on the Top 50 list and #3 on the Fiction list.

Karen Witemeyer*A Tailor-Made Bride hit #17 on the Fiction list.

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Contest News

ACFW 2011 Agent of the Year

We’re excited that Rachelle Gardner is one of the three finalists

ACFW 2011 Carol Award for published novelists:

Jody Hedlund* is a finalist in the Debut Novel category with The Preacher’s Bride.

Richard Mabry* is a finalist in the Mystery/Thriller category with Medical Error.

S. Dionne Moore is a finalist in the Short Historical category with Promise of Tomorrow.

ACFW 2011 Genesis Contest for unpublished novelists:

Camille Eide* is a finalist in the Women’s Fiction category with My Father’s House.

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New Clients

Charise Olson accepted an offer of representation from Rachelle.

Wendy Paine Miller* accepted an offer of representation from Rachelle.

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Contract News

Greg announced the following deals on Publishers Marketplace:

Carol BarnierA Prodigal Speaks sold to Moody Press. Going from parsonage to atheist to Christian, Carol writes to parents and gives valuable lessons on loving a child who is away from the faith.

Rick MarschallOne Year Book of Cartoon Devotions sold to Tyndale. The book uses syndicated cartoonists and contains 365 cartoon panels and devotional readings after each one. Rick also signed with Tyndale for a YA devotional to be written with Clubhouse editor Jesse Florea.

Dave Runyon and Jay PathakThe Art of Neighboring sold to Baker Books. What does it mean to be a great neighbor with no motive but to serve and care for those around you? Combining practical stories from a whole city whose churches practiced this concept with radical biblical thoughts on what Jesus meant when he said “love your neighbor,” the authors make a compelling case for a new way to neighbor as a person of faith.

Rachel St. John-GilbertThe Well Lived Laugh sold to Barbour. Rachel uses Seinfeld-style observations, offering comic relief from the pressure to check off all the “culturally correct, socially responsible, and spiritually edgy” boxes that are confronting today’s overwhelmed woman. The reader is encouraged to shape her own unique perspectives based on her gifts and limitations that have characterized her life experiences thus far.

Chuck TatumBlood Red, Black Sand sold to Berkley Caliber. The story is about Chuck, a WWII veteran who trained under and fought with Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone; chronicling their “two weeks in hell,” where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle. Before the battle for Iwo Jima ended, Chuck would find himself, like Basilone, standing alone, blind with rage, firing a machine gun from the hip, in a personal battle to survive from a relentless foe.

Bob WelchWonderful Life Lessons sold to Thomas Nelson. Bob, a Eugene Register Guard journalist, uses the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life as a springboard and mines 52 gold-nugget lessons that everyone should consider.

More News from Greg:

Wayne Cordeiro signed with Zondervan for a book called Sifted, the lead book for the Exponential Conference next April in Orlando.

Cheri Fuller signed with Bethany House for a non-fiction book, What Sons Need In A Mom.

Tim LaHaye signed with Zondervan for Book #4 in “The End” series.

Calvin Miller signed with Worthy Publishers for a non-fiction book, Letters To Heaven.

Gilbert Morris signed on for a new 3-book historical series with Barbour.

Jordyn Redwood* started out by signing just one book with Kregel, but they quickly signed on for two more in the series

Margot Starbuck signed a two-book deal with Baker Publishing Group, the first with a working title of Jesus In Vegas.

(* = WordServe Water Cooler Contributor)

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That’s our good news for the month.

Please share yours in the comments so we can celebrate with you.

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Post Author: Keli Gwyn

I write inspirational historical romance. My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, will be released July 1, 2012. I live in the heart of California’s Gold Country. My favorite places to visit are my fictional worlds, the Coach factory outlet store, and Taco Bell.