Why We Blog

Week after week we try to post something meaningful for you to read. Over the years we’ve posted over 1,450 times. It can be a lot of work. So why do we do it?

Mission

It is part of our mission to help writers, no matter where they are on their publishing journey. Everyone has to start somewhere and we hope to help make the travels a little less confusing. The business of writing can be hard but those realities are part of the learning process.

In many ways it is a reflection of who we are individually but also corporately as an agency. As our motto says, we are here to “help change the world word by word.”

Information

We hope to bring important industry developments to your attention. And to bring a perspective that may help bring balance to some of the more “scary” news. With an ever changing marketplace we hope to at least touch on the most important issues.

It can also give us a reference to which we can point someone who has asked a question. The blog becomes a library of information.

Encouragement

Writing is a lonely perspective. When you are the only one in the room the self-talk can often have a negative turn. Into that world we hope to bring the occasional moment of relief.

Believe it or not, we are encouraged in return. Your comments. Your personal emails. Your letters. Your words encourage us. I can’t tell you how many times we have been blessed by you.

We want to thank each and every one of you for being a faithful reader. May you have a Merry Christmas and a blog-reading New Year!

traditional christmas greeting card with decorative red ornaments

traditional christmas greeting card with decorative red ornaments

24 Responses to Why We Blog

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    John de Sousa December 19, 2016 at 5:26 am #

    These blogs are quite a blessing to me. Thanks for all your hard work. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    Joanna Alonzo December 19, 2016 at 6:34 am #

    I’m grateful to this agency and to everyone involved in it. Working with this agency may be just a far-off dream now, but your agency, your agents and these blogs have held my hand through my writing journey in more ways than just your blogs.

    I don’t think I could ever fully express how much of an impact this site has had on my writing and my life.

    God bless you all! Have a blessed and happy Christmas!

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser December 19, 2016 at 7:14 am #

    I truly appreciate all of the effort that you put into this forum, your willingness to engage with and encourage us is a blessing and a gift.

    Merry Christmas, Steve, to you and yours, and to all at the laube Agency!

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    Katie Powner December 19, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    It might seem dramatic, but this blog has changed my life. I don’t know if I ever would have finished my first book, entered a contest, been to a conference, or submitted a book proposal without it. So thank you very much.

    Also, I love the “traditional Christmas greeting card with decorative red ornaments.”

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    Tim Suddeth December 19, 2016 at 8:04 am #

    I want to join the chorus of those who are thankful for what you do. As a newish writer, I want to be as knowledgable as I can about the publishing world. Thank you for giving us real and true information. Have a Merry Christmas and a great new year.

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    Deborah Humphreys December 19, 2016 at 8:05 am #

    Only recently I began subscribing to your blog. It quickly became one of the first things I read each day. I only have a first draft of a book and am very discouraged to continue. The overwhelming feeling is I have nothing that hasn’t already been said. So I will let it sit awhile.

    But I will keep reading. One day I may pick this writing back up and read it afresh, with new eyes and believe the concepts are written in a way even I haven’t heard before. Who knows?

    Keep writing. I am listening.

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    Rebekah Love Dorris December 19, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    Thank you for writing! I’m another who looks forward to your daily posts and misses them the rare occasions you take a day off.

    Steve, Dan, Karen, and Tamela, you’ve richly blessed me and so many others with wisdom and encouragement. May God bless you with a happy Christmas and spectacular 2017! 🙂

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    Linda December 19, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    This blog is the second thing I read every day. First is my Devotional of course. I have found so many truths here. Encouragement, not only for the writing life, but life in general. Just when I think it’s time to chuck it all into the dumpster, I glean some glimmer of hope from the words you have written. Please know those words offer a life line to those of us who teeter a little too close to discouragement each and every day.

    May you each have a very joyous and blessed Christmas.

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    Janet Ann Collins December 19, 2016 at 8:48 am #

    I don’t often comment on your blog, but I always appreciate the posts. Thank you SO much for all you do.

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    Barbara Brutt December 19, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    I’m so glad that you all blog consistently. It is definitely a wonderful gift to the writers who care to learn from your blogging.

    Thank you so much for the commitment, the encouragement, and the information.

    Your blog makes your agents feel approachable.

    Thank you!

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    Carol Ashby December 19, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Steve, one blessing from this blog that you may not fully appreciate is the community of caring that develops among the folks who regularly comment. For those of us who live remote from other authors, that may be at least as valuable as the marvelous info you provide. We pray for each other’s problems and rejoice in each other’s successes. We share knowledge and experience. We form friendships and invaluable professional relationships.

    It was through your blog that I found my marvelous critique partner. She helped my novel that is in market now become much stronger. She’s doing the same for my WIP. Even better, she prays for me, as I do for her, about life beyond the written page.

    Thanks for providing a place for such friendships to nucleate and grow!

    I wish everyone here a blessed celebration of Christmas!

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    Jon Guenther December 19, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    Merry Christmas to you and the entire team, Steve! And a happy and safe New Year!

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee December 19, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    Steve, thank you so much for all you do to help us become better-informed writers. I have learned so much from you, Tamela, Karen, and Dan over the past few months. Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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    Peggy Booher December 19, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    Steve,

    Thank you, Dan, Karen and Tamela for taking the time and effort to blog. I appreciate not only the writing tips and information about the publishing world, but also the Christian faith you bring with it. That faith is beautifully woven through and behind the articles. It’s a living demonstration to me that Christianity and work are not separate, but can go together. Christianity gives the greater meaning to the work, and the work is the arena which displays faith.

    I enjoy the “Fun Fridays” and pass along the links to friends. I liked seeing the picture today; the bright red cheered me up. 🙂

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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    Karen Ball December 19, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    Thank you all for your encouragement to us. Maybyou each hear God’s whisper of love this Christmas.

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    Rob Stroud December 19, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    Thank you for your blogging faithfulness. I truly enjoy posts by all of your team members.

    Have a blessed Christmas and a “cup overflowing” 2017.

    I look forward to meeting some of you at Mt. Hermon.

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    Amanda Cleary Eastep December 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    Like some of the others, I’m a newer reader/follower and am thankful for what you offer here so generously.

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    Rebecca LuElla Miller December 19, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Thank you, Steve, and all the others in your agency for giving your time to other writers in this way. I certainly appreciate the help, information, and encouragement. I think you’re succeeding above and beyond!

    Becky

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    Melissa Henderson December 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    I enjoy these blogs so much. I am always encouraged and uplifted with each post. Thank you. Please keep blogging. 🙂

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    Maggie McKenzie December 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    Merry Christmas to all of you at Laube Agency. Your posts are always informative and a blessing.

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    Elizabeth Van Tassel December 19, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

    Merry Christmas to all of you and sincere thanks for your encouragement, wisdom, and insights that help us to press on and have courage to reach higher each day.

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    Bobbie December 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    Thank you. I would say you have accomplished your mission and look forward to seeing more in the coming year.
    Merry Christmas.

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    Tisha Martin December 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    Steve, Karen, Dan, and Tamela,

    Since learning about the Steve Laube Agency through ACFW this past June, I have learned a lot. I’m pleasantly overwhelmed. Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement you are to us writers–and to me.

    Wishing you a Merry, Merry Christmas with family and wonderful New Year.

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    Karen Ingle December 22, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    Steve, I was one of zillions of people who met you at an ACFW conference years ago. Once, I had the privilege of joining your table for the lunch seating. I’ve never forgotten. All weekend I’d been feeling out of place and outclassed. Somehow I rallied my last shred of courage to ask you why a writer needs a platform. You could have rolled your eyes at my ignorance, but you didn’t. You took time to explain what a platform is and how it benefits both the writer and the publisher. In that moment, you made me feel significant.

    Your blogs carry that same aroma of service. I’m often blessed here.

    So thank you. And Merry Christmas to you and your agency.

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