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

“I have known and worked with Jonathan Merkh for more than two decades—starting when he was a Sr. Vice President at Thomas Nelson and continuing with him throughout his career, even making the move with him to Howard Books, the Christian publishing arm of Simon & Schuster. The fact that I continued to work with Jonathan throughout the years and company changes should tell you a great deal of what I think of him. 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 Best-Selling Author


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 Best-Selling Author of THE SHACK which sold over 20 million copies.


Phil Robertson

“Old Merkh helped turned my life story into a No. 1 hit on the New York Times best seller 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

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Founder of Duck Commander
Patriarch of Duck Dynasty Robertson Family

Skip Prichard

Skip Prichard

“Jonathan Merkh is a respected publishing industry veteran and personal friend. Jonathan is equal parts innovation and execution, but the reason that I regularly tap his considerable expertise is simply because it works. Talk to everyone, but when you want to get it done, call Jonathan Merkh.”

— Skip Prichard

CEO, OCLC, Inc., former CEO of Ingram Content Group 
Leadership Insights blogger and Best-Selling Author of “The Book of Mistakes”


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

New York Times Best-Selling Author
Host of Nationally Syndicated Radio Show “The Dave Ramsey Show”

“Perhaps more than anyone else, Jonathan Merkh helped me launch my book writing career by
entrusting me with several of his most important titles. From conception to editing to printing to
distribution, no one knows the publishing business more than Merkh.”

— Mark Schlabach

ESPN College Football Reporter, New York Times Best-Selling Author


Joseph Lieberman (Left) and Jonathan Merkh (Right)

“Jonathan Merkh and his team were a pleasure to work with and made important contributions to my book.”

— Joseph Lieberman

Former US Senator and author of The Gift of Rest

“In 2010 Jonathan Merkh took a chance on me. I had never published a book yet he took the time to read my proposal for An Invisible Thread. At the same time, it was also submitted to other book publishers, but Jonathan at Howard Books immediately saw the potential of my true story and made an offer immediately. Over the years Jonathan was an amazing partner, and always took time out of his hectic day to speak with me. His marketing and PR team worked tirelessly to make sure An Invisible Thread received the attention he believed it so deserved. An Invisible Thread became a #1 New York Times and International Bestseller. I will always be enormously grateful to Jonathan for not only believing in me, but more importantly our story.”

— Laura Schroff

Author of #1 New York Times best-selling book “An Invisible Thread”


Jonathan Merkh (Left), John Heubusch (Middle), Gary Sinise (Right)

“Jonathan Merkh is one of the best in the business. I was fortunate enough when my work came across his desk and he decided to back my writing career. But his value didn’t stop there. In the first few months after my novel was published, I was able to break into the ranks of Amazon’s all-time authors in their ‘Religion and Spirituality’ category. He’s not only good at picking winners. He’s good at making them as well”

— John Heubusch

Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Institute

“Jonathan has great publishing instincts. He’s seen it all and has launched some of the biggest franchise properties. He knows how to succeed.”

— Rick Christian

Founder/CEO Alive Literary Agency

“Jonathan is more than a skilled publishing veteran, he is a great partner. As the terrorist group ISIS was beginning to dominate the news in 2014, my client, Jay Sekulow, decided to write a book about the growing threat. Guided by Jonathan’s expertise and leadership, The Rise of Isis went from concept to #1 on The NY Times Bestseller list in four months! Truly amazing!”

— Curtis J. Wallace

Literary Agent and former President of TDJ Enterprises

“Jonathan Merkh is a godsend! When we launched into writing our first book, he and his team guided us through the process and helped make that book a big success. The confidence we gained from that experience has opened the door for us to write other books and Jonathan shepherded us through it all. We are grateful for his expertise.”

— Al & Lisa Robertson

New York Times Best-Selling Authors, Eldest son of Duck Dynasty Family

“Jonathan Merkh is an astute and creative trailblazer in the world of publishing. In television we’d call him a “hit-maker.” Jonathan has a remarkable ability to keep one hand on the pulse of the reader, while the other assesses marketplace vagaries and value.”

— SQuire Rushnell & Louise DuArt Rushnell

New York Times Best-Selling Authors, Creators of School House Rock and The Godwinks Books

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Jonathan on a number of projects. Most recently, a NY Times best seller for a first time author. His ability to execute in the ever changing world of publishing has always been something I could count on. Publishing is getting more complicated and I consider Jonathan my trusted guide.”

— Bill Hampton

Hampton Strategies LLC, former EVP Dave Ramsey Solutions

“Merkh is the guru of nurturing literary talent. He saw who I could be as an author even before I did. Authors and their futures are in good hands with him and Forefront Books.”

— DeVon Franklin

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Hollywood Producer