Chip MacGregor

Latest posts from Chip MacGregor

  • December 3, 2008

    Black Wednesday


    Ouch. I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news, but today was a really, REALLY lousy day for all of us who work in publishing. Today…

    -Simon & Schuster cut 35 people (2% of its workforce).

    -Thomas Nelson …

  • December 2, 2008

    What’s Happening in the Industry Right Now?


    I've had a number of people asking state-of-the-industry questions, so…

    — In case you haven't heard, the Author's Guild (along with most of the big New York publishers) finally settled their lawsuit with Google over their Library Search program. Basically, …

  • November 24, 2008

    A Miscarriage of Justice


    Okay, so the new People Magazine is out on store shelves… The one promoting "The Sexiest Men in America." I'd just like to point out that they list 25 guys in that issue, and they failed to mention me.


  • November 22, 2008

    Authors Getting Paid


    I've had several questions lately about how authors get paid…

    Deonne wrote and asked, "Can you explain what an advance is, and how it is paid?"

    Happy to. When an author signs a book deal with a publisher, he or …

  • November 18, 2008

    Ten Questions


    A while back, a website manager said she wanted to ask me some questions, in order to find out more about my role and my life. Most of the time I'm answering questions about the industry on this blog, so …

  • November 11, 2008

    Ten Things Happening Right Now


    Some good and bad news in the business of publishing…

    1. Bad News: The financials for publishing look awful. I'm not an alarmist, because I happen to think the people racing out of the stock market are simply skittish, and …

  • October 24, 2008

    Writing, Websites, and Craft


    Here's some cool news: This blog was just given the "Writers' Inclusion Award" from Stepping Stone Magazine…so we're now officially an award-winning blog.  :o)

    Pierce had a question related to my last post: "Do you have specific recommendations for companies

  • October 19, 2008

    Writers and Websites


    I've received a number of questions about websites and e-books recently…

    Ellen has a very thoughtful question: "I've become a smarter book-buyer because of the economy. I'm more likely to read three chapters in the cafe at Borders before letting

  • October 10, 2008



    How bad are things on the financial side of publishing? Publisher's Lunch today offered some startling facts:

    -Barnes & Noble stock is down 19% from their high last month.

    -JohnWiley is off 25% during that same span.

    -Scholastic is down …

  • October 7, 2008

    The Art of Fireproofing


    On this blog, I have regularly commented about art and faith — more specificially, calling for people of faith to do a great job when creating art, since I think it's too easy for believers to be lazy about their …

  • October 2, 2008

    All In Print Is News That Fits


    I am suddenly awash in questions, so let me jump in with a couple of recent requests…

    1. Tina wants to know, "What steps would you say are important for an author to try and study the market? (I'm trying

  • September 28, 2008

    Here’s What’s New in Publishing


    There have been a number of fascinating things going on in publishing recently. Let me catch you up to date…
    1. In October, Esquire Magazine will feature something that's never been done before: an animated cover. Their 75th Anniversary issue, …

  • September 27, 2008

    I’ll miss you, Swick


    Celebration of Life for “Swick

    Michael Swickard

    Saturday – October 4th at 2:00 pm


    Mike Swickard passed away after his long battle with cancer, at age 54.  A celebration of Swick’s life will be held

  • September 14, 2008

    Creating Characters


    Since many people are about to board a plane for a huge fiction-writing conference, let me continue in that vein… Some people have written to ask about creating strong characters in their fiction. If you're going to establish strong characters,

  • September 10, 2008

    Advice for Novelists


    Since many of us are heading off to the great ACFW conference in order to rub shoulders with novelists, I should probably take on a "novel writing" question. Somebody wrote to me and asked, "As a first-time novelist, what advice

  • September 3, 2008

    What’s Hot?


    Ben wants to know, "Are there any genres that are hot right now? If a new writer is trying to break into the market, is there any merit to ignoring the type of books he or she would normally like

  • August 29, 2008

    Talking Agents and Agenting


    Here's how this blog works: You send in publishing questions, and I give you a straightforward answer. Nearly all of the recent questions relate to agents…

    Rita wrote to ask, "I've been offered a contract on my novel… When an

  • August 20, 2008

    Kristy and Karen and Mike


    When my son Colin was about five years old, we took him to the Rose Parade in Portland. He got one of those helium balloons that have a Mickey Mouse head inside a second, larger balloon. Colin loved it, and …

  • August 17, 2008

    The Christian Book Expo


    Next spring, everything about the marketing and selling of Christian books is going to change. The ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) is going to host the Christian Book Expo in Dallas, March 20-22. Modeled after the very successful Guadalajara Book …

  • August 11, 2008

    The Future of CBA and ICRS


    I’ve had a bunch 0f questions about the future direction of publishing, especially the future of CBA (the Christian Booksellers Association). Let me try to tackle some of the questions that have been posed to me or posted in the …