Who We Are

steve-laube-agency-steveSteve Laube, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, a veteran of the bookselling industry with nearly 40 years of experience. In the 80s he was a bookstore manager and was awarded the National Store of the Year by the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA). He then spent over a decade with Bethany House Publishers and was named the Editor of the Year by AWSA. Over sixteen years ago he became an agent where he and his agency have represented nearly 2,000 new books and Steve was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. He was also inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology. He is married with three grown children and one grandchild.

Steve has very eclectic interests. He has represented everything from the sweet romance to the systematic theology. His clients are equally divided between fiction and non-fiction writers. (For a complete resume of his past work and editorial experience click here.)

He is the President of The Christian Writers Institute and  publishes the annual Christian Writers Market Guide (also available online) and Book Proposal Tips and Tricks.

In addition, he is the owner and President of Enclave Publishing one of the premier publishers of Christian fantasy and science fiction.

Read about what Steve is looking to represent.

steve-laube-agency-tamelaTamela Hancock Murray has been a literary agent since 2001. She is a bestselling author of over thirty novels, novellas, and nonfiction books, and won an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award (follow this link for a complete list of her books). Although her current writing for publication is limited to the Agency blog, because of her experience, Tamela brings the perspective of a working writer to her role as a literary agent. She represents many top authors and continues to develop new talent.

In 2017 she was named Agent-of-the-Year by ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).

She earned her BA with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Today she enjoys living in Northern Virginia with her husband of over thirty years. They are the proud parents of two lovely adult daughters.

Read what type of books Tamela is looking for.

Bob Hostetler is a thirty-year veteran of Christian publishing. He has been a writer, magazine editor, freelance book editor, and author of fifty books, both fiction and non-fiction (click here for a list of his books on his web site). A frequent speaker at writers conferences and retreats around the world, he has encouraged and coached numerous writers to publishing success. In 2017 his book The Bard and the Bible was named the Selah Awards Book of the Year.

Bob is an Ohio native with earned degrees in English Bible from Cincinnati Christian University and English Communications from Bloomfield College. He was ordained to the ministry by The Salvation Army.

He has been married for forty years to the lovely Robin, his teenage sweetheart and ministry partner; together they have pastored four churches (though not all at once) and were foster parents to ten teen boys (though not all at once). They make their home in the Cincinnati area.

Bob claims to have two perfect children, Aubrey and Aaron, who have given he and Robin five perfect grandchildren.

Read what type of books Bob is looking for.

Thomas Umstattd Jr. built his first website at the age of 13 and taught his first web design class at only 16 years old. Thomas went to the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Business Management. He founded his first web design and media company while still in college.

He later started a website (AuthorMedia.com) to help authors use the web to promote their books. The site was twice featured in Writers Digest as one of the 101 most helpful websites for authors.

In 2014, Thomas’s blog post Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed went viral and reached over a million people in just a few weeks. It led to a successful Kickstarter campaign and in 2015 the book Courtship in Crisis.

In 2014 Thomas took on the role of Marketing Director for Enclave Publishing where he doubled sales over the following 18 months. In 2016, Thomas was hired by Fahrenheit Marketing as Marketing Director.

As a podcaster, he hosts the Novel Marketing PodcastThe Creative Funding Show, The Christian Publishing Show, and Liberty Buzzard. He is also a popular podcast guest.

He is also the Vice President of The Christian Writers Institute.

He lives in Austin, TX with his beautiful wife and daughter.

As an award-winning speaker, Thomas teaches audiences all over the world. His friendly speaking style blends multimedia and audience participation. He offers audiences a unique perspective to help them use the web in a whole new way.

Read what types of authors Thomas is looking for.


The Steve Laube Agency phone number: (602) 336-8910.
(Please do not call to pitch your idea. We’d prefer to see the actual writing first. But read the Guidelines page to see if it is something we are interested in.)