Jennie Allen Doubles Up

Laura Barker at Penguin Random House's WaterBrook imprint acquired world rights from Curtis Yates of Yates & Yates to two new nonfiction books by bestselling author Jennie Allen. The first book, Find Your People, is tentatively slated for release in January 2022, and it explores the universal craving to be known and loved as well the value of social connection and community, according to the publisher. The second book will follow, but more details are not yet available.

A CEO Lands at IVP

Ed Gilbreath, executive editor at IVP, took world rights directly from author and CEO of the Evangelical Christian humanitarian charity World Vision Richard Stearns (The Hole in our Gospel, Unfinished) to a new book, Lead Like It Matters to God. To be accompanied by a study guide, the book highlights Stearns’s career in leadership roles in order to argue for the higher purpose leading can have. “Leadership can unite us, lift us up, and inspire us to achieve great things,” he writes in the book, according to the publisher. Lead Like it Matters to God is slated for publication in 2021.

Tyndale Signs Author's Debut

Jan Stob, director of fiction at Tyndale House Publishers, acquired world rights from Natalie Grazian and Adria Goetz at Martin Literary Management to debut author Jennifer Wright’s historical fiction novel If It Rains as well as a second untitled novel. If It Rains is loosely based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and set in the Dust Bowl, it follows two sisters struggling to survive the drought. The book is scheduled for publication in spring 2021. Information about the second novel is not yet available.

Fortress Takes ‘First and Only’

In an unagented world rights deal, Valerie Weaver-Zercher at Broadleaf Books bought First and Only by Jennifer R. Farmer, a communications advisor who has worked with Christian leaders such as Dr. William J. Barber II, Nina Turner, and Rev. Michael McBride. First and Only is “a guidebook to leadership and thriving for Black women seeking to find on-the-job success, challenge systemic racism, and find inward healing through the sustaining power of faith,” according to the publisher. The book is scheduled for publication in spring 2021.