Complete Resume

STEVE LAUBE
Complete Resume
24 W. Camelback Rd. A-635
Phoenix, AZ 85013

THE STEVE LAUBE AGENCY 2004 – Present

President and founder of literary agency. Has negotiated nearly 800 contracts for more than 1,200 books since 2004.

THE CHRISTIAN WRITERS INSTITUTE 2016 – Present

President of this comprehensive resource to train Christian writers. Originally founded in 1945, Steve purchased the rights to this and other properties in order to put all the resources online. The organization provides audio, video, and email courses. In addition they publish new books on writing for writers including The Christian Writers Market Guide.

ENCLAVE PUBLISHING 2014 –  Present

Publisher and acquisitions editor of the premier publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy written from a Christian worldview. Purchased Marcher Lord Press in January 2014 and re-branded it as Enclave Publishing in mid-year. Publishes twelve new titles per year. Sold Enclave to Gilead Publishing in 2016.

THE LITERARY GROUP 2003 – 2004

Literary agent responsible for the discovery, evaluation, and development of potential new books for publication. Review proposals; develop new book concepts, provide career counsel, and negotiate contracts. Maintain regular contact with authors and nurture their writing career. Maintain regular contact with publishers to determine the right publishing partnership for authors. Negotiated over 50 contracts equaling nearly 100 new books during his tenure at the agency.

BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS 1992 – 2003

Editorial Director / Adult Nonfiction. Acquired and developed 30 – 50 new book titles per year. Including the initial review, presentation to the editorial committee, analyzed and defined the business case for the project and managed the books as they progressed through development, editing, and marketing. Monitored author and editorial schedules and served as a resource to authors on content and to publisher on author relations issues. Negotiated contracts and maintained telephone and written correspondence with both authors and agents. (Also served as acquisitions editor the Futuristic Fiction genre of titles published by Bethany House.)

ACW PRESS 1996 – 2006

Founder of a small company formed to help with the the creation of high quality self-published books. ACW Press produced around thirty new books each year. (www.acwpress.com) The company was based in Alabama in 2004-2006 under the management of Julie Wood. In 1999 launched a royalty division imprint called Write Now Publications, concentrating on producing new books intended for the aspiring Christian writer. Sold the company, both ACW Press and Write Now Publications, in 2006 to Reg Forder at The American Christian Writers.

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION 1996-1997

Part-time Manager of Information Services responsible for orchestrating the development of electronic commerce between Christian publishers and retailers. Managed the Electronic Data Interchange network called X•Net with General Electric Information Services and maintain relationships between all trading partners. Responsible for the development and maintenance of the Christian Books in Print Plus CD-ROM project. Coordinate efforts of R.R. Bowker and publishers to create the premier database in the industry (which was later moved to the management of Bookstore Manager Inc.) Coordinated committees to discuss the development of Standards industry-wide. This was a part-time position.

DOUG ROSS COMMUNICATIONS 1992-1996

Account Executive responsible for the sales of advertising space in two card deck publications; Christianity Today’s Church Product Alert Card Deck and the Today’s Christian Woman Card Deck. Over 300 potential clients were approached through telephone and written correspondence. This was a part-time position.

BEREAN CHRISTIAN STORES 1981-1992

From 1985 to 1992, General Manager (Phoenix) responsible for all hiring, firing and training of personnel. Managed 16 employees. Annually set budget guidelines for both sales and expense. Controlled an expense budget of $700,000 during fiscal 1991. Increased sales from $1 million in 1984 to $1.9 million in 1991. Organized, managed and designed store remodel and move (1986), closure of second store (1988), and complete store remodel (1991).

The Berean Chain was sold to Lifeway Christian Stores in 2013.

NATIONAL PRODUCT MANAGER – BEREAN CHRISTIAN STORES 1988-1990

Purchased all new book, Bible, and video titles for the 15 store chain. Coordinated all promotional buys and set margins to insure sell-through and profitability. Chain wide sales volume in these product groups was over $10 million. Fiscal 1990 saw book sales increase 26%. Conducted all supplier negotiations and maintained vendor relationships. Sold space in chain’s consumer catalogue and flyer programs. Organized ad placement and wrote catalogue copy. Maintained contact with 35 departmental and general managers.

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2016 Finalist – Agent of the Year, Blue Ridge Conference
2015 Finalist – Agent of the Year, ACFW
2013 Inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology
2009 Agent of the Year, ACFW
2008 Finalist – Agent of the Year, ACFW
2002 Editor of the Year, Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association
2002 Florida Christian Writer’s Conference Faculty of the Year Award
2001 Finalist – Editor of the Year, Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association
1999 Mt Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Service in Writer’s Conferences
1996 Donna Goodrich Achievement Award for Outstanding Service in Writer’s Conferences
1989 Christian Booksellers Association National Store of the Year. The most prestigious retail award available in this industry. Over 4,000 eligible stores.
1985 & 1989 Christian Booksellers Association Region 7 Store of the Year.
1985-89 Silver Pacesetter Award, four consecutive years. Given to a Berean Christian Store for Return On Investment performance.

MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES

Christian Retailing Magazine Advisory Board (2011 – present)

Here’s Life Publishers Board of Directors (1989-1992)

Fuller Theological Seminary in Arizona Board (1988-1995)

American Christian Writers Advisory Board (1996 – present)

ECPA Christian Book Award judge (2009 – present)

Gold Medallion Book Awards judge and consultant (1983 – 2005)

Evangelical Press Association Awards Judge (1996 – 2001)

Married and has three adult children and one grandchild.

EDUCATION

Hawaii Baptist Academy (Honolulu), 1976
Grand Canyon University (Phoenix), B.A. 1981

WRITING EXPERIENCE

  • Book Proposal Tips and Tricks (Christian Writers Institute, 2016)
  • “Publishers Continue to Acquire Great Content” – Industry Forum column, “Christian Retailing” January 2013.
  • Weekly industry blog at www.stevelaube.com/blog (2009-present)
  • “Book Contract or Rejection: Who Decides?” The Advanced Christian Writer, September/October 2005.
  • “Discovery on the High Seas,” contribution as Guest Writer for the Crossings Book Club – “Crossings Corner.”
  • “Using the Internet for Research,” chapter contribution to A Complete Guide to Writing for Publication, Edited by Susan Titus Osborn, ACW Press, 1998
  • “Opening a Can of Worms” The Advanced Christian Writer, June 1998.
  • “On the Floor” story contribution to CBA Frontline, March 15, 1997 & April 15, 1997
  • “Why Read Books?” The Church Librarian, Winter 1997
  • “The Power of the Book, Part Two” The Christian Communicator, August 1996
  • “The Power of the Book, Part One” The Christian Communicator, July 1996
  • The Promise Study Bible, 150 Devotional application articles – Job thru Malachi, Contemporary English Version, Thomas Nelson Publishers (1996) – #1 Best-selling Study Bible May 1996
  • Hidden Life of Prayer edited and updated for the modern reader, Bethany House Publishers (1993) – 9,500 sold (OP)
  • God’s Promises for Your Finances published by Meridian/World (1992) – (out of print) — Revised edition titled God’s Promises for Your Financial Success, published in 1997 (out of print) – 15,000 sold.
  • “Know Your Stuff! The Necessity of Product Knowledge,” Bookstore Journal, July 1991
  • “Less is More,” chapter contribution to 100 Motivational Moments for Writers and Speakers Joy Publishing (1991)
  • “Gold Medallion Book Awards: Excellence in Publishing,” Publisher’s Weekly, October 5, 1990 (Advertorial insert written for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association)
  • “Selling Christian Children’s Books Successfully in the General Trade Bookstore,” Publisher’s Weekly, May 11, 1990 (Part of an ad for Standard Publishing)
  • “Short Shift: Motivating Part-Time Personnel,” Bookstore Journal, May 1987

EDITING EXPERIENCE

  • Adrenaline by John Olson, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • Apples of Gold for Teachers by Vicki Caruana, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • Kingdom of the Cults (Revised Edition) by Walter Martin, General Editor – Ravi Zacharias, Bethany House (2003) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • The Illustrated Guide to World Religions, Dean Halverson – General Editor, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • Kiss of Heaven by Darlene Zschech, Bethany House Publishers (2003) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock, Bethany House Publishers (2003) Christy Award Winner!
  • Extracting the Precious (Bible Study series), 2 Corinthians; Isaiah, by Donna Partow, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • The Heart of a Mother compiled by Wayne Holmes, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • Helping Those Who Hurt by H. Norman Wright, Bethany House Publishers (2003) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • The Unanswered Prayers of Jesus by Mike Evans, Bethany House Publishers (2003) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • I Think, Therefore, I Have a Headache by Martha Bolton, Bethany House Publishers (2003) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Wings of Mercy by Laurie Kehler, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • Come to the Quiet by Denise George, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • The Impossible is Possible by John Mason, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • Systematic Theology, Volume Two by Norm Geisler, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • You Can Market Your Book by Carmen Leal, Write Now Publications (2003) Writer’s Digest Book Club Selection
  • This Isn’t the Life I Signed Up For, by Donna Partow, Bethany House Publishers (2003) [Growth Guide and Audio also available] Crossings Book Club Selection
  • The Relentless God, by Cecil Murphey, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • William and Catherine: A New Biography, by Trevor Yaxley, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • Quenching the Divine Thirst, by Elizabeth Hoekstra, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • The New Bride Guide, by Ellie Kay, Bethany House Publishers (2003) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • At the Name of Jesus, by Tricia McCary Rhodes, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • The Christian Wedding Planner, foreword by H. Norman Wright, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • Frugal Families (Second Edition), by Jonni McCoy, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • Thrive! by Carrie Carter, Bethany House Publishers (2003)
  • Heroes at Home, by Ellie Kay, Bethany House Publishers (2002) Crossings Book Club Selection Gold Medallion Book Award Finalist
  • Jesus Freaks Volume II, by dc Talk, Bethany House Publishers (2002) #3 on CBA Bestseller list – February 2003
  • Fifth Man, by John Olson and Randy Ingermanson, Bethany House Publishers (2002) Christy Award Finalist
  • Prayers of a God Chaser, by Tommy Tenney, Bethany House Publishers (2002) Crossings Book Club Selection Gold Medallion Book Award Finalist
  • Crunch Time, by Jim Grassi, Bethany House Publishers (2002) Featured in Focus on the Family’s Plugged In magazine – January 2003
  • Extravagant Worship by Darlene Zschech, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • Daughter of China by C. Hope Flinchbaugh, Bethany House Publishers (2002) Christy Award Finalist (best first novel)
  • Billy Graham by W. Terry Whalin, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Susan Martins Miller, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • That’s a Keeper by H. Norman Wright, Bethany House Publishers (2002) Gold Medallion Book Award Finalist
  • Frost by Calvin Miller, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • Sharing Your Faith With a Hindu by Madasamy Thirumalai, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • The God Who Pursues by Cecil Murphey, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • Arena by Karen Hancock, Bethany House Publishers (2002) Crossings Book Club Selection Christy Award Winner!
  • Miserly Meals by Jonni McCoy, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • The Heart of a Father compiled by Wayne Holmes, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • Same Sex Controversy by Jeffrey Niell and James White, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • Stark Raving Dad by Dave Meurer, Bethany House Publishers (2002) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Jesus Love Me, This I Know by Calvin Miller, AOL Time/Warner Books (2002) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees by Ellie Kay, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • Systematic Theology, Volume One by Norm Geisler, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • Hallelujah by J. Scott Featherstone, ACW Press (2002) Christy Award Finalist
  • A Heart After God by Elizabeth Hoekstra, Bethany House Publishers (2002) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • The Book of Jesus for Families by Calvin Miller, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • Success by Design by Peter Hirsch, Bethany House Publishers (2002)
  • Becoming Friends With God, by Leith Anderson, Bethany House Publishers (2001) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Standing Firm by Donna Partow, Bethany House Publishers (2001)
  • Out on a Whim by Dave Meurer, Bethany House Publishers (2001) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Living with Mystery by Stacey Padrick, Bethany House Publishers (2001)
  • Love Extravagantly by Marita Littauer, Bethany House Publishers (2001)
  • Gardening Mercies by Laurie Kehler, Bethany House Publishers (2001)
  • Shade by Calvin Miller, Bethany House Publishers (2001) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • A Complete Guide to Christian Writing and Speaking 2nd Edition, Susan Titus Osborn, General Editor, Write Now Publications (2001)
  • How to Write and Sell a Christian Novel, 2nd Edition, Gilbert Morris, Write Now Publications (2001)
  • Between Two Gardens by Jane Rubietta, Bethany House Publishers (2001) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • How to Save Money Every Day by Ellie Kay, Bethany House Publishers (2001) Crossings Book Club Selection Literary Guild Selection
  • The Complete Guide to Christian Wedding Vows by H. Norman Wright, Bethany House Publishers (2001)
  • Sermon on the Mound by Michael O’Connor, Bethany House Publishers (2001) Silver Angel Award Winner Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Oxygen by John Olson and Randy Ingermanson, Bethany House Publishers (2001) Christy Award Winner!; NY Public Library “Best Books” list; Silver Angel Award Winner; San Diego Book Awards Association Suspense Category Award Winner
  • I Don’t Want Your Sex for Now by Miles McPherson, Bethany House Publishers (2001) Gold Medallion Book Award Finalist
  • Crown of Fire by Kathy Tyers, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • Coaching Your Kids in the Game of Life by Ricky Byrdsong with Dave and Neta Jackson, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • Living in Absolute Freedom by Donna Partow, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • Wind by Calvin Miller, Bethany House Publishers (2000) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Didn’t My Skin Used to Fit? by Martha Bolton, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • The Perfect Catch by H. Norman Wright, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • Ride the River by Larry Christenson, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • Days of Our Wives by Dave Meurer, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • Fusion Fire by Kathy Tyers, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • Parenting the Wild Child by Miles McPherson, Bethany House Publishers (2000) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Divine Symphony by Calvin Miller, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • Twelve Steps for the Recovering Pharisee by John Fischer, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • Taking Up Your Cross by Tricia Rhodes, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • Into the Depths of God by Calvin Miller, Bethany House Publishers (2000) Book of the Month selection for Insight for Living Ministry
  • You’ve Got What it Takes by Marita Littauer, Bethany House Publishers (2000)
  • Just Write, Susan Titus Osborn, Write Now Publications (2000)
  • An Introduction to Christian Writing, 2nd Edition, Ethel Herr, Write Now Publications (1999)
  • Broken But Not Forsaken – Sherry Jones, ACW Press (1999)
  • Still Waters by Jane Rubietta, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Please Pray for Us, Johan Companjen, Bethany House Publishers (1999) Gold Medallion Book Award Finalist
  • David Brainerd by Renalda Hunsicker, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Harriet Tubman by Rebecca Price Janney, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Sweet Persecution by Ron Brackin, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Bad to the Bone by Miles McPherson, Bethany House Publishers (1999) Silver Angel Award Winner
  • Fallen Brother in Blue by Arnold Rubey, ACW Press (1999)
  • Herbs for All Seasons by Karen Patterson, ACW Press (1999)
  • Write His Answer: A Bible Study for Christian Writers, 2nd Edition, by Marlene Bagnull, Write Now Publications (1999)
  • A Complete Guide to Writing for Publication, Susan Titus Osborn, General Editor, ACW Press (1999)
  • Proselytizer by Phil Zachariou, ACW Press (1999)
  • Be Still by Elizabeth Hoekstra, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Sanctuary by Marsha Crockett, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • China My Love, by Patricia Young, ACW Press (1999)
  • Catherine Marshall by Kathy McReynolds, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Fanny Crosby by Bonnie Harvey, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Chosen But Free by Dr. Norm Geisler, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Walking in Total God-Confidence by Donna Partow, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Through a Glass Darkly by Gilbert Morris, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Firebird by Kathy Tyers, Bethany House Publishers (1999) Crossings Book Club Selection (trilogy) Science Fiction Book Club Selection (trilogy)
  • Boyhood Daze by Dave Meurer, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • The Unchained Soul by Calvin Miller, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Madam Guyon by Jan Johnson, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Come As You Are by Betty Southard and Marita Littauer, Bethany House Publishers (1999)
  • Snow by Calvin Miller, Bethany House Publishers (1998) Gold Medallion Book Award Finalist
  • Love Handles for the Romantically Impaired, by Laura Jensen Walker, Bethany House Publishers (1998)
  • For Better or Worse: A Blessing or a Curse – Domestic Violence in the Christian Home by Melissa Martin, ACW Press, 1998)
  • Like a Pebble Tossed, by Zeiler and Mathers, ACW Press (1998)
  • Hidden Destination: A Romanian Miracle, by Ross Brennan, ACW Press (1998)
  • Shop, Save, and Share by Ellie Kay, Bethany House Publishers (1998) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • The Record Never Forgets: The History of Court Reporting by Fannie Smith, ACW Press (1998)
  • Legislating Morality: Is it Wise? Is it Legal? Is it Possible? by Norm Geisler and Frank Turek, Bethany House Publishers (1998) Gold Medallion Book Award Winner!
  • Keeping the Gospel in Gospel Music by Scott Wesley Brown, ACW Press (1998)
  • Mary: Another Redeemer? by James White, Bethany House Publishers (1998)
  • The Truth About Rock by Steve Peters and Mark Littleton, Bethany House Publishers (1998)
  • Eight Was Not Enough by Jeannie Satre, ACW Press (1998)
  • Holding Down the Fort by PeggySue Wells and Mary Ann Froehlich, Bethany House Publishers (1998)
  • Forbid Not a Woman by Brenda Yeadon, ACW Press (1998)
  • The Forgotten Trinity by James White, Bethany House Publishers (1998)
  • Susanna Wesley by Kathy McReynolds, Bethany House Publishers (1998)
  • Contemplating the Cross, by Tricia McCary Rhodes, Bethany House Publishers (1998) Named 1998 Writer of the Year at the Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference. Crossings Book Club Selection
  • E.M. Bounds by Darrel King, Bethany House Publishers (1998)
  • Married and How to Stay that Way by Steve & Susan Carr, ACW Press (1998)
  • John Calvin by Bill Linder, Bethany House Publishers, (1998)
  • Is the Mormon My Brother? by James White, Bethany House Publishers (1997)
  • Kingdom of the Cults: Revised Edition by Walter Martin, edited by Hank Hanegraaff and Gretchen Passantino, Bethany House Publishers, (1997) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Stepping Into Adulthood, by Jeff Brodsky, ACW Press (1997)
  • The Last Hour: a Novel, by Kim Young, ACW Press (1997)
  • Grief: God’s Healing for the Heart by James White, Bethany House Publishers (1997)
  • Dated Jekyll, Married Hyde by Laura Jensen Walker, Bethany House Publishers (1997)
  • Should I Keep My Baby, revised edition by Martha Zimmerman, Bethany House Publishers (1997)
  • Quiet Places by Jane Rubietta, Bethany House Publishers, (1997) Named 1998 Writer of the Year at the Wheaton Write-to-Publish Writer’s Conference. Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Oswald Chambers, by Dave Lambert, Bethany House Publishers (1997)
  • Creating God in the Image of Man by Norm Geisler, Bethany House Publishers (1997)
  • The World at Your Door – by Tom Phillips & Bob Norsworthy with Terry Whalin, foreword by Billy Graham, Bethany House Publishers (1997)
  • Families That Play Together, Stay Together by Donna Partow, Bethany House (1996)
  • The New Absolutes by William Watkins, Bethany House Publishers (1996)
  • Library of Christian Classics series – Dr. James Houston series editor
  • Religious Affections – Jonathan Edwards, foreword by Charles Colson, Bethany House (1996)
  • Sin and Temptation – John Owens, foreword by J.I. Packer, Bethany House (1996)
  • Mind on Fire – Blaise Pascal, foreword by Os Guiness, Bethany House (1997)
  • Real Christianity – William Wilberforce, foreword by Mark Hatfield, Bethany House (1997)
  • Life of Prayer – Teresa of Avila, Bethany House (1998)
  • The Soul at Rest by Tricia McCary Rhodes, Bethany House Publishers (1996) Gold Medallion Book Award Finalist
  • The Roman Catholic Controversy by James White, Bethany House Publishers (1996)
  • Francis and Edith Schaeffer by L.G. Parkhurst Jr., Bethany House Publishers (1996)
  • Luis Palau by Terry Whalin, Bethany House Publishers (1996)
  • A Compact Guide to World Religions by Dean Halverson, Bethany House (1996) Gold Medallion Book Award Finalist; Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Becoming a Vessel God Can Use by Donna Partow, Bethany House Publishers (1996) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Power Through Weakness by Dr. Timothy Savage, Cambridge University Press (1996)
  • What to Do Until the Psychiatrist Comes, by Bob Phillips, Harvest House (1995)
  • Working With the One You Love by Donna Partow, Bethany House Publishers (1995)
  • Left Behind by Peter and Patti Lalonde, Harvest House Publishers (1995)
  • The King James Only Controversy by James White, Bethany House Publishers (1995)
  • No More Lone Ranger Moms by Donna Partow, Bethany House Publishers (1995)
  • Only One Life: the Life of Stephen Olford by John Phillips, Loizeaux Publishing (1995)
  • Government Nannies by Cathy Duffy, Nobel Press (1994)
  • The Love of Power or the Power of Love by Tom Smail, Nigel Wright, & Andrew Walker Bethany House Publishers (1994)
  • Nine Character Traits Separating the Men from the Boys by Nate Adams, Bethany House Publishers (1994)
  • Questions to Ask Your Mormon Friend by Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson, Bethany House Publishers (1994)
  • Celebrating the Christian Year by Martha Zimmerman, Bethany House Publishers (1994) Crossings Book Club Selection
  • Letters to a Mormon Elder by James White, Bethany House Publishers (1993)