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Melanie Shankle Signs Multi-Book Deal with Zondervan 
Trade Book Set to Release in August of 2017 

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 11, 2016— New York Times bestselling author Melanie Shankle has written about parenting, marriage and friendship. In her next trade book, set to release in August of 2017, Shankle partners with Zondervan publishing to take on how to find significance and meaning in the routines of life with her signature humor. 

The hilarious voice behind the wildly popular Big Mama Blog, Shankle has signed with Zondervan for two trade books, a DVD curriculum and a gift devotional. The first trade book will offer women of all ages the grace to embrace what it means to live a seemingly small, yet incredibly meaningful life and how to find all the beauty and laughter that lies right beneath the surface of every moment.

“We are all big fans of Melanie Shankle here at Zondervan and we could not be more excited to have the opportunity to partner with her on her next books,” said Carolyn McCready, executive editor at Zondervan. “She is a wonderful writer, full of humor, heart, and grace, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to expand her audience.” 

Shankle’s upcoming trade titles were acquired by Carolyn McCready, executive editor for Zondervan. Lisa Jackson of Alive Literary serves as Shankle’s literary agent.

Melanie Shankle is the New York Times bestselling author of Sparkly Green EarringsThe Antelope in the Living Room and Nobody’s Cuter Than You. She speaks at events nationwide and writes daily on her blog, Big Mama. Melanie is a graduate of Texas A&M University and lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Perry, and daughter, Caroline.

Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich.  For additional information, please visit