Johnson, founder of Wordserve Literary Group, has ridden the roller coaster of publishing for many years. Before working with authors, Greg wrote 23 non-fiction books and more than 200 magazine articles. He also worked for five years as founding editor for "Breakaway" magazine.
Greg has represented more than 2,200 books and negotiated more than 1,600 contracts (valued at more than $40 million) to over eighty different publishing houses. I sat down with Greg to ask him about a new hat he’s wearing these days: entrepreneur. With the help of a large team, he recently launched a brand-new website: FaithHappenings.com.
You’ve been an agent for a long time, and you have a full roster of authors. Did you decide to create FaithHappenings.com because having a large platform is now a necessity in publishing?
The final impetus for me was having multiple publishers reject a proposal every one of them loved because the author didn’t have enough Facebook friends. I thought, wow—Mark Zuckerberg is now affecting whether authors get contracts.
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