Chip MacGregor


Latest posts from Chip MacGregor


  • October 29, 2013

    Last Chance for this Saturday’s Seminar

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    On Saturday, November 2, we’re doing our annual MacGregor Marketing Seminar in Chicago. We do this every year, and invite the authors we represent to come — and this time, you have an opportunity to join us. This …

  • October 29, 2013

    How do I go about getting an agent?

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    Someone wrote to ask, “Can you tell me the basics of how to get an agent, when to get an agent, and how the agent relationship works?”

    I have responded to this basic question in the past, so let …

  • October 29, 2013

    Spread the Word — We’ve Moved

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    Earlier this year, our agency moved to the Oregon coast. We love the new digs! We’re less excited about how much mail is still being sent to our old office address.

    For all regular US mail please use this address:

  • October 28, 2013

    What do I need to know about agents?

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    Someone wrote to ask, “With all the changes in publishing these days, what do I really need to know about agents?” Let me offer a dozen thoughts…

    1. Do your homework before selecting an agent. DON’T sign up with somebody …

  • October 23, 2013

    What about a mega-giveaway? (a guest blog)

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    BY GUEST BLOGGER RAJDEEP PAULUS, author of Swimming Through Clouds

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    Life is about give and take. My mom taught me this at a very early age. We learn this on the playground: “Give me a push on the

  • October 11, 2013

    The MacGregor Marketing Seminar: You're Invited

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    On Saturday, November 2, we’re doing our annual MacGregor Marketing Seminar in Chicago. We do this every year, and invite the authors we represent to come — and this time, you have an opportunity to join us. This …

  • October 8, 2013

    Amanda's "The Extroverted Writer"

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    When Amanda Luedeke (an agent who works with me at MacGregor Literary) told me she was writing a book entitled The Extroverted Writer, I laughed. I mean… let’s face it — most writers are simply not extroverts. They tend to …

  • October 2, 2013

    Do I need to copyright my work?

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    The US has great copyright laws. The fact is, if you wrote it, and you can prove you wrote it, our laws already protect your work. That means if you have written words, music, dance steps, art, a screenplay, a …

  • October 1, 2013

    What do I need to know about memoir?

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    I’ve had several people ask me about memoir lately. It’s been a growth category lately in publishing, and that means we’re going to see more memoir proposals from writers. In reviewing what we’ve been seeing, could I offer three general

  • September 30, 2013

    Finding Your Voice (a guest blog)

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    Fiction writers are told to find their voice. Well, what is it, and for that matter, how do you find it?

    I mastered the mechanics of good writing by learning and following the guidelines or … stay with me here

  • September 24, 2013

    Yes, You Need an Agent

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    BY CHIP MACGREGOR

    We’re living in a new publishing economy.  Over the past five to ten years, nearly everything about the publishing industry has changed significantly. The way information is gathered, tracked, and shared has changed. We now live with …

  • September 23, 2013

    'Novel Crossing' One Year Later: A Marketing Perspective

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    Today we’re featuring a guest blog from Amy Haddock, Senior Marketing Manager at Waterbrook Multnomah, a division of Penguin Random House. Amy helped create the popular “Novel Crossing” website for inspirational fiction readers…

    Writing a book is one thing. Getting

  • September 19, 2013

    More Words of Wisdom from Joyce Magnin

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    BY GUEST WRITER  JOYCE MAGNIN

    Below is the second half of the text from a speech given by the well known novelist Joyce Magnin. Part I ran on September 19th.

     

    THE POWER OF WORDS:  Part II

    I soon became …

  • September 18, 2013

    THE POWER OF WORDS

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    BY GUEST WRITER  JOYCE MAGNIN

    Below is the text from a speech given by the well known novelist Joyce Magnin.

    THE POWER OF WORDS: Part I

    As I thought about this topic my natural inclination was to go back through …

  • September 16, 2013

    Confessions of a Conference Junkie

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    BY GUEST WRITER  ANE MULLIGAN

    President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane Mulligan writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea. While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, she’s worn many different ones: hairdresser,

  • September 11, 2013

    Maegan Beaumont on her novel, Carved in Darkness

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    GUEST WRITER MAEGAN BEAUMONT is the author of CARVED IN DARKNESS, the first book in the Sabrina Vaughn series (Available through Midnight Ink, spring 2013). A native Phoenician, Maegan’s stories are meant to make you wonder what the guy standing