Books I’ve Sold

Last Update: June, 2011

My permanent “deals” page is under construction. In this temporary post, I’ve included all my deals since I began agenting in 2008, in reverse chronological order.

Fiction: Inspirational
Erica Vetsch’s A BRIDE SEWS WITH LOVE IN NEEDLES, CALIFORNIA, taking place during WWI in which a young woman works with the Red Cross to help support the soldiers overseas, and falls in love with a man everyone thinks was too cowardly to join the army, to Rebecca Germany at Barbour.

Fiction: Debut
Beth Vogt’s WISH YOU WERE HERE, about a bride-to-be who kisses the wrong guy five days before her wedding and must face the consequences and figure out what she wants in life, to Holly Halverson at Howard Books, in a two-book deal.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Maureen Lang’s BEES IN THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN and GREAT DEEDS NEVER DIE, to Stephanie Broene at Tyndale.

Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality
Sandra Bricker, Loree Lough, Trish Perry, Cynthia Ruchti’s HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT. . . But Decaf is Not, an inspirational devotional book for women, to Jason Rovenstine at Summerside Press, for publication in Fall 2011.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Stephanie Reed’s THE BARGAIN, in which an Amish girl helps an English boy, a shattered survivor of the Kent State Massacre, find real peace in the summer of 1971, to Dennis Hillman at Kregel, in three-book deal, for publication in 2012-2013.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Olivia Newport’s ALMOST AMISH, in which a technology-addicted woman finds herself enfolded in the Colorado Amish community, where she explores her own surprising roots and faces choices that cannot be compromised, to Rebecca Germany at Barbour, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Lisa Jordan’s LAKESIDE REUNION, in which a bed-and-breakfast owner returns to her hometown and faces the man who broke her heart, but obstacles stand in the way for their second chance at love, to Melissa Endlich at Steeple Hill.

Fiction: Inspirational
Barbara Cameron’s ANNIE’S CHRISTMAS WISH, in the Quilts of Lancaster County series, in which a young Amish woman wonders if she will have to leave the Amish community she’s grown up in to achieve her dream of becoming a writer, to Barbara Scott at Abingdon Press, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2012-2014.

Fiction: Debut
Katie Ganshert’s BENEATH A VELVET SKY, about an ambitious architect, desperate to escape her shameful past, who returns home to sell her grandfather’s land but can’t escape the sparks that fly when the strong-willed ranch manager refuses to leave, and WISHING ON WILLOWS (a two-book deal), to Shannon Marchese at Waterbrook Multnomah, for publication in 2012-2013.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Erica Vetsch’s SAGEBRUSH KNIGHTS, a collection of historical novellas about four sisters who travel west in 1874 to the untamed Wyoming Territory, settling on neighboring ranches to build new lives and families with husbands they’ve just met, to Rebecca Germany at Barbour, for publication in 2012.

Fiction: Paranormal
Dineen Miller’s THE SOUL SAVER, in which a sculptor’s supernatural visions guide her divine missions, but a scheming demon sidetracks her with temptation in the battle for her husband’s soul, to Rebecca Germany at Barbour, for publication in 2012.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Keli Gwyn’s A BRIDE OPENS SHOP IN EL DORADO, CALIFORNIA, in which a forward-thinking woman is rejected as partner by a mulish mercantile owner, and opens her own shop across the street from his, causing sparks to fly, to Rebecca Germany at Barbour.

Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality
National speaker and author of The Husband Project, Kathi Lipp’s PRAYING HIS WORDS OVER YOUR HUSBAND, everyday encouragements to use scripture to pray for every area of your relationships and life, PRAYING HIS WORDS OVER YOUR LIFE, and PRAYING HIS WORDS OVER YOUR KIDS, to Andrea Doering at Revell, for publication in 2012-2014.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Author of A TAILOR-MADE BRIDE Karen Witemeyer’s SHORT-STRAW BRIDE, in which four brothers draw straws to see who will marry the heroine, but the winner finds his bride threatens everything that matters to him, to Charlene Patterson at Bethany House, in a three-book deal.

Fiction: Debut
Bonnie Paulson’s WHISPERS OF ME, in which a woman finds that suicide slams one door, but running from trauma opens another to love, to Angela James at Carina Press, for publication in Summer 2011.

Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Author of Code Blue and Medical Error Richard Mabry, MD’s LETHAL REMEDY, in which a doctor finds that a highly touted miracle drug is attacking more than just bacteria, to Barbara Scott at Abingdon Press, for publication in 2012.

Fiction:Women’s/Romance
Sandra Bricker’s ALWAYS THE WEDDING PLANNER, NEVER THE BRIDE to Barbara Scott and Ramona Richards at Abingdon Press, in a three-book deal, for publication through 2012.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Erica Vetsch’s CHRISTMAS SERVICE, a holiday novella as part of the Log Cabin Christmas series, to Rebecca Germany at Barbour, in a nice deal, for publication in 2012.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Erica Vetsch’s A BRIDE’S PORTRAIT OF DODGE CITY, an 1878 historical in which a young female photographer teams up with a Texas lawman to track a killer – and what develops is a portrait of romance, to Rebecca Germany at Barbour, in a nice deal, for publication in 2012.

Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality
Bruce Martin’s YOUR PERFECT STORM, in which the author explores the idea of finding God in the middle of your worst nightmare, to Vicki Crumpton at Revell, in a nice deal, for publication in 2012.

Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality
Author of Evolving in Monkey Town, Rachel Held Evans’s A YEAR OF BIBLICAL WOMANHOOD, in which the author takes the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for one year, to Kristen Parrish at Thomas Nelson.

Non-fiction: Lifestyle
Author of The Husband Project, Kathi Lipp’s THE GET-ORGANIZED PROJECT, a foolproof plan to take your life from overwhelmed to under-control in 21 days, to Larae Weikert at Harvest House, in a nice deal, for publication in 2012.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Erica Vetsch’s LIGHT TO MY PATH, in which a young woman embarks on a journey to find a home for three undesirable orphans and finds love along the way, to Joanne Simmons at Barbour, in a nice deal, for publication in 2011.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Olivia Newport’s SECRETS OF PRAIRIE AVENUE, Book 1 of the Prairie Avenue series, in which a woman of privilege in 1890s Chicago tests family expectations and social boundaries to find love and the freedom to express her compassionate heart, to Vicki Crumpton at Revell, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2012.

Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality
Ezekiel Pipher’s MAN ON THE RUN: Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize the Best Things in Life, exploring men’s tendency to immerse themselves in their pursuits to the detriment of their relationships, and offering solutions for finding purpose and balance, to Becky Nesbitt at Howard Books, in a nice deal, for publication in 2011.

Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality
Sandra Bricker, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, Debby Mayne and Trish Perry’s DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD…EVEN ON BAD HAIR DAYS, an inspirational devotional book for women, to Jason Rovenstine at Summerside Press, in a nice deal, for publication in Spring 2011.

Fiction: General
Author of Walking on Broken Glass Christa Allan’s EDGE OF GRACE, about a Christian woman hiding her own secrets while learning to love and accept her gay brother rather than judge him, and the turmoil it causes amongst her friends, family and church, to Barbara Scott at Abingdon Press, for publication in 2012.

Non-fiction: Parenting
Joanne Kraft’s JUST TOO BUSY: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical, about a family’s one-year break from all unnecessary “busyness” to rejuvenate, reconnect with one another, and rediscover life’s meaning, to Bonnie Perry at Beacon Hill.

Non-fiction: Advice/Relationships
Phil Cooke’s JOLT YOUR LIFE, about understanding the radical power of change and how to leverage it for success in your business and personal life, to Joel Miller at Thomas Nelson.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Erica Vetsch’s BEFORE THE DAWN, in which a woman sues her fiance for calling off the wedding, to JoAnne Simmons at Barbour, for publication in 2011.

Fiction: Debut
Mike Duran’s THE RESURRECTION, in which chaos is unleashed on a quiet coastal town when an unassuming crippled woman raises a young boy from the dead, unlocking a centuries-old curse, to Debbie Marrie at Strang Communications, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2011.

Non-fiction: Memoir
Davey Jank and Marie Jank’s OUR WITCHDOCTORS ARE TOO WEAK, a humorous depiction of life in a primitive Amazon village where the missionary is less than perfect and the tribal people anxiously await “God’s Talk,” to Tony Collins at Monarch.

Non-fiction: Parenting
Erin MacPherson’s THE CHRISTIAN MAMA’S GUIDE TO HAVING A BABY, a pregnancy guide for Christian women who need some good advice along with a good laugh, to Rebecca Maker at Guideposts.

Non-fiction: Cooking
The Husband Project author Kathi Lipp’s THE WHAT’S FOR DINNER PROJECT, a simple plan that will save time, save money and save your sanity when it comes to getting dinner on the table, to LaRae Weikert at Harvest House.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Rosslyn Elliott’s THE SADDLER’S DAUGHTER, Book 1 in The Heart of Ohio Trilogy, in which two young people haunted by the past find love and freedom as they assist fugitive slaves in early America, to Ami McConnell at Thomas Nelson, in a three-book deal.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Jillian Kent’s SECRETS OF THE HEART, Book 1 in The Ravensmoore Chronicles, a tale of romantic suspense in which an English noblewoman meets a titled gentleman whose desire to practice medicine could ruin any chance for love, to Debbie Marrie at Strang/Realms, in a three-book deal.

Fiction: Inspirational
Sandra Bricker’s THE BIG 3-OH! and THE BIG 4-OH!, in which a woman’s sisters join in the fun, making the most of dysfunctional family ties, birthday curses and mayhem, to Barbara Scott at Abingdon Press.

Fiction: Inspirational
Sandra Bricker’s LOVE FINDS YOU IN CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, CALIFORNIA, where a classic film buff decides it’s time for lights, camera, action and a bigger life, to Rachel Meisel at Summerside Press.

Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Code Blue author Richard Mabry, M.D’s MEDICAL ERROR, in which identity theft becomes fatal for a patient and puts a doctor’s reputation and medical practice in jeopardy, and CAUSE OF DEATH, to Barbara Scott at Abingdon Press, in a two-book deal.

Fiction: General
Billy Coffey’s SNOW DAY, the story of an ordinary man’s extraordinary day – the day his life falls apart so he can rebuild it, to Joey Paul at Faith Words, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal.

Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality
Pastor Bil Cornelius’s ALWAYS SETTLE FOR MORE, encouraging people to move from “wanting more” to achieving it – more peace, more fulfillment, more satisfying relationships – and to understand that God’s plan is for more, not less, to David Morris at Guideposts.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Jody Hedlund’s debut THE PREACHER’S BRIDE, an unlikely romance between a feisty Puritan maiden and a preacher whose enemies want him silenced, to David Long at Bethany House, in a three-book deal.

Fiction: General
Author of Cold Rock River J.L. Miles’s ALL THAT’S TRUE, a story of a teenage girl struggling with the elusive nature of truth and the devastating consequences of deception, to Sara Kase at Sourcebooks.

Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
KSFO talk radio host Brian Sussman’s CLIMATEGATE, debunking the myth of human-caused global warming, to Ami Naramour at WND Books.

Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality
Author of The Husband Project Kathi Lipp’s THE ME PROJECT, a 21-day plan to help women focus on living the life they were created for, and THE KID PROJECT, a 21-day plan to help parents create strong connections with their kids, to Rod Morris at Harvest House.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Karen Witemeyer’s A TAILOR-MADE BRIDE, in which a dressmaker who values beauty tangles with a liveryman who condemns vanity, to Charlene Patterson at Bethany House, in a three-book deal.

Non-fiction: Health
First runner-up on “The Biggest Loser” Season 4, Julie Hadden’s FAT CHANCE: LOSING THE WEIGHT, GAINING MY WORTH, an inspiring memoir explaining the inner transformation available to all who want to lose weight, get healthier or change their life, to Linda Cunningham at Guideposts, in a good deal, for publication in January 2010.

Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality
Susan DiMickele’s CHASING SUPERWOMAN, in which a successful attorney and mother of three grapples with balancing a career, a family, and a life of faith, to Susan Tjaden at David Cook.

Fiction: Inspirational
Christa Allan’s WALKING ON BROKEN GLASS, about a suburban woman learning to drop her facade and deal with the alcoholism and grief that’s ruining her life, to Barbara Scott at Abingdon Press.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Dr. Richard Mabry’s CODE BLUE, about a young female doctor’s return to her hometown only to find her life and work threatened, to Barbara Scott at Abingdon Press.

Non-fiction: How-To
Anna Clark’s GREEN, AMERICAN STYLE, an honest look at the reasons many people still aren’t “going green” and how to overcome them, to Chad Allen at Baker Books.

Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality
Rachel Held Evans’s EVOLVING IN MONKEY TOWN: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions, a memoir of the spiritual journey from certainty, through doubt, to faith, to Angela Scheff at Zondervan.

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Deborah Vogts’s SNOW MELTS IN SPRING, a heart-warming contemporary romance between a female country veterinarian and a pro football player, SEEDS OF SUMMER, and BLADES OF AUTUMN, to Sue Brower at Zondervan, in a three-book deal.

Fiction: Thriller
Terry Brennan’s THE SECRET SCROLL, to Dennis Hillman at Kregel.

Non-fiction: Memoir
Brian Mackert’s ILLEGITIMATE: How a Loving God Rescued a Son of Polygamy, a former child of the FLDS tells his remarkable story of tragedy and healing, taking readers behind today’s headlines and inside a world of loving mothers and abusive fathers, devoted children and sibling rivalry, strict religion and the truth that eventually led to freedom, to Don Pape at David Cook, in a very nice deal.

Non-fiction: Advice/Relationships
Kathi Lipp’s THE HUSBAND PROJECT: 21 Days of Loving Your Man, On Purpose and With a Plan, a simple plan to take a marriage from ordinary to amazing in just 21 days, coaching wives to do one simple thing for their partner each day for three weeks, showing him he’s #1 and bringing a sense of vitality and exhilaration back to the marriage, and THE MARRIAGE PROJECT, to Rod Morris at Harvest House, in a two-book deal.

© 2011 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent

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  • Dee Yoder

    >Several of these books look tempting to read! Congratulations to all of you. Merry Christmas!

  • Andrew

    >Rachelle, your gracious 'thank you' to your authors lifted my spirits. It's nice to know that there are people like you out there.

    The books look interesting, and I will spend some time this evening visiting the links. I'm particularly interested in 'Climategate'; I teach a class on Green Construction, and the teaching resources are politically-slanted to 'prove' global warming (and blame the U.S.).

    The fact is, a lot of the arguments used to support climate change are scientifically shoddy. I'm glad you've got this in your stable. Bravo!

    I missed yesterday's post on being at the gym. Walking dogs works, too. I'm on novel #3, and a lot of plot and character development got done on the end of a leash. With 20 dogs, I can put in a LOT of characters!

    (And if anyone wants to borrow a dog for writing support, just let me know…we have all sizes and shapes, but only one temperament – friendly!)

  • Sande

    >Well done. What an honor to be able to plant signposts pointing to Him.

  • Lynda Schab

    >An impressive list! Congrats on your success!

  • Jody Hedlund

    >Wow!!! Congrats to everyone! *Lifts glass* Cheers!

  • Krista Phillips

    >Yeah! Congrats both to you and the authors! What an accomplishment!

  • Katie Ganshert

    >How exciting!! Congrats to everyone!

  • Jim Marr

    >Congratulations to you Rachelle and your clients. I'll take this opportunity to thank you again for all that you give of yourself and your craft. You've helped so many people like me along the way and I appreciate the gifts that God has placed in your hands. Thanks for being a faithful steward of His gifts.

    Have a blessed Christmas!!

    Jim

  • Katy McKenna

    >I love seeing this list here, Rachelle! Your great work on behalf of your clients is coming to fruition. As an author of yours who hasn't yet sold, I want to express my appreciation for everything you've done to move me along the publication path. Congrats on a fabulous and strong start as an agent!

  • Marla Taviano

    >That's awesome, Rachelle! Love the "persevering, regrouping, rewriting, whatever it takes" part. :)

    Merry Christmas!!

  • Wendy @ All in a Day’s Thought

    >Congratulations to you and your clients. My eyes watered a bit at seeing those I've come to know through blogging on that list. What a journey! Christmas always makes me reflective.

    Merry Christmas!
    ~ Wendy

  • Richard Mabry

    >Congratulations, Rachelle. Those of us fortunate enough to be on this list know the hours you've spent to accomplish this–hours invested not only in approaching just the right editor and just the right house, but the time and effort involved in encouraging us, "talking us down off the ledge" at times, gently suggesting changes we can make that produce a better manuscript, and (yes, we know you do it) praying for us. Thank you.
    Merry Christmas.

  • Marybeth Poppins

    >Congrats to you and all your clients! That is an awesome list!

    Hope 2010 is even better!!!

  • Deborah Vogts

    >Congratulations, Rachelle. It's an honor to be working with you. May God bless you and your work in 2010!

  • Matilda McCloud

    >Congratulations! A really interesting list. I got the crazy idea to go on a diet during Christmas, so FAT CHANCE is the one I want to read first!

  • Billy Coffey

    >As someone who has had the opportunity to see how things work on the other side of the veil, I can attest to how much work goes into each and every one of those books. I'm blessed to call you my agent. Thank YOU.

    Merry Christmas!

  • TerryLynnJohnson

    >Lovely post, and a great list of books. I'll be looking for some of these my next bookstore visit.

  • Rachel

    >How exciting to see them all lined up. I can't wait to read some of them.

  • ordinarilyextraordinary.com

    >Congrats on so many being published. I'm looking forward to Evolving in Monkey Town and Snow Day.

  • mary bailey

    >What a nice celebratory post! All of these books look great and I am looking forward to getting my hands on them!

  • Shmologna

    >You've done well! Congratulations to you and the authors you represent. Merry Christmas!

  • Kristen Torres-Toro

    >Merry Christmas, Rachelle! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends!

  • Jason

    >Good grief, Rachelle! You've ben busy.

    Very impressive work.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  • Lori Benton

    >It's great to see this list here, and congrats to all the soon-to-be-published authors!

    Merry Christmas!

  • T. Anne

    >Wonderful! The books look great too. I've been following you since April or May of 2008 and have enjoyed every minute. Thanks for the fun and educational ride. Looking forward to a new year. Merry Christmas!

  • Jana Dean

    >Rachelle,
    You set a wonderful example for how to transition into entrepreneurship. Congratulations on the fruits of your labors, and God's blessings!

    Thank you for sharing your struggles along the way which inspires those of us who also hope to transition (not to mention a wealth of information and tools to make it happen).

    A Most Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Jana

  • Roxane B. Salonen

    >Rachelle, it's amazing to me that you've only been at this two years. You have a wealth of experience already. This bodes well for the future. All the best in placing those books looking for a home, and congrats to those that have found their place in the world. Christmas blessings!

  • Gwen Stewart

    >Rachelle, I have no doubt that, like Esther, you were chosen for "such a time as this"–yes, even with the horrible economy and gloom-and-doom prospects. I believe that not a moment of prayer or consideration you spent on the decision was wasted–as witnessed by this fabulous list of books.

    Keep on keepin' on. Much is required of you. Luckily, you have much to give. :)

    Merry Christmas, dear Rachelle!

  • Catherine West

    >Two years? Wow. Time flies when you're having fun! And yes, despite my occasional moan and groan, I AM having fun! And next year will be even better, especially if I make that list!
    Wishing you a blessed Christmas with the family, and thanks again for all you do!

  • Erica Vetsch

    >Congratulations! That's a wonderful list of accomplishments, for the authors, the publishers, and the agent.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Kathi Lipp

    >Hey friend – you shorted yourself one – The Marriage Project!

    I feel very blessed to be on this list – and even more blessed to work with you. I know I am one of the few authors who loves her publisher and her agent! (EXCEPT everyone else on this list – I'm sure!!!)

    Kathi

  • Rachel H. Evans

    >I never get tired of seeing my name on the cover of that book. Thanks for helping me make a long-time dream a reality, Rachelle. You've really been a delight to work with.

    Fellow writers – Wishing you all a restful holiday and a productive new year!

  • Lea Schizas – Author/Editor

    >Rachelle, popping in to not only wish you a healthy and successful 2010 but to say your passion for what you do is evident in your postings. Keep up the good work. Here's hoping you'll be back at the Muse Online Writers Conference again in October to be held between the 11th-17th.

  • Janet Oberholtzer

    >Rachelle – looks like you've been working hard – all this in 2 years, wow. I found this site a few months ago, but I assumed you've been doing this for years. Good job!

    And congrats to all the authors! Looking forward to reading a number of these.

  • AmyBoucherPye

    >Echoing congrats on the list. My eye immediately went to the publisher of each book (well, first for the implied platform of each non-fiction writer)… what a range. And implied in that list is a whole lot of relationships you've cultivated.

    Happy Christmas!

  • Nicole O’Dell

    >Impressive list!

  • Patricia

    >I'm impressed. A lot of hard work behind these covers.

    Congratulations to all.

  • Paul Michael Murphy

    >The cover of SNOW DAY is gorgeous.

  • Laura in Texas

    >Thank you, Rachelle, for your generous sharing of information in this blog from day to day. But shoot . . . nearly all of those books look like things I'd like to read, and they're not available yet!

  • Mira

    >Rachelle, something about this post was very touching. I really got the sense of how much your clients mean to you – how much you support them! Thanks for this. I'll definitely be browsing through your client books. :)

  • Keli Gwyn

    >Congratulations, Rachelle, on all you've accomplished in just two years.

    And congratulations to all these talented authors, some of whom I'm privileged to call my friends.

  • Carrie Turansky

    >What a great lineup! Congratulations, Rachelle and all your authors. I appreciate the wisdom you share on this blog. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Blessings,
    Carrie

  • Jenni / Jennifer Saake

    >Congratulations to you for 2 years and congratulations to all your wonderful authors!!! I spotted several titles I'm interested in reading. :D

  • Karen Jordan

    >Congratulations! You've come a long way in two years! Blessings for a productive 2010!

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