Steve Laube, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, is a 36 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 soon formed The Steve Laube Agency. Later he was named the ACFW Agent of the Year. Recently he was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology. He is married with three grown children and one grandchild.
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.)
In addition he serves as the Publisher for the Enclave Publishing imprint of Gilead Publishing.
Tamela Hancock Murray has been a literary agent since 2001. She is a bestselling author of over thirty novels, novellas, and nonfiction books, and won an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award (follow this link for a complete list of her books). Although her current writing for publication is limited to the Agency blog, because of her experience, Tamela brings the perspective of a working writer to her role as a literary agent. She represents many top authors and continues to develop new talent.
In 2017 she was named Agent-of-the-Year by ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).
She earned her BA with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Today she enjoys living in Northern Virginia with her husband of over thirty years. They are the proud parents of two lovely adult daughters. She can often be found reading books on her Kindle.
Dan Balow started in Christian publishing in 1983 and over the last 30+ years has been involved in the business side of the industry in marketing, sales, foreign and domestic rights management, audio books, digital publishing, and acquisitions.
A significant amount of his experience was with Tyndale House Publishers from the early 90’s to the mid-2000’s. While there, Dan developed a wide-ranging perspective on the industry, taken from involvement with hundreds of authors, thousands of books and a love for the business.
He joined The Steve Laube Agency in July 2013 and works with authors of non-fiction exclusively. He blogs on the company blog every Tuesday.
In 2016, he and a business partner started Gilead Publishing (www.gileadpublishing.com) a publisher of Christian-themed fiction. Dan serves as president and publisher of the company.
Dan’s strengths would be his understanding of what it takes to be successful in the current publishing environment and how all the pieces of the publishing “puzzle” fit together.
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 from around the world through Media Associates International. (www.littworld.org)
Dan is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in Communications, is married to Carol, a speech therapist in the public schools, making Wheaton, Illinois their home. They have four grown children and four granddaughters.
Bob Hostetler is a thirty-year veteran of Christian publishing. He has been a writer, magazine editor, freelance book editor, and author of fifty books, both fiction and non-fiction (click here for a list of his books on his web site). A frequent speaker at writers conferences and retreats around the world, he has encouraged and coached numerous writers to publishing success. In 2017 his book The Bard and the Bible was named the Selah Awards Book of the Year.
He is also the Executive Editor for The Christian Writers Institute.
Bob is an Ohio native with earned degrees in English Bible from Cincinnati Christian University and English Communications from Bloomfield College. He was ordained to the ministry by The Salvation Army.
He has been married for forty years to the lovely Robin, his teenage sweetheart and ministry partner; together they have pastored four churches (though not all at once) and were foster parents to ten teen boys (though not all at once). They make their home in the Cincinnati area.
Bob claims to have two perfect children, Aubrey and Aaron, who have given he and Robin five perfect grandchildren.
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.)