Sam Acho Lands at Nelson

Alexander Field at The Bindery sold world rights to Tim Paulson at Thomas Nelson for former NFL linebacker and speaker Sam Acho's Change Starts With You. The book examines ways to "help heal the people, situations, and systems around us," according to the publisher. It's slated for publication next year.

Tyndale Takes on ‘Heartwork’

Barb Roose of Books & Such Literary Management sold world rights to Tyndale’s associate publisher Sarah Atkinson and executive publisher Jan Long Harris to the first book by physician and emotional recovery coach Dr. Leslie Nwoke. The Heartwork Guide: Healing from the Hurts that We Didn’t See Coming, draws on Nwoke’s experiences as founder of Heartwork EQ, which specializes in faith-based, science-backed emotional intelligence coaching and other tools for women, according to the website. The book is slated for publication in spring 2023.

Canada’s Groundwood Travels Through Time

Karen Li and Nan Froman at Groundwood Books, a division of Ontario's House of Anansi, have bought world rights to Afikomen, a wordless picture book by Tziporah Cohen, who created the story through virtual illustration notes and descriptions of what happens on each page. The illustrator, Yaara Eshet, then added her own spin to the story through details in the art. The story is a Passover tale with a time travel twist. Publication is set for spring 2023. Jacqui Lipton at Raven Quill Literary represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.

David C Cook Doubles Up

David C Cook’s acquisitions editor Susan McPherson bought world rights from Blythe Daniel of The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc. to two books by Rebecca Dotson George. The first book in the deal, Do The Thing, is titled after George’s podcast of the same name. The publisher calls it a guide for women to move forward in their “divine assignment.” Do The Thing will release in April 2023 followed by the second, yet-to-be determined project.

Kar-Ben Acquires Three Books for Children

Joni Sussman, publisher at Kar-Ben, bought world rights to Debbie’s Song by Ellen Leventhal. Natalia Grebtsova will illustrate the picture book biography of Jewish singer/song-writer Debbie Friedman, with publication scheduled for spring 2023. The author represented herself. Robbin Brosterman at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.

Sussman also bought world rights to Pirate Passover by Judy Press, with illustrations by Amanda Gulliver. In this tale for children, a rowdy pirate and her crew celebrate Passover. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023. The author represented herself and Brosterman represented the illustrator.

In another world rights deal, this time brokered by Elizabeth Harding of Curtis Brown, Ltd., Sussman bought The Babka Sisters by Leslea Newman, with sisters Tika and Tata Bobokhidze as illustrators. In the book, sisters Esther and Hester compete to see who makes the best babka cake. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023. Once again, Brosterman represented the illustrators.

Bala Kids Pays Tribute

Publisher Ivan Bercholz at Bala Kids, the new children's imprint from Shambhala Publications, has bought world rights to How Do You Know by Noa Jones. The book celebrates the curiosity of children and teaches them an appreciation for those who paved the way for how we live now. Daniel Rieley will illustrate, with publication scheduled for spring 2023. The author represented herself. Robbin Brosterman at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.