Our Agency’s 15th Anniversary

Hard to believe that it was 15 years ago this week that The Steve Laube Agency was formed. Happy anniversary to us!

Since those nervous beginnings, we have been blessed by so many wonderful clients and publishing relationships. Over the years we have secured about 1,000 new contracts for more than 1,700 new books. Those books have sold more than 24 million copies so far.

We continue to have the honor of working with some of the very best writers our industry has to offer, with more than 300 now under our care. Beginning in 2011 our team grew to eventually include fellow agents Tamela Hancock Murray (2011), Bob Hostetler (2017), and Thomas Umstattd (2018). Karen Ball (2011-2017) and Dan Balow (2013-2018) were great colleagues as well. In addition, in 2017 we bought the Les Stobbe Agency, which added a number of new authors to the roster.

We truly have experienced this verse: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

May our work continue to help change the world, word by word.



50 Responses to Our Agency’s 15th Anniversary

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    Larry B. Gildersleeve May 20, 2019 at 5:09 am #

    Congratulations on your 15th anniversary.

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    Carrie Turansky May 20, 2019 at 5:11 am #

    Hi Steve, It’s wonderful to hear all you and your team have accomplished! Scott and I are grateful to be two of the authors you represent. Thank you for your faithful work on our behalf and happy anniversary to you and your team.

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    Sharon K Connell May 20, 2019 at 5:25 am #

    Happy anniversary, The Steve Laube Agency and Steve. Our Lord has rewarded your integrity. As you keep working to supply assistance to Christian writers, may He continue to honor the honors.

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    Bryan Mitchell May 20, 2019 at 5:38 am #


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    Roberta Sarver May 20, 2019 at 5:50 am #

    Congratulations and best wishes to you and your fine staff.

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    Megan DiMaria May 20, 2019 at 5:54 am #


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    Morgan Tarpley Smith May 20, 2019 at 6:49 am #

    Congratulations!! That’s amazing!!!

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    Mark Moss May 20, 2019 at 6:49 am #

    Congratulations. Glad the Lord has brought you this far. May He grant you many more.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser May 20, 2019 at 6:56 am #

    Happy Anniversary, Steve! And many thanks for your work in keeping this community on the blog vibrant. It’ been a literaary lifeline…and a literal one.

    This is for you, Steve, and for everyone who has given of themselves to make the agency and the community what is is, what is has been, and what it will become.

    Looking back through shaded years
    on life built grace by grace
    one may behold both joy and tears
    and know them in their place.
    Chiaroscuro defines our eyes
    to the play of light and shade
    that signal us that which betides
    from the clues of what was made.
    We can choose to work in holy joy
    and embrace success and sorrow
    for both are found in the employ
    of the God that grants Tomorrow.
    One day, in faith, we’ll see aright
    that our Shadowlands were bathed with Light.

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    Bob May 20, 2019 at 7:05 am #

    Congratulations. I’ve had the privilege of meeting, Tamela, Bob the punster and Dan. All great people who are very knowledgeable.

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    Ginny Graham May 20, 2019 at 7:23 am #

    Congratulations! How exciting to see how God has blessed you.

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    Martha Rogers May 20, 2019 at 7:28 am #

    Congratulations, Steve. In the many years I have known you, I’ve found you to be a man of integrity and faithfulness to our Lord and the task He gave you to do with your agency. I am so honored and pleased to be a part of this family under the guidance of Tamela Hancock Murray. Thank you for all of the hard work on our behalf and may you have many more productive years ahead.

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    Lynn Thomas May 20, 2019 at 7:49 am #

    Congratulations, Steve! So happy for solid Christian agents on a Kingdom assignment.

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    Sister Georjean May 20, 2019 at 7:55 am #

    We are so grateful for Steve Laube and his expertise in publishing!!! May the Lord continue to bless him and all who work with him for many years to come!!

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    Sy Garte May 20, 2019 at 8:14 am #


    I am eternally grateful, honored and blessed to be among the amazing list of your agency’s writer clients. May the Lord continue to shine His light on your work for at least the next 15 years.

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    Cindy Fowell May 20, 2019 at 8:25 am #

    Thank you, Steve for your leadership, teaching, and Fun Fridays. Thank you to your team as well. I have learned a great deal from your blog and look forward to the future of learning as well.

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    Jeanne Takenaka May 20, 2019 at 8:26 am #

    Congratulations, Steve! Your agency is well-respected in this industry. May God continue to use you all to influence this world and to spread His message for at least another 15 years!

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    Thomas Womack May 20, 2019 at 8:40 am #

    Congratulations on reaching this milestone, Steve! You and your team and all the information and advice you share have been such a positive force for good in Christian publishing. I hope fifteen years is just a small fraction of your long span of influence!

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    Michael Faunce-Brown May 20, 2019 at 8:42 am #

    So is this a rejection?
    If so, thanks for letting me know so soon.

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    Lee Carver May 20, 2019 at 8:58 am #

    Martha’s Verse of the Week, sent out to the ACFW loop today, fits your agency so well: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

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    David Clarence Friend May 20, 2019 at 9:07 am #

    Congratulations on 15 years of helping others find success.

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    Joey Rudder May 20, 2019 at 9:07 am #


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    Natalie Monk May 20, 2019 at 9:08 am #

    Congratulations for fifteen years! Many thanks to you and all the wonderful agents at SLA (waving at dear Tamela!) for the excellent work you do and the Christ-like spirit with which you serve.

    II Chronicles 15:7b “For your work shall be rewarded.”

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    Janet Ann Collins May 20, 2019 at 9:17 am #

    Congratulations! You’ll never know this side of Heaven how many people you’ve helped – not just the authors, but the people who read their books and others those readers went on to help as a result of reading them.

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    Luci Tumas May 20, 2019 at 9:19 am #

    Congratulations! I join the many others who have been encouraged by you and your staff by sharing your expertise and advice through your blogs and online courses. Countless times you’ve encouraged me to keep writing and aiming for a publishable manuscript.

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    Jean Jenkins May 20, 2019 at 9:42 am #

    Happy anniversary to you all!

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    Melissa Henderson May 20, 2019 at 10:06 am #

    Congratulations! Happy Anniversary!

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    Joyce K. Ellis May 20, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    Congratulations, Steve and company. Thank you for being a beacon of integrity and an inspiration to all of us to do our best for the King.

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    claire o'sullivan May 20, 2019 at 10:59 am #


    I have enjoyed every moment I’ve been interacting with each of you, and commenters.

    Blessings for you all to keep on trucking and do rest from time to time…

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    Norma Brumbaugh May 20, 2019 at 11:03 am #

    Congratulations! Thank you. You do a great work.

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    Carol Ashby May 20, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    Congratulations, Steve and crew. I think those who have one of you as their agent are blessed, but even though I’m a deliberate indie, I want you to know what a difference you’ve made. I discovered your blog in 2014, and I have learned so many things about craft and the business of being an author here. Thanks for the time you and your colleagues spend helping all of us learn what we need to know to succeed. Thanks for providing a place that has grown into a community of people who care about each other. May God continue to bless you all.

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    Tisha Martin May 20, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

    So special to be celebrating fifteen years! Wow. Thank you all so much for your faithfulness to authors and excellence in the Christian publishing industry. Continued prayers for continued blessings

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    Steve Laube May 20, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

    Thank you all for so many wonderful comments!

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    Rodney Harrier May 20, 2019 at 2:10 pm #


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    Judith Robl May 20, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

    Here’s to many more anniversaries! Congratulations, Steve, on founding this agency and picking such stellar colleagues.

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    Joseph Bentz May 20, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

    Happy Anniversary, Steve, to you and your team! It is such an honor to be one of your clients. I am grateful for all you have done. Well, you did squash a couple of great ideas, but still…

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    Erin Taylor Young May 20, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

    Congrats, Steve. Awesome to see God working through you all.

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    Cindy Stewart May 20, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

    Congratulations, Steve! What a wonderful milestone for your agency.

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    Angela Breidenbach May 20, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

    Congratulations to all of you. Honored to be among your authors.

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    Patti Jo Moore May 20, 2019 at 6:54 pm #

    Congratulations!! 🙂
    May God bless your Agency with many more productive years.

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    Robin Mason May 20, 2019 at 8:01 pm #

    Congratulations to you and your team, Steve!

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    Jennifer Lynn Cary May 21, 2019 at 9:24 am #


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    Allison Bottke May 21, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

    Seriously? 15?! As one of the first SLA clients it’s hard to believe!
    Here’s to 15 more!

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    David Rawlings May 21, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

    Congratulations on the anniversary Steve, and for your journey in believing in and partnering with so many authors. I, for one, am eternally grateful. Looking forward to the 20th, 25th …

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    Rev. Pam Field May 25, 2019 at 8:08 pm #

    Congratulations to all, keep up the good works! I appreciate all the knowledge you share with us. Blessings to all.

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    Carol Nicolet Loewen May 31, 2019 at 8:43 pm #

    Congratulations on your 15th anniversary, and on all the new authors you’ve helped to become published, as well as the teaching you do. May the blessings continue!

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    Mary L. Johnson June 4, 2019 at 8:52 am #

    Congratulations. What a milestone.

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