Raymond Arroyo Moves to Zonderkidz

Zonderkidz publisher Megan Dobson and senior acquisitions editor Katherine Jacobs took world rights from Chip Flaherty of Bamtrey Strategies to a picture book series titled Turnabout Tales by broadcast journalist and producer Raymond Arroyo (Mother Anjelica). The first book in the series for ages 4-8 is The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison, releasing in March 2023. The series will feature the lives of other pivotal individuals from history, with more books being announced in 2023.

Moody Takes a Leap of Faith

Moody’s publisher Judy Dunagen bought world rights from Stephanie Alton of The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc. to Rachel G. Scott’s Taking the Leaps. Slated for publication in 2024, the book outlines five pathways through which readers can take “leaps of faith” in order to overcome worry in the areas of security, sacrifice, and survival, based on the author’s resources developed for TV, radio, conferences, and the Taking the Leap podcast.

Tyndale Lands Dove Award-Winner’s Debut

Sarah Atkinson, v-p and publisher of Tyndale Books, took world-rights from Esther Fedorkevich of The Fedd Agency to Dangerous Jesus, a debut book by Dove Award-winning rapper, speaker, and podcaster Kevin “KB” Burgess. The book reintroduces readers to Jesus Christ, who Burgess calls the most dangerous man he’s ever met, and it addresses issues such as racism, nationalism, the sanctity of life, sexuality, and more. The book will be published in March 2023, with plans for a Dangerous Jesus streaming video curriculum and participant’s guide in summer 2024.

Baker Signs Black Girl Voices Co-Founder

Trinity McFadden of The Bindery sold world rights to Patnacia Goodman, acquiring editor at Baker Books, to Caroline Sumlin’s We’ll All Be Free: How a Culture of White Supremacy Devalues Us and How We can Reclaim Our True Worth, scheduled for publication in summer 2023. Sumlin, co-founder of Black Girl Voices, which creates antiracism content for social media and other outlets, and co-host of Black Girl Voices podcast, writes of how a white supremacy culture keeps everyone, whether part of a marginalized group or not, from freely expressing themselves as bearers of God’s image. She offers readers tools for silencing oppressive voices, including perfectionism, self-doubt, and pursuing another’s version of success, according to the publisher.

WJK Taps into Biblical Wisdom on Healing

Jessica Miller Kelly, acquiring editor at Westminster John Knox, took world rights from Trinity McFadden to Camille HernandezThe Hero and the Whore: What the Bible’s Victims of Sexual Exploitation Can Teach Us about Healing and Liberation. Hernandez, a writer and educator focused on healing and restorative journeys of BIPOCs identifying as women or gender expansive, explores accounts of sexual exploitation in the Bible. She follows each story with guidance based on trauma-informed care practices and stories of pain and healing from modern survivors of abuse. The book is slated for publication in fall 2023.

Kloskin Takes Two for Broadleaf

Broadleaf Books acquisitions editor Lisa Kloskin took world rights from Marie Brown of Marie Brown Associates to Let the Women Speak, a one-volume anthology to be edited by Angela P. Dodson, author of Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box and former editor of Black Issues Book Review. The anthology, scheduled for publication in spring 2024, will give voice to the concerns of a variety of women regarding police brutality against Black men.

In another world rights deal, Kloskin bought Wonder, Fully Made by Kevin Garcia from agent David Morris at Hyponymous Consulting. Garcia, host of the A Tiny Revolution podcast, aims to show how “wonder unlocks our connection to deep spiritual fulfillment, one healing practice at a time” in the book, according to the publisher. It is scheduled for publication in early 2024.