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New Release Spotlight: Sandra Van Opstal

  Congratulations to author Sandra María Van Opstal on the release of FORTY DAYS OF BEING AN EIGHT, part of the “Enneagram Daily Reflections” series. The series explores the enneagram as a profound tool for empathy, guiding readers in personal growth and enhancing relationships across the enneagram spectrum. Latina pastor, activist, and worship leader Sandra…
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Should You Create Your First Novel for a Market?

  I really like this quote from bestselling author Lisa Jewell. “It’s very important NOT to go into writing your first novel trying to create something for a market.” She said this in the October 18 episode of the Olivia’s Book Club podcast. She went on to say: “You should absolutely only write the thing…
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New Release Spotlight: Terry J. Stokes

  Congrats to debut author and pastor Terry J. Stokes on the release of this timely book! Terry has written a book of prayers we didn’t know we needed, covering our most pressing daily needs — such as when we dread returning to work on Monday, strength when we’re about to make small talk, and…
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Gardner Literary is pleased to announce representation of Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Gardner Literary is pleased to announce representation of Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Counseling at Columbia Theological seminary. Dr. Walker-Barnes is the author of two previous books: I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation (Eerdman’s, 2019) Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden…
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New Release Spotlight: Rachel Held Evans

The emotions surrounding this book release are complicated and deep, but I’m so glad this day is finally here. Rachel Held Evans began work on a project about living wholeheartedly in 2018. As with everything she did, Rachel put her whole self into it — researching and taking notes and formulating her outlines. We had…
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Does a Fiction Author Need a Platform?

  There are two things I’m constantly stressing with writers: (1) Mastering the craft of writing is crucial. (2) Building a platform is important. For fiction authors, the two are not equal. If you’re writing a novel, your writing should be first priority. Spend most of your discretionary time writing and becoming a better writer.…
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New Release Spotlight: Peggy Frezon

Congratulations to Peggy Frezon and Debbie Garcia-Bengochea!   Mini Horse, Mighty Hope: How a Herd of Miniature Horses Provides Comfort and Healing This captivating book introduces you to Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, one of the largest equine therapy programs in the world. You’ll experience moments of comfort, hope, healing, and even miracles as you…
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How Long Should I Try to Get and Agent before Deciding to Self-Publish?

  It can take quite a while to find an agent, which is usually the first step if you’re seeking traditional publishing. But how long do you go at it before giving up? . As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, you might send your query to dozens of agents before finding a match. Only you…
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Have you been to a writers’ conference?

  📚 Even if you’re published, conferences can be a great way to network, make friends, continue your education, and most of all, be a part of the writing community.   📚 Writing is a solitary endeavor, so it’s helpful to be reminded that you’re a part of something bigger.   📚 Plus, those friendships…
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BOOK CLUB ALERT: “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans with Jeff Chu

  “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans with Jeff Chu releases in three weeks! ☀️ This is a message from Jeff: As we’ve been anticipating Wholehearted Faith’s release on November 2, we’ve been thinking about how we want to read this book. The word that kept popping into our hearts and heads: together. We want…
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Congratulations to author Cindy Wang Brandt on release day!

    Congratulations to author Cindy Wang Brandt on release day! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cindy’s first children’s book, “You Are Revolutionary,” encourages kids that they don’t need exceptional skills to make an impact. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The inspiring words and pictures reveal that kids already have inside themselves everything they need to make big, transformative change in the world…
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New Release Spotlight: Kayla Craig

Congratulations to author Kayla Craig on release day! ✨✨✨✨ Kayla’s debut book, “To Light Their Way,” is a gorgeous collection of over 100 modern liturgies, giving words to our prayers for our children. ✨✨✨✨ From everyday struggles like helping your child find friends or thrive in school to larger issues like praying for a brighter…
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Gardner Literary is Proud to Represent Kaitlin Curtice!

Congratulations Kaitlin! We are so excited to be working with you and can’t wait for this book. 🌟 💫 ✨⭐️
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Gardner Literary is Proud to Represent Debut Author Amanda Held Opelt!

  ✨I am so happy to announce this book deal for debut author Amanda Held Opelt. ✨ Amanda’s a gifted writer in addition to her considerable talents as a musician, singer & songwriter. In her first book, she explores grief and the rituals people have used throughout history to cope. With her talent for storytelling,…
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