Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Debbie Alsdorf of Books & Such Literary Management

Debbie Alsdorf is a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management.

Debbie acquires adult nonfiction projects that speak to real life and is looking for proposals in these categories:

  • Christian Living with a bent toward spiritual growth and lifestyle change
  • Devotionals
  • Mental Health
  • Ministry-related
  • Inner healing and recovery
  • Health
  • Marriage and family
  • Blended family and step-parenting
  • Lifestyle (décor, home, diet, food)
  • Purpose and identity
  • Leadership
  • Discipleship

Debbie’s core focus has always been in leadership and encouraging people. From leading flourishing women’s ministries, to the women she speaks to and writes for, she is known as an encourager. Many have affectionately called her a cheerleader of hope. As an agent, she will help her clients to find the hope and faith they need to follow their calling.

One thing is certain, Debbie is a woman on a mission—to help others live a better story. She does this by leading them to the heart of God’s love for them—basic but often not talked about truths that changed her life after seventeen years serving in Christian ministry. During a life crisis, she asked God for a fresh start. That meant getting real with God about her insecurities, brokenness, and lack of faith. The process took her back to the basics and a life reset. Because of this, she has a tuned ear to the felt needs of women and is an avid reader of nonfiction, which will help her to direct her clients how to focus their projects for that audience.

Debbie brings to agenting more than 20 years’ experience leading teams, creating programs, and shepherding women as the Director of Women’s Ministries in large and thriving churches. Before working in ministry, she held positions in sales and marketing, representing large national lines such as Maxell, Sony, and Avery, supplying large retailers and helping to develop marketing, sales, and strategies. This experience informs how to pitch projects to publishing houses and to guide her clients in marketing strategies for their careers and individual books.

As a writing coach, she has worked with writers to envision the best way to structure a book and write in a way that connects with readers. She is also a pastoral counselor, certified life coach, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, all of which prepare her to help authors to ride the roller coaster of publishing as well as equip her to understand readers’ felt needs.

Debbie has written fourteen traditionally-published books and contributed to four compilations. She has a heart for authors. She also understands how to promote through her experience on numerous national radio broadcasts and podcasts and being interviewed on “The Today Show” for her book It’s Momplicated. She understands the world of public speaking, having been a featured speaker at women’s events and writers’ conferences and can help writers to develop their ministries through public speaking.

Being part of the Books & Such team enables her to utilize the skills she’s gained through her own experiences. She loves imparting vision, coaching, and helping others to fulfill their calling.

After raising a blended family in Northern California, Debbie and her husband moved their empty nest and two little dogs to Arizona.

 

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