—Guest: Steve Laube
—Topic: The art of writing and publishing a book
Bethany and Ellie discuss how some people’s goal for 2019 is to write a book. Since Ellie has written 15 books, she has a little bit of expertise in this area. Bethany asks if people should write a book because they want to make a lot of money, and Ellie explains why that is a misconception. Bethany explains how she has known their guest since she was 8 years old. Ellie then talks about the “why” someone should write a book, and Bethany explains how she failed her childhood dream of being published at the age of 13. She also talks about the title of a book she wanted to write a few years ago that isn’t the best idea for a book title.
Steve Laube, literary agent and the president of The Steve Laube Agency, comes into the Millhouse talking abut the unsolicited book proposal Ellie had sent over to his publishing house 20 years ago, and then how they became friends. Ellie asks Steve a very difficult (trick) question, and Bethany asks Steve how long he has been in the business. He explains his journey to becoming a literary agent and founding his own agency. Steve talks about where people start when they want to start writing a book. He also explains what an agent does to help direct their career, and gives valuable resources to give practical help to the writer. Steve talks about a proposal, and the difference between a proposal for a fiction vs. non-fiction book. They also talk about the difference between self-publishing and royalty based (aka traditional) publisher. Steve gives a warning about self-publishing services, and gives a resource that will help you find the right people to help you in the self-publishing world.
Bethany and Ellie end the show inviting The Money Millhouse next week for part 2 of writing a book because there is such a wealth of information when it comes to this topic. Ellie discusses what should come first: the publisher or an agent and how all the magic happens at writers conferences. Bethany talks about how conferences fueling the fire of passion and motivation. She also tells the story of their producer/editor, Darbi, and how the investment of a conference lead to a job, and even changed her life.
Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry nearly four decades, first as a bookstore manager then as an editor for Bethany House Publishers. As an agent and his agency have represented over 1,500 new books. He was also inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology. In addition, he oversees acquisitions for Enclave Publishing and is the owner of The Christian Writers Institute and author of The Christian Writers Market Guide. His office is in Phoenix, Arizona.