About Howard Books

Howard Books publishes adult trade fiction and non-fiction books. Our goal is to inspire readers one word at a time. With a reach into both the Christian and general markets, we are the primary imprint at Simon & Schuster for faith-based books and a member of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Howard Books is home to numerous bestselling authors including Duck Dynasty's Robertson family, Karen Kingsbury, Jay Sekulow, Charles Stanley, SQuire Rushnell, Dave Ramsey, Frank Peretti, Brad Paisley, and more.

Our Staff

Judith Curr, Publisher

As publisher and founder of Howard Books, Judith has ultimate responsibility for all the editorial, publishing, and marketing activities of the Howard imprint. Judith believes in creating books that are physically beautiful and that can help to shape the culture in positive, constructive ways. Judith is an industry leader in adopting new technologies and developing innovative marketing strategies. She currently teaches a course at New York University called “From Writer to Reader: An Introduction to Book Publishing” (spring semester). In just ten years, she has overseen Atria’s growth into a consistently successful and forward-thinking division within legendary publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster, Inc. A native of Australia, Judith has been an executive in American publishing since 1996.

Beth Adams, Executive Editor

Beth Adams acquires both fiction and non-fiction for the Christian and inspirational markets. Some of the bestsellers she’s worked on at Howard include Karen Kingsbury’s Love Story, Allison Pataki’s The Accidental Empress, and Life is Short, by Dr. Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein. Before joining Howard Books in 2012, she worked at Random House and Guideposts. She graduated from Princeton University and has a master’s degree in English from New York University. She is the author or co-author of more than twenty-five novels under various pen names, which she will reveal for the right price.

Becky Nesbitt, Editor-At-Large

A publishing veteran, Becky acquires and edits both fiction and non-fiction for the inspirational and Christian markets. Recent New York Times bestsellers she’s edited for Howard include all titles by Karen Kingsbury, most currently Love Story and Baxter Family Christmas; Rise of Isis by Jay Sekulow; EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey; What’s So Funny? by Emmy Award-winning comedian, Tim Conway, and Called to Coach by legendary Florida State coach, Bobby Bowden. Over the course of her 25-year career she has also worked with bestselling authors such as Frank Peretti, Tosca Lee, Paul Young, Darryl and Tracy Strawberry, Francine Rivers, Joel C. Rosenberg, Jerry Jenkins, Dinesh D’Souza, Dee Henderson, Randy Alcorn, Joe Gibbs and many others. Before joining Howard Books in 2009, Becky spent 16 years at Tyndale House Publishers in Chicago where she held various editorial positions.  She works remotely from her office in Nashville, TN.

Kristen O’Neal, Editorial Assistant

Kristen O’Neal graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in English in 2015. She assists Beth Adams and Philis Boultinghouse on faith-based fiction and nonfiction. She’s also a freelance writer, focusing on religion and culture.

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