Broadleaf Signs a Journalist’s ‘Boys’

Acquiring editor Lisa Kloskin at Broadleaf Books bought world rights from Sarah Smith at David Black Literary Agency to Our Boys: The Radicalization of Young White Christian Men and What To Do About It by Angela Denker (Red State Christians). Drawing on her experience reporting nationally on white nationalism and toxic masculinity, Denker, who is a mother of two boys, uses interviews with pastors, parents, and others to examine ways young white men are being radicalized. Publication is slated for spring 2025.

B&H Looks Internally for Board Books

B&H Kids’ acquiring editor Michelle Prater Freeman acquired world rights to Who Is God? and What's the Good News? by Lauren Groves, an editor at B&H Kids. These question-and-answer board books for ages 0-4 help toddlers understand theology at a basic level and are part of the new Toddler Theology series. The books are illustrated by Alice Samuel and will be published in spring 2024. The author did not use an agent, and the illustrator was represented by Robbin Brosterman at the Bright Agency.

In another world rights deal, Groves bought world rights to Merry Christmas, Little Lamb by Michelle Prater Freeman, a writer and editor at B&H Kids. In it, a lamb wanders around the homestead as she discovers the real answer to why Christmas is so special. The board book for ages 0-4 is illustrated by Anna Jones and will be published in spring 2024. The illustrator was represented by Robbin Brosterman at the Bright Agency.

Lake Drive Gets ‘Whole’

David Morris, publisher of Lake Drive Books, acquired world rights to unagented poet Marla Taviano’s tentatively titled whole: poems on reclaiming the pieces of ourselves and creating something new. The forthcoming book is the completion of a trilogy with Lake Drive that includes unbelieve and jaded. The book, to be published in March 2024, covers topics such as books and writing, new thoughts on God, and reclaiming and reimagining oneself. Taviano is an ex-evangelical author and founder of the White Girl Learning Instagram account.

WaterBrook Signs a Fasting Expert

Tom Dean of A Drop of Ink Literary negotiated world rights with Estee Zandee of WaterBrook for the as-yet-untitled book on fasting by Reward Sibanda, part of the teaching team at Saddleback Church and senior advisor for church and community relations at World Vision. The January 2025 release will address the biblical teaching on the spiritual discipline of fasting, Sibanda's fasting experiences, and the biological and spiritual effects of the discipline.

Brazos Gains 'Peace'

Katelyn Beaty, editorial director of Brazos Press, acquired world rights from Keely Boeving at WordServe Literary to Peace Is Here Now Waiting by Catholic writer Eric Clayton. The book introduces modern readers to “the wisdom of Ignatian spirituality as a pathway to personal peace and wholeness” as well as societal transformation, according to the publisher. It is scheduled for publication in spring 2025.

Crossway Takes a Pair of Bible Studies

Amy Kruis, acquisitions editor at Crossway, signed a two-book, world-rights deal with Jenaye Merida at WTA Media for two Bible studies by Portia Collins, a Bible teacher, podcast host, and speaker. The first is tentatively titled It’s All Grace, a study of the book of Galatians set to release in early 2025, with the second Bible study yet to be determined.

Financial Expert Brings Life Lessons to Nelson

Alexander Field at The Bindery sold world rights to Andrew Stoddard, publisher of Nelson Books, for two books from podcaster, speaker, and financial expert Anthony O’Neal. The first untitled book, slated for publication in October 2024, will share lessons learned from O’Neal’s career as a finance expert, and aims to help readers “build a life of health, security, and lasting joy,” according to the publisher. The second untitled book will be a supplement offering additional insights and interactive content, with no publication date set.