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