A New Contract

If you’re a Publishers Lunch subscriber, you’ve already heard my good news. If not, here it is:

Essence bestseller, Christy finalist and RITA finalist Angela Benson’s DELILAH’S DAUGHTERS, in which Delilah and her three adult daughters see the fabric of their family unravel in their pursuit of success and also see it reshaped as each woman learns what’s most important in life, to Wendy Lee at Harper, in a two-book deal, by Natasha Kern at the Natasha Kern Literary Agency(World).

Yes, I am blessed to report that I have a new two-book contract with HarperCollins. This is good news because the sales for Up Pops the Devil, my first book with HarperCollins, were dismal. UPTD is the lowest selling of all my books. I’m not sure what happened, but it wasn’t good. I’m honored that my editor, the delightful Wendy Lee, went to bat for me, despite those numbers. Now we have the challenge of building them back up over the next few books.

While many authors are experiencing great success these days, there are many who are facing the same struggles that I’m facing. But we have to remember that people are struggling all over. Folks have lost jobs and homes. We need to show compassion and respect. Now is not the time to berate folks for loaning books or borrowing from the library or buying from used bookstores. I can’t do it. I’m blessed to have to day job ‘cos if I was living on advances from my publisher I’d have to buy all my books used!

Yes, it’s tough out here in publishing land, but let’s keep the faith and not turn on each other. We really are in this together.

18 thoughts on “A New Contract

  1. Very well said Angela. You are blessed to have a book deal and a day job. Careers have their ups & downs and UPTD was one of your downs but you kept on going and are not afraid to figure out what went wrong with that one. God always looks out for us and in every trial there is triumph.
    Many blessings,

  2. I’m praising God from whom all blessings flow! Awesome. I am so encouraged. May God’s extreme favor continue to saturate your life and the lives that you touch; including mine! 🙂

  3. Dr. Benson,

    I am lovin it that you give this great news as a blessing from God. Yes, you are very blessed. I am proud of you and for you.


  4. Congrats Angela! Thanking God for your new contracts. You’re going to blow the numbers for these next books out the water!!

  5. Hey Angela: I don’t understand why Up Pops The Devil didn’t sell better; it was one of the best stories I ever read and the spiritual message was deep. You did a real good job with that one and I’ve been recommending it to others ever since I read it. Hopefully, the sales will pick up.
    Congrats on the two-book contract!!!!! I’m looking forward to your future works.

  6. Congratulations,
    I work at a bookstore and the staff knows that no matter what, when you release a book I “must” have it the first week it’s out. I loved up pops the devil and I just finished Sins of the father” loved it”. The Amen sisters was the first book of your’s I’d read and since it proved to be a page turner I became a fan. Keep up the good work.

    As long as you keep God first He’ll provide even when sales slump,
    Blessings to you


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