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NASHVILLE, Tenn. –June 22, 2012 –Authentic Media, a leading UK-based book publisher and distributor, and EMI CMG Distribution have signed a long-term fulfillment and retail distribution agreement to establish Authentic Publishers, the North American division of Authentic Media.
Greg Bays, Senior Vice President of sales and marketing for EMI CMG Distribution said: “Authentic Publishers has a genuine vision for delivering quality Christian resources around the world. EMI CMG Distribution is excited to be part of Authentic’s North American launch and for the opportunity to serve our retail partners with an expanded selection of books.
Under the new agreement EMI CMG will provide fulfillment services to all physical retail channels as well as sales and retail marketing support to the independent Christian retail channel.
Authentic will directly manage sales representation to all national accounts, including Barnes & Noble, LifeWay, Books-A-Million, CBD, Target, Wal-Mart, Family Christian Stores, Mardel, Amazon, and all international and digital accounts. Authentic Publishers’ Publishing Director and industry veteran Kyle Duncan will lead the Authentic Publishers North American list.
“We’re excited to be launching this new North American venture with a commitment to delivering great books from key authors,” shares Duncan. “We are looking for big ideas – messages that are dynamic and powerful – that transcend culture. We have a global vision to bring God’s message of grace and redemption to Christians and seekers across our ever-shrinking planet. We want books that not only play in Peoria, but also in Perth and Pretoria. The key genres we are focusing on include: spiritual growth, memoir, headline narrative, Christian living, women’s issues, and church/leadership.”
President of Authentic Media group, Rob Bootes states, “Along with Kyle, I want to welcome you to our book line, and let you know that we are looking forward to partnering with EMI Christian Music Group to bring excellent, internationally minded books to people around the globe. It is a privilege to be working directly with authors to produce great Christian resources. It is our desire that these resources would refresh and renew the spirit of Christians the world over.”
Representation for Authentic’s catalog titles will transition from their current distributor to EMI CMG Distribution in September with shipping to begin in October 2012.
Authentic Publishers will release its inaugural list of five books in January 2013 with plans to release 15-20 titles per year. While Authentic will primarily release books from North American authors, it will also bring to North America quality authors and stories from around the world.
Authentic’s vision is to publish ideas, stories and authors whose messages not only minister to Americans but also to the rapidly growing communities of believers around the world.
Following is an outline of the spring releases:
Benny Perez, Foreword by Jentezen Franklin
More: Discovering the God of More When Life Gives You Less
More is a message of ‘spiritual addition’ for people who are in the midst of life’s ‘subtractions’ – unemployment, divorce, illness, emotional, financial, or spiritual upheaval. In 2010, three days before Easter, Benny and Wendy lost a child in the womb. Even worse, it happened right before their eyes during a routine sonogram. As they watched the heart monitor in horror, their child’s heartbeat fell and finally flat-lined. A day later, Wendy nearly died from blood loss after what should have been a routine follow-up procedure. More is Benny’s journey through this broken period using the biblical story of Paul’s shipwreck on the island of Malta, and showing people how to kindle a fire for God even when all we can find, like Paul, is "wet wood on a stormy day." More offers hope, healing, and practical, "real life" advice, helping those who have been shattered to pick up the pieces once again.
Mike Kai, Foreword by John Bevere
The Pound for Pound Principle: Becoming All God Designed You to Be
God designed us with a specific set of talents. As with the parable that Jesus told in Matthew 25, some of us are given one talent, and others five. So how do we make the most of all the gifts God has given to us? In this liberating, powerful first book from up-and-coming pastor and speaker Mike Kai, readers will learn how to: identify the talents they have, develop them to God’s full plan and purpose, and avoid the trap of the comparison game, which only brings shame and guilt.
Embracing Grace: Rediscovering God’s Love –Settling the Guilt That Unsettles You
Many Christians wake up in the morning with a sense that something just isn’t quite right….a feeling that they haven’t quite done enough, prayed enough, or confessed enough to make themselves worthy of God’s love. In this biblically rich, but highly accessible new book from Daniel Brown, believers will be given the tools to overcome their "low grade guilt" and rediscover – or discover for the first time – the liberating, all-in grace that Christ promised us through His death and resurrection. In "low shelf" terms, Daniel provides a clear overview of Law and Grace, and how God has provided both not to point out what we are doing wrong, but to help us more fully live in the love He has given to us.
Hope for a Widow’s Heart: Encouraging Reflections for Your Journey
Only a widow knows what it’s like to lose her spouse. In this touching, heart-felt book from veteran bestselling author Quin Sherrer, widows will receive practical help, hope, and healing for the road forward. Written in short, easy devotional-style readings for those going through the grief process, Quin walks hand in hand, sharing her own story, as well as the stories (both US and international) of many widows who have walked the same road. Receive hope and healing after a loss as you walk directly into the arms of the Savior.
Dr. Ernest Crocker, Foreword by Bill Johnson
Nine Minutes Past Midnight: Medical Encounters with a Miraculous God
Dr. Ern Crocker, called out to a medical emergency, became aware that God was working alongside him. In Nine Minutes Past Midnight, we hear this amazing life-changing story, which led Dr. Crocker to "compare notes" with many other doctors from around the world, about their experiences with God in medical emergencies and situations. Together, Dr. Crocker’s story and the testimonies of other medical professionals, including US doctors, create this inspirational account of how God interacts and intervenes in the world of medicine today.
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ABOUT AUTHENTIC PUBLISHERS
Authentic is part of Koorong, a family-owned Christian retailing and distribution company that began over 35 years ago in Australia. Authentic Media is a Christian publishing and distribution house headquartered in Milton Keynes with a broad range of publishing from Bibles, books and children’s products to Paternoster, its well-respected academic line. Authentic Publishers is its North American division.
ABOUT EMI CMG DISTRIBUTION (www.emicmgdistribution.com)
EMI CMG Distribution was founded in 1994 to serve as the main distribution outlet for EMI CMG’s owned and distributed labels to the US Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. Since this distribution division was launched, EMI CMG has had more charting titles annually on Billboard’s Top Christian charts than any other Christian distributor and has been named Billboard Magazine’s Top Christian Music Distributor 11 times since 1995. In addition to distributing EMI Christian Music Group’s fully-owned labels, which include Sparrow, ForeFront, and Credential imprints, as well as EMI Gospel and Worship Together, EMI CMG Distribution has exclusive distribution agreements with BEC/Tooth & Nail, Centricity Records, Gaither Music Group, Green Hill Productions, Hal Leonard, Inpop, Isaiah 61, Hillsong, Kingsway Music, sixsteps records, Sonoma Music, Maranatha! Music, North Point Music, Spring Hill Music Group, Troubadour for the Lord, Universal Music Group, VSR Music Group, Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz, Creative Trust Media, Family Movie Night, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, Guardian Studios/Bananas, Jellyfish Labs, Millennium Media Services, Pure Flix Entertainment, Whitestone Media, Worthy Publishing and many more. EMI CMG Distribution is a division of EMI Christian Music Group, a unit of EMI Music (www.emi.com), one of the world’s leading music companies.