David and Sarah Van Diest
With nearly 25 years of Christian publishing experience, the Van Diest Literary Agency knows the business. Having been involved in every aspect of publishing, from acquisitions to sales and marketing, we’ve done it. At every stage of a books journey through it’s publishing life, we’ve dealt with the potential challenges and pitfalls, helping to assure you, the author, of a positive publishing experience.
David Van Diest started in publishing in 1988 as a telephone sales representative and quickly became manager of the Special Markets division. He accepted a position with a small Christian publisher as vice president of sales and marketing overseeing everything from marketing/sales to acquisitions and editorial. Later he focused his attention on the marketing side with one of the largest Christian publishers, where he wrote the marketing plan for The Prayer of Jabez. Though his years in the industry he has made contacts in nearly every facet of the Christian publishing process.
Sarah Van Diest has been an educator for 14 years and understands what good literature looks like. Sarah’s brother, Jeff Gerke, is in the publishing industry as an author, editor, and now owner of Marcher Lord Press. She has personally been involved in Christian publishing for over 4 years.