December, 2010–Seven books represented by Alive hit the NYT bestseller list during 2010, according to Agency President Rick Christian. “We are thankful for the success this represents,” he said, noting that the appearances reflect what America is reading and impact buying decisions.
“Everybody wants to read what’s hot, what other people are talking about, what’s lighting up the blogosphere,” he added. “The definitive source readers turn to for this information are the fiction and non-fiction bestsellers lists printed in each Sunday’s New York Times.”
Works represented by Alive on the 2010 list included three novels by Karen Kingsbury, three nonfiction collaborations by Lynn Vincent, and a first showing by novelist Terri Blackstock.
Kingsbury’s appearances were Take Three in April, Take Four in July and Unlocked in October, the latter of which debuted on the NYT list at #3, behind two mega-selling Stieg Larsson novels. Lynn Vincent scored with her chart-topping collaborations on Sarah Palin’s political memoir Going Rogue, Todd Burpo’s word-of-mouth phenom Heaven Is for Real, and her evergreen Same Kind of Different as Me, which has logged some 150 consecutive weeks on the prestigious list, with sales well over one million copies. Terri Blackstock debuted on the list in October with her novel, Intervention.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled for these authors and their booming sales. We also appreciate their ongoing trust in Alive and are pleased to continue our 20+ year reign as the literary agency best-known by our stable of #1 bestsellers,” Christian said, adding that he expects many more appearances on the list in subsequent years now that primary CBA channel retailers are reporting their sales to the NYT, including Family, Mardel, Lifeway and Parable outlets–RC