Nelson In Seven-Figure Deal with Mental Health Expert

Nelson Books bought world rights for three books (with corresponding curricula) by Dr. Anita Phillips, trauma therapist and mental health expert and host of the In the Light podcast. The first book in the seven-figure deal, tentatively titled Living From the Heart, will publish in July 2022. Jenny Baumgartner, senior acquisitions editor, said the book offers “a biblical foundation for emotional health, connecting the Word of God with the field of psychology." She brokered the deal with Esther Fedorkevich at The Fedd Agency.

Meteorologist Inks Deal with Morgan James Faith

Tom Dean of A Drop of Ink sold world rights to Morgan James Faith’s Wes Taylor for Brighter Skies Ahead: Forecasting a Full Life When You Empty the Nest by meteorologist Terri DeBoer. DeBoer has delivered West Michigan’s “wake up” weather for three decades and cohosts the daily lifestyle show eightWest. She shares faith-based lessons from the most challenging season of her life: adjusting to the quieter life in an empty nest. Release date is November 9, 2021.

WJK to Publish Book Exploring Trauma of Racism

Senior acquisitions editor Jessica Miller Kelley at Westminster John Knox Press took world rights from Cait Hoyt of Creative Artists Agency to a new book by Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts, a racial justice educator and the author of numerous books including The Integrated Church. Lewis-Giggetts’ And Then They Came for Mine is a spiritual exploration of the pain and trauma of racism and racial violence. Her cousin was murdered in a suburban Louisville grocery store and the killer pled guilty to federal hate crime charges. She will offer ideas for healing the broken systems and institutions that enable such violence. Publication is slated for fall 2022.

Child Author Lands a Joke Book Deal with Revell

Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has signed a book of jokes tentatively titled You’re Joking Me by William Daniel, a fifth grader, who started writing his own jokes during the pandemic. Editorial director Andrea Doering took world rights in the deal brokered by the author’s mother, Blythe Daniel of The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc. The book is slated for fall 2022. William says, “I really like making people laugh - it just comes natural to me from my dad, grandfather, and great grandfather. I feel like when people hear a joke, their face brightens up and it can change their whole day. I’m excited to write a book to make people feel better.”