NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 13, 2023) — Forefront Books, a Nashville-based independent book publisher, announces a three-book deal with New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury. The first book is slated to be released in early 2025.
The new agreement once again pairs Kingsbury with longtime collaborator Becky Nesbitt, Associate Publisher of Forefront Books. Nesbitt and Kingsbury previously worked together at both Simon & Schuster and Tyndale.
“We feel incredibly honored to team with Karen as her talent and success are widely renowned,” said Nesbitt. “Forefront Books is committed to expanding her legacy and cannot wait to see what she continues to accomplish.”
“I’m so grateful for Forefront’s partnership and am excited to bring these next three books into the world with their support,” said Kingsbury.
Kingsbury has sold more than 25 million copies of her award-winning books and many have been developed into successful film and television projects. Her newest film, SOMEONE LIKE YOU, will release in theaters April 2, 2024, and her final book with Simon & Schuster, Just Once, releases on November 14, 2023.
Forefront Books was recently named Publishers Weekly’s second-fastest growing independent publisher. With a sales growth of 216% over two years and an increase in title count from 21 books a year in 2020 to 52 books in 2023, Forefront’s growth is projected to continue beyond 2023. To learn more about Forefront Books, visit https://www.forefrontbooks.com.
Forefront Publisher, Jonathan Merkh, acquired world rights from Rick Christian, Karen’s longtime agent and the Founder/CEO Emeritus of Alive Literary Agency.
About Forefront Books
Forefront Books is a unique publishing company that caters to the most successful men and women in their respective fields – the thought leaders, the visionaries, the pioneers, the business owners, and the entrepreneurs who have a compelling story to tell – and delivers a world-class end result from a team which has helped create nearly 100 New York Times bestsellers, including thirteen #1 bestsellers.
About Karen Kingsbury
Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, has been dubbed “America’s favorite inspirational storyteller” by Time. Her award-winning books have sold more than twenty-five million copies, topped national bestseller lists and been adapted for film/TV by MGM, Hallmark Films and her newly launched eponymous studio, Karen Kingsbury Productions. Her Baxter Family books have been developed into a streaming series slated for release on a major platform next year. Karen is also an adjunct professor at Liberty University where the writing center is named after her. In 2001, she and her husband Don adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty-nesters, living in Tennessee near several of their adult children.