Chip MacGregor


Latest posts from Chip MacGregor


  • February 12, 2014

    Self Publishing as Amway

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    BY CHIP MACGREGOR

    I’m one of those agents who believes in the future of publishing. I respect the past, but I understand that the old way of doing things won’t work today — everything has changed, we’re in a state …

  • February 11, 2014

    Calling all writers in the Dallas area…

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    A new writing conference is fast approaching — and you’re invited.

    On Saturday, February 15, I will be speaking at the Dallas Writers’ University. It’s a one-day event, with a rather intensive agenda:

    • I’ll speak on “developing a book proposal

  • February 11, 2014

    The Ten Laws of Writing Critique Groups

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    BY CHIP MACGREGOR

    A reader wrote to say, “I’m going to a big writing conference that encourages us to join a critique group. You’ve talked before about the benefit of being in a critique group, but I was in a

  • February 10, 2014

    What Drives an Editor Crazy

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    Someone wrote to ask a favorite question: “Are there certain editing errors that drive you crazy?”

    Yes! Of course! Here’s one! Novelists who use exclamation points as though the period key didn’t work on their keyboard! I hate this! Really! …

  • February 7, 2014

    Here’s the Deal

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    2013sandra-150x150 by Sandra Bishop

    AGENT and VICE-PRESIDENT at MACGREGOR LITERARY

    Glad to be back. I’m excited to start the year with a monthly blog series, HERE’S THE DEAL.

    I often find the story behind the deal – the journey to publication …

  • February 4, 2014

    The Joys of Technology

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    So… we updated our WordPress site at the end of the year. And in doing so, somehow the system ended ALL of the subscriptions. That means nobody is receiving this blog any more, and we have to try and get …

  • February 3, 2014

    The LAST last word on WinePress?

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    Okay, so I lied… I guess we’re still living with the fun-filled antics of those wacky WinePress people. Just in case you’re following the story (and you can get the whole thing in my previous post), let me offer a …

  • January 28, 2014

    The Last Word on Winepress Publishing

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    So faithful readers will recall that a couple years ago, the woman who started vanity press success story Winepress Publishing, Athena Dean, had announced the business had basically been taken over by a cult, and was being run by a …

  • January 24, 2014

    Acquisition Editors

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    BY CHIP MACGREGOR

    Someone recently wrote in with this question: “When someone is hired and allowed to acquire, are they trained or do they just ‘go and do’? Is this something they do individually or as part of a team …

  • January 15, 2014

    Taxes for Writers

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    BY GUEST DANICA FAVORITE

    mainDanica Favorite works as an online moderator for a major publisher where she connects readers and writers with new fiction releases. Having spent time in the corporate world teaching tax law and preparing taxes, she much

  • January 13, 2014

    A Fabulous Beast is Born

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     A GUEST POST BY NOVELIST GINGER GARRETT

     

    One of my earliest memories is of sitting in a darkened cinema and wailing, “But I don’t want to see his head explode, Mommy!” My parents loved scary movies and didn’t want …

  • January 7, 2014

    A Workshop on Getting Published

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    BY CHIP MACGREGOR

     

    A new writing conference is fast approaching — and you’re invited.

    On Saturday, February 15, I will be speaking at the Dallas Writers’ University. It’s a one-day event, with a rather intensive agenda:

    • I’ll speak on

  • January 1, 2014

    My Publishing Predictions for 2014

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    I sometimes hate reading people’s predictions for the new year, since they tend to be incredibly safe (“a new author will arise and start selling well”) or so obvious a moron could have guessed it (“it will rain a lot …

  • December 31, 2013

    What were the biggest publishing stories of 2013?

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    So we’re in a state of revolution in publishing — a season where everything about books is changing. The writing, the editing, the production, the marketing, the sales channels, even the way we read books is different from the way …

  • December 30, 2013

    What's the best book you read in 2013?

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    As we wrap up 2013, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the top publishing stories of the year, make some predictions for the upcoming year, and get back to answering your questions. But first, I’d like …

  • December 25, 2013

    A Christmas Emptying (a guest blog)

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    I’m sitting on the deck in shorts and a sleeveless blouse on an uncharacteristically warm late- autumn day, while Chevy, poodle-king of the mountain, surveys our three sloping terraces, content to sit quietly until a squirrel skitters by, tempting him …

  • December 20, 2013

    On the loss of a mentor and friend

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    Yesterday one of my friends and mentors passed away. Jim Reimann was well known in the publishing community, having started a great bookstore in Atlanta, served as President of Family Christian Bookstores during their big growth phase, and having created …

  • December 18, 2013

    A CHRISTMAS DONATION

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    In lieu of client gifts this season, MacGregor Literary has elected to sponsor a student through a full year of high school in Uganda, Africa, and encourage him or her toward their goal of continuing their education.

    Agent Sandra Bishop, …