Chip MacGregor


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  • May 14, 2012

    And the winner is…

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    We’ve been working diligently (translation: “occasionally looking up from my glass of Guinness and my P.G. Wodehouse novel”)  to study the entrants in this year’s Bad Poetry Contest. As usual, it’s tough to pick a winner because, in the immortal …

  • May 11, 2012

    Final Bad Poetry Entries Due TODAY

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    All good things must come to an end, and the Bad Poetry Contest is no exception. Please submit your sonnet, Haiku, Limerick, or free-form verse TODAY as a comment to this blog. We await your weeping feelings and wrenching observations.…

  • May 11, 2012

    Final Bad Poetry Entries Due TODAY

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    All good things must come to an end, and the Bad Poetry Contest is no exception. Please submit your sonnet, Haiku, Limerick, or free-form verse TODAY as a comment to this blog. We await your weeping feelings and wrenching observations.…

  • May 9, 2012

    We welcome your bad poetry…

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    If you’ve not checked out this year’s Bad Poetry contestants (in the “comments” section), you’ve missed such good work as Cimex Lecularis, The Arab Sprummer, and A Fruit Soliloquy. All of them awful.

    If you’re really into bad poetry, check …

  • May 8, 2012

    The 2012 Bad Poetry Contest continues…

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    That’s right. Put down that Amanda Hocking novel and start thinking “bad” — as in, “bad poetry.” Every year during my birthday week we take some time away from talking writing and marketing and books, in order to focus on …

  • May 7, 2012

    Our Annual Bad Poetry Contest is Back!

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    Great news: The 2012 Bad Poetry Contest is here!  

    As you know, each day here on the blog we offer wisdom and thoughts on the business and careers of writing. And over the last six years, it’s proven helpful enough …

  • May 4, 2012

    When a writer needs a staff person to help…

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    In response to our series on writers and staff, Susan sent this: “What success tips, or pitfalls to avoid, can you provide for hiring part-time staff?”

    First, I think you can ask yourself “what is my single greatest point

  • May 2, 2012

    More on “Does a writer need a staff?”

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    As a follow-up to yesterday’s question, Jim wants to know, “How did you find the right person to work with? And how did you justify the expense?”

    I asked around, found candidates, then I asked them hard questions. Most of

  • May 1, 2012

    Does a writer need a staff?

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    Veronica sent me a question about working with outside help: “Do you think writers should ever hire a staff person? (And what sort of staff do you use?)”

    I think it’s possible for a writer to have others helping in

  • April 27, 2012

    Who do you do with a bad review?

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    Colleen wrote me and said, “I just got a terrible review on Amazon. I hate even going there to look at it. Tell me, what do you do with a bad review?”

    It’s one of the things unpublished authors don’t

  • April 24, 2012

    If you’re going to speak at a conference…

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    Danette wrote and said, “I’ve been asked to speak at a writing conference next year. What advice would you give to prospective conference teachers?”

    Well, I’ve taught at more than a hundred writers’ conferences, and I’d probably say there are

  • April 23, 2012

    What helps a writer facing career decisions?

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    Brant wrote and asked a question that I figure goes through every writer’s mind at one point or another, so it’s probably worth giving it some thought. It’s not rocket science—but because it’s not rocket science, it can be easy

  • April 21, 2012

    Maximizing Your Amazon Sales

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    StoneHouse University is offering a webinar on “maximizing your book and Kindle sales on Amazon,” and it’s led by Thom Kephart, the Amazon Community Outreach Manager.  A lot of authors are posting ebooks and looking to boost sales, so here’s …

  • April 21, 2012

    We’ve made the switch to WordPress!

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    Okay, after months of having people tell us that we need to update the blog, we’ve finally made the change to WordPress. All the old posts have transferred over (though not all the comments have yet), and we’re going to …

  • April 20, 2012

    How can I find time to write?

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    Okay, I’m back from my vacation (a bit of free wisdom: Given the chance, move to Kauai), and I realize I need to catch up on a BUNCH of questions from people. This one seemed appropriate — Denise wrote to