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Our Service Philosophy

CONTENT

To help the author develop and create the best book possible. Material that has both commercial appeal and long-term value.

CAREER

To help the author determine the next best step in their writing career. Giving counsel regarding the subtleties of the marketplace as well as the realities of the publishing community.

CONTRACT

To help the author secure the best possible contract. One that partners with the best strategic publisher and one that is mutually beneficial for all parties involved.

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New and Improved

After more than a month of work we are excited to announce the launch of our new and improved web site!

Please take a look around and tell us what you think…and if you find any bothersome glitches, feel free to leave your comments.

Kuddos to Thomas Umstattd and his team at Authormedia.com for their work (Sam, Paul, and Katie). They bent over backwards and put up with my obsession over the most minute of details (my ears were burning, so I know they were talking about it…). I know just enough about web design and typesetting, not to be dangerous, but to be annoying.

Our old site was my own design and had served us well since the launch of the agency in May 2004. But was time we did a facelift.

For those of you who have an older site or one you created on a shoestring budget? (Don’t get me wrong, you can create some dynamite sites on your own,  but not everyone has a designer’s eye.) Let me encourage you to hire Thomas’ team. They are easy to work with, sharp as tacks, and charge a reasonable price. Consider moving away from the “free sites” and get one where you control your own destiny.

Remember that your author’s web site is a picture of you and your work for the world to see. Facebook gives a completely different picture and you’re not able to customize that site very much. Think of yourself as a consumer. What do you think when you go to a site that is not very pleasant to look at or very easy to navigate?

If you are wondering, we also moved the hosting of the site to a server Author Media recommended. After the debacle I had with godaddy.com’s security issues I made that switch early last month. The responsiveness and speed of the site quadrupled overnight.

In addition we changed the backbone of our email system to the paid version of Google Apps. This gives us more flexibility and mobility as technology grows and changes.

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What to do about Morals?

In a post written last weekend Richard Curtis, agent extraordinaire, expressed surprise at a new morality clause that has apparently appeared in HarperCollins’ contracts. Read his post here [warning: there is some Adult content and comments included in the post].

What the general market doesn’t realize is that many Faith-based publishers have had a “moral turpitude” clause in their contracts for a long time. Moral turpitude is well defined in this post on Wikipedia. It is understood in the legal community as actions or activities that can get you fired from your job, deported if you are a foreigner in this country on a Visa, or have your contract cancelled if you are an author.

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Hints for a Great Cover Letter

Here are a few suggestions for you to consider when approaching an agent. Remember to use these as hints…do not follow them slavishly as if a literary agent is going to spend their time critiquing your cover letter.

By the way, we make a distinction between a cover letter and a query letter. A cover letter is what goes on top of a longer proposal and sample chapters. The query letter is a stand-alone letter that goes by itself to the editor/agent without a proposal or sample chapters. We happen to prefer the cover letter along with the rest of the package. Why? Because a query only shows that you can write a letter. A proposal begins the process of showing that you know how to write a book.

Address the letter to a specific person. If sending something to The Steve Laube Agency, simply address the appropriate agent. Every proposal will cross the desk of the designated agent eventually.

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Book Tour Lesson: Listen to Publisher

Melanie Benjamin, author of Alice I Have Been, reflects on book tours, in an article for the Huffington Post.  Especially the difference between the one she put together herself several years ago and the one she is currently doing with the help of her publisher.

“I’ve also learned to listen to my publisher. When a bookstore contacts me personally about an appearance, I pass the request on to my publicist. Only once did I ignore her advice and do an event anyway.

Only the janitor showed up.”

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