Chip MacGregor


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  • February 9, 2008

    A Visit with an Editor

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    A couple months ago, my buddy Andy Meisenheimer stopped in to talk about one of his pet peeves: the overuse of novelists turning all thoughts into italics in their manuscripts. Andy is an editor at Zondervan, and his post caused …

  • February 5, 2008

    Thoughts for Beginning Writers

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    A grab-bag of questions about publishing and writing today…

    Mary-Lynn wrote to ask, "What do I need to know about creating a proposal for an agent? Is it like filling out a form, or do I create the story for

  • January 20, 2008

    State of Confusion

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    I’m not really in the state of confusion. I’m in the state of Washington. But the two apparently border each other. A week in the mountains with no cel service, no internet, no emails — and no chance to update …

  • December 17, 2007

    Questions about Publishing

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    Fiona wrote to ask, "What happens when you have a good proposal, a finished manuscript that people want to read, and you know the market — but you can’t get anyone in the publishing industry to read the darn thing?

  • July 28, 2007

    The Wisdom of the Ages

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    Tammy wrote in to ask, "When an editor at a newspaper or magazine hands you a topic and tells you to write a story, where do you begin?" The is closely related to Dave’s question: "When writing a book, where

  • July 13, 2007

    Food, Faith, and Footwear

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    I’m just back from the giant Christian book show (formerly the "Christian Booksellers Association," now the "International Christian Retailers Show"). It was light on books this year, and heavy on Christian Crud (from my point of view). It was …

  • July 6, 2007

    Ten Laws for Critique Groups

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    I happen to be a huge fan of critique groups, and have participated in several until I moved or they wised up and threw me out. The experience has taught me a few principles for getting the most out of …

  • July 2, 2007

    What drives you crazy?

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    Back from soggy Scotland (just missed the terrorist attack on Glasgow airport by a few hours) and hoping to get caught up. Jennifer wrote to ask, "As an agent and a reader, are there writing errors that drive you crazy?"