More Great News for the Agency!

In the final step of our current expansion we are excited to announce that Karen Ball is joining The Steve Laube Agency as a new literary agent for the firm.

Karen is one of the most widely respected editors in the publishing business. For nearly 30 years she has built and led successful fiction lines for Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and, most recently, the B&H Publishing Group. She’s had the honor of discovering several of the best-selling CBA novelists, including Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Sharon Ewell Foster, Liz Curtis Higgs, and, most recently, Ginny Yttrup (a Steve Laube Agency client), whose debut novel Publisher’s Weekly declared “a masterpiece!”

Karen has also worked with numerous top novelists, including Angela Hunt, Robin Jones Gunn, Robin Lee Hatcher, Brandilyn Collins, and many others. In addition, Karen is a best-selling, award-winning novelist and a popular speaker. She will work out of her office in Oregon where she lives with her husband, father, and two four-legged, furry “kids.”

Proposals meant for Karen can be sent to


51 Responses to More Great News for the Agency!

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    Richard Mabry May 24, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    Glad to see Karen stay in the publishing industry where she has so much experience and so many contacts, and glad to see her associated with such a respected agency.

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    Sarah Forgrave May 24, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    Wow, What an exciting time for your agency! Congratulations to you all!

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    Krista Phillips May 24, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Wow… such great changes! Congrats to all!!!

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    Jill Kemerer May 24, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    Fantastic news!! Karen, I hope your transition is wonderful and smooth. What an exciting development!

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    Traci DePree May 24, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Congratulations to both of you! A great team. All the best. 🙂

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    Katherine Hyde May 24, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Congratulations, Karen! I’m sure you’ll make a fantastic agent.

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    Tricia Goyer May 24, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Steve, you know how to pick them! Congrats!

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    Rick Barry May 24, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Very happy for the agency. What a top-notch crew! Hmmm… Maybe I’d better hustle to get a query submitted before the avalanche of new mail overwhelms you all…

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    Cara Putman May 24, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Congratulations! What a great step for both of you.

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    Rebecca LuEllaMiller May 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Congratulations to both of you, Steve. It’s quite a plus for your agency to have someone of Karen’s caliber, and she will benefit by working with you. Great, great addition.


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    Randy Alcorn May 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    What great news! Another agent for my shortlist of recommendations. Steve and Karen playing good cop/bad cop–who could ask for more? 🙂 Best wishes to you both, dear friends. Am happy for you and pray for God’s rich blessing.

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      Steve Laube May 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

      Randy raises a question. Which one of us is the “good one”?

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        Karen Ball May 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

        Talk about a no-brainer! You’re clearly the good one, Steve. I’m MUCH scarier.

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        Virginia Smith May 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

        I was wondering the same thing. You’re both kind of scary from a distance. But up close, you’re definitely both Good Cops.

        Best wishes for both of you in this new venture!

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      Christina (Berry) Tarabochia May 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

      If anyone can tell good cop from bad cop it’s Randy, who holds a place in my heart as having written the BEST cop book ever: DECEPTION! 😀

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    Lena Nelson Dooley May 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    So glad to see where you landed, Karen. You go, girl.

    And Steve, you were very smart to catch this one.

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    Ronie May 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm #


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    Carrie Turansky May 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Wow, great news! Karen’s experience and wisdom will be a blessing to her future clients.

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    Mesu Andrews May 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Congrats to both Steve and Karen! Your combined experience will serve clients well; and from the few times I’ve met you both, your hearts are well-suited for that service. Blessings as you journey together!

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    Rel Mollet May 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Fabulous news for you both, Karen & Steve 🙂

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    Dineen Miller May 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Oh wow! Congrats, Steve and Karen! I am so EXCITED for you two. So glad to see such amazing wisdom and talent staying in the industry. We need it! 🙂

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    Angela Breidenbach May 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    What great news!

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    Sharon A. Lavy May 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    The industry, it is a changin’!

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    Tiffany Amber Stockton May 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Wow! This is amazing and fantastic news. Author, editor, and now agent. Great to see you keeping your talents in the industry, Karen. And teaming up with Steve is an excellent decision. You both bring such wisdom, experience, contacts, and know-how to the industry. Look out in the world of Christian fiction and Christian books. Steve, Karen, and Tamela are on the warpath. 🙂

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    Ane Mulligan May 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    I’m so thrilled to hear this!! COngratulations to you, Steve, on your brilliance and congrats to Karen! I adore giggling with Karen. 😀 She’s the best!!

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    Erica Vetsch May 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    Really wonderful news! Congratulations all around.

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    Rachelle May 24, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Congrats, Steve, Karen and Tamela!

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    Rebecca LuElla Miller May 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Steve, as I was reading all these comments, it dawned on me that Karen has had a way easier transition to agenting than you did. Weren’t you accused of going over to the Dark Side? And wasn’t that the source of the Mildred scam (or whatever name Randy Ingermanson used) up at Mount Hermon? Somehow it just seems like Karen’s getting the good end of the stick. 😉


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      Steve Laube May 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

      It wasn’t all that “bad.” The source of the Mildred scam was due to long friendships with nefarious people. The scam had apparently been planned before I made my announcement so many years ago. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about? Read the entire story here:

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        Rebecca LuElla Miller May 25, 2011 at 10:09 am #

        Ah! So you’re saying, since Karen has no nefarious friends, she’s safe from anything so … interesting! 😀

        Too bad actually because you were in the center of truly one of the best practical jokes. Thought you might like to pass on the honor!


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    Marti Pieper May 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Kudos on the coup, Steve–and congrats to Karen, who seems chosen for such a time as NOW.

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    Grace Fox May 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    This is fantastic news!

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    Laura Christianson May 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Yay, Karen! You three will make a powerful team.

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    Kathy Tyers May 25, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    Fantastic news, Steve and Karen. W00T!

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    Lynnette Bonner May 25, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    Congrats, Karen! I wish you all the best!

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    Brad Huebert May 25, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Hey, congratulations. Never mind “Good cop/bad cop.” Now you have “nice hair/wild hair” going on. How many agencies can say THAT?

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      Steve Laube May 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

      Brad, Brad, Brad.

      You are opening yourself up to a return comment about hair?
      At least you have some (see Brad’s video for proof):

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        Brad Huebert May 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

        I was going to say “Good hair, bad hair,” but that might have sounded strange. Er.

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    Eileen Key May 25, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Exciting news for…I see a castle… all of us! Congrat…I see a castle…ulations to you all.

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    Tamara Leigh May 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Fabulous news! Congrats, Steve and Karen.

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    Gina Conroy May 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    How exciting! Congrats on the agency expansion and dynamic new team!

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    Karen Ball May 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Brad, you crack me up! I think that should be our agency tag line. Whaddya say, Steve?

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    Karen Ball May 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Thanks, everyone, for the kind words. MUCH appreciated. And I think I’M the lucky one. Being on the team with Steve and Tamela is going to be great fun!


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    Susan Falck May 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Congratulations, Karen. This is so exciting.

    Submission guidelines for the agency state to send proposals via mail, but we are given an email address for you. Just so everyone is clear before they jump at this wonderful opportunity, is email the correct way to submit to you? Or does everyone submit to The Steve Laube Agency ie: Steve Laube?

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      Steve Laube May 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

      The web site will be updated soon and will reflect new guideline appropriate for each agent in the agency. If you are sending material to me (Steve) it will need to be hard copy. Karen and Tamela will be open to email submissions.

      Thanks for the question Susan.


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        Susan Falck May 27, 2011 at 5:46 am #

        Thanks for answering my question, Steve.

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    Susan Meissner May 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Congrats to all!

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    Gina Welborn June 2, 2011 at 4:15 am #

    Welcome, Karen!!! Thanks for joining Laube Agency so Steve can test my 2nd grade math skills. Who knew I remembered so much all these years later. 😉

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    Martha Rogers June 9, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    So glad to see you here, Karen. You’re one of my favorite people along with the two others here. Kudos to Steve for landing two of the greatest people around. What fun!

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    Very good post. I certainly love this website. Stick with it!


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