|BelieversPress acquires Glass Road Media|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Tuesday, 03 June 2014 04:09 PM America/New_York|
Authors to benefit from acquisition of former Thomas Nelson publicist’s company
BelieversPress acquired the publishing and PR divisions of Glass Road Media as of June 1. The publisher—a part of 1Source, a collaborative effort with the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, SuzyQ Author Coaching, Bethany Press and Anchor Distributors—continues to build a comprehensive platform of author services with the acquisition.
With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, BelieversPress and Glass Road Media expected the full execution of contracts by July 1.
Founded by former Thomas Nelson fiction publicist Rebeca Seitz, Glass Road was launched in 2005 as a public relations company specializing in the promotion of story-driven projects. Publishing and agency divisions were added in 2010. The firm has secured coverage for its authors in a wide variety of outlets—from USA Today and NPR to The 700 Club and Christian Post—and worked with the majority of major CBA houses. Seitz said it is also home to the oldest blogger database in the industry.
“I am humbled and honored with the partnership that has developed with BelieversPress,” she said. “After nine years of building this firm, even through the economic downturn, I am grateful for the privilege of growing it into a part of something that can achieve even greater impact. Our expansions have always been pursued in answer to the needs and desires of authors. I think coming under BelieversPress yields an enormous addition of resources we can bring to the author table.”
Seitz will remain on board as president of the Glass Road division of BelieversPress. LeAnn Hamby, who has served with Glass Road for more than four years, will remain director of publicity. All publishing and public relations assets will transfer to BelieversPress.
Additionally, the nonprofit SON: Spirit Of Naples, which Seitz helped found, is acquiring Glass Road’s agency division.
“BelieversPress has a passion to serve authors, whether they are successfully published—see Jerry B. Jenkins Select Line—or first-timers,” said Dave Sheets, president of BelieversPress. “Glass Road Media gives us a similarly passionate team with experience in publicity that we didn’t have before. Our authors asked for strong PR, and we’re excited that now we can deliver it.” —Burns