Tamela Hancock Murray, a literary agent with The Steve Laube Agency, has worked in the industry since 1994. After graduating from Lynchburg College in Virginia with honors in Journalism, she pursued her lifelong passion for writing, eventually becoming an award winning, bestselling author of 37 books and diverse magazine and newspaper articles covering such topics as art, real estate, church, and humor. Tamela has been a literary agent since 2001. She has represented many top authors and is known for discovering and developing new talent. She loves being a literary agent full-time, and now confines her public writing mostly to Twitter, Facebook, and her Thursday blog posts for The Steve Laube Agency. Tamela's office is in Northern Virginia, where she lives with her husband and their youngest daughter. (www.stevelaube.com)
Tamela is passionate about Christian works, and focuses her representation primarily on women's fiction and romance novels. An attention-grabbing first page is a priority, but that initial impression must be followed up with a plot that delivers on its initial promise with verve, characters who become friends, and a spiritual arc that touches readers with the love of Christ. Tamela is also open to nonfiction submissions. Wonderful writing gets her attention, and the author must show an ability to help the publisher sell the book through channels such as speaking engagements and the Internet. The author needs to show takeaway value and demonstrate why a book on the topic is needed at this moment in time.