Author Steve Laube

Free Publishing Q&A Webinar

With writers conferences being cancelled and many people under stay-at-home restrictions, I thought you might want to join a FREE Publishing Q&A Webinar that Thomas Umstattd Jr. and I will be doing this Friday, April 3rd, at 3 pm Central time. We did one on March 20th with little promotion …

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How Can You Manage So Many Clients?

by Steve Laube

I am frequently asked this question. It is perfectly understandable as many agencies carry a sizeable list of clients. A prospective client or even an existing one wonders, “Will this agent or agency have time for me?”

We post a list of our clients on the web site because we are honored to work with so many gifted people. Not every agency makes their client list public. It is neither right nor wrong, it is merely a preference. As of this morning we have over 150 clients on our roster.

Proper management of a client base is all about communication and work flow. The best metaphor I’ve been able to use to describe how a literary agency works is “We are like a major airline that is always overbooked but never flies full. But if everyone show up at the gate at the same time, we would be in serious trouble.”

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Fun Fridays – March 20, 2020

I dare say today’s video may bring a little jealousy to those who wish to “hunker down” a little more than they already are! (If you cannot see the embedded video in your newsletter email, please click the headline and go directly to our site to view it.)

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Fear and Its Antecedents

The coronavirus is the topic on everyone’s mind. Your community, your family, and even yourself may have been or could be affected. Maybe not by the virus itself but by the economic and societal fallout of the cancellations and shutdown of communities. Many experts, much smarter than I, are speaking …

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Fun Fridays – March 13, 2020

Happy Friday the 13th! I found this absolutely delightful video featuring Carol Burnett and Dolly Parton doing a fun duet. It’s about eight minutes long, but don’t skip through it as your smile may continue to grow. Enjoy. If you cannot see the embedded video in your newsletter email, please …

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Choosing Your Character’s Name

Choosing the name of a character in your novel is a bit like reading the book Where’s Waldo? You can search forever and never find just the right one. Creativity You want to be creative, but not too creative. You say, “It has to fit the person in the book.” …

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Fun Fridays – March 6, 2020

How to Ruin a Book Title with One Word Evidently, I am a fan of puns. I came across a fun exercise that played at changing one word or adding one word to a well-known title–and made it something quite different. I’ll start with some general-market titles and then shift …

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Authors Still Struggle to Make a Living

The above doomy headline is intended to catch your attention. However, it is merely a reflection of a report released on February 19 by the Authors Guild called “The Profession of Author in the 21st Century,” written by Christine Larson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of journalism at the University of …

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