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.