Jun

7

2011

Happy to be Here!

by Tamela Hancock Murray

HAPPY TO BE HERE!

I am thrilled to be a part of The Steve Laube Agency and to post my first blog entry. I have been asked lots of questions about my new venture. I’ll answer a few here.

Will you continue to represent Christian romance novels?

Yes, I will! Steve was familiar with my client list when I joined the agency and we both believe Christian fiction is a vital part of publishing.

I am passionate about Christian romance novels. The talent of my clients, the dedication of the editors, and the support of the publishers make this endeavor worthy and God-honoring.

Are you open to nonfiction submissions?

Yes. I will be highly selective when considering nonfiction submissions. The author must show an ability to help the publisher sell the book through channels such as speaking engagements and the Internet. The author also needs to show takeaway value, and demonstrate why a book on the topic is needed at this moment in time. The author who can show us a fantastic nonfiction proposal should be pleased to partner with The Steve Laube Agency.

Do you have a lot of slots open for new authors?

My clients have been beyond wonderful and patient during this time of transition, and they are my first priority during these early days with The Steve Laube Agency, so I anticipate signing very few new clients right away. However, I am always open to submissions because when I feel passionate about an author’s work and think we will be excellent partners, I don’t want either of us to miss an outstanding opportunity. You can send proposals via email to my attention at ewilson@stevelaube.com.

Why are you excited about being an agent with The Steve Laube Agency?

For many reasons! We have an excellent team of knowledgeable professionals with a range of significant experience. Steve, Karen, and I have a great relationship so we can exchange important industry information to maximize our effectiveness. We are committed to providing our authors with top drawer representation.

As for our president, Steve Laube, I am privileged to be a part of his agency. I am dedicated to my career as a literary agent and to being part of the continued success of our highly-regarded agency. Throughout our partnership, Steve has demonstrated unquestionable integrity and incredible knowledge of the industry. I am honored to call him my brother in Christ, and my friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 Responses to “Happy to be Here!”

  1. Kristen Ethridge June 7, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Yay, Tamela! It looks like you are off and running in this exciting new phase of your career! :)

  2. Lacie Nezbeth June 7, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Congratulations on your move. Best of luck as you get settled in!

  3. Lisa Grace June 7, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Congratulations Tamela. Steve is lucky to have you too. :)

  4. Janet Lee Barton June 7, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    So happy to see your first blog post up, Tamela! I think this is such a wondeful move for Steve, you and Karen, and I am so happy and honored to be part of it!

  5. Rhonda Gibson June 7, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Thank you Tamela for answering these questions. I can’t agree with you more, the Steve Laube Agency has a winning team of agents. I am thrilled for you and all your clients!! Looking forward to reading more of your blog posts.

  6. Rebecca LuEllaMiller June 7, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    No doubt, Tamela, the Steve Laube Agency is better for having you.

    Becky

  7. Rose McCauley June 7, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Hi Tamela, I loved reading about your passion and enthusiasm for what you do so well. Best wishes!

  8. Patty Smith Hall June 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Congratulations, Tamela! I know Steve is happy to have you on board!

  9. Lauralee Bliss June 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    So glad to be a part of this exciting time. Congratulations again! :)

  10. Jennifer AlLee June 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Congratulations on your new professional home, Tamela!

  11. Ronie June 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    I am so very glad you’re a part of SLA now, Tamela! What a delight you are and such a good addition!! YAY!!

  12. Judith Robl June 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Give yourself a moment for a good deep breath, take a good look around, and then enjoy the whey out of your new situation. I foresee good things ahead. Good for you and good for Steve.

  13. Aaron McCarver June 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Hey Tamela,
    I just wanted to say it is great having you with Steve. I am so excited about the new blood you and Karen will be bringing in. God has great things in mind for Christian publishing through this agency.

  14. Beth June 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    I feel blessed to have such a great agent and agency to work with. Congrats on making the move, Tamela!

  15. Wade Webster June 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    Congrats Tamela! Being new to this business I am encouraged to see Jesus glorified through the coming together of brothers and sisters to further His work. Remember to keep Him first.

  16. Ane Mulligan June 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    God’s blessings on your new season, Tamela. Steve must be giddy with glee having brought you and Karen on board. LOL

  17. Michelle Sutton June 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    Great interview. Your enthusiasm is contagious.

  18. Anita Mae Draper June 8, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    Congratulations, Tamela. It’s exciting to see the formation of a powerhouse agency. I wish you a long and happy career as you work with Steve and Karen.

  19. Tamela Hancock Murray June 8, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    Thank you all so much for the good wishes!

  20. Grace Fox June 8, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I’m excited for you, Tamela! May God use this new venture to expand your borders of influence.

  21. Molly Noble Bull June 8, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Congrats, Tamela. You are a wonderful agent and a sweet person. I’m glad to be connected to you and the Steve Laube agency.

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