Author Steve Laube

The 2019 Christian Writers Market Guide Is Here

The one constant about publishing is change. Each year, dozens of agents and editors move from one company to another, and others retire while new editors take their place. Magazines rethink their content focus. New freelance editors hang out their shingles. We have even had a major change in personnel in our own agency. Sending your query to the wrong person at an agency or a publisher is not the path to success.

So what do you do?

The answer is The Christian Writers Market Guide 2019 Edition. It is packed with over 1,000 updated entries about publishers, agents, editors, and other industry professionals. You have no idea how many publishing options there are until you hold all 480 pages in your hand.

The 2019 edition is carefully curated to help you advance your writing career.

See a sample section from a previous version of the Guide. (The layout is still the same, but the information is updated.)

The official publication date is today, December 15th. We are providing a link to below because they are selling the book at 30% off! Remember that Amazon could change their price at any moment, so act now to guarantee that yours will be shipped when it is in their warehouse. You can also order from your favorite retailer.

Get a Free Year of the ONLINE Version of the Guide

For 2019 we have a special deal running on the online edition. You can get one year online access free with the purchase of the print edition. A $25 value!

The advantage of the online version is that it is updated regularly throughout the year.

Simply email your receipt (or a photo of a paper receipt) to and you will receive a special coupon code.

I am confident you’ll find this version the most useful edition yet.

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Writers Give to Others

My hope is that this headline is true. While the writing profession (or obsession as some describe it) is a solitary one, it is in giving to others where its impact can be felt.


The gift of time is precious as we are given a finite amount in this life. To mentor another writer. To blog freely. To teach at a conference or school setting. All are example of a beautiful way to both give and receive.


To use your talent to its fullest is a gift to others. To hone that talent so that it crescendos into the heart of a reader should be the goal of every writer. This talent must be shared. To hoard it for oneself would be a travesty and tantamount to the deadly sin of greed.

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Writers Expect Good News

Writers expect good news…any day now. Is it the curse of eternal optimism?There is this hope within each writer that it will be their manuscript that is chosen for publication. And the money will rain on them like a spring shower.

Despite the odds.

Despite the competition.

Despite the cynical, horrible, no-good, very-bad agents who review them.


Are these expectations realistic? Of course they are. It is the essence of hope. For without hope there is no reason to continue the pursuit of the craft. You have to believe that you have what it takes.

Are these expectations practical? Of course not. Who said the writing profession was “practical?”

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Fun Fridays – November 30, 2018

On this last day of November, watch this amazing video of a Rube Goldberg Machine (click for a definition) using marbles and rubber bands. The creator says it took him a week to build and film with 40 failures before it finally worked. Writer metaphor: How many failures will you …

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Fun Fridays – November 23, 2018

The idea of spending the day after Thanksgiving with shopping is going to the dogs. Here is video proof… A complete waste of your time to watch. But I hope it brought a smile to your face today! I especially liked the drive-thru scene…

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Popular Story Tropes in Current Fiction

When we think of fiction, we put books in genres based on the story line. Then within each genre, they are separated by subgenres. The Book Industry Study Group has defined over 100 different classifications of fiction. These BISAC codes are what you find on the back of the book. …

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Fun Fridays – November 16, 2018

Go to the website below and select the year you were born (or any year for that matter). Time Traveler – Mirriam-Webster The results will show you the words and phrases that were first used in that year. Fascinating fun! For my mom, it is words like air traffic controller, …

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