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?
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?
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?
What is your favorite word?
Macadamia or Gazebo or Spatula.
Favorite Ice Cream flavor? Orange sherbet
Favorite Food? Steak
Favorite flower? Rose
Favorite Sport? Basketball