20 July

Willie Nelson Celebrates the Larger-Than-Life Legend of Paul English in New Book, Me and Paul: Untold Tales of a Fabled Friendship, Coming from Harper Horizon on September 20, 2022

As Told by America’s Foremost Outlaw Country Troubadour, Me and Paul Chronicles the Adventures of Willie and His Longtime Drummer, “Closest Friend” and Guardian Angel Around the World and Across the Decades

Me and Paul: Untold Tales of a Fabled Friendship

Willie Nelson’s revelatory new book, Me and Paul: Untold Tales of a Fabled Friendship, invites the reader to meet Paul English, Willie’s longtime drummer, “closest friend” and combination bodyguard / guardian angel who shared and often shepherded the behind-the-scenes real-world comedy, drama, tragedy and transcendence that come with the territory of a career like Willie’s.

Willie first immortalized Paul English with the hilariously-detailed road song “Me & Paul.” Penned for the drummer in the early 1970s, the song became the title track for Willie’s 1985 studio album and a fan favorite in his live sets. “I’ve got this song that begs to be a book and a book that begs to read like a song–a long, romping ballad of sweetness and scandal bridging seven decades of friendship,” Willie has said, and now, Me and Paul: Untold Tales of a Fabled Friendship fulfills the promise of that song.

For 70 years, Paul English was a towering figure in Willie’s life and career. From serving as the steady musical heartbeat in the band to acting as the gun-toting bodyguard and tour accountant who made sure the band got paid for every show, Paul always had Willie’s back. From their earliest meeting, Willie and Paul had an intuitive understanding of each other and the kind of music Willie Nelson was meant to create.

Written in Willie’s direct and inimitable narrative style, Me and Paul: Untold Tales of a Fabled Friendship is the career-spanning journey of one of the great buddy teams in American literature and show business, with Willie and Paul not unlike Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (or maybe Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis). The pair shared an unbroken bond that lasted until Paul’s death at 87, on February 11, 2020. According to Willie, “There’s something about my friendship with Paul that reminds me of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Tom was more civilized and Huck was wilder. Although I was plenty wild at age twenty-two, I’d have to say Paul was wilder. Like Tom and Huck, though, we became a team. Nothing could or would ever separate us. If someone tries to tell my story without putting Paul by my side, don’t bother reading it.”

“In 2020, my closest friend left me. Into the infinite abyss,” Willie writes in his introduction. “The mission of this book is to bring him back…. Why were Paul and I so devoted to each other? Good question. That’s another reason I wrote this book—to show the mystical connection between me and Paul…. It was like I knew him before we ever met. And now that he’s gone, he’s still here. He still knows me. He still lives in my heart and in the hearts of everyone whose lives he touched. Another thing about Paul: I owe him big time. The man saved my life more times than I can remember…. It’s been said that a good friend knows all your best stories, but a best friend has lived them with you. Well, that was us…. In the Willie Nelson Family, he stood in the center. I was the front man of the band, but he was the front man of my life. He was the papa bear, the big brother, the wise uncle, the money man, the bag man, the dealmaker, the sharpest shooter, and the kindest heart.”

Willie Nelson wrote Me and Paul: Untold Tales of a Fabled Friendship with Grammy-winning music journalist/biographer/author David Ritz, who collaborated with Willie on It’s a Long Story: My Life and Me (2015) and Willie and Bobbie Nelson on Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band (2020). In his preface, “A Note from a Ghost,” Ritz explains how the new book differs from Willie’s previous memoirs: “Me and Paul is not straight autobiography. This is something different, a collection of tales–some short, some tall–told by Willie Nelson and his best friend, Paul English….”

Me and Paul: Untold Tales of a Fabled Friendship tracks the rise of Willie Nelson’s career from the obscurity of Fort Worth in the 1950s through the seedy clublands of Dallas in 1963 to the challenges of Nashville, the allure of New York and Hollywood (Paul appears in Willie’s 1986 movie, “Red Headed Stranger”), launching the Outlaw Country revolution, founding Farm Aid (Paul served as Farm Aid’s treasurer for many years) and much more.

Paul and Willie first played together in Fort Worth in 1955; Paul became Willie’s regular drummer in 1966 and an essential member of the Family. Four of the performances on 2021’s The Willie Nelson Family–“Heaven and Hell,” “Kneel at the Feet of Jesus,” “Laying My Burdens Down” and “Family Bible”–are among the last recordings Willie made with his longtime drummer and best pal.

About Harper Horizon:

Harper Horizon is a Nashville-based imprint within HarperCollins Focus, publishing nonfiction literature across a number of categories, including self-help, memoir, health and wellness, cooking, and other inspirational topics that reflect the values and cultural diversity of America’s Heartland. Harper Horizon exists to empower the minds of readers to all things possible, whether that is learning a new skill, building community, improving the environment, or having the courage to embody their beliefs. Learn more at www.harper-horizon.com. Previous Willie Nelson book titles to be released through Harper Horizon include Willie Nelson’s Letters to America and Me and Sister Bobbie.

About Willie Nelson:

With a seven-decade career, Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In recent years, he has delivered more than a dozen new albums, released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, been honored by the Library of Congress with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the annual Luck Reunion food and music festival during SXSW, launched his cannabis companies Willie’s Reserve and Willie’s Remedy, and graced the covers of Rolling Stone and AARP The Magazine. In July 2020, Willie released his album First Rose of Spring – an atmospheric soulful showcase of beautifully-written songs and poignant performances. September 2020 brought a memoir with his sister and pianist Bobbie Nelson titled, Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of The Family Band. For 2021, he released a new studio album in February —That’s Life, Willie’s second album of standards and classics made famous by Frank Sinatra (his first, 2018’s My Way, earned Willie the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Solo Album). In June 2021, a collection of his thoughts on America, family, faith and music hits shelves as a new book titled Willie Nelson’s Letters to America. In November 2021, Nelson released the new studio album, The Willie Nelson Family, a collection of country gospel-flavored songs performed by Willie’s Family Band. In April 2022, he released another new studio album, A Beautiful Time, which includes a variety of newly-written future pop-country classics including five new Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon compositions. These creative endeavors as well as new songs and performances that add to his classic catalog, find Willie Nelson rolling at an artistic peak, writing and singing and playing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that comes from the road.

Contact: Kevin Smith, Publicity Director

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19 April

Reba McEntire to publish lifestyle book with Harper Celebrate

Reba McEntire

(Nashville, Tenn.) April 19, 2022—Harper Celebrate, a gift book imprint of HarperCollins Focus, today announced a forthcoming lifestyle book with actress and country music legend Reba McEntire. Set to release in fall 2023, this beautiful, full-color book will feature personal stories, food and cocktail recipes, and lifestyle tips that range from hosting to packing a suitcase. Each chapter will be centered on a theme from her iconic songs including grit, family legacy, being curious, and prioritizing the things that matter most.

“Reba is universally beloved for her talent, humor, and unapologetic authenticity,” said Michael Aulisio, vice president and publisher, Harper Celebrate. “This book will offer readers a seat at Reba’s table as she shares her hard-earned wisdom on what it means to live a good life. And let me assure you, there will be a lot of fun had along the way.”

Reba remarked, “I’m so excited to partner with the Harper Celebrate team to create my first lifestyle book where I will share stories, behind the scenes photos, some of my favorite recipes and life lessons I’ve learned over the years. I know my fans are going to love it!”

About Reba McEntire:

Multi-media entertainment mogul Reba McEntire has become a household name through a successful career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl member has won 16 ACM Awards, 15 American Music Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 6 CMA Awards, 3 GRAMMY® Awards, a GMA Dove Award and was a 2018 Kennedy Center Honors recipient, in addition to multiple philanthropic and leadership honors. Reba has celebrated unprecedented success including 35 career No.1 singles and selling over 56 million albums worldwide. Reba recently earned her 60th Top 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, extending her record for the most Top 10 hits among female artists. Reba’s Top 10 success spans across five straight decades and lands her alongside only George Jones, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton in the achievement.  Reba McEntire’s special CD & DVD pairing, MY CHAINS ARE GONE debuted as her 28th Top 10 on Billboard’s Country Album Chart.  Reba recently wrapped REBA: LIVE IN CONCERT, hitting every corner of the country across 20 dates, the superstar treated sold-out audiences to a stacked set of her most celebrated hits.  The Oklahoma native and Golden Globe® nominated actress has 11 movie credits to her name, a lead role on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun and starred in the six-season television sitcom Reba. Her brand partnerships include Dillard’s, REBA by Justin™ and she was named the first female and musician to portray KFC’s iconic founder Colonel Harland Sanders in their celebrity colonel campaign.  In 2020, Reba launched her very first Spotify original podcast, Living & Learning with Reba McEntire, featuring guests including Dolly Parton, Lady A, Trisha Yearwood, Leslie Jordan, Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Fonda and more.  Reba announced the development of“Reba’s Place” — a restaurant, bar, live music venue and retail store — set to open in Atoka, Oklahoma later this year.  For more information, visitwww.Reba.com or follow @Reba on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

About Harper Celebrate:

Launched in May 2021, Harper Celebrate is the newest imprint under HarperCollins Focus. Harper Celebrate publishes projects such as daily readers; lifestyle books on topics like hospitality, home decorating, organization, and crafting; journals; photography-driven books and anthologies; poetry; mindfulness; and occasion-focused books such as holiday celebrations, graduation, and gifts for special persons. For more information, visit www.harpercollinsfocus.com/harper-celebrate.

About HarperCollins Focus:

HarperCollins Focus, LLC owns and operates a collection of publishing imprints, that enlighten and empower readers to transform their hearts and minds, connecting through story, advice, mentorship and community. The company’s mission is to inspire the world with content that equips people to lead lives of significance, integrity and purpose. The company also operates HarperCollins Leadership Essentials, a destination online community dedicated to accelerating personal and professional development. The company is based in Nashville, TN. For more information go to www.harpercollinsfocus.com.

30 March

HarperCollins Focus Launches new imprint Harper Select

 (Nashville, Tenn.) March 30, 2022—HarperCollins Focus today announced the launch of a new, boutique-style publishing imprint, Harper Select, that will be led by industry veteran Matt Baugher.  Harper Select will focus exclusively on memoir and narrative nonfiction titles with Baugher acquiring, managing, and editing each book project. 

“My vision is to hand-select an exclusive number of projects each year that are uniquely positioned to capture the interest of the reader through amazing experiences and the people who’ve lived them,” said senior v-p and publisher, Matt Baugher. “Harper Select will be a natural extension of the HarperCollins Focus overall position in the marketplace—one that equips readers to lead a life of significance, integrity, and purpose.”

Baugher continued, “Our stories matter, and we have the opportunity to learn so much from each other, should we choose to do so. Harper Select’s sole purpose will be to find unique and life-changing stories of hope and determination that make us think, feel inspired, and bring us joy.” 

Matt Baugher, SVP, Publisher Harper Select

With more than twenty years in the publishing industry, Baugher has worked with many well-known cultural influencers, including co-founders of Magnolia, Chip and Joanna Gaines. In 2016, Baugher published their debut book The Magnolia Story (Thomas Nelson), and together, they have worked across multiple imprints within HarperCollins Publishers to develop a broad collection of works. Last month, the Magnolia Publications pilot initiative was announced—to place projects vetted by the Magnolia team with the HarperCollins publishing group most aligned to take the book to market—that Baugher will manage, in addition to his role as publisher of Harper Select.

In addition to Chip and Joanna Gaines, Baugher’s acquisition portfolio has included bestselling authors Gary Sinise, Kathie Lee Gifford, Zachary Levi, Rory Feek, and Andy Andrews, and published international bestsellers Heaven is for Real, Finding Gobi, Same Kind of Different As Me, and many more. 

Harper Select will be based out of Nashville, Tenn. For more information please visit www.HarperCollinsFocus.com/HarperSelect.

About HarperCollins Focus:

HarperCollins Focus owns and operates a collection of publishing imprints, that enlighten and empower readers to transform their hearts and minds, connecting through story, advice, mentorship and community. The company’s mission is to inspire the world with content that equips people to lead lives of significance, integrity and purpose. Current publishing imprints include Blink, Harper Celebrate, HarperCollins Leadership, Harper Horizon, Harper Muse and Harper Select. The company also operates HarperCollins Leadership Essentials, an online community dedicated to accelerating personal and professional development. The company is based in Nashville, TN. For more information go to www.harpercollinsfocus.com.

08 July

HarperCollins Christian Publishing Aligns Sales and Marketing Operations Under Unified Leadership

Company names Doug Lockhart, SVP Sales and Centralized Marketing

(Nashville, Tenn.) July 8, 2021—HarperCollins Christian Publishing today announced its plan to join sales and centralized marketing operations under a unified leadership structure that better positions its retail partners to capitalize on the company’s best-in-class marketing resources. Doug Lockhart will lead this strategy for the company as senior v-p Sales and Centralized Marketing.

“The dramatic increase in online purchases over the last year has spurred brick-and-mortar and online retailers to invest heavily in digital marketing for their own tech platforms,” said president and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Mark Schoenwald. “This has strengthened people’s dependency on online shopping resources which creates an opportunity for our company to increase cross-functional collaboration within the digital marketing and retail merchandising space.”

In his expanded role, Lockhart will integrate marketing expertise more robustly into the company’s retail partner strategy for both the Christian division and HarperCollins Focus.

“Selling books has always been dependent on great marketing,” said Lockhart. “However, discovering new books and authors now almost always includes an overabundance of online resources. We are going to focus on sharing information between teams to improve the customer journey experience. We have developed an industry leading marketing operations team with expertise in analytics, metadata, SEO, social media, research, website development and email marketing. These teams will work together to maximize our author’s exposure at retail.”

Lockhart is an industry veteran with more than 11 years with the company. Most recently, serving as senior v-p of Marketing and Business Partnerships, Lockhart identified opportunities to expand the company’s reach in new and emerging markets, including the stewardship of the company’s co-publication and co-distribution partnership with Urban Ministries, Inc. Before joining Zondervan in 2002, he spent ten years building and leading a sales organization for a Johnson & Johnson company. He has led at an executive level for 18 years including six years as the president and CEO of Biblica. Lockhart rejoined HCCP in 2014 and has served in several leadership roles where consumer purchasing behavior and market trends were aligned with business strategy.

Schoenwald continued, “Doug is a well-rounded executive leader, with great relationships across the industry. He is one of the original architects for our centralized marketing operations and has since positioned talented leaders to grow our expertise in this rapidly changing discipline. As we seek to aggressively acquire new voices and publish life-changing content, this new alignment will be critical in our success.”

Contact:   Casey Harrell

                 VP, Corporate Communications

                 tel:   615.902.1109

                 web: [email protected]

22 June

HarperCollins Focus names Sara Kendrick associate publisher for HarperCollins Leadership

(Nashville, Tenn.) June 22, 2021—HarperCollins Focus today announced Sara Kendrick as the new associate publisher for the HarperCollins Leadership imprint.

Kendrick has served as a senior acquisitions editor for HarperCollins Leadership since the imprint launched in 2018. In this role she acquired bestsellers including Business Made Simple by Donald Miller, We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers, and Quantum Marketing by Raja Rajamannar. As associate publisher, Kendrick will lead editorial planning, brand initiatives, and continue to acquire authors and content for HarperCollins Leadership.

“Sara brings intelligence, instinct, and tenacity to all her work,” remarked Jamie Lockard, v-p and publisher for HarperCollins Leadership. “We are grateful for Sara’s tireless energy working alongside the inaugural team in helping build the HarperCollins Leadership business in its start-up years, and I look forward to harnessing her acute strategic vision to guide our future.”

Contact:    Chelsea Taff

                 Manager, Corporate Communications

                 tel:     615.902.2137

                 web:   [email protected]

16 January

Harper Horizon announces its debut fall 2020 title releases

Imprint signs 11 new authors to join its growing roster

Harper Horizon Fall Winter 2020 Book Catalog

(Nashville, Tenn.) January 16, 2020—Just five months in to its inaugural year, Harper Horizon has successfully signed eleven author agreements, one content partner, and twelve new projects to its growing list. Debuting the imprint’s first two releases in 2020, Harper Horizon will publish Make Life Beautiful by Syd and Shea McGee (October 2020; ISBN 9780785233879) and Walk Through This: Harness the Healing Power of Nature and Travel the Road to Forgiveness (November 2020; ISBN 9780785238652) by Sara Schulting Kranz.

Syd and Shea McGee are the powerhouse couple behind Studio McGee, the fastest-growing interior design studio in the country. In their book, Make Life Beautiful, they share their insights and wisdom on how classic interior design principles can be used to build an authentically beautiful life. For their one-million-plus fan following, Syd and Shea share an inside look into how the couple transformed Shea’s small room of fabric samples and big dream of becoming a designer into a successful interior design business.

Life and leadership coach Sara Schulting Kranz offers readers a step-by-step handbook on how to reconnect with nature to heal, in her book, Walk Through This. Kranz writes to give readers the inner courage they need to overcome setbacks and will help them develop the tools needed to build a life of fulfillment and purpose. As a certified wilderness guide, Kranz specializes in helping those who have suffered hardship or trauma to find forgiveness and strength in their lives, through guided wilderness retreats in locations like the Grand Canyon and the Pacific Rim. In November 2019, a documentary was filmed about the author’s guided trips, and will be released in 2021.

“Our debut fall titles perfectly reflect Horizon’s mission and showcase authors who not only have great stories to tell but are actively working to make our world a better place,” said Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, publisher of Harper Horizon. “Make Life Beautiful from Syd and Shea McGee tells the story of the couple behind Studio McGee, using aesthetic design principles to inspire readers to lead a joyful, authentic life.  Walk Through This from Sara Schulting Kranz is a roadmap to forgiveness and healing that will teach readers how to harness the power of nature as a tool for personal well-being.”

In addition to these two projects slated to hit the market in the second half of 2020, Harper Horizon has finalized additional publishing agreements with:

  • Linda Johnson Rice, former CEO of Johnson Publishing, owner of Ebony and Jet Magazine
  • Tim Storey, nationally sought-after speaker and life coach, and often featured guest on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday
  • Naomi Davis, content creator behind the popular blog, Love Taza
  • Molly Galbraith, founder of Girls Gone Strong, global online movement of 800,000+ women
  • Zachary Levi, actor (Shazam!, Chuck, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and mental illness advocate
  • Nicole Lynn, one of the youngest African American, female sport agents
  • Kristina Cho, San Francisco-based cook behind the delicious recipes at EatChoFood.com
  • Katie Russell, cancer survivor, advocate, and sport enthusiast featured in MLB for Mom documentary
  • Fatherly, the leading digital media brand for dads

“At Horizon we are building our catalog from the ground up. This means we have the opportunity to be intentional about the projects and partnerships we develop,” continues Fleck-Nisbet. “It’s been such a joy to bring on a diverse group of talented authors, each with an inspiring story to share and valuable skills and knowledge to impart to their readers.”

For more information about Harper Horizon, please visit www.harper-horizon.com.

About Harper Horizon: Harper Horizon publishes a broad base of nonfiction literature across categories including memoir, how-to, biography, self-help, health and wellness, lifestyle, and other inspirational topics that reflect the values and cultural diversity of America’s Heartland. Harper Horizon works to empower the minds of its readers to all things possible whether that is learning a new skill, building community, improving the environment, or having the courage to embody their beliefs. Working with authors who are writers, actors, activists, chefs, bloggers, fitness professionals, advisors, or field experts, Harper Horizon is about creating connections and exploring today’s world. The imprint is part of HarperCollins Focus and based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information about Harper Horizon, please visit www.harper-horizon.com.


Harper Horizon Fall Winter 2020 Book Catalog

13 November

Laura Minchew named SVP, Children’s and Gift Group Publisher for HarperCollins Christian Publishing and HarperCollins Focus

Michael Aulisio appointed VP of Marketing

(Nashville, Tenn.) November 12, 2019—Today it was announced that Laura Minchew has been appointed to senior vice president, Children’s and Gift Group publisher for HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) and HarperCollins Focus (HC Focus). In her expanded role, Minchew will be responsible for the overall strategy for all children’s and gift books for both companies, a member of the executive leadership team, and reporting directly to the president and CEO of HCCP and HC Focus, Mark Schoenwald.

In this new role, Minchew will be leading the direction for Tommy Nelson, Zonderkidz, Thomas Nelson Gift and Zondervan Gift publishing as well as Blink YA books and launching the strategy and publishing program for children’s and gift products under HarperCollins Focus.

Under this expanded structure the companies will share best practices in marketing, editorial, design, and publishing operations on books that specialize in children’s and gift book products, while continuing to maintain the uniqueness of each consumer facing publishing imprint.   This approach optimizes expertise around complementary products and sets a strong foundation for creating children’s and gift products for the general market through HarperCollins Focus.

Minchew is a publishing veteran with more than thirty years in the industry. For the past seven years, she has led the Specialty Publishing division for HarperCollins Christian Publishing which includes the Tommy Nelson, Thomas Nelson Gift, and Zondervan Gift imprints. Under her leadership the company has published titles such as Jesus Calling by Sarah Young with sales of more than 30 million units, in addition to children’s and gift books with Max Lucado, Billy Graham, Joanna Gaines, Kathie Lee Gifford, Chris Tomlin, Emily Ley, Lysa TerKeurst, Bob and Lindsey Goff, amongst others.

Schoenwald commented, “Laura has a keen sense for what readers are searching for in terms of quality, content, and inspiration. The children’s and gift group publisher model will bring better awareness and positive collaboration between similar business operations, while continuing to create focus around the individual brands.”

“Our business is committed to inspirational children’s and gift publishing,” said Minchew. “We are investing in resources and working together to navigate the best approach to create a center of excellence that enables us to grow in a changing market. We will leverage our strengths to attract and support leading authors, illustrators and create new brands. Our future is bright, and I am extremely honored to have this opportunity.”

In addition, Michael Aulisio, former vice president of marketing for Tommy Nelson and Gift books for HarperCollins Christian Publishing, will become the vice president of marketing for the children’s and gift group of HarperCollins Christian Publishing and HarperCollins Focus, where he will set and oversee the execution of marketing across the children’s and gift divisions.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing is the world’s leading Christian publisher and comprises both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups, in addition to Olive Tree Bible Software.  The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space.  Also home to BibleGateway.com, the world’s largest Christian website, and FaithGateway.com, an online community dedicated to helping people grow in their faith. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in the U.S. and Mexico.  For more information visit www.HarperCollinsChristian.com.

HarperCollins Focus, LLC. owns and operates a collection of publishing imprints, that enlighten and empower readers to transform their hearts and minds, connecting through story, advice, mentorship and community. The company is based in Nashville, TN. For more information, visit www.HarperCollinsFocus.com.

03 October

Don Jacobson named SVP and Books Group Publisher for HarperCollins Christian Publishing and HarperCollins Focus

Nashville, Tenn. (September 30, 2019)—HarperCollins Christian Publishing and HarperCollins Focus today announced that Don Jacobson will lead the organizations’ book publishing programs as senior v-p and group publisher.  Joining the organization on October 7, Jacobson will be based in Nashville, Tenn., report to Mark Schoenwald, president and CEO, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, and will serve on the company’s executive leadership team.

In this role, Jacobson will be responsible for the strategy and direction for trade books and curriculum publishing for Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. In addition, Jacobson will oversee HarperCollins Focus’ publishing strategy and its expansion in the general market.  He will work with all divisions to meet goals, develop new business initiatives, and manage relationships with key authors, retailers, distributors, and staff.

Jacobson is a 35-year publishing industry veteran, with experience in owning and operating publishing companies, as well as representing authors as a literary agent. In 1992, Jacobson bought Multnomah Press which experienced substantial growth and employed more than 140 people eventually selling to Random House.  Jacobson then founded D.C. Jacobson and Associates, a literary management agency that represents authors such as Sarah Mae, Joel Manby, Jamie Ivy, Jess Connolly, and Myquillyn Smith.

“I’ve known of Don and his entrepreneurial approach to our industry for many years,” said Mark Schoenwald.  “He’s been successful in many different areas of the industry, from acquisitions to growing and selling a publishing company to helping launch the careers of well-known and admired authors. We’re excited for Don to join our team and lead this next chapter of our company’s story.  We believe his deep experience, leadership, and strategic thinking will be a great addition to our organization.”

“I cannot think of a more rewarding opportunity than to be part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing and HarperCollins Focus and the direction these companies are taking content creation in the inspirational space,” said Jacobson. “I am looking forward to working for a new company and using my industry knowledge and experience to be part of a great leadership team.  Because I have known and respected many of the leadership for many years, it almost feels like coming home.”

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing

The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., comprises the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups, Olive Tree Bible Software, BibleGateway.com, FaithGateway.com and ChurchSource.com.  The company produces bestselling Bibles inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and other digital content for the Christian market space.  HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in the U.S. and Mexico.  For more information visit www.HarperCollinsChristian.com.

About HarperCollins Focus

HarperCollins Focus owns and operates a collection of publishing imprints that enlighten and empower readers to transform their hearts and minds, connecting through story, advice, mentorship, and community.  The company is based in Nashville, TN.  For more information, visit www.HarperCollinsFocus.com.

20 August

HarperCollins Focus to launch new imprint Harper Horizon

Andrea Fleck-Nisbet named vice president and publisher

(Nashville, Tenn.) August 6,2019—HarperCollins Focus today announced the launch of a new nonfiction imprint, Harper Horizon.

Harper Horizon will publish content that encourages readers to live life by embracing values such as: integrity, optimism, patriotism, family-values, community, respect, sacrifice, creativity, hard work, wisdom and inspiration.  Harper Horizon will be relevant to today’s culture by offering books with rich stories and teachings through memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, lifestyle topics, motivational advice and self-help.

Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, former director of Content Acquisitions at Ingram Content Group, has been named vice president and publisher of Harper Horizon. In her previous role, she was responsible for helping over 10,000 publishers reach readers worldwide by providing various publishing services and access to distribution channels. Prior to Ingram, Fleck-Nisbet was with Workman Publishing in New York for fifteen years, where she held various executive level director and management roles.

As vice president and publisher for Harper Horizon, Fleck-Nisbet will lead the acquisition of author projects and hire a team to support editorial, marketing and distribution of the imprint’s titles.  Harper Horizon is scheduled to release its first titles in the spring of 2020 and plans to release 15-20 new titles each year.

In speaking about the mission of the imprint, Fleck-Nisbet said: “At this point of social inflection, readers are hungry for stories and information that speak to the fundamental principles that unite and drive us: family, work, self-discovery and community. I am eager to put books into the hands of readers that will inspire, entertain and encourage them to fully realize their potential. Harper Horizon is well-positioned from a cultural and geographic perspective to do just that.”

Mark Schoenwald, president and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing and HarperCollins Focus, commented, “Being based in Nashville, our editorial and creative teams have a unique perspective relative to the values and motivations of America’s core. We see opportunity in the general market to provide content that helps our readers better understand the world around them.  I’m impressed with Andrea’s career and experience and know her leadership will help drive the growth of Harper Horizon and our relationships with authors and agents.”

In 2018, HarperCollins Focus was established in Nashville, Tennessee to publish books for the general market that inform, educate, motivate and inspire readers to lead lives of significance and purpose. In addition to the newly-launched Harper Horizon, HarperCollins Focus includes HarperCollins Leadership, AMACOM and Blink young adult books in its portfolio.

HarperCollins Focus shares its corporate office and operational support with the HarperCollins Christian Publishing division, however, it operates as a separate entity.

About HarperCollins Focus: HarperCollins Focus, LLC owns and operates a collection of publishing imprints, that enlighten and empower readers to transform their hearts and minds, connecting through story, advice, mentorship and community. The company is based in Nashville, TN.