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For almost 25 years, Alive Communications has been the world’s leading literary agency devoted exclusively to the representation of 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 again and again, and win big awards. They are on the covers of magazines, including Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Parade, Christianity Today and Publishers Weekly. They appear on all major 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. More than a dozen books represented by Alive Communications have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Almost 100 of our titles a year appear on this and other prestigious lists, including USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Amazon, Barnes & Noble 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. Each year, Alive agents negotiate hundreds of book and sub-right sales with dozens of publishers in the United States and around the world.
  • Awards. Alive authors have been honored with many prestigious awards, including the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. Our authors are also regularly profiled in national media.

Notwithstanding such recognition, the heart of Alive Communications 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 Communications 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, memoir), youth/teen fiction and non-fiction, children’s, gift books, 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 Andrea Heinecke, Bryan Norman, and Lisa Jackson. 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 of Alive Communications have had works published by more than 100 world-class publishers, from A to Z. These include Abingdon; Augsburg; Avon; Avon Inspire; Baker; Ballantine; Bantam; Barbour; Barrons; Baylor University; Berkley; Bethany House; B & H; CenterStreet; Countryman; Checkerboard; Christian Herald; Crossway; Current; David C. Cook; Dayspring; Dearborn Trade; Death Valley; Dell; Dimension; Discovery; Dodd-Mead; Doubleday; Dutton; Eerdmans; FaithWords; Farrar, Strauss & Giroux; Focus on the Family; Globe- Pequot, 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; Kensington; LA Times; LeLeche League International; LifeJourney; LifeWay; Lion Hudson; Little Brown; Logos; Longman and Todd; Macmillan; McGraw-Hill; Medallion Press; Rand McNally; Monarch, Mongoose; Moody; William Morrow; NavPress; Thomas Nelson; New American Library; New Leaf Press; Oxford University; Patheos Press; Penguin Putnam; Pocket Books; Prentice Hall; Publications International; Random House; Regal; Regnery; Revell; Review & Herald; Servant; Shaw; Simon & Schuster; St. Martin’s; Stackpole; Standard; Starburst; Taylor; Tehabi; Texas A&M; Tommy Nelson; Tribune Media Services; Tyndale; University of Oklahoma; Upper Room; Viking; Walker & Co.; WaterBrook Multnomah; Westminster/John Knox; Wildcat; Worthy; Zonderkidz; Zondervan; and many dozens of international publishers around the world.

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

Jerry B. Jenkins, Best-selling author
The best in the business. Alive Communications is about more than just better deals. They personify value-added to every publishing agreement and have guided me to a more focused approach, writing less and producing more.
Jerry B. Jenkins, Best-selling author


Alive Communications is a literary agency internationally known by the company we keep.

Our business is taking care of business for a distinguished stable of gifted authors who transform lives and affect culture. The world is different because of our creative role in establishing publishing trends, forging vital alliances, and maximizing the value and reach of ideas in all markets and media.

In turning authors' dreams into reality, Alive Communications has earned our second-to-none reputation as Agents of Change.