Karen Kingsbury Announces an Intensive for Aspiring Authors

Bestselling novelist Karen Kingsbury launched a website Wednesday inviting would-be authors to register for Believe, a three-day writing intensive course where she promises "to teach future authors and dreamers everything I know about writing fiction," she told PW. It will feature lectures by her and associates, with Kingsbury meeting with small groups to discuss their individual efforts.

There's an additional lure if she finds "a gem" among the chapters and proposals participants show her. Kingsbury said in an email, "My editor at Simon & Schuster has asked me to bring them the diamond - if there is one! So, a publishing contract is possible!"

There will be 120 openings for spots in the course offered June 22-24 at The Harpeth Hotel, in Franklin, Tenn., located next door to Landmark Booksellers, the store made famous in her 2012 novel and 2015 Hallmark movie The Bridge.

NavPress Names David Zimmerman Publisher

David Zimmerman, who has worked in Christian publishing for 28 years, has moved up from senior acquisitions editor, his post since 2014, to the publisher of NavPress. “Over the past seven years Dave has been instrumental in building not only NavPress’ list of titles focused on helping people as followers of Jesus but also its reputation in the publishing industry and the world of Christian ministry,” said The Navigators U.S. Director Doug Nuenke. Zimmerman will direct a renewed focus on training and encouraging disciples through books and other content, Nuenke said.

On making the move to publisher, Zimmerman said, “Book publishing is it's most energizing when it is done in service to a movement. When well-crafted books call us into something more and greater and then help us along the way, they are achieving their higher potential for changing the world.”

Revell Remembers Popular Author David Stoop

David Stoop, a psychologist specializing in family counseling and a bestselling author for Revell with more than 30 titles to his credit, died March 10 at age 83, the publisher announced. Vicki Crumpton, executive editor for Revell, called him “a treasure” whose books sold millions of copies.

Even though he was in his early 80s and dealing with Parkinson’s, she said, “He still saw counseling clients and cohosted the radio and TV show New Life Live. He was a longtime board member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. With all that, he was kind, gracious, and compassionate. Last fall, we began working together on his upcoming book, Living Strong, Finishing Well (Sept). Dave did just that. And he showed us all how to finish well.”

Two New Acquisition Editors Move to Baker Books

Stephanie Duncan Smith has taken her 12 years of experience in publishing from Zondervan to become senior acquisitions editor for Baker Books. Also joining Baker as an acquisitions editor is Patnacia Goodman, formerly an acquiring editor for Bethany House.

Rebekah Guzman, editorial director for Baker Books said, “They both bring unique publishing experience, successful track records, and exceptional talent to our team.”