Chip MacGregor


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  • July 26, 2008

    The Leftovers from ICRS

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    There are a handful of leftover things happening in the world of publishing that should be mentioned. In no particular order…

    1. The Christy Salon: In case you didn’t hear, at this years’ Christy Awards (given for the best religious …

  • July 22, 2008

    Back from the Front Lines…

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    Just got back from a week at ICRS (the International Christian Retailing Show) in Orlando. Some notes…

    1. Attendance: In a word, awful. One insider told me this is the lowest attendance they’ve had at a CBA convention since the …

  • June 29, 2008

    Talking Compilations and Agents

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    Jacob wrote to me and said, "I submitted to one of those compilation books, and the company requested I put my social security number on all my submissions. I wrote to ask them about the practice, since my submission had

  • June 5, 2008

    Getting Started in the Business of Writing

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    I’ve had a number of questions recently from people in the beginning stages of their careers…

    Deann wrote to ask, "As a beginner, is it a good idea to get published in an anthology? And what do you think about

  • May 30, 2008

    From my Death Bed…

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    Okay, so maybe I’m not exactly on my death bed… but I caught this really lousy flu that has kept me in bed with a sore throat, aches, and a fever the last few days. Thought I’d emerge from my …

  • May 15, 2008

    A Fresh Look

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    Well, I’m now 50. Older and wiser (hopefully). Please let me offer one short rumination…

    Recently I made some comments about Mike Hyatt, the Thomas Nelson decisions, and the direction of CBA. That caused a couple people to write and …

  • May 11, 2008

    And the winner is…

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    So today is my birthday — I hit the big Five-Oh, and I’m celebrating by holding my nose and pouring over all the really bad poetry that faithful readers have sent to my 2008 Bad Poetry Contest. My friends took …

  • May 7, 2008

    The 2008 Bad Poetry Contest is still going on…

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    Don’t wait until the last minute — now’s your chance to show off that lack of talent!

    Give us your wretched rhymes, your lousy limericks, your hurtin’ haiku. Every year at this time I celebrate my birthday by hosting the …

  • May 3, 2008

    The 2008 Bad Poetry Contest Starts Today

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    No doubt you’ve been waiting all year for me to host my annual BAD POETRY CONTEST at MacGregor Literary. Next week is my birthday (a big one — I hit the big Five-Oh), and I always try to celebrate by

  • April 27, 2008

    Mike Hyatt goes for broke…

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    What a week for Mike Hyatt, the Prez at Thomas Nelson Publishers. Early last week he announced that TN would pull out of ICRS (the big CBA book show) in Orlando this July. Then he announced that TN would also …

  • April 21, 2008

    On Conferences and Ideas

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    I just got back from the best writing conference I’ve ever attended — the Calvin Conference on Faith and Writing. It took place at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, and featured bestselling authors such as Haven Kimmel, Kathleen Norris, Yann …

  • April 8, 2008

    As the Page Turns

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    Lots going on in publishing these days…

    First, Borders may or may not be in trouble. It would seem incredible that the nation’s second largest bookseller, in the midst of a growth phase with smaller "boutique" bookstores going up in …

  • April 2, 2008

    Good Grief — Why Don’t You Update This Thing?

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    Some new information has come out on the bestselling books of 2007, and it’s fascinating stuff…

    First, there were nine novels that sold a million copies last year, according to Publishers Weekly (in fact, all the numbers in this column …

  • March 19, 2008

    Online Writing and Publishing

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    Susan wrote to ask, "What is your opinion of e-publishing as a means to break into traditional publishing?"

    I’ve yet to see this work much. I keep hearing about authors who plan to e-publish their novel one chapter at a …

  • March 9, 2008

    Resources for Writers

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    I’ve got a bunch of notes and questions regarding writer resources, so let me try to get to several of them today…

    On MONEY: Patricia wrote to say, "Thanks for your recent blog post about earning money. So if a

  • March 6, 2008

    An Editor Drops By

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    Becky Germany is a Senior Editor at Barbour Publishing, and a familiar face at writing conferences. I recently asked her a couple questions about the industry…

    In many ways, Barbour has become a leader in Christian fiction — doing novellas,

  • February 25, 2008

    The Hard Questions

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    I’ve been sent some tough questions lately — questions that you might have been wondering about in your own writing career. It seems like there are some difficult publishing questions that frequently get ignored, so I’ll try to tackle a …

  • February 14, 2008

    The Four Best Words

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    Today marks the four best words in the English language… And I don’t mean "Happy Valentine’s Day, Darling" (though there’s nothing wrong with those sentiments — I got engaged on Valentine’s Day way back in 1982). No, the four best …