Disability Activist Moves to B&H
Ashley Gorman, publisher of women’s trade books at B&H, took world rights from Keely Boeving of Wordserve Literary, to Eat, Sleep, Save the World: Words of Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent by writer and speaker on disability in literature Jamie Sumner. A follow-up to Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood (FaithWords, 2018), Sumner writes more about mothering a son with cerebral palsy with the aim of supporting both mothers and fathers of special needs children. The new book is slated for publication in spring 2020.
Revell Signs A Family of Bloggers
In a world rights deal, Kelsey Bowen at Revell bought a book by the five founders of The Gingham Apron, a blog featuring recipes and photos of the Iowa-based farmers and their family. Tentatively titled The Gathering Table and scheduled for publication in October 2020, the book will feature photography and tips on how to intentionally gather loved ones for celebrations of every day life, according to agent Blythe Daniel of The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc., who represented the authors in the deal.
A Scholar’s Foray into Fiction
M. Craig Barnes, an author, professor, and the current president of Princeton Theological Seminary, is bringing a fictionalized account of his experiences as a clergyman in the Presbyterian Church to Brazos Press. Executive editor Robert Hosack bought world rights from Kathy Helmers at Creative. The book, Gravitas: A Pastor’s Diary of Hope and Help, is slated for publication in summer 2020. In it, a pastor embarks on his final year before retirement, reflecting on the experiences and relationships that have shaped his vocation and soul, according to the publisher.
Zondervan Doubles Up
Zondervan’s Stephanie Smith bought world rights to two parenting books from Kathryn Helmers by Jeffrey Olrick, a child clinical psychologist, and his wife, writer Amy Olrick. The authors draw on their faith as well as scientific research and clinical practice in the first book—The Six Needs—which examines “the basis for human health and flourishing:” delight, support, boundaries, protection, comfort, and equipping, according to the publisher. Information about book two is TBD.