001 – Book Proposals 101 with Steve Laube

Here are the show notes for the most recent episode of the Christian Publishing Show.

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About Steve Laube

Steve Laube, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, a veteran of the bookselling industry with nearly 40 years of experience. In the 80s he was a bookstore manager. He then spent over a decade with Bethany House Publishers as an editor. Fifteen years ago he became an agent where he and his agency have represented over 1,500 new books and Steve was named Agent of the Year by ACFW.


  • What is a book proposal?
  • Why do agents and editors prefer book proposals to manuscripts?
  • Quickly, what does a book proposal contain?
  • What do you look for specifically in book proposals?
  • What are some common book proposal mistakes?

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2 Responses to 001 – Book Proposals 101 with Steve Laube

  1. Sharon Kay Connell November 6, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    I’m an Indie Author, but I appreciate the information to share with my Facebook Group Forum for writers and readers. We do have traditional authors and new writers who need as much information as they can get to get started. Thank you.

  2. Jennifer Mugrage November 26, 2018 at 11:40 am #

    I understand the reason for each of the elements that need to go into a book proposal … except a marketing plan.

    As a debut novelist, I have no experience in marketing. If I try to make marketing suggestions, I am almost guaranteed to produce some “eye rollers” that make me look stupid and make you more likely to reject my proposal. I don’t see how this helps you or me.

    Of course I am willing to be involved in, and continue learning more about, marketing my book. But one reason I am seeking an agent so that I can be published traditionally is that both agent and publisher are professionals at marketing, where I am not. I need guidance. If I was already a great marketer, I’d probably indie publish.

    Sure, I can research some marketing ideas, but the fact is, I really don’t know what I’m talking about and that will quickly become obvious to you, who have years of marketing experience.

    Please explain why one of your book proposal requirements is that I go outside my area of expertise.

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