After a five-bid auction, author Nora Bradbury-Haehl has signed a deal with Harper Collins. Her follow-up to 2011's "The Freshman Survival Guide” will be released by Harper Collins.

Best-selling author Nora Bradbury-Haehl has sold her follow-up to 2011’s “The Freshman Survival Guide” (Center Street, co-written with Bill McGarvey) in a six-figure deal, after a five-bidder auction.

Bradbury-Haehl’s first book, “The Freshman Survival Guide”—a college manual subtitled Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything in Between—has sold more than 150,000 copies to date. Covering topics like the ubiquity of social media, dating and money management “The Freshmen Survival Guide” has helped thousands of freshmen prepare themselves for the biggest change they’ve encountered in their lives: heading off to college.

“’The Freshman Survival Guide’ is a strikingly clever work from Bradbury and McGarvey in which the potentially tremulous first weeks of college life are dissected into 25 must know survival tips.” says Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. “I cannot think of a better gift to give a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, a godchild or grandchild who is heading off to college.”

With such high praise – and sales – for the “The Freshman Survival Guide,” it is no surprise that the follow-up incited a bidding war.

Ultimately, “The Post-college Survival Guide” went to Webster Younce at Thomas Nelson in a world rights acquisition, brokered by Joelle Delbourgo, who has an eponymous shingle. Younce is associate publisher/executive editor at Nelson Books/Thomas Nelson, a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content in Nashville. His authors have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Whiting Award, the Goldman Sachs/FT Business Book of the Year Award, and other honors.

“The Post-college Survival Guide” is described by Delbourgo as “the ultimate companion for navigating and winning at life’s most bewildering period: your 20s.”

Nora Bradbury-Haehl is an author, speaker, and a nationally recognized voice in the conversation about young people and religion. She’s been a development editor at Saint Mary’s Press and a contributing editor for She writes for Angelus News, the news organization for the Los Angeles Catholic Diocese, the nation’s largest and most culturally diverse Catholic community.

She’s been in youth and young adult ministry for more than 25 years and is involved in interfaith work in her hometown of Rochester, New York. As a church youth worker Nora has spent her life creating and sustaining supportive communities for young people. She has helped them navigate the challenges of adolescence and early adulthood.

A boundary breaker, Nora has led multi-religious and interfaith programming for youth and young adults for the last ten years with the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College of Rochester. She leads an annual interfaith immersion week for high school and college age young adults and chairs the Global Citizenship Conference, an interfaith gathering for high school students.

“The Post-college Survival Guide” is due for release in spring of 2021.

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