Two New Releases on Marriage
One thing I want to do more on the blog this year is let you know about new releases from WordServe clients. It’s more than just self-promotion and kudos to the author (although admittedly, that’s part of it). I also hope that by telling you a little about each book’s journey to publication, I can offer some inspiration, encouragement and education for your own journey. Hope this helps!
By Kathi Lipp
This book holds a special place in my heart, because Kathi was my very first client (thanks, Kathi, for taking a risk on me!) and this was the very first book I sold as an agent. Kathi’s publisher is Harvest House, and this is the first in a series (she signed a two-book contract).
Kathi has been writing and speaking for nearly ten years in order for her first book to be published so she could become an “overnight success.” She speaks to large and small groups nearly 50 times a year. Platform? That’s what I’m talkin’ about, folks. Greg and I found Kathi in the slush pile just days after I joined the agency. I loved her proposal—a three-week plan for wives to put the spice back in marriage by paying better attention to their husbands on a daily basis. Kathi’s writing is funny, down-to-earth and practical, and completely drew me in.
But what put Kathi over the top was that her great idea and strong writing were bolstered by those ten years of platform-building. We were able to present publishers with a three-page list of speaking engagements Kathi had already booked for the coming year. This is what took Kathi’s book from “Wow, great stuff” to “Wow, great stuff that will SELL!”
Congratulations, Kathi, on your publishing debut.
Visit her online here.
By Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs
This book has only been out for a couple of weeks, and already the authors Cheryl and Jeff are getting emails everyday from readers all over the country, testifying to how it has touched their lives and given them renewed hope for their own marriages. It’s is a unique memoir of ten disappointing years of marriage, seven painful years of divorce, and a remarkable spiritual awakening that opened the way to healing. It’s a story of the power of prayer and redemption, and God’s power to bring a new and vibrant love out of the ashes of this family’s pain.
I first met Cheryl three years ago when I was still editing and writing books. Greg had agreed to represent her, and she needed a collaborator. Cheryl and I hit it off, and I thought her and Jeff’s story was amazing, so we agreed to work together to create this book.
(For those of you who are lamenting the amount of time things take in this business… I know how you feel! Three years feels like a long time from start to finish.)
The Scruggs’ book sold on the strength of the story itself (the remarkable journey Jeff and Cheryl have been through), together with a strong proposal and a growing platform. They’d begun a marriage ministry in the Dallas area and were speaking regularly to huge audiences. Greg first met them on a referral from one of his clients, and immediately recognized the power of the story. Greg sold the book to Mick Silva at Waterbrook Multnomah; it released three weeks ago, and has been generating strong media interest.
Big News: Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs will be interviewed by Kathie Lee Gifford on “The Today Show” tomorrow (Friday). It will be live, sometime in the last hour of the program. Take a look if you get a chance!
Congratulations to Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs on your first book!
Visit their website.