Chip MacGregor


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  • January 26, 2012

    A Writer's Budget

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    A couple of people read my Monday blog and asked me, "What does a writing budget look like?"

    Here's the basic idea…

    1. The author sets a financial goal for the year. It's got to be something that is livable

  • January 24, 2012

    Who Needs a Publisher?

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    In these times of self-publishing, ebooks, bookstore closures, agents turning into publishers, and the crumbling of the traditional publishing model—who needs a publisher?

    May I offer an indie publisher’s perspective on that question?

    First: Ask yourself if you know the

  • January 24, 2012

    Who Needs a Publisher?

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    In these times of self-publishing, ebooks, bookstore closures, agents turning into publishers, and the crumbling of the traditional publishing model—who needs a publisher?

    May I offer an indie publisher’s perspective on that question?

    First: Ask yourself if you know the

  • January 23, 2012

    Creating a Career Plan for Writers

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    I have a background in organizational development — that is, the study of how an organization grows and changes over time. In my job as a literary agent, I've found it's proven helpful when talking to writers about their careers.

  • January 23, 2012

    Creating a Career Plan for Writers

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    I have a background in organizational development — that is, the study of how an organization grows and changes over time. In my job as a literary agent, I've found it's proven helpful when talking to writers about their careers.

  • January 18, 2012

    What do I do with my life?

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    Steve wrote to say, "I have a degree in teaching, and I've taken classes in a professional writing program… but I feel stuck between two careers. What do I do?"

    If you're trying to make it as a writer, you've

  • January 18, 2012

    What do I do with my life?

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    Steve wrote to say, "I have a degree in teaching, and I've taken classes in a professional writing program… but I feel stuck between two careers. What do I do?"

    If you're trying to make it as a writer, you've

  • January 16, 2012

    How is money paid on a book contract?

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    Cherice wrote in to ask, "Can you explain how money is paid on a book publishing contract? I've got a contract in front of me, and I don't understand it."

    Happy to, Charice. First, most authors are paid an advance

  • January 16, 2012

    How is money paid on a book contract?

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    Cherice wrote in to ask, "Can you explain how money is paid on a book publishing contract? I've got a contract in front of me, and I don't understand it."

    Happy to, Charice. First, most authors are paid an advance

  • January 13, 2012

    Failing Forward – a guest blog by Alton Gansky

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    A 2010 issue of Wired magazine contains “The Master Planner,” an article/interview with Fred Brooks, an early computer programmer and former department head for IBM. Thirty-five years ago he wrote a small book, The Mythical Man-Month in which he argued against the

  • January 13, 2012

    Failing Forward – a guest blog by Alton Gansky

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    A 2010 issue of Wired magazine contains “The Master Planner,” an article/interview with Fred Brooks, an early computer programmer and former department head for IBM. Thirty-five years ago he wrote a small book, The Mythical Man-Month in which he argued against the

  • January 11, 2012

    More of "The Best Advice on Writing"

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    Today's guest blogger is Russ Masterson, author of 40 Days Without Food. Russ never cared much about writing until one day, as a 20-year-old college student, he found himself stuck in a hotel room in Ghana, Africa, with a

  • January 10, 2012

    Should I be investing in my own publicity?

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    I've had a few people write to me and ask about the marketing posts I did a couple weeks ago. Several have wanted to know, "When should I consider spending my own money on my book's publicity?" 

    The answer