Monday, April 21, 2014

Write-to-Publish Faculty: Balow and Stobbe Share About Agencies


Over the next few weeks I will feature interviews by various faculty members of the Write-to-Publish Conference. The conference will be held June 4-7 in the Chicago area, on the campus of Wheaton College, although not a function of the college.



Dan Balow 
of The Steve Laube Agency


Dan Balow

Why is an agent important in today’s publishing environment? 

Two primary reasons...first, publishers are reducing their acquisitions staff and relying more on agents than ever, second, the contractual/business/marketing sides of the business are getting more and more complex. Few authors have the knowledge and background to be able to navigate on their own.

What type of a writer are you hoping to meet with at the conference? 

Always looking for fresh voices with creative ideas to communicate timeless truths. Also, people who are committed to the craft.

What would you like us to know about your agency?  

The Steve Laube Agency operates in a way that builds long-lasting relationships and trust. We represent over 175 authors with four agents who combined have over 100 years of experience in Christian publishing. 

Anything you would like to add?  

The author-agent relationship is as much a personal connection as it is a business arrangement. There is a correct match.


  On the web:  http://stevelaube.com/



Les Stobbe
Les Stobbe of the 
Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency








Why is an agent important in today’s publishing environment?


Most publishers today insist your proposal come via an agent, which means that to get to an editor you have to have an agent. Secondly, without an agent you get a basic contract. With an agent he or she will usually be able to get upgrades in the contract. Finally, an agent becomes your advocate if there are problems with the editing being done, the cover displeases you, etc. 



What type of a writer are you hoping to meet with at the conference?

I love adult fiction and non-fiction writers who have done their homework, but at a conference I am wiling to help anyone. 


What would you like us to know about your agency?

I am known for helping first book authors. 



Anything you would like to add?

I am a writer's best friend because I've been a writer, editor, president of a publishing house, and longterm agent.

On the web: http://stobbeliterary.com/
  


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