Chip MacGregor


Latest posts from Chip MacGregor


  • April 22, 2010

    Agent Questions (and cool news!)

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    Darlene asked an agent question: "I've been working with an agent I was introduced to at a conference, but I'm not sure she knows what she's doing…nor do I know what she should be doing for me. It seems like

  • April 22, 2010

    Agent Questions (and cool news!)

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    Darlene asked an agent question: "I've been working with an agent I was introduced to at a conference, but I'm not sure she knows what she's doing…nor do I know what she should be doing for me. It seems like

  • April 20, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY

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    My son (aka Abe Lincoln) and his 3-4-5 grade classmates wowed a crowd of 300+ guests last week with their orations and period dances during the performance of a Civil War Peace Cotillion. 


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  • April 20, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY

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    P4110239SOME FUN NEWS

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    My son (aka Abe Lincoln) and his 3-4-5 grade classmates wowed a crowd of 300+ guests last week with their orations and period dances during the performance of a Civil War Peace Cotillion. 


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    Until the day of 

  • February 21, 2009

    A Quick Q-and-A

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    I'm WAY behind in answering questions, so I thought I'd try to do some quick questions today (and limit my normally loooooooong answers). We'll see how it goes…

    1. Heidi said, "I finished my first novel, don't have a contract or

  • February 14, 2009

    More Wisdom From Sandra Bishop

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    Since Chip is trying to keep his tan from fading and bleaching his hair to make us all think he's gone blond, it's probably time for me to offer a few additional thoughts.

    David wrote to say, "At a conference

  • February 8, 2009

    Sandra Shares a Word

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    Hey, now that Chip's off sunning himself in Maui, I figure it's a good time to jump in and answer a few questions. I'm Sandra Bishop, the other agent at MacGregor Literary. 

    Here's one from Angel: "It seems like

  • January 28, 2009

    Talking Agent Trash

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    Wow. My last post seems to have upset some people.

    I had eleven authors write and ask a form of this: "You mean when the agent said to me, 'We like this, but we want you to talk with our

  • January 26, 2009

    New Talk About Agents

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    Recently I've had a number of questions come to me about literary agents…

    Diane wrote to ask, "Where can an author find out about good and bad agents?"

    I can suggest an author do several things, Diane. Check out …

  • January 19, 2009

    Catching Up On Questions

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    Okay, I'm up and around and not taking pain pills today, so let me try and catch up on a handful of publishing questions…

    Carol wrote and said, "You've said quite a bit about platforms lately, but can you tell

  • January 16, 2009

    A Bit Detained… (Updated)

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    Sorry for the delay in posting, but I was in a bad car accident. I was taking a field trip to visit some publishers with a bunch of graduating college seniors, we slid on a snowy road and had a …

  • January 11, 2009

    Building a Platform

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    I've had a bunch of questions on "platforms" recently, so let me try and tackle them…

    Richard wrote to ask, "What is an author platform? How would you describe it?"

    An author platform is simply who you are and what …

  • January 5, 2009

    And still MORE fiction questions…

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    Continuing our discussion about fiction in today's marketplace…

    Rick wrote to say, "I recently read a nonfiction author with excellent writing skills… but then I read her fiction, and found it atrocious. How rare is the ability to write both fiction

  • January 3, 2009

    More Fiction Questions

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    Happy New Year! I hope you had a fun-filled celebration, got home safely, and this morning you're probably asking the same question I am: What in the world is ABC thinking by having Dick Clark on the air? Look, I …

  • December 25, 2008

    Merry Christmas to All

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    Merry Christmas, everyone. I'm one of those who really does believe in Christmas. I believe in the whole thing. I believe that Jesus was the Son of God. I believe the birth of the world's savior was foretold by prophets …

  • December 23, 2008

    Booksignings and Websites

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    I've had several people write in lately with words to the effect of, "Here's what I most want to know about publishing…"

    Tammy wrote and said, "The one thing I would most like to know is how can I make

  • December 19, 2008

    The Random Stuff in my In-Box

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    People send me interesting stuff, but it usually sits around while I'm answering people's questions, so today I'm trying to empty the random non-question stuff in my box…

    –The good people at Library Journal have just released their list of …

  • December 14, 2008

    Business Questions

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    I've had a bunch of questions about the business side of writing lately…

    Dawn asked about a reprint issue: "I noticed that Amazon allows people to search inside my books — but that  means they've posted a sample chapter.

  • December 10, 2008

    Some Personal Questions

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    Over the past couple of months, I've received a boatload of personal questions about agenting in general, and my agency in particular. Instead of taking each one separately, I'm going to clump them together and try to answer as many …

  • December 6, 2008

    Talking About Fiction

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    Teresa wrote to me and said, "I'd like to know about creating stronger characters in my novels."

    There are a bunch of books out there on creating great characters, and all of them point to one basic idea: Give your