After promoting several members of the staff at WaterBrook and Multnomah—imprints of the Crown Publishing Group, senior v-p and publisher of Christian publishing for Crown, Tina Constable, announced that she is not hiring a replacement for former publisher, Alex Field. Constable, who oversaw Field until his departure from WaterBrook and Multnomah in 2017, will remain the sole publisher of the imprints, despite an eight-month search for a possible successor to Field.
Crown’s reorganization of its Christian publishing division in 2014 played a significant role in the decision, according to Constable, who splits her time between the Crown offices in New York City and at WaterBrook and Multnomah in Colorado Springs, Colo. “We spent four years restructuring,” she said. “We have an amazingly collaborative culture, and I don’t want to disrupt that. It felt seamless for me [to take over for Alex].”
The move comes just days after three Colorado Springs staffers received promotions. Susan Tjaden has been promoted from editor to senior editor; Shannon Marchese has been promoted from senior editor to executive editor; and Laura Barker has been promoted from v-p and editorial director to v-p and editor-in-chief.
“We are in a good place and we are poised for growth,” said Constable “We are looking at consumer behavior, just like the secular market. [And] we are launching a Christian product line of journals and devotionals.”
Further, WaterBrook and Multnomah, which publish 65-70 titles a year, will release This is the Day by Tim Tebow in the fall, with new books by Anne Graham Lotz (the daughter of Billy Graham), David Platt, and Mark Batterson slated for publication in fall 2019.
“We are looking for voices that speak to the contemporary Christian experience,” said Constable.