WordServe December News & End of Year Update

 

Holiday Greetings and Happy New Year!

We’re so grateful for this season as our day to day slows down since publishers everywhere close up their offices for the holidays. It’s also a wonderful time to remember the reasons why we do what we do in this life: Loving our family, friends, and neighbors. Christmas is the yearly reminder that God reached out to tangibly show the passion and depth of His love for us by invading our world. It’s really an amazing thing.

And we’re grateful for you, as well. Our own passion for serving authors and their book and film works hasn’t waned in the least as we complete our 16th year in business.

We’ve had another solid year as an agency. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • 46 new books were released in the Christian market
  • 6 books in the general market
  • These 52 books were sold to 26 different publishers/imprints
  • 15 new authors have been launched
  • 12 new novels were released
  • 4 movie options were signed
  • 11 books written by collaborators were signed and/or delivered

In 2020, things are already looking very strong. So far we’re certain that…

  • 46 new books will be released throughout the year in the Christian market (same number, odd), including 7 novels
  • 11 books in the general market will debut
  • 23 publishers and imprints will publish these 57 books
  • 18 first time authors will have books come out next year
  • 5 new books from foreign publishers will come our way

So we have plenty to be thankful for.

Thanks for entrusting Keely, Nick, Sarah and myself with a small portion of your creative endeavors. Please connect with us after the new year to make sure we’re doing all we can do to help keep your career going well and on track.

And I want to take this chance to also thank Ruthanne Taylor, our administrative assistant extraordinaire. She keeps the ship floating and we’re grateful.

With deep appreciation,

The WordServe Literary team,

Greg, Keely, Nick, Sarah and Ruthanne

December News

New Contracts 

Jim Karol signed with publisher Curtea Veche of Romania for Ultimate Memory Magic translation.

New Clients

Shannon Deer, Cheryl Miller, Daniel Bowman, Jr., Dale Hummell, Richard Rooker, and Charles Person joined WordServe this month. Welcome!

What We Are Celebrating

Congratulations to Amy Sorrells for hitting the Bestseller’s List Down Under! Amy Sorrell’s Then Sings My Soul tops the chart at #5 on Australia’s Best Seller List.

 

 

 

Wishing all of our WaterCooler followers a very Happy and blessed New Year!

WordServe December News & End of Year Update

 

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! It’s been a great 2018 at WordServe, and as always, exciting things have been happening this month. But first, some reflections on the year as whole.

What’s new with WordServe in 2018?

On November 1st, we celebrated 15 years as an agency! Next May 1 will be my 25th anniversary of being an agent. It’s a big year. We’re ready for many more years serving our authors! The joy of being involved in shepherding an author’s career and seeing how their books and creativity make a difference seems to always far outweigh the challenges of the publishing industry.

How was our year in the agency as a whole? Here are a few stats we compiled:

New books signed: 51
New Collaborations signed: 15
Foreign books signed: 14
General market deals closed: 6
Movie options: 2
Books released in 2018: 41
Books by new authors: 19

Keely, Sarah, Nick and I continue to find success in an ever-changing publishing market. We’re pleased with the numbers because it shows we’re broadening the types of deals we’re doing for our authors. General market books, movie options and foreign deals have been a big jump for us compared to previous years.

So…we’ve not just been busy, we’ve been strategic. My sense is that we’ll continue to find new markets for our authors in order to serve them better. We have a long ways to go in having an in-road with film, but it’s always tough getting books from paper to celluloid.

Thank you for entrusting us with your writing career. We’re looking forward to big things in 2019 and hope you are too.

December News

New Contracts 

Jamie Sumner signed with B&H for her book Keep On Superhero: Celebrating Your Strengths as You Parent a Child with Special Needs.

Jan Drexler signed with Revell for An Amish Christmas Kitchen Novella.

Maritza Wills signed with Muvelt Nep Kft. (Budapest, Hungary) for John Jairo Velasquez – Mi vida como Sicario de Pablo Escobar.

New Clients

Robert Karrer, Rev. Herman Mendoza, Ed Norwood joined WordServe this month. Welcome!

Wishing all of our WaterCooler followers a very Happy and blessed New Year!