Welcome Back, Dan Balow!

I am very excited to announce that Dan Balow has rejoined our agency as a literary agent. Some of you may recall that he was with us for five years until leaving in 2018 to launch a new publishing venture. While they were able to create some incredible products, market forces and funding issues caused him to suspend that company.

That loss becomes our gain … and yours. I have known Dan for over 23 years now, and he is an amazing man of God. As a 38-year veteran of the Christian publishing industry, his strengths include a savvy understanding of book marketing and how all the pieces of the publishing “puzzle” fit together.

You may remember that he was the director of marketing for Tyndale House Publishers, working with authors Francine Rivers, James Dobson, Josh McDowell, Charles Colson, and many others. Starting in 1995, Dan led the marketing team for the immensely successful Left Behind series by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. At its peak, the series was selling over two million copies of various products per month on its way to over 70 million copies to date.

Later he worked as publisher for two audio publishing companies and as a consultant with ministries and publishers on their publishing programs.

Dan has served on the executive board of ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association), the trade association for Christian publishers. In addition, he is a founding member of the advisory board of the Christy Awards and continues to be involved in training and mentoring Christian publishers around the world. He has been a presenter multiple times at the LittWorld conference held in different countries. (Here is a link to a video of Dan speaking on the basics of marketing at LittWorld in Nairobi.)

Dan is a graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in communications, is married to Carol, and they have four grown children. He works from his office in Wheaton, IL.

We will be adjusting our blog-post schedule starting this week.

I will continue to post every Monday. Every other Tuesday will be an episode of The Christian Publishing Show podcast hosted by Thomas Umstattd, Jr. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, Tamela, Bob, and Dan will rotate their posts. Fun Fridays will continue to post on … Fridays (?!).

The next four blog posts will have each of us revisit the question “What am I looking for?”

I am so very excited to have Dan with us again. We have an incredible team with expertise in all facets of the industry: writer, bookseller, editor, marketer, agent, executive management, and publisher.

34 Responses to Welcome Back, Dan Balow!

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    Steve Laube July 22, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    I took that photo down because it doesn’t include Dan. Hopefully we’ll be able to get all together soon and put up a group photo.

    We cover all the time zones so it might be a challenge!

    Karen (Pacific Time)
    Steve (Mountain Time – Actually Arizona time)
    Dan (Central Time)
    Tamela (Eastern Time)

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      karen ball July 22, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      Welcome, Dan! So excited to have you with us. I so enjoyed working with you when we were both at Tyndale. I know your expertise and heart will bless us all.

      And Steve, that’s what PhotoShop is for!

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      John Thompson July 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      Congratulations Steve. You are adding a great publishing asset to your team. Go get ’em, Dan!

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      Kay DiBianca January 18, 2021 at 7:56 am #

      How clever of you to cover the entire country with your team! Maybe you can take a screen shot of a zoom meeting.

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    Richard Mabry January 18, 2021 at 6:23 am #

    Dan, glad to see you back with Steve’s group.

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    Jaime January 18, 2021 at 6:31 am #

    Welcome back Dan!

    I was honored to meet Dan at a conference just before he left in 2018. I always liked him – his faith, his wisdom, and his humor. So glad he’s back!

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    Kristen Joy Wilks January 18, 2021 at 7:16 am #

    What wonderful news! Welcome Back, Dan!

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    Mark Moss January 18, 2021 at 7:25 am #

    Welcome back, Dan. Good move, Steve. Dan, we met at a Northwestern writers conference in St. Paul a few years ago and you were very helpful. Thank you. Thanks be to God.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser January 18, 2021 at 7:25 am #

    We missed his wisdom and his wit,
    and his steady words of grace,
    and now we’re all quite chuffed to bits
    that we will see his smiling face
    upon the blog’s photo-spot,
    and name on masthead, even more
    to see if we might have a shot
    in “The Work That I Am Looking For”.
    We’re sorry that the venture failed,
    and know that really, reall smarts,
    but hope he knows the love entailed
    from his touching of our writers’ hearts,
    so welcome back, dear Dan Balow,
    returning friend, stout Christian fellow!

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    Kristi Woods January 18, 2021 at 7:28 am #

    Welcome back, Dan!

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    OLUSOLA SOPHIA ANYANWU January 18, 2021 at 7:58 am #

    Welcome back Dan! I decree that there will be less for the ‘slush pile’,AMEN! Glad to hear you are on the team. Very encouraging. The more the merrier, the swifter and the better!God bless you.Amen.

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    Kay DiBianca January 18, 2021 at 8:02 am #

    It’s nice to meet you, Dan. I look forward to your wisdom and guidance here.

    We love Wheaton. When we were at Fermilab for several years (eons ago), we lived in the small town of West Chicago, but I also had a Wheaton library card.

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    Bill Hendricks January 18, 2021 at 8:24 am #

    Welcome back, Dan ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZzEzDkeHzI

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      Steve Laube January 18, 2021 at 10:14 am #

      I resisted posting that song. Although I did threaten Dan with using it as his new theme song!

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    Martha Rogers January 18, 2021 at 9:05 am #

    Wonderful to have you back. I always enjoyed your posts. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

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    Jay Payleitner January 18, 2021 at 9:16 am #

    Congratulations Danno.

    I’ll always be grateful for your encouragement and guidance which led to
    the eight publishing contracts you secured for me.

    And, oh yeah, your friendship, too.

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    Sharon K Connell January 18, 2021 at 9:16 am #

    Welcome back, Mr. Balow. I remember you as part of the Steven Laube Agency team back when I first started following their blogs.

    Even though I’m an independent author, it’s nice to know that you’ve joined their team again and will be available for those who wish to go the traditional publishing route. Your experience will be invaluable.

    Best wishes.

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    Karen Robbins January 18, 2021 at 9:33 am #

    Welcome back, Dan! WOW! What an awesome team! Working together we will change the world for his glory! God’s blessings as you begin again, Dan.

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    Kathy Sheldon Davis January 18, 2021 at 11:40 am #

    I’m delighted to hear this news. Wow!

    I wasn’t aware of Dan’s credentials last time I encountered him on this site. I always (I mean it, always) found his perspective enlightening, and I studied every piece he wrote.

    I had to jump to the “Welcome Back, Kotter” song (link in previous comment) and then reminisce with the cast reunion video that popped up. We’re in a new era in publishing, but some of the old ways are timeless and will still work – like some of the Kotter stunts. I’m sure having Dan on board will help us learn what those are.

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    Peggy Rychwa/Sheryl Marcoux January 18, 2021 at 11:49 am #

    I see you on the “Who We Are” page, but you haven’t established what type of writing you’re looking for yet. Based on the authors in this article, you’ve been involved with fiction and non-fiction. I’m excited about learning of a new agent dedicated to Christian writing, and I look forward to learning more about you and what you’re looking for. God bless you.

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      Steve Laube January 18, 2021 at 11:53 am #

      Dan’s “What I’m looking for” post will run this Wednesday.

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. January 18, 2021 at 1:07 pm #

    Welcome back, Dan! You have been missed!

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    Bob Hostetler January 18, 2021 at 1:17 pm #

    Welcome back, Dan! Let me know about the timing of the coup. Or was I not supposed to mention it yet?

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    Bob Hostetler January 18, 2021 at 1:19 pm #

    Steve, you forgot to mention MY sole area of industry expertise: paper cut first aid. Hoping for a correction.

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    Carol Ashby January 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm #

    Welcome back, Dan! I’ve learned a lot from your posts. I’m looking forward to learning much more.

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    Len Bailey January 18, 2021 at 2:46 pm #

    Do the Muskrat love thing, Dan?

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      Dan Balow January 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm #

      You aren’t going to let me forget that, are you?

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    Daphne Woodall January 18, 2021 at 3:26 pm #

    Welcome back Dan! I remember you here.

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    Judith Robl January 18, 2021 at 6:53 pm #

    Sorry about the disappointing venture, Dan, but really glad to see you back. You’ve been missed.

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    Joel Comiskey January 19, 2021 at 8:33 am #

    Welcome, Back, Dan. I’d love to be in touch with you again about future books. I’ll be in contact

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    Patti Jo Moore January 19, 2021 at 9:30 pm #

    Welcome back, Dan!
    I’m looking forward to your posts (and your sense of humor!). 🙂
    Blessings, Patti Jo

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    mindy peltier January 20, 2021 at 10:54 am #

    Welcome back! I so appreciate your wisdom and wit. May the Lord continually bless you are you serve Him and the writers He has called.

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