The Color of Rain, a new Hallmark movie channel original premiere, marks network’s highest rated and most watched original movie of all time.

The world premiere of Hallmark Movie Channel’s latest original movie, The Color of Rain captured hearts across the country Saturday night, earning a 1.6 household rating and becoming the highest rated and most watched original film in network history.

The Color of Rain

Based on the heartfelt autobiographical New York Times best-selling book of the same name, The Color of Rain tells the inspirational real-life story of two young parents, Michael Spehn and Gina Kell. Living in the same small community, Michael and Gina each lose their respective spouses to cancer just six weeks apart. Devastated by grief, Kell a mother of 2 boys, played by Lacey Chabert (Party of Five, Mean Girls), and Spehn father to 3 children of his own, played by Warren Christie (Alphas, Happy Town), begin to forge an unlikely friendship, ultimately falling in love and uniting their broken families as one.

Congratulations to Michael and Gina and the team at Hallmark and Zondervan.

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One Nation Is #1

By Mike · Jun 02 2014 · Comments (0)

One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future by Dr. Ben Carson hit #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List (hardcover) for the week of June 8th.

One Nation is also #1 on ebook and print/ebook nonfiction combined lists.

Along with the New York Times lists, One Nation was also #1 on the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers hardcover/nonfiction.

We couldn’t be more proud of Dr. Carson and One Nation.

Dr. Carson is currently on the road promoting One Nation. Check out the schedule for the One Nation tour and see if Dr. Carson is coming to a city near you.

Congratulations, Ben and our publishing partners at Sentinel!

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The Color of Rain Premiere

By Mike · May 29 2014 · Comments (0)

Yesterday Curtis and Karen attended the Hallmark Movie Channel’s premiere of The Color of Rain.

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New from John Ortberg: Soul Keeping

By Curtis · Apr 21 2014 · Comments (0)

Our client John Ortberg releases a new book, Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You, on April 22.

The soul is NOT ‘a theological and abstract subject.’

The soul is the coolest, eeriest, most mysterious, evocative, crucial, sacred, eternal, life-directing, fragile, indestructible, controversial, expensive dimension of your existence.

Jesus said it’s worth more than the world.

You’d be an idiot not to prize it above all else.

Shouldn’t you get pretty clear on exactly what it is?

Shouldn’t you know what it runs on?

Wouldn’t it be worth knowing how to care for it?

Two things are for sure. One is: you have a soul. The other is: if you don’t look after this one you won’t be issued a replacement.

Bestselling author John Ortberg writes another classic that will help readers discover their soul and take their relationship with God to the next level.

Learn more.

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Introducing Mike Salisbury

By Curtis · Apr 16 2014 · Comments (1)

Yates & Yates is extremely pleased to announce that Mike Salisbury has joined our team. Here is today’s press release:

Mike Salisbury

Joins Industry Leading

Literary Agency

Yates & Yates


ORANGE, Calif., April 15, 2014 – Yates & Yates, a leading literary agency serving as creative counsel for top-tier Christian authors, artists, and creative organizations, announces that Mike Salisbury has joined the firm as Associate Literary Agent.

Mike Salisbury, most recently the marketing director of trade books with David C Cook, has led campaigns for New York Times Best Selling authors Francis Chan and Ann Voskamp, among others. Recently, Salisbury launched best-selling author Kyle Idleman’s new book, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything. Regarded by many as a rising star in the industry, Salisbury brings an extensive marketing background in publishing, working for David C Cook and before that Zondervan. Along with his marketing experience, Salisbury holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in creative writing from Pacific University.

Founding Partner, Sealy Yates, had this to say about Salisbury, “We could not be more excited about adding a person of Mike Salisbury’s experience and quality to the Yates & Yates team. We believe that Mike brings to our firm a strategic mind and a marketing perspective, developed and honed during his years of working with two quality publishers, that will give our author clients and their publishers a significant advantage in the marketplace for both new and backlist books. But Mike will also provide us with more margin and creativity in acquiring new author clients and in serving all our current clients.”

“Mike impressed me early in his career and I’ve been watching him ever since, convinced that he had a really bright future in this industry. We are confident that he is going to bring tremendous value to our clients and our firm,” added Curtis Yates.

“Working for Yates & Yates has long been a goal of mine because they represent the very best authors and communicators. My past experience working with them has showed again and again that Yates & Yates is a fierce advocate and an excellent creative contributor for their clients – everything I would want in an agent if I were an author. I hope to use my talents and past experiences to contribute to the firm’s future success and storied history,” Salisbury remarked.

Notable clients include Beth Moore, John Maxwell, Chuck Swindoll, John & Stasi Eldredge, David Jeremiah, David Platt, John Ortberg, Dr. Ben Carson, former US Senator Jim DeMint, Cloud & Townsend, Jen Hatmaker, and Lecrae. Yates & Yates’ author clients have sold over 100 million books collectively during their careers.

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About Yates & Yates:


Yates & Yates is a literary agency and law firm that provides the highest level of experience and expertise for Christian creatives. Established in 1969, Yates & Yates’ holistic approach combines agency representation, expert legal advice, marketing guidance, career coaching, creative counseling, and business management consulting. Yates & Yates helps clients focus their efforts, hone and sharpen their message, obtain broad distribution, increase their influence, and build lasting and successful careers.

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Making Happy is the latest book from Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott.

Making Happy explores the science, the art, and the practice of happiness in marriage. Drawing from real-life examples, this book offers insights into how your brain and relationship affect each other as you make happiness in your marriage a conscious, delightful habit. The book also includes a 21-Day Happiness Plan to help you take action immediately.

Hear what they had to say about why the Kardashians aren’t keeping up with marriage:

When life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.
Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced.
I Peter 4:12-13

Kim Kardashian is preparing for a wedding with boyfriend Kanye West. Her marriage last year lasted just 72 days, as everyone knows. Her sister, Khloe (married in 2009), filed for divorce from her husband recently. And their parents, Bruce and Kris Jenner, married for 22 years, are currently separated.

“I have thought about this for a long time,” says matriarch Kris, “and I think we both just need to be happy, I really do. Isn’t that the bottom line?”

Well, no. That’s not the bottom line.

Sure, when we got married in 1984 we wanted to be happy, too. Duh. Everybody wants that. But marriage is far more than a happy pill.

“My decision to end my marriage was such a risk. But I had to take that risk to be happy.”
–Kim Kardashian

Like most every other couple, we swallowed the pill whole when we married. But we eventually learned that it’s a big fat myth to think that when we say “I do” we’ll have a lock on happiness. Granted, we will, for a time. No doubt about it. Marriage makes us happy.

The problem is that marriage will not make us as intensely happy or for as long as we believe it will. Studies reveal that the happiness boost from marriage lasts an average of only two years.

Unfortunately, when those two years are up and fulfilling our goal to find the ideal partner hasn’t made us as happy as we expected, we often feel there must be something wrong. Not so. It’s the common course of love. And if left unattended, if we’re not deliberately making happy together, our relationship suffers.

Happiness, for a marriage, is like a vital sign. It’s the heart rate of love. Like all vital signs, it can fluctuate. But like all vital signs, it has a set point, a level to which it strives to return.

We all know couples that call it quits and say: “We’re just not happy anymore.” Really?

Is being married supposed to make you happy? No. That’s not how it works.

We’ll say it again: Marriage doesn’t make you happy – you make your marriagehappy! As the saying goes, you bring your own weather to the picnic.

A happy marriage does not depend on the right circumstances or the perfect person. A happy marriage is the result of two people committed to making a happy life of love together.

Check out Making Happy by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott.

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Our clients Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott will release Making Happy: The Art and Science of a Happy Marriage on April 14.

Making Happy explores the science, the art, and the practice of happiness in marriage. Drawing from real-life examples, Drs. Les and Leslie offer insights into how your brain and relationship affect each other as you make happiness in your marriage a conscious, delightful habit.

Pre-order your copy now through April 14 and you’ll receive Making Happy and The Good Fight e-books absolutely FREE! Save $40! More information here.

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Dr. Ben Carson Testimonial

By Sealy · Apr 03 2014 · Comments (0)

Matt and I were guests of our long time friend and client, John Maxwell, at the Chick-fil-a Leadercast speakers’ dinner in Atlanta the evening before the event in April 2010 and I was privileged to be seated next to Dr. Ben Carson, who was scheduled to be one of the speakers for Leadercast that next day.  Dr. Carson and I had a great visit as we enjoyed dinner together.  The next day as we were in the green room together, Dr. Carson told me that John Maxwell had suggested to him that he visit with me about the possibility of my working with him in his publishing.  Dr. Carson had not had any representation with his publishing prior to that time, although he had written and published four books.  We had a meaningful conversation that afternoon, and within two weeks he contacted me and retained our firm’s services as his attorney and literary agent.  And, within less than 30 days Dr. Carson signed a new publishing agreement for his next book, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, which was published in January 2012.

On the morning of February 7, 2013, Dr. Carson became only the second person in the history of the event to deliver the keynote message at the National Prayer Breakfast for a second time.  The only other person was Billy Graham.  Dr. Carson told me later that he had decided the night before the Prayer Breakfast that the Lord wanted him to speak on the subject matter of his book America the Beautiful.  Standing next to President Barak Obama, Dr. Carson delivered a riveting and dramatic speech concerning how America had lost its moorings from the principles that had made our country the great nation it is and he provided commonsense solutions for returning our country to its historical foundations and to keep us as “One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice For All.”

The speech went viral on the Internet almost immediately after it was delivered.  Dr. Carson had an unbelievable response to the speech as evidenced by the fact that the Wall Street Journal printed an Op Ed piece in its February 9, 2013 edition titled “Ben Carson For President,” and they were not joking.  Propelled by that speech, the sales of America the Beautiful took off and in less than 30 days it was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and held a total of 5 places on the overall New York Times Bestsellers List.  It remained on the New York Times List for almost one year without falling off once.

It has been our privilege to continue to represent Dr. Carson in all of his efforts to take his message to America.  Since his retirement from medicine and higher education on July 1, 2013, he has been speaking all over the country and has become a Fox News Contributor.  Late last year, we were successful in assisting Dr. Carson to establish a new publishing relationship with the Sentinel imprint of Penguin Random House.   Dr. Carson’s next book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future, will be published May 20, 2014 by Sentinel.

We are so privileged to be working with Dr. Carson.  We look forward to continuing a very successful working relationship.

Dr. Carson recently sat down and briefly shared his thoughts about what it has been like for him to work with Yates & Yates.  Above is a video of his very gracious comments.

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New from Stasi Eldredge: Becoming Myself

By Curtis · Aug 01 2013 · Comments (0)


We’re extremely excited to announce that Stasi Eldredge’s first solo major trade book releases today: Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You.

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Sales Update for America The Beautiful

By Esther · May 28 2013 · Comments (0)

 

Every week since Dr. Carson’s February speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
has held multiple spots on the New York Times Best Sellers’ List, including #1 Tradepaper Nonfiction, #1 eBook and Print Combined, and #1 Hard Cover and Print Combined.

America the Beautiful has sold more than 350,000 copies since February 7th, including more than 45,000 eBooks. In addition, Gifted Hands, Dr. Carson’s autobiography, has sold over 40,000 copies, making the life-to-date sales over 1.5 million.

As seen in the above video, Dr. Carson continues to carry himself in a poised and artciulate manner within the national news media. He balances this with his family time, ongoing patient and surgery schedule, as well as his hands-on involvement with the Carson Scholars Fund.

You can follow Dr. Carson on Facebook and send him a note of encouragement here. Stay updated through Yates & Yates to see where Dr. Carson’s publishing career goes next.

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