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agent :
Michelle Alvis
Alive Communications, Inc.
7680 Goddard St., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
719-260-8223 (fax)

For 25 years, Alive Communications has been the nation's largest, most influential literary agency for faith-based and inspirational authors. We represent a select group of authors who are the best of the best. They top the New York Times best-seller list and win big awards. They are on the covers of magazines. They appear on national newscasts and programs. They write books that matter, that change lives. Our authors don’t rest on their laurels and neither do we. We are agents of change.

Located in Colorado Springs, Alive Communications is ultimately known by the company we keep. Our success can be measured in a number of ways:

• Best-sellers. 13 books represented by Alive have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Dozens of our titles a year appear on this and other prestigious lists, including USA Today, Amazon, B&N, Publisher's Weekly, The Wall Street Journal and more.

• Sales. Combined sales of books negotiated by Alive agents exceed 200 million copies. Several dozen Alive titles have sold more than one million copies each. We currently have the top book/film combo in the country with Heaven Is for Real (10m sales; $70m at the box office.)

• Awards. Alive authors have been honored with most major literary awards and are regularly profiled in national media. Most recently, Alive client and Nobel-winning climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe was named by TIME magazine (4/23/14) as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Her profile was written by Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle who collaborated with Hayhoe on Showtime’s climate documentary, Years Of Living Dangerously.

Notwithstanding such recognition, the heart of Alive is a love for words, and for discovering and serving today's best, most gifted authors. Alive agents all come from publishing backgrounds, and their love for the craft is evident. By serving the message and the messenger well, Alive ensures that each author grows professionally to the next level.

Alive agents are individuals with proven track records in the industry. They are known for their love of words, strategic thinking, negotiation skills, business acumen, relational abilities, and marketing savvy. They represent authors in a wide variety of genres: adult fiction and non-fiction (self-help, biography, theology, and memoir), youth/teen fiction and non-fiction, children's, gift books, Bibles, and more. Alive's authors' works are showcased wherever books are sold—from independent booksellers to national chains and mass merchandisers, from catalogs to grocery stores, airports to web sites.

Alive Communications was founded in 1989 by Rick Christian, a Stanford University graduate who wrote several best-selling books while working for national magazines. He is joined by agents Joel Kneedler, Andrea Christian and Bryan Norman. The agency's effectiveness has earned national press attention in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, and Christianity Today. We are widely written about, reported on, blogged about, and tweeted on.

Clients have had works optioned or adapted by world-class film and television producers, including ABC; Amblin Entertainment; Batjac Productions; CBS; Cloud Ten; Columbia Pictures; Desert Dog Productions; Dick Clark Productions; Digital Horizon; Downes Brothers; E.O. Productions International; Focus on the Family; Fox; Gospel Films; Hallmark; Jane Rosenthal; Jenkins Entertainment; Hallmark; Hearst Entertainment; Mark Clayman; Melissa Mathison; Grace McAdams; Milestone Entertainment; Namesake Entertainment; NBC; Nickolas Barris; Oakwater; Open Road Productions; Promenade Pictures; Ralph Winters; Roth Films; STARS; Tribeca Productions; Tri-Star; Veralux Media; and Wind Dancer Production Group, among others.

years experience: 25
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Lifestyle, Children's books, Sports, African-American, Literary fiction, Women's fiction, Historical novels, Thrillers, Memoir, Politics, Pop Culture, Religion, Inspirational, Young Adult
"There is at least one writer out there who came to Alive, and came away profoundly grateful, because of my agent's great efficiency in adding value to the entire writing/publishing experience."
~Philip Yancey, Best-selling author

"Alive Communications has played a huge role in the development and maturity of our industry. All of the agents who work there are real professionals, with a great deal of publishing and marketing experience, an uncanny instinct for trends, and a profound understanding of what makes a book connect with its intended audience. Alive is an essential part of our publishing strategy."
~Ron Beers, Senior Vice President and Publisher, Tyndale House Publishers

Clients of Alive include Eugene Peterson, Karen Kingsbury, the estates of Brennan Manning and Henri Nouwen, Steve Arterburn, Lynn Vincent, Alister McGrath, Valerie Burton; She Reads Truth, Tim Brown, John Stonestreet, Brian Welch, Rich Stearns, Ralph Reed, Anne Graham Lotz, Randy Singer, Elisa Morgan, Nancy Rue, and Tim Downs.

Alive clients have had works published by more than 100 world-class publishers, from A to Z. These include Augsburg; Avon; Baker; Ballantine; Bantam; Barbour; Barrons; Berkley; Bethany House; B & H; Checkerboard; Christian Herald; Crossway; Current; David C. Cook; Dayspring; Dearborn Trade; Death Valley; Dell; Dimension; Discovery; Dodd-Mead; Doubleday; Dutton; Eerdmans; Farrar, Strauss & Giroux; Focus on the Family; Grand Central; Group; Guideposts; Hachette; Hallmark; Harlequin; HarperCollins; HarperOne; Harvard Common Press; Harvard University David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Harvest House; Helmers & Howard; Highland; Hodder & Stoughton; Honor; Howard; InterVarsity; John Wiley & Sons; Jossey-Bass; Jove; Judson; LA Times; LeLeche League International; LifeJourney; LifeWay; Lion Hudson; Little Brown; Logos; Macmillan; McGraw-Hill; Rand McNally; Monarch, Mongoose; Moody; William Morrow; NavPress; Thomas Nelson; New American Library; New Leaf Press; Oxford University; Penguin Putnam; Prentice Hall; Publications International; Random House; Regal; Regnery; Revell; Review & Herald; Servant; Shaw; Simon & Schuster; St. Martin's; Stackpole; Standard; Starburst; Taylor; Tehabi; Tribune Media Services; Tyndale; University of Oklahoma; Upper Room; Viking; Walker & Co.; WaterBrook Multnomah; Westminster/John Knox; Wildcat; Worthy; Zondervan; and dozens of publishers around the world.

Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo; The Message Bible, translated by Eugene H. Peterson; The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins; The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning; frontlist and backlist titles by Henri Nouwen; Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller; Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury; Same Kind of Different as Me by Denver Moore and Ron Hall; the Every Man series by Stephen Arterburn; Racing to Win by Joe Gibbs; Let's Roll! by Lisa Beamer; A Thousand Hills by Stephen Kinzer; Living in God's Love by Billy Graham; The Pastor by Eugene H. Peterson; The Life Recovery Bible by Stephen Arterburn and Dr. Dave Stoop; Happy Women Live Better by Valerie Burton; A Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns; and C.S. Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrath; Wounded by God's People by Anne Graham Lotz; and She Did What She Could by Elisa Morgan.

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Andrea Heinecke,
Bryan Norman,
Lisa Jackson,
The Alive Communications team consists of individuals with proven track records in the industry--people known for their knowledge of words, strategic thinking, negotiation skills, business acumen, relational abilities, and marketing savvy. They understand the creative process and know contracts inside and out. They are devoted to ideas and expanding opportunities. They're big-picture thinkers who sweat the small stuff. They understand words because they've written and spoken widely themselves. Most of all, they're people of integrity and character. They're people you can count on; a team you can trust.

RICK CHRISTIAN has had a life-long passion for words and great writing. He is the founder and president of Alive Communications, the premiere literary agency, with more than a dozen New York Times #1 bestsellers to his credit. He launched Alive Communications in Los Angeles in 1989 and moved operations to Colorado Springs in 1991. Books he has personally represented have sold more than 150 million copies and have also occupied the #1 slot on best-selling lists compiled by USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly.
Christian’s efforts on behalf of top authors have been widely chronicled in leading newspapers and magazines, from the New York Times and USA Today to Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly and Publisher’s Weekly. His biography and record of achievement appear in Who’s Who in America, 2008. Raised in San Diego and a 1977 graduate of Stanford University (communications and creative writing), he also studied at Capernwray Bible School in England and the University of Southern California where he pursued graduate work in professional writing. Christian launched his publishing career as a newspaper reporter and columnist, followed by a career switch to magazine publishing. He served as associate editor of Campus Life magazine, executive editor of The Saturday Evening Post, and then transitioned to executive leadership in book publishing. Along the way, he wrote several books himself, including Alive, The Woodland Hills Tragedy, A Gift of Life, and Silent Night, the Sue Thomas biography adapted for the television series “Sue Thomas F.B.Eye."

It is as a literary agent that Christian became renowned, particularly for his entrepreneurial efforts behind such mega-sellers as the Left Behind series (70 million copies sold), Eugene Peterson’s The Message (20 million copies), Karen Kingsbury’s novels (25 million copies), Lisa Beamer’s post 9-11 Let’s Roll (1.5 million copies), and the Life Recovery Bible (3 million copies), Steve Arterburn's Every Man series (2 million copies). He is also celebrated for his literary efforts on behalf of Billy Graham and his family, Brennan Manning, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, among others. His representation of high-profile properties, negotiation for top-tier marketing/sales plans, and pioneering work to develop cross-over markets earned Christian and his Alive Communications team its second-to-none reputation as Agents of Change.

Christian also serves as chairman of the board of Tirzah International, a network of national movements encompassing over 150,000 women leaders worldwide, addressing issues of injustice affecting women and girls. He and his wife Debbie have a blended family of seven children and live on a ranch in Black Forest, outside of Colorado Springs. His interests include winter sports, boating, mountain biking, fishing and hunting. He is an avid reader, travels broadly, and finds special challenge in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times crossword puzzles and hiking throughout the Rockies.

Little Known Facts: Rick was a paper boy, yo-yo champion, Eagle Scout, and high school student body president. He has hunted cape buffalo in Africa, alligators in South America and bear in Colorado. An avid fly fisherman, he has also landed king salmon in Alaska and marlin in Cabo San Lucas.

ANDREA HEINECKE brings a broad publishing background to every project she represents, having worked as an editor, marketer, and agent, with award-winning and best-selling authors of both fiction and nonfiction adult, youth, and children’s books. Her love for the written word began early in life, and took her to Seattle Pacific University where she majored in English, studied Literature in London, and wrote for the University’s newspaper. Andrea started her career as a literary agent, where she contracted over 30 books with major publishers. She went on to work at NavPress, first as a publicist, where she directed and implemented publicity plans for the publisher, including release events, author signings, media appearances, and trade shows, and later as an editor, where she helped develop a new line of books targeting college students. Andrea was recently an acquisitions editor at David C. Cook, where she acquired dozens of book titles, including a Christy award winner, and a book that Publisher’s Weekly, deemed one of the best books published in 2008. Andrea is married to Matt Heinecke, the Instrumental Music Director at Coronado High School. In her free time, Andrea enjoys driving her red jeep wrangler, traveling, reading, hiking, and skiing. Little Known Fact: Andrea is an avid traveler and her adventures have taken her on planes, trains, and automobiles around the world. She’s been scuba diving in Israel, rode an elephant in Thailand, and worked at an orphanage in the Ukraine.

JOEL KNEEDLER has spent much of his life studying and pitching great stories. While attending the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts (P.C.P.A.) in Santa Maria, CA, he explored both historical and contemporary playwrights like Anton Chekhov, William Shakespeare, Sam Shepherd and David Mamet. Joel performed in numerous productions, including The Elephant Man, Much Ado about Nothing, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Upon graduation, he pursued classes at Chicago’s Second City and graduate work at the University of Delaware, where he performed lead roles in classic plays like Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, and Ring Round the Moon. His love of the written word eventually led Joel to Multnomah Publishers, where he worked as a publicist on Bruce Wilkinson’s The Prayer of Jabez, which shattered nonfiction sales records, occupying the #1 slot on The New York Times best-seller list for 39 weeks. He also led campaigns for Super Bowl coach Joe Gibbs, Randy Alcorn, and Karen Kingsbury. A seasoned pitchman, Joel successfully built relationships with top media outlets like Time magazine, CNN’s Larry King Live!, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NBC’s Weekend Today Show, among others. Prior to joining Alive, Joel managed publicity efforts for Random House imprint WaterBrook Press. There he was instrumental in promoting brand development for the Every Man series, Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and One Month to Live. Joel’s extensive relationships with the media are invaluable to Alive’s clients as he helps expand the agency’s reach into the general market. Joel is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. Little Known Fact: In 1988, Joel made his television debut as a game show contestant on “Win, Lose or Draw”. Vicki Lawrence served as the host, with Shannen Doherty and Willie Aames participating as celebrities.

BRYAN NORMAN has an immense love for the written word and its power to change hearts and lives. He also cherishes authors, their unique way of seeing the world, and the power they have to express it.

Bryan came to Alive Communications in 2013 after nine years at Thomas Nelson Publishers in Nashville, Tennessee. He rose there through the editorial ranks to become Associate Publisher at one of the industry’s leading nonfiction trade groups. Prior to joining Thomas Nelson, he received his Master’s Degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Colorado (Boulder) where he graduated with honors.

During his tenure at Thomas Nelson, Bryan played a crucial role in the day-to-day operations of a major publishing division. He knows the ins and outs of the industry, the publishing process, how to shape exceptional content and products, and the crucial role marketing, publicity, and platform play in today’s ever-changing publishing landscape. He loves sharing his knowledge and partnering with authors to shape their careers and achieve their dreams.

Bryan knows what it takes to create a best-selling book that changes lives and has worked with numerous acclaimed authors with best-selling results including John Eldredge, Don Miller, Bob Goff, John MacArthur, John Maxwell, Marcus Buckingham, Sheila Walsh, Robin McGraw, Charles Stanley, Charles Swindoll, Brian McLaren, and Erwin McManus.

Bryan has the privilege of representing powerful voices and world-changers like Rich Stearns, Anne Graham Lotz, Elisa Morgan, Jim Rubart, and many others. His greatest aim is to serve with reckless generosity—to give his time, expertise, passion, and partnership to help make good things happen in lives all around him. Above all, he values the power of good relationships, a servant’s heart, and a commitment to excellence.

Bryan and his wife, Suzanne, are currently moving to Colorado Springs with their golf phenom toddler, Miles, and their smiley baby, Daphne.

Little Known Facts: Bryan’s first camping trip ever was a one hundred mile hike on the Appalachian Trail.

Authors referred to Alive through clients and friends should send a thorough proposal with sample chapters and publishing history to: