Chip MacGregor

Latest posts from Chip MacGregor

  • December 10, 2012

    Why don't publishers want to fast track most books?


    Someone wrote and asked, “Do publishers have a ‘fast track’ for an idea that is time sensitive? Do they leave room for hot topics in their publishing pipeline?”

    Sure, publishers have a fast track, but they use it very carefully.

  • December 8, 2012

    Brilliant Predictions from 2009


    So a few years ago, I posted “predictions” for the future of publishing. I clearly don’t have the gift of prophecy, but thought it would be fun to go back and look at what I had to say, and how …

  • December 4, 2012

    Why does it take so long to hear from an agent?


    I’ve had several questions about literary agents recently, including…

    Some wrote and asked, “I just waited four-and-a-half months for an agent to give me a response to my proposal. Why does this take so long?”

    Well, any good agent is

  • December 3, 2012

    Can I meet good agents at a writing conference?


    Someone wrote to say, “Authors spend big bucks to attend writers’ conferences and meet agents. Are most agents checked out and invited to participate because they have good reputations?”

    I think every conference director wants to offer the best faculty

  • November 29, 2012

    Can I re-submit to an agent who turned me down?


    Several questions have come in lately regarding relationships with agents…

    One person asked, “Is it okay to take a proposal that you previously submitted to an agent, rework it to resolve the problems, then resubmit to them, explaining that you

  • November 26, 2012

    Can my second book be in another genre?


    Someone asked a second-book question I’ve heard frequently: “If I’m writing a series, is it unwise to venture into a different genre? For example, if my first book is a fantasy, should the second book also be a fantasy, or

  • November 20, 2012

    What are the best books of all time?


    Someone wrote to say, “A couple years ago you talked about the important of reading great books, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen you offer a reading list to authors. What books would you recommend?”

    Hmmm…. Okay, I think

  • November 19, 2012

    Career Planning in the Wild, Wild West



    While on an agent’s panel at ACFW in September, I sat next to Lee Hough, one of the smartest and hardest working agents in the business. While we all fielded the typical questions we get as panelists, someone asked …

  • November 16, 2012

    What makes a second book successful?


    An author wrote and said, “I’ve been told that you’ll never sell your second book in New York if you don’t do well on your first. Just how well do you have to do? How many copies is considered a

  • November 14, 2012

    Why is your second novel so important?


    An author wrote with this question: “What would you say are the common areas of neglect you see in most second novels? Weak plot? Poor characterization? Underdeveloped themes?”

    Love this question, since I tell the authors I represent that “your …

  • November 13, 2012

    How do I balance marketing and writing?


    Someone asked, “What is a realistic schedule for writing that second book while promoting the first book?”

    This will be unique to each author, since each person writes at his or her own pace. But if a novelist takes seven

  • November 12, 2012

    What is an agent looking for?


    Someone wrote to ask, “What do you look for when you are considering representing a new novelist?”

    I suppose every agent is looking for the same basic components in reviewing a proposal: a great idea, expressed through great writing, supported

  • November 9, 2012

    How can I get noticed?


    We’re sticking with answering a bunch of shorter questions for a few days…

    One author wrote and noted, “As I research book publishing, I’m intrigued by the ‘platform’ thing. And as I think about how to build my platform, I’m

  • November 5, 2012

    In today's world, does an author need an agent?


    I’ve just returned from our annual MacGregor Market Seminar (we host a free gathering each year for the authors we represent, just to talk about how they can effectively market their books), and while I was gone I received a …