I'm a long-time student of the personal journey of faith in the United States, but professionally I'm a publisher, agent, and author consultant and coach. After more than 25 years of publishing experience with major publishers, I work to apply expert know-how in helping visionary authors who are reshaping our world.
My goal is to remain focused on authors who desire to be entrepreneurs for hope and fully engaged living. I want to meet authors where they are, and help them find their way to take the next best steps, and to do so in whatever way I can. And if I can manage it, I will continue to be a student of faith, reading widely, piecing things together, and maybe even do a little writing myself.
I myself have spent most of my life in this same struggle of seeing the world as it can be, not just how it is. One way or another, so many of us have. In my case, I brought my religious upbringing to the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and history (PhD, Drew University). It was a journey that led me to so much rich information, ideas that go beyond the usual debates.
I can’t believe how helpful it’s been. Who we are is so incredibly conditioned by so many factors of which we too easily remain unaware. The language of our spirituality and culture is extraordinarily embedded in personality, place, and time. Staying true to the simple teachings our tradition is hard.
Learning about the factors that shape our lives helps you understand that it’s not just you who struggles. We’re all in this together, and it’s completely possible to learn and grow. It’s possible to know more about how you can slowly move forward to find meaning and value in ways that are honest, responsible, and welcoming.
I will continue to put language to this way of looking at things. Even to publishing and business.
More on me:
I’m a preacher’s kid with a PhD in religious studies who unexpectedly wound up in book publishing. My identity as a scholar is connected to psychology and religion, but is also influenced by the sociology of religion, and religious history. I still read some pretty obscure books, among others.
I’ve worked in publishing for more than 25 years, and always worked with a lens that helps me see how religion causes us to be healthy humans, and sometimes not. A faith that draws us together in love has always been the mission behind my everyday publishing work, including content development, responding to cultural and marketplace needs, and bringing positive change. That's why I value strong communication, relationship, empowering others, humility, integrity, and transparency.
I was VP and Publisher for Zondervan Books, part of HarperCollins, and before that I worked for the book division of Guideposts magazine. I've worked on numerous national bestsellers and books that drive conversations and help people grow. There's more of my professional background on LinkedIn.
I enjoy working with authors and publishers who are on the leading edge of a movement that points us toward hope, insight, and a deepened awareness of ourselves and our world.
I especially enjoy helping new voices create and publish content with fresh meaning. I'm engaged in coaching, agenting, consulting, and even starting a publishing business with authors of every level so they better understand publishing and that they have more power than ever to make an impact. I help them focus their digital footprint, strategically place their writing, and consider what readers need to (not just want to) hear.
I've had the chance to live in Indiana, Southern California, Virginia, New Jersey, and now in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I'm a husband to an amazing wife, and a father to two incredibly adult daughters. I also sometimes bike, volunteer, play a little guitar. I'm a fan of Americana music, grew up with 80s music in high school, and a forever romantic for 60s and 70s music (links to Spotify playlists).