"I didn't actually find Les Stobbe, his reputation in the publishing industry "found me." Time after time, I kept hearing his name repeated and it was always associated with such terms as, "highest integrity, excellence, commitment..." So, smart me, I went looking for Les!
From the very first contact, Les's approach was straightforward, honest, and direct. I knew from the outset Les wouldn't waste my time or his own. This was so refreshing to me as a busy freelancer and reviewer.
It is true that we are known by those we associate with, and it's been an honor to be represented by Les, a man who daily lives out those high standards by which he espouses through the written word. I rest easy knowing Les is "on my side" and always looking out for my best interests. Les has vision and he imparts it to me on a regular basis!"
Michele Howe is author of eight books, book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and other publications. Her newest book, Burdens Do a Body Good was released in May, 2010, from Hendrickson Publishers.
"Les Stobbe is the consummate literary agent, not just because he is known and respected throughout the Christian publishing industry, but because he’s devoted to his clients. Les persistently ushered my first and second novels through one publishing house after another until he found the right fit for each book. And he did it with integrity and the warmth of a caring father."
Sue Duffy is author of Mortal Wounds and Fatal Loyalty, due out from Kregel Publications in May, 2010.
"As an unpublished author without a national platform, I was thrilled when Les agreed to accept me as a client. I was even more thrilled when he did not drop me after my first book proposal was rejected. Rather than dismiss my writing ambitions, Les pushed me to dig deeper and to find the story that only I could tell. His encouragement and guidance through the writing of my second proposal successfully lead to a publication contract. I am grateful for his persistence and mentoring."
Saundra Dalton-Smith, who received a contract for Free to Be Free from Revell.
"Les Stobbe is a wonderful agent, very well-connected, with a big heart to see writers succeed. He is especially helpful to new writers or those wrestling to get that first publication. I was excited when I first met him and that excitement has continued to blossom as writer and agent work together to announce truth and grace in written projects. Les is awesome."
Rusty Whitener, whose screenplay, based on his novel, A Season of Miracles (due from Kregel September, 2010) has been optioned for movie rights.
"I don't know if there's anyone in the Christian book industry who knows more about publishing than Les Stobbe. He successfully landed me my first publishing contract in a very short time and has negotiated me better contracts three times over now. His experience, resources, contacts, and wisdom are invaluable to any author needing an agent to guide him or her through the murky waters of the book business."
Mike Dellosso, author of four novels with Realms, a book division of Strang Communications, with his latest being Scream and Darlington Woods to be released in May, 2010.
"You have helped thousands of writers during your career Les, in conferences and as a literary agent. We truly appreciate your wisdom and talents."
Deanna Waters, Winnipeg, Canada, left a comment on Les’s network update
"Les is a joy to work with. As a literary agent, he not only has the experience and knowledge that new writers must pursue in order to be published but he also displays a willingness to share these things with those around him (both clients and peers). He is not stingy with his time; he's willing to guide his clients in the right direction like a good shepherd leads his flock. Though we've only been working together a short time, I'm excited for what the future may hold for us both. Thanks Les!"
Ben Erlichman on www.LinkedIn.com