Alive Communications literary agency released this on Friday:
Alive Communications, the Colorado Springs-based literary agency, has hired Joel Kneedler as a new agent effective March 3 ... Kneedler most recently was publicity manager for WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group (a division of Random House, Inc.) where he worked on numerous successful publicity campaigns, including the Every Man series, Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and One Month to Live.
Previously, he was senior publicist at Multnomah Publishers, which Random House purchased in 2006 and merged with WaterBrook Press. During his tenure there, Kneedler handled publicity efforts for Bruce Wilkinson’s blockbuster, The Prayer of Jabez, and other best-selling authors, including Karen Kingsbury, Super Bowl coach Joe Gibbs, Randy Alcorn, Shaunti Feldhahn, Dee Henderson, Andy Stanley, Mark Buchanan, Sharon Ewell Foster and Kim Meeder. Kneedler has booked interviews and profiles with national media, including The New York Times, USA Today, Time magazine, Larry King Live!, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Weekend Today Show and CNN’s Talk Back Live.
“Joel’s extensive relationships with authors and media execs will be invaluable to our agency and clients,” said Alive’s president Rick Christian, noting that Kneedler will help expand Alive’s reach into adult trade titles and the general market, while broadening its base in the Christian and inspirational arenas. He will represent both fiction and nonfiction authors. “I honed my word skills and marketing knowledge by constantly pitching story ideas to national outlets, which I will parlay now in working with top authors at Alive,” Kneedler said, adding that “great writing can miss its audience without the proper hook and angle.” A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Joel and his wife Shawna have four children and reside in Colorado Springs.
Other agents at Alive include President Rick Christian, Lee Hough and Beth Jusino.