Fortress Gets Real

Erik Hane at Red Sofa Literary sold world English rights to Lil Copan at Fortress Press to IRL: Searching for Meaning, Belonging, and Realness in Our Digital Lives by Chris Stedman. The book examines the differences between peoples’ online lives and in real life, or IRL, and urges readers to embrace vulnerability. It’s slated for publication in fall 2020.

‘Prayers to Share’ Land at Ellie Claire

Marilyn Jansen, editorial director at Ellie Claire, a division of the Hachette Book Group, took world rights from Blythe Daniel of the Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc. to InstaPrayer: Prayers to Share by Kelly O’Dell Stanley. It features quotes and verses from the Bible that are paired with colorful designs by Stanley, who encourages readers to pray for those they cross paths with regularly, for mistakes they have learned from, and more. The book is scheduled for publication in spring 2020.

Zondervan Signs Veteran’s Survival Story

In a world rights deal brokered directly with the authors, Andy Rogers at Zondervan acquired Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything by Colonel Carlyle “Smitty” Harris (ret.) and Sara W. Berry. In it, Harris, an ex-Vietnam POW, recounts the time he spent at the infamous Hoa Lo prison—nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton,” where he secretly revived a long-unused military communication code that ultimately changed lives. Timed with Veteran’s Day, the drop-in title is slated for publication on November 5.