Jonathan Merkh has been in the book publishing business for over twenty-five years. His career encompasses roles in marketing, sales, distribution, agenting, and ministry through work at Thomas Nelson Publishers, Guideposts, the William Morris Agency, and Simon & Schuster.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, Jonathan also launched the Nelson Business and Political imprints. During his tenure with Simon & Schuster he oversaw the Howard Books division, growing and publishing over forty New York Times best-sellers, five at the #1 slot. Some of these best sellers include Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership, Brad Paisley’s Diary of A Player, William Paul Young, comedian Tim Conway, Debbie Macomber, and many more. In 2013, Howard Books made unprecedented publishing history by selling over 6 million copies of Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family books.
Jonathan Merkh’s extensive and varied experience gives him a well-rounded and unique perspective on every area of the book publishing industry. He has been interviewed and quoted by national media including The Wall Street Journal, NPR and Variety Magazine. With an eye for the changing industry, Jonathan has turned his attention to Forefront Books, a full service, concierge publishing company. He is the president and publisher of this cutting-edge hybrid between traditional/legacy and independent publishing.