WordServe News July 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

Jared Boyd released Imaginative Prayer with InterVarsity Press. When we lead our children through guided times of imaginative prayer, they can experience a connection with God that transcends mere Bible knowledge or doctrinal content. This book provides six units of weekly guided imaginative prayer on themes such as God’s love, loving others, forgiveness, God as king, and the mission of God; providing a yearlong experience of spiritual formation for children ages 5-13.

Jim Burns and Doug Fields published The First Few Years of Marriage: 8 Ways to Strengthen Your “I Do” with David C Cook. In this follow-up to Getting Ready for Marriage, Burns and  Fields offer a practical guide designed to help newlyweds build a strong foundation for a marriage that will last a lifetime. Along with explaining the traits of a healthy marriage, it helps couples rekindle romance, fight fair, and deal with stress, the challenges of the first baby, and much more.

Patricia Lee released An Anchor on Her Heart with Mountain Brook Ink. McKenna Nichols, a young wife abandoned by her husband in favor of his work, is left alone to raise their autistic child. She promised to love him until death parted them. But when circumstances drive a wedge into their marriage and Dane chooses to escape what life has dealt them, how long can she be strong?

Craig Selness released Living with Pain without Becoming One with Worthy Publishing. With his own chronic pain ailing him, pastor Craig Selness writes about pain using a Biblical perspective on living well. The good news of the gospel is that we can continue to do good — to be kind and gracious and loving and hopeful — despite physical struggle. This book will encourage anyone who hurts or loves someone who does.

New Contracts 

Dianne Christner signed with Barbour to publish The Marmalade Belle, part of the Southern Belle Brides collection, for publication in 2018.

Christian George signed with B&H Publishing to publish The Lost Poems of C.H. Spurgeon in 2019. Taken from some of Spurgeon’s earliest writings, which were lost to history for nearly 160 years, these poems are now revealed to the public for the first time.

Fred Sievert signed with BroadStreet to publish Grace in any Crisis, featuring inspiring, real-life stories of how people have sought, and found, God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, often resulting in miraculous relief from their pain and suffering and a driving passion to return that grace in Christian service to others.

New Clients

Sharon MacArthur and Nicole Phillips joined WordServe Literary this month. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Martha Bolton received a Golden Scroll Merit Award for Fiction for The Home Game (FaithHappenings Publishers). The award was announced at the annual Golden Scroll Banquet, sponsored by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) and held at the Hilton Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 27, 2017.

Margot Starbuck also received an AWSA Golden Scroll Merit Award for He Knows Your Name. Her book with David King, Overplayed, received a Silver Scroll Merit Award. And He Knows Your Name was honored again by the National Indie Book Awards as an Excellence Award Finalist. Congrats, Margot!

Know Why Not

This post comes from Martha Bolton, author of the author of 87 books, including her newest, Josiah for President. Welcome Martha!


It’s just as important to know why you don’t write as it is to know why you do.

You don’t write to get rich. I once had a business card made up as a joke that said, “Have pen, will grovel.” Being a writer is not a fast track to riches. You work long and hard on projects that may or may not ever see the light of day. You’ll find yourself celebrating a $50 cartoon gag sale with as much enthusiasm as you would signing a book contract. It’s nice to receive fair compensation for your work, but a writer should be passionate about his/her craft beyond any monetary gain. If awards and riches come, enjoy them and do some good in the world. But your passion should be in the work. If not, you’ll be tempted to throw in the towel at the first rejection.

You don’t write to get even or compete with others. We’ve all been hurt in life, and even the greats have had to contend with the jealousy of others. Most good writers don’t waste their career on such things. Write what you are meant to write and don’t get sidetracked.

You don’t write to please everyone. You can try, but you’ll only make yourself ill. Write the story that’s burning inside of you. Write for one person, even if that person is yourself. Write it well, but write it. The masses may end up loving your work, but that part is out of your control.

You don’t write to get famous. Few writers are recognized on the street.
For the most part, writing is a “behind the scenes” career. I once saw a book that I had co-written with a famous personality advertised in a catalog. The 20 percent off emblem was placed directly over my name. I had to laugh. But things like that happen all the time in a writing career. So you can’t take yourself too seriously. If you’re writing to stroke your ego, this probably isn’t the career for you. But if writing is what keeps you getting up in the morning and going to your work area, if you’re not seeking riches or fame or anything else other than putting pen to paper, or fingers on the keyboard, and seeing what can happen, then go for it. Who knows, you may end up becoming famous after all. Like I said, that part is out of your control. But I can almost guarantee you will end up fulfilled.