Chip MacGregor


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  • September 24, 2010

    And some follow-up to ACFW questions…

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    Jan wrote to say, "When you were asked at the ACFW conference what you're looking for, you said 'high-concept literary fiction for the Christian or general market.' I don't even know what that means. Can you help?"

    I can try.

  • September 23, 2010

    Some ACFW Notes…

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    There has been a ton of buzz in the media about the just-completed American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference. It was big (more than 600 writers, about 700 people attending), it was fun (Susan May Warren teaching a line

  • September 8, 2010

    Still talking books and authors…

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    Okay, so on Monday I spent some time answering questions from people about which books I’ve been reading and what I like. On Tuesday I got this response from someone: “Well, there’s really only ONE BOOK – the Bible. It’s

  • September 6, 2010

    Talking Books

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    People have been asking me about books…

    Vicki wrote to ask, “With all the new books coming out this fall, is there one that really stands out? Something you can’t wait to read?”

    Sure. I’m a huge Mark Twain fan,

  • September 1, 2010

    Talking Agents and Authors

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     Suzanne wrote to ask, “How do agents feel about being ‘talked about’ by their clients? I rarely see published authors mention their agents in conversations, or hear them say, ‘My agent told me…’  Is there a protocol for mentioning your

  • August 31, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY …

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    A NEW SEASON, A NEW PICTURE (and more updated website pics to come soon …)


    Sandra Headshot - Fall 2010

    AND LOTS OF RECENT MACGREGOR LITERARY DEALS DONE :

    Ginger Garrett is collaborating with celebrity stylist and life coach
    Michelle Phillips on a beauty and …

  • August 25, 2010

    On Relationships in Publishing

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    Donna wrote to ask, "Is it possible to have two agents, one for fiction and one for nonfiction, or one for ABA and one for CBA?"

    It's possible, I guess. I'm not a fan of this plan, since I think

  • August 24, 2010

    When Good Titles Go Bad – from Amanda Luedeke

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    Going Nude: How I Kicked an Addiction, Gained a Dress Size, and Discovered the Real Me

    The above title is a fictional example of a writer being too clever for her own good. Sure, it has everything. It’s perfectly-structured, in

  • August 23, 2010

    A Mixed Bag

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    A mixed bag of questions today. Donna sent this to me recently: "Nonfiction seems to be struggling in bookstores, but fiction has been on a growth track. I heard you say one time that this disparity is due to the

  • August 23, 2010

    A Mixed Bag

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    A mixed bag of questions today. Donna sent this to me recently: "Nonfiction seems to be struggling in bookstores, but fiction has been on a growth track. I heard you say one time that this disparity is due to the

  • August 18, 2010

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    If you think of it, please pray for Claire, the infant daughter of authors Chris Coppernoll and Christa Parish. She's in Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, and needs heart surgery asap. Thanks.…

  • August 17, 2010

    12 Deep Thoughts from my Mailbox

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    So I went to check my mailbox today. In it was….

    1. A proposal with a cover letter that starts with the words, "Firstly and most importantly…"

    2. An incoherent sci-fi book proposal (even though it says clearly on my

  • August 13, 2010

    Metaphors, Collaborations…and a Story

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    Daniel asked, “Is the ability to craft great similes and metaphors a gift, or can it be learned?”

    My guess is that it's a gift. I've watched some people in the industry and been amazed at their ability to "see"

  • August 10, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY …

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    Digby and his mates

    Okay, so it's nearly Wednesday. We brought our new puppy (as opposed to "old puppy?") home today, so I've been writing this between other things as well as helping with trips to the appointed piddle spot and throwing treat

  • August 4, 2010

    Making Yourself Comfortable

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    Dana asked an interesting question: "What kinds of physical challenges have you faced in the daunting regimen of writing, and how have you compensated?"

    I don’t know that I’ve found the writing and agenting life to be all that daunting,

  • July 24, 2010

    Sex and Language in Religious Books?

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    Elizabeth asked this: "With the rules relaxing on language in many general market books, it seems the rules have also relaxed as far as portraying sexuality in Christian books. I know you don't just represent religious books, but can

  • July 22, 2010

    How to Study the Market

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    Clovis asked, "If you are seeking a market for a particular idea, how do you study the market? What steps are critical in matching the work to the right publisher? How much do you rely on the guidelines, samples, catalogs,