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 it serves as a concierge publisher to our clients. Whatever the challenges are in the publishing process, we solve them. Our co-founder and publisher, Jonathan Merkh, has over 25 years of experience in the publishing industry, and has managed all aspects of the business from editorial to marketing and sales. He has published over 1,000 books, including over 50 New York Times Best Sellers with tens of millions of copies sold. He has published people like Dave Ramsey, Charles F Stanley, Karen Kingsbury, John C Maxwell, Pat Summerall, the Robertson family from A&E’s Duck Dynasty, and many more. His authors and books have been featured on every major media outlet including ABC, NBC, CBS, the Fox News Network, and many others. Jonathan himself has been interviewed by Publishers Weekly, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal to name a few. We will 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.