Steve Laube, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, is a 32 year veteran of the bookselling industry. He began his career in the bookselling arena and his store in Phoenix was named the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) store of the year in 1989. He then spent 11 years with Bethany House Publishers rising to the position of an editorial director. In 2002 he was named the AWSA Golden Scroll Editor of the Year. The next year he became a literary agent and in 2004 formed The Steve Laube Agency. In 2009 he was named the ACFW Agent of the Year. In 2013 he was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology.
Steve has very eclectic interests. He has represented everything from the sweet romance to the systematic theology. His clients are equally divided between fiction and non-fiction writers. (For a complete resume of his past work and editorial experience click here.)
Tamela Hancock Murray has been an agent for over 12 years. A bestselling, award-winning author of twenty novels, novellas, and nonfiction books, Tamela brings the perspective of a working writer to her role as a literary agent. As an agent she represents many top authors and continues to develop new talent. She earned her BA with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Today she enjoys living in Northern Virginia with her family. She can often be found reading books on her Kindle.
Karen Ball has been blessed to use her love of words and story during over 30 years in publishing. Karen built and led successful fiction lines for Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and, most recently, the B&H Publishing Group. She’s had the honor of discovering several best-selling novelists, including Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Sharon Ewell Foster, Liz Curtis Higgs, and, most recently, Ginny Yttrup, whose debut novel Publisher’s Weekly declared “a masterpiece!” Karen has also worked with numerous top authors, including Angela Hunt, Robin Jones Gunn, Robin Lee Hatcher, Brandilyn Collins, and many others. In addition, Karen is a best-selling, award-winning novelist and a popular speaker. She lives in Oregon with her husband, father, and two four-legged, furry “kids.”
Dan Balow started in Christian publishing in 1983 working for the David C. Cook company before leaving to take a position with a marketing agency near Chicago from 1984-1992. Working with various non-profits and Christian publishers, he assisted in developing marketing and advertising campaigns during his time employed there.
In 1992, Dan accepted a position as Director of Marketing for books with Tyndale House Publishers, working with authors Francine Rivers, James Dobson, Josh McDowell, Charles Colson and many others. Starting in 1995, Dan led the marketing team for the immensely successful Left Behind series by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. Eventually devoting most of his time to the effort, he took on the role of Director of Business Development for the series, expanding his involvement to licensing and product development along with the marketing. At its peak, the series was selling over two million copies of various products per month on it’s way to over 60 million copies to date.
In 2002, he added the role of director of international publishing for Tyndale and later, Director of Research and Analysis for the company.
He left Tyndale in 2006 to work as publisher for two audio publishing companies (Oasis Audio and eChristian) and consult with ministries and publishers on their publishing programs.
Dan served on the executive board of the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association, the trade association for Christian publishers in the U.S. In addition, he is a founding member of the advisory board of the Christy Awards and is involved in training and mentoring Christian publishers around the world. He was a presenter in marketing and digital publishing at the 2012 LittWorld conference in Nairobi and will be presenting similar sessions to publishers in Ghana, West Africa in August 2013.
Dan works from his office in Wheaton, IL and is married to Carol. They have four grown children.
The Steve Laube Agency phone number: (602) 336-8910.
(please do not call to pitch your idea. We’d prefer to see the actual writing first. But read the Guidelines page to see if it is something we are interested in.)