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WestBow Press Books Acquired by Traditional Publishers

Read the discovery stories of our self-published titles that have been acquired by traditional publishers.

The Reason, William Sirls

© Thomas Nelson

Discovery Story: After hitting rock bottom and being incarcerated in 2007, William Sirls was given a fresh perspective on life, which he chose to share by self-publishing his book with WestBow Press. The Reason caught the attention of Thomas Nelson editors and was acquired and released in 2012. 

What’s New: William was offered a multibook contract with Thomas Nelson. He has since released The Sinners’ Garden and continues to keep in touch with readers through his blog, Facebook and Twitter.

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Perfectly Unique, Annie Downs

 

© Zondervan

Discovery Story: Annie self-published From Head to Foot with WestBow Press in 2011 with a mission to inspire young women. Her book quickly caught Zondervan’s eye, and the publisher offered her a contract. The book was released under the new title Perfectly Unique in 2012.

What's New: Since landing her book deal, Annie has continued writing, publishing and inspiring, releasing three more titles and connecting with her community of readers on Facebook, Twitter and her website.

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Canary Song, Amy K. Sorrells

 

© David C. Cook

Discovery Story: Amy Sorrells won the 2011 Women of Faith Writing Contest with her memoir-turned-novel Canary Song (previously titled Comfort and Salvation).  Her book was quickly noticed and acquired by traditional publisher David C. Cook and released under the new title How Sweet the Sound in March 2014.

What’s New: Amy’s second title, Then Sings My Soul, is due to be released by David C. Cook in March 2015. Amy keeps readers informed with her website and is connected on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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Sensible Shoes, Sharon Garlough Brown

 

© InterVarsity Press

Discovery Story: Sharon Garlough Brown self-published Sensible Shoes with WestBow Press in hopes of reaching people with a message of faith. Her book was acquired by InterVarsity Press and released in 2013.

What’s New:  Since its acquisition, Sensible Shoes has been transformed into a trilogy. Sharon’s second book in the series, Two Steps Forward: A Story of Persevering in Hope, will be released in October 2015. The final book, Barefoot: A Story of Surrendering to God, is scheduled to be released in 2016. Sharon touches base with readers through her website and Facebook

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Three Cups, Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain

 

© Thomas Nelson

Discovery Story: Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain self-published Three Cups with WestBow Press to give parents a way to “teach children a positive, generous attitude as they learn to use money responsibly.” Thomas Nelson acquired Three Cups and released it in November 2011.

What’s New: Tony continues to share his message of financial responsibility and generosity through his website

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Call of a Coward, Marcia Moston

 

© Thomas Nelson

Discovery Story: In her book Call of a Coward, Marcia reminds readers to trust and obey even when being faithful seems foolish. Call of a Coward won the Women of Faith Writing Contest in 2010, was published by WestBow Press in 2011 and went on to be acquired by Thomas Nelson in 2012.

What’s New: Marcia continues to share her message through writing on her blog and serving on mission teams. She interacts with readers through Twitter.

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Bikin’ and Brotherhood: My Journey, Dave Spurgeon

 

© Thomas Nelson

Discovery Story: Dave Spurgeon tells of his journey in the biker gang culture through to his retirement in his book Bikin’ and Brotherhood: My Journey, which he self-published with WestBow Press in 2011. Bikin’ and Brotherhood was acquired by Thomas Nelson and released in October 2014.

What’s New: Readers can find information on Dave’s website and follow him on Twitter.

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Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts: The Prophecies in the Feasts of Leviticus, Michael Norten

 

© Thomas Nelson

Discovery Story: In his book, Michael offers a fresh look at God’s prophecies found in the biblical feasts. Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts was released by WestBow Press in March 2012 and had such strong book sales that it drew the attention of Thomas Nelson, which led to its acquisition in October 2014. Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts is scheduled to be rereleased in early 2015.

What’s New: Readers can look for updates on Michael’s website and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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 For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty, Anne Bradley and Art Lindsley

 

© Zondervan

Discovery Story: Anne Bradley and Art Lindsley, leaders from The Institute of Faith, Work and Economics (TIFWE), self-published For the Least of These with WestBow Press in February 2014 in order to give guidance to Christians on how to better help the less fortunate. Zondervan felt that this book has great potential for academic and church markets and plans to release it in February 2015.

What’s New: Readers can find more information on TIFWE’s website and follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

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 Daniel Revisited: Discovering the Four Mideast Signs Leading to the Antichrist, Mark Davidson

 

©Thomas Nelson

Discovery Story: Mark self-published Daniel Revisited: Discovering the Four Mideast Signs Leading to the Antichrist with WestBow Press in 2014. His book caught the attention of Thomas Nelson and he was offered a contract. The book is scheduled to release through Thomas Nelson in December 2015.

What’s New: Since landing a book deal, Mark has continued to keep readers up to date on the latest through regular posts on his website.

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