A Writer’s Digest Accolade

Last week at the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference Bob Hostetler came up to me and said, “Congratulations!” I looked at him blankly and said, “For what?” His smile lit up, “For being named as one of the top websites by ‘Writer’s Digest!’”

Bob later showed me the May-June 2017 issue he had with him and there we were on page 39 (see below).

Thank you Writer’s Digest for including us. (For those of you who don’t subscribe…why not? Subscribe here. It’s only $20 a year…and you can write it off as a business expense.)

Thank you, our faithful readers. We wouldn’t keep spending hours each week posting content if it weren’t being read. Let us know what you think of our posts, we want to help you achieve your publication goals. Ask us questions! Direct them to any one of us (https://stevelaube.com/contact/). If we can address your question on the blog we will, especially if the question has implications for other authors in a similar situation.

And thank you Bob Hostetler being the first to tell us the news (and for trying to shine my shoes, as any good client should, … which was a little awkward since they were tennis shoes) and for being a long time friend.


25 Responses to A Writer’s Digest Accolade

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    Edie April 22, 2017 at 5:31 am #

    This is so well deserved!!! Thank you and all those contributing, for your unselfless passion to teach upcoming writers and would-be authors how to navigate the publishing industry.

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    Rebekah Love Dorris April 22, 2017 at 5:40 am #

    What Edie said! Other than the Jerry Jenkins blog and Guild, this is the only other writing blog I have time to follow. When I spot it in my inbox, I always get that giddiness that comes with a brand new Thoene book.

    God bless, and keep it up! 🙂

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    Cynthia Ruchti April 22, 2017 at 5:56 am #

    Congratulations! Much deserved!

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    Roanne King April 22, 2017 at 6:47 am #

    That’s wonderful! Your heart to educate and encourage writers is clear and much appreciated. I just renewed my subscription to WD as part of my commitment to get back on track with writing on a regular basis. A very valuable resource for sure.

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    Joey Rudder April 22, 2017 at 7:14 am #

    Congratulations!! And I sincerely appreciate each and every lesson I’m learning from your site. Thank you.

    God bless you.

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee April 22, 2017 at 7:37 am #

    Congrats, Steve and everyone! The award is well-deserved!

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    Martha Whiteman Rogers April 22, 2017 at 7:49 am #

    Congratulations to one and all on this blog. A richly deserved award for a caring group of people. I may not comment often, but I read them all.

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    Ann L. Coker April 22, 2017 at 8:15 am #

    Congratulations to Steve and staff. I appreciate your blogs, for they keep me up-to-date with the writers’ world. Our local library carries Writer’s Digest with the advantage of taking out issues except the most current. Grateful.

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    Afton Rorvik April 22, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    Congrats! Well deserved. 🙂

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    Joyce Erfert April 22, 2017 at 9:19 am #

    I was not surprised at all to see your site mentioned. You always have informative, helpful topics, and all of your blog writers are terrific. I always get inspired, encouraged, and educated, and you don’t get the same Christian perspective from other sites. Love the fun things on Fridays, too. I have saved some of them so that when I have need of a good laugh I go back and see them again. (Since we live in Flagstaff, one of my favorite ones is the Phoenix weather guy with the temps in the thousands. Cracks me up every time!)

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    Glenda April 22, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    Nice! And of course! And Congrats! 🙂

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    Joseph Bentz April 22, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    A well-deserved recognition! I learn so much from this blog. Congratulations on this achievement.

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    Judy Gordon Morrow April 22, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    Congrats to you, Steve, and to all your wonderful agents! I’m glad your hard work and excellent content has been recognized. I enjoyed meeting Bob at the conference, and I could just envision that fun interaction between the two of you when he gave you that good news. 🙂

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    Edward Lane April 22, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    Congrats! Your website is very helpful.if you had written an inspirational novel and a Christian romance novel, but had no author blog would you develop a blog before submitting the two manuscripts to agents/publishers? Thank you!

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      Henry Styron May 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

      Edward, in this day and age I would DEFINITELY start an author blog as soon as possible. An internet presence is all-but-mandatory for anyone wanting to break into writing these days, and agents and publishers do take that into account.

      Michael Hyatt has some good advice. You might start here if you’re a little new to this: https://michaelhyatt.com/7-ways-to-build-your-online-platform-from-scratch.html

      Good luck and God’s blessings on you and your work.

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    Dineen Miller April 22, 2017 at 1:16 pm #


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    KT Sweet April 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    Well-deserved! Glad to see WD promoting a valuable resouce.

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    Sharon Gillenwater April 22, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

    Well deserved! Congratulations to all of you!

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    Connie Almony April 23, 2017 at 6:22 am #


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    LK Simonds April 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Congratulations! So well deserved!

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    Tracy Pratt April 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    Congratulations! I am glad Writer’s Digest recognized your website’s faithful, relevant, and encouraging influence on writers.

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    Shannon Redmon April 24, 2017 at 10:04 am #

    This is awesome! Congratulations, Steve. Writer’s Digest provided so much information for me several years ago when I started this writing journey. Thank you for your team’s hard work!

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    Camille Kendall April 29, 2017 at 9:20 am #

    Congratulations! Thank you for the great content your agency consistently delivers!

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    Henry Styron May 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    Congratulations, and well-deserved indeed. As someone new on the “writing journey” (thanks to Shannon Redmon for the phrase), I’ve found your blog full of wonderful counsel and encouragement. God bless and keep it up.

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    Susan Grove May 8, 2017 at 11:59 am #


    Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior

    Titus 1:4

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