Because a book…is eternal

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Forefront books is a unique publishing company that caters to the most successful men and women in their respective fields—the thought leaders, the visionaries, the pioneers…the business owners and entrepreneurs who have a compelling story to tell.

Forefront Books is unique in that we serve as a concierge publisher to our clients. Whatever the challenges in book publishing, we solve them. Our cofounder and publisher, Jonathan Merkh, has more than twenty-five years in publishing, from editorial and production to marketing and sales. Of his more than one thousand books published, fifty-plus were New York Times best sellers, with tens of millions of copies sold. His work includes authors such as Dave Ramsey, Charles F. Stanley, Karen Kingsbury, John C. Maxwell, Pat Summerall, and the Robertson family from A&E’s Duck Dynasty. His authors and their books have appeared on every major media outlet. Jonathan himself has been interviewed, among others, by Publishers Weekly, NPR,  Variety and the Wall Street Journal. We work with our clients to develop a winning strategy for the publishing of their books.



Phil Robertson

Phil Robertson (Left) and Jonathan Merkh (Right)

“Old Merkh helped turned my life story into a No. 1 hit on the New York Times bestseller list. I knew the first time I met that cat that he knew the publishing world and how to build best sellers. I would highly recommend him.”

— Phil Robertson

NY Times Best Selling Author, Founder of Duck Commander
Patriarch of Duck Dynasty Robertson Family 

Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey (Left) and Jonathan Merkh (Right)

“Jonathan Merkh has been a friend for a long time both professionally and personally. Our last project together, Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches, debuted #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Even though Ramsey Solutions does all of our publishing in house now, we continue to work with Jonathan and lean on his industry knowledge as the publishing business shifts dramatically in the digital age. We love his passion for helping the industry understand marketplace disrupters like Ramsey Press!”

— Dave Ramsey

NY Times Bestselling Author
Host of Nationally Syndicated Radio Show “The Dave Ramsey Show”

Dr. Charles F. Stanley

Dr. Charles F. Stanley (Left) and Jonathan Merkh (Right)

“I have known and worked with Jonathan Merkh for more than two decades. He is a man who not only knows his business, but who always proves to be a fine and trustworthy advocate for those he represents. Now as he begins this new venture, I am excited to see all God will do through him. If you are considering working with Jonathan Merkh, know you will be blessed by his excellent work ethic and his undeniable skills as a publisher. And I, personally, am grateful to consider him a friend.”

— Dr. Charles F. Stanley

Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Atlanta
Founder and President of In Touch Ministries
New York Times Bestselling author

William Paul Young

Jonathan Merkh (Left) and William Paul Young (Right)

“Jonathan Merkh is a trusted champion whose relational integrity and publishing industry acumen has been powerfully helpful to me as a writer and published author.”

— William Paul Young

New York Times bestselling author of THE SHACK which sold over 20 million copies.