Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Interview with agent Steve Laube

Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry for over 29 years, first as a bookstore manager and book buyer for a major national chain. While manager, his store was named National Store of the Year by the Christian Bookstore Association (CBA) in 1989 out of 4,000 eligible stores. He spent 11 years with Bethany House Publishers rising to the position of Editorial Director/Adult Nonfiction. In 2002 he was named the Editor of the Year by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Associatio. In 2009 he was named the Agent of the Year by the ACFW organization.
He has edited over 150 books, wrote one, produced numerous articles, and has agented over 500 new books. He has taught at writer’s conferences in more than 50 cities. His office is in Phoenix, Arizona.


Thank you for spending the day with us, Steve. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An archeologist.


What or who influenced you to become an agent?

Observing the profession from the publisher's perspective as an acquistions editor and editorial director.


Are there any books you like to read for pleasure?

Fiction: science fiction and taut thrillers
Non-fiction: Deeper life spirituality; business books (investing and marketing); and Theology


What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

None. I have the dream profession, working in the world of ideas.


What one word would you use to describe yourself?

Eclectic


It’s been said you can tell a lot about a person by their surroundings. What does your workspace look like?

Surrounded by thousands of books and piles of papers.


Do you have any hobbies?

Reading. Book collecting.


If you were stranded on an island… what four things would you want with you?

My wife and my three kids (but I suppose they are not "things” ;) Therefore my list:

· The Bible


· The SAS Survival Handbook For Any Climate, In Any Situation by John Wiseman


· A Multi-function Swiss Army Knife


· A friend like "Wilson" (if you've seen the movie, you know what I mean)


What was the most dangerous or scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Zip line over a waterfall in Jamaica


If you could have lunch with anyone living or dead… who would it be?

C.S.Lewis


What is your favorite word?

Macadamia or Gazebo or Spatula.


Flash Round:

Favorite Ice Cream flavor? Orange sherbet

Favorite Food? Steak

Favorite flower? Rose

Favorite Sport? Basketball



7 comments:

  1. Steve,
    Welcome! We're so glad you're here. You'll find us a fun bunch.

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  2. I would love to see your office full of piles, stacks, and books!

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  3. Welcome Steve. I look forward to meeting you at the conference.

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  4. Hey, Steve! Remember me? Back at TBC? I'm part of Desert Rose and look forward to catching up at the connference. Bring pics of the family & say HI to Lisa!
    Kris Tualla :)

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  5. See the following blog post for a picture of our incoming proposal pile in January.
    http://www.stevelaube.com/incoming-proposals/

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  6. Oh, Steve, the phone call you described on your site was priceless. Good luck with those piles of proposals!

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  7. Fun interview!!!

    I met you at ACFW, and I look forward to seeing you again here!

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