James Martin Lands Multi-Book Deal with HarperOne

Donald Cutler at Bookmark Literary Agency sold world rights to HarperOne’s executive editor Michael Maudlin for Father James Martin’s Building a Bridge, to be published June 2017. The book reflects on how the Catholic Church and LGBT community can relate to one another by developing a relationship of mutual respect, compassion, and sensitivity. HarperOne also signed up for four additional books from Martin to be published starting in 2018.

Paraclete Returns to Fiction

In its first fiction acquisition since 2004, Paraclete will publish Can You See Anything Now by Kate James, slated to publish in September 2017. Acquired by Phil Fox Rose, Can You See Anything Now takes place over the course of a year in a small town in upstate New York that endures a tragedy. Rose also acquired James's memoir, Notes on Orion, scheduled for publication in spring 2018. In it, James reflects on her son’s heroin addiction and his subsequent fatal overdose.

Regency Romance Author Re-Ups with Kregel

Carolyn Miller, author of novels set in early 19th century Britain such as The Elusive Miss Ellison (Kregel, Feb.), signed a second three-book contract for a new series, Regency Bride: The Promise of Hope, with Kregel Publications. The first book in the series, Winning Miss Winthrop, is slated to publish in spring 2018, but books two and three are yet to be titled and scheduled. Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency brokered the world rights deal with Kregel’s acquiring editor Dennis Hillman.

Three Deals for IVP

Al Hsu, editor at InterVarsity Press, acquired world rights to Rachel Marie Stone’s Birthing Hope: Fear and Faith in an Anxious Age, “a book for those who believe and for those who struggle to believe, and all that it entails," according to the publisher. It’s slated to publish in fall 2018.

Timothy Beals of Credo Communications sold world rights to IVP’s Cindy Bunch for The Shaping of a Leader: Living Bold, Honest and Free by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, founder of Leadership LINKS, a program dedicated to teaching young people charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices. Expected to publish in fall 2018, the book features stories about the “challenges of race and the pursuit of justice” according to the publisher.

Editor Dan Reid acquired world rights to The Lost World of the Torah by John H. Walton, a professor of Old Testament and theology at Wheaton College, and the author of many books previously published by IVP, Zondervan, Harper Collins, and Baker Academic. The Lost World of the Torah is the latest volume in IVP's Lost World series, which includes books on Genesis 1, the flood, Adam and Eve, and more. It’s slated to publish in winter 2019.

FaithWords Gets ‘A Model Makeover’

Tim Beals sold world rights to FaithWords editor Keren Baltzer for You Are Beautiful: A Model Makeover from Insecure to Confident in Christ by “curve model” Ashley Reitz, written with Lorilee Craker. In the book, Reitz describes her struggle as a professional model, and how she overcame destructive behaviors with the help of her faith. You Are Beautiful is slated to publish in December 2017.

Finding a Voice at FaithWords

FaithWords’ Keren Baltzer took world rights to A Voice Becoming: A Yearlong Mother-Daughter Journey into Passionate, Purposed Living by Beth Bruno. The book aims to help teenage girls “find their unique, God-given voice,” according to the publisher. The deal was brokered by Tawny Johnson of the DC Jacobson Agency, and the book is scheduled to go on sale in January 2018.