Convergent Doubles Up with Ervin

Becky Nesbitt, executive editor at Convergent, took world rights at auction from Shannon Marven at Dupree Miller to two books by Mallory Ervin, a YouTube personality and a former Miss Kentucky beauty pageant titleholder. The first book, Living Fully, is a lifestyle book with “a message to live intentionally and vibrantly” based on Ervin’s experiences, according to the publisher. It’s slated for publication in fall 2021. Details about the second untitled book in the deal are not yet available.

Zondervan Signs Psychologist’s Latest

Stephanie Smith, associate publisher for Zondervan Thrive, took world rights from Alex Field of the Bindery to a book by Tracy Packiam Alloway (The Working Memory Advantage), a psychologist. Tentatively titled Think Like a Girl: 10 Unique Strengths of a Woman’s Brain and How to Make Them Work for You, the book argues for how the female brain is different, why these nuances matter, and have a major impact on women’s lives, according to the publisher. It’s slated for publication in May 2021.

Evans Flies at Howard

Country music star Sara Evans sold Born to Fly to Simon & Schuster’s Howard Books. Howard bought U.S., Canadian, and open market rights to the memoir from Margaret Riley King at William Morris Endeavor, and Trish Todd will edit. The publisher said that in the book, Evans will “open up and share stories not only about her career and what it is like living in the spotlight, but about what inspires her and how her faith keeps her strong.” The memoir is set for September.

B&H Eyes Church Communications

Madison Trammel, associate publisher at B&H Academic, bought world rights from Blythe Daniel of the Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc., to a book by Katie Allred, assistant professor of digital media at the University of Mobile, a private Baptist college in Alabama. The yet-to-be-titled book will explore communication and marketing strategies for Evangelical churches that are intended to draw people toward their congregations. It’s slated for publication in March 2022.

Broadleaf Fights Fear

Valerie Weaver-Zercher at Broadleaf Books bought world rights (excluding the U.K.) to How Not to Be Afraid: Seven Ways to Live When Everything Seems Terrifying by Gareth Higgins, cofounder of the Wild Goose Festival—a faith-based musical event that takes place annually in Hot Springs, N.C. The book examines seven common fears and equips readers with habits for living well in the face of terrors. Greg Daniel of Daniel Literary Group represented the author in the deal, and the book is scheduled for publication in spring 2021.