Chip MacGregor

Latest posts from Chip MacGregor

  • October 29, 2012

    How can a writer create a purpose statement?


    Someone wrote and asked, “Chip, can you help me create a purpose statement for me as a writer? I think I need to clarify my purpose statement. I’m a literary novelist… can you assist me in moving forward?” 

    If you’re

  • October 28, 2012

    How does an author stay on top?


    Someone wrote to say, “A while back, you blogged about the lack of staying power authors have in today’s market. In your opinion, how do novelists like James Patterson, Karen Kingsbury, and Debbie Macomber stay on top?”

    Publishing has always

  • October 26, 2012

    What should I do for my book signing?


    Someone wrote to say, “My publisher has scheduled me for a booksigning, but I don’t know the first thing about doing a booksigning, and what I’ve heard isn’t very positive. Can you help? What do I need to know?”


  • October 23, 2012

    Should I negotiate my own book contract?


    I’ve had a number of people write to me and ask something along the lines of,“How can I negotiate my own contract?”

    Okay, let’s get something straight right off the bat: You probably aren’t ready to talk contracts with

  • October 17, 2012

    How can I get the most out of my writing group?


    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 critique group that

  • October 16, 2012

    How can I improve my online writing group?


    Someone wrote to say, “I signed up for an online writing group. The first meeting was great. Then… nothing. There’s no direction. I don’t know what to do. Help!”

    I know what you mean: You sign up for a …

  • October 15, 2012

    Is social media really all that helpful?


    I’m of the opinion that internet marketing by authors is not only helpful, it’s essential in the new publishing economy. An author needs to engage with people in online communities in order to generate exposure and, hopefully, sales of his …

  • October 12, 2012

    What's your best writing advice?


    Someone just wrote to me and asked, “What’s your best advice for writing fiction?”

    I’ll offer mine if you’ll share yours…

    Here is my best writing advice: Write with verbs and nouns. I read that in Strunk and White’s Elements

  • October 10, 2012

    Julie L. Cannon


    Our industry lost a really good storyteller yesterday. Julie Cannon, author of the novel Twang, passed away in her sleep. It was completely unexpected. Sometimes, it’s just hard to know what to write.

    Julie was a fine writer who had …

  • October 9, 2012

    Does an author need to have a big ego?


    I’ve often talked at writing conferences about the motivation we have as writers — some people have a story they need to tell, others have advice they want to share, and still others simply want to be a star and

  • October 8, 2012

    What is a writing "voice"?


    Someone wrote to ask, “Can you help me understand what a writer’s ‘voice’ is?”

    Sure: Voice is your personality on the page. As the writer, you have a unique voice — something that sounds exactly like you, that is

  • October 5, 2012

    Is there a career path for an editor?


    An author wrote and asked, “Is there some sort of career path to become an editor?”

    Of course there is a career path for most editors. You normally start as an Editorial Assistant, spending one to three years learning the

  • October 3, 2012

    How can I make a living at writing?


    When you look at writers who are making a living at their writing, you find they come in two basic types:

    TYPE 1 is the writer who writes all over the map. There are plenty of examples of this in

  • October 2, 2012

    Why does an agent accept or reject an author?


    A prospective author wrote me a note and asked, “What is the main reason you choose to accept or reject an author?”

    An interesting question. The “rejection” part is easy: Most of the people whose projects I reject are NOT

  • October 1, 2012

    What drives an editor crazy?


    Someone wrote to ask a favorite question: “Are there some 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!

  • September 27, 2012

    What do I need to know about writing my memoir?


    Someone wrote to ask, “So what do we need to keep in mind when creating memoir?”

    Fist, keep in mind there’s a difference between “memoir” and “autobiography.” An autobiography is a straight retelling of one’s life — what happened, what

  • September 25, 2012

    Should I write my friend's memoir?


    After yesterday’s post, I had someone write and say, “I’ve been approached a couple times to collaborate on a book, but I’m not sure I want to go that route with my writing career. Any advice for me?”

    1. Collaborating