Dan Balow Joins The Steve Laube Agency

by Steve Laube

portraits of Dan Balow taken April 9, 2010I am very excited to announce that Dan Balow has joined our agency as the Director of Publishing Development and Literary Agent. This gives us four members of our team, me, Tamela Hancock Murray, Karen Ball, and Dan.

I’ve been looking for ways to increase the services our agency provides to current and potential clients. I have known Dan for 15 years and by adding him to our agency we can expand our role in helping to maximize our client’s sales, work with ministries and organizations to develop their publishing efforts, and expand our reach internationally. Dan’s strengths are his understanding of book marketing, what it takes to be successful in the current publishing environment and how all the pieces of the publishing “puzzle” fit together. Our team has expertise in all facets of the industry, writer, bookseller, editor, marketer, agent, executive management, and publisher.

Dan is a 30 year veteran of the Christian publishing industry. He was the director of marketing for Tyndale House Publishers working with authors Francine Rivers, James Dobson, Josh McDowell, Charles Colson and many others.

Starting in 1995, Dan led the marketing team for the immensely successful Left Behind series by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. Eventually devoting most of his time to the effort, he took on the role of Director of Business Development for the series, expanding his involvement to licensing and product development along with the marketing. At its peak, the series was selling over two million copies of various products per month on its way to over 60 million copies to date.

In 2002, he added the role of director of international publishing for Tyndale and later, Director of Research and Analysis for the company. In recent years he has worked as Publisher for two audio publishing companies and consulted with ministries and publishers on their publishing programs.

Dan has served on the executive board of ECPA (the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association), the trade association for Christian publishers. In addition, he is a founding member of the advisory board of the Christy Awards and is involved in training and mentoring Christian publishers around the world. He was a presenter in marketing and digital publishing at the 2012 LittWorld conference in Nairobi and will be presenting similar sessions to publishers in Ghana, West Africa in August 2013. (Here is a link to a video of Dan speaking on the basics of marketing at LittWorld.)

Dan is a graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in Communications, is married to Carol and they have four grown children. He will be working from his office in Wheaton, IL.

We will be adjusting our blog post schedule to give Dan the Tuesday slot each week. The “News You Can Use” will move to Saturdays. So look for me on Monday, Dan Tuesday, Karen Wednesday, Tamela Thursday, Fun Friday, and News on Saturday.

28 Responses to Dan Balow Joins The Steve Laube Agency

  1. Anne Love July 22, 2013 at 3:46 am #

    Impressive work history. Nice to meet you Dan.

  2. jess keller July 22, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    Welcome Dan! Wonderful to “meet” you. Nice to see a fellow Chicagoan join the agency ;)

  3. Heather Frey Blanton July 22, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    Talk about a brain trust. Wow. You guys are rocking.

  4. Tamela Hancock Murray July 22, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    I am thrilled that we are adding Dan to our team!

  5. Michelle Sutton July 22, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    Sounds like a great plan. I am looking forward to reading his articles.

  6. Carrie Turansky July 22, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    What a great addition to the team!. I will look forward to Dan’s blog posts and hopefully meeting him too. It sounds like he has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be a benefit to us all.

  7. Elaine Stock July 22, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    It’s nice to see new agents. Actually, I’m seeing this a bit more lately. After hearing so much dismal news of the publishing climate, do you think that this increase of agents–at a handful of agencies I’ve seen–is a good sign for us writers?

    Best wishes, Dan.

  8. Ane Mulligan July 22, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Congratulations! Looking forward to Dan’s contributions to your blog. :)

  9. Johnnie Alexander Donley July 22, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Wow! Dan sounds like the perfect addition to an already perfect team. (Not that I’m biased.) Congrats!

  10. Christine Lindahl July 22, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    Wow! Exciting times. Congratulations to Dan and to the agency.

  11. Bethany Kaczmarek July 22, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    Now that’s an impressive CV! I’m looking forward to gleaning from your wisdom, Dan. You make a stellar addition to an already remarkable team. All the best!

  12. Stephen Schwambach July 22, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    Superb addition, Steve. Welcome aboard, Dan. This feels like what’s happening in the NBA – putting together a team of super stars to win a championship – which for us, is to bring maximum glory to our great God.

  13. Ronie July 22, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    Brilliant! Welcome to the SLA, Dan! Grateful for the experience you’ll bring, and so glad Steve will have some more backup.

  14. Ann Shorey July 22, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    Welcome to the agency, Dan. I look forward to reading your posts.

  15. Meghan Carver July 22, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Wonderful background! Welcome, Dan! Looking forward to Tuesday’s posts.

  16. Cristine Eastin July 22, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Encouraging news. If we listen to the doomsayers it’s easy to get discouraged. Blessings on Dan as he does the Lord’s work.

  17. Julie Surface Johnson July 22, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Congratulations to all of you on a great partnership!

  18. Erin Taylor Young July 22, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Cool. Welcome, Dan. You’re a brave man. Perhaps they never showed you the infamous picture of Steve, Tamela, and Karen, where Steve is wondering what he’s gotten himself into??

    I can’t seem to find that picture on this blog anymore. Hmmm… : )

    • Steve Laube July 22, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      I took that photo down because it doesn’t include Dan. Hopefully we’ll be able to get all together soon and put up a group photo.

      We cover all the time zones so it might be a challenge!

      Karen (Pacific Time)
      Steve (Mountain Time – Actually Arizona time)
      Dan (Central Time)
      Tamela (Eastern Time)

      • karen ball July 22, 2013 at 11:30 am #

        Welcome, Dan! So excited to have you with us. I so enjoyed working with you when we were both at Tyndale. I know your expertise and heart will bless us all.

        And Steve, that’s what PhotoShop is for!

      • John Thompson July 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

        Congratulations Steve. You are adding a great publishing asset to your team. Go get ‘em, Dan!

  19. Candy Arrington July 22, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Welcome, Dan!

  20. Jeanne Takenaka July 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Welcome, Dan! It looks like you bring amazing experience to SLA. I’m looking forward to getting to know you through your posts!

  21. Andrea Cox July 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Welcome, Dan! Hope all goes well for you and your clients.


  22. Peter DeHaan July 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Welcome, Dan. I’m excited that I’ll get to know you through this blog.

  23. Rachel Hauck July 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Congratulations to the Laube Agency!


  24. Colleen Scott July 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Welcome, Dan! Looking forward to your posts.

  25. Pat Jaeger July 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Welcome to you, Dan. I’m looking forward to reading more interesting blogs. This is a terrific site for writers.

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