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  • July 31, 2012

    Lovely RITA and other awards — MacGregor Literary Winners at 2012 RWA Conference

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    It’s always a big deal to win an award. We know authors can go a long way on recognition. And they aren’t the only ones.

    When we agents have the honor of being present when awards are presented to our authors, it adds a huge measure of joy to the work we do on their behalf. And often, we are the lucky ones to receive awards for them.

    I travelled to RWA last week, but knew I couldn’t arrive in time on Thursday last week to attend the Faith, Hope & Love chapter meeting at which our author Carla Stewart was up for an Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award … but I had a feeling she’d win, and so asked Amanda to be there just in case. And YES!! Carla won for her novel BROKEN WINGS, edited by Christina Boys, (Faithwords/Hachette). Of course it’s a team effort around here — but thanks, Amanda, for accepting. We’re so proud to represent Carla and looking forward to more continued success together, to more of her lovely stories about bygone times, and more of those equally lovely Faithwords covers! Go team Carla!



    As the conference progressed and the RITA AWARDS approached, I had that feeling again. Really. It’s not like I actually KNEW we’d win again this year, but we had had a winner last year, and did have three finalists in the Inspirational Romance category this year: author Jenny B. Jones for her Thomas Nelson release SAVE THE DATE (editor, Natalie Hanemann) and Irene Hannon for her Revell title, DEADLY PURSUIT (Jennifer Leep, editor) and Serena Miller for THE MEASURE OF KATIE CALLAWAY, Revell (Vicki Crumton, editor) so, the odds were good. Thankfully I heeded the little voice telling me to jot a few key notes and be ready to accept on Serena’s behalf for her debut novel. Granted, she was up against some heavy hitters and long time authors, but …
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  • June 21, 2012

    An interview with novelist Les Edgerton, plus…

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    Crime writer Les Edgerton, author of Just Like That and The Bitch, offers some good writing… have a look:

    Read it and hear what he has to say. You will not agree with everything Les offers (and you may get offended at some of it), but the man can write, and is a student of words. Good stuff here for writers.

    And if you’d like to learn more from the man, he’s teaching online workshops next week — find out about it here: http://stonehouseink.net/creating-great-novel-beginnings-3-classes-with-les-edgerton/

    Oh… and if you type in the secret code SHUfriends (yes, it’s case sensitive), you’ll get 50% off each class. The benefits of reading my blog!

    By the way, I keep getting questions about HarperCollins’ new “360” publishing program (which aims to release two new ebooks EVERY WEEK — yow). You can read the details here: http://lunch.publishersmarketplace.com/2012/06/harpercollins-launches-360-a-global-publishing-program-for-authors/

    In a stunningly bad move, the Department of Justice has decided monopolies are now good (at least when it comes to publishing): http://lunch.publishersmarketplace.com/2012/05/apple-denies-justices-pricing-conspiracy-charges-says-the-government-sides-with-monopoly/

    If you’re interested, here’s what the Association of Author Representatives had to say to the DOJ: http://lunch.publishersmarketplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/2735_001.pdf

    And Cory Doctorow had some good insights into the role of publishers in his latest Publishers Weekly column, which you’ll find here: http://craphound.com/?p=4028

    Now don’t you feel up to date?

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  • March 14, 2012

    Meet Shannon Potelicki

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    Shannon

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    When I learned to write, I couldn’t stop. I became “The Weird Writer Girl.”

    I see now that this nickname was a commentary on my tendency to spend recess writing stories instead of playing on the monkey bars. Back then? That name meant I was a superhero—saving the world one handwritten (in pink crayon) Barbie play at a time. To my little brothers, however, it meant I was a supervillain—holding them against their will to provide the voices for the boy dolls. Superhero or not, I decided that I was going to spend the rest of my life mastering the power of words.

    With that resolve, I didn’t shock anyone when it came time to pick a college. I chose Taylor University’s acclaimed Professional Writing program. I graduated after earning the Jerry B. Jenkins Annual Writing Scholarship, having my byline published in a variety of magazines and newspapers, and completing an editorial internship with Focus's book publishing department.

    I’ve continued to pursue a career as a writer since graduation. My projects have included ghostwriting, writing marketing and donor relations copy, and freelancing articles for online and print publications.

    For the past several months, I’ve also been serving as Chip’s assistant—going through the slush pile, helping out with research, and handling other small projects. It’s been a pleasure to work with the MacGregor Literary agents, and (now that I’ve gotten the hang of things) they’ve asked me to join the team as their new International Rights Specialist.

    In this new role, I’ll handle MacGregor Literary’s international deals and enable our authors to maximize their income potential. The agency has wanted to expand its involvement in the international market for awhile, and I’m excited to be giving leadership to this endeavor. As I get things going, I’ll continue to serve as Chip’s assistant and pursue my own writing

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  • March 14, 2012

    Meet Shannon Potelicki

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    Shannon

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    When I learned to write, I couldn’t stop. I became “The Weird Writer Girl.”

    I see now that this nickname was a commentary on my tendency to spend recess writing stories instead of playing on the monkey bars. Back then? That name meant I was a superhero—saving the world one handwritten (in pink crayon) Barbie play at a time. To my little brothers, however, it meant I was a supervillain—holding them against their will to provide the voices for the boy dolls. Superhero or not, I decided that I was going to spend the rest of my life mastering the power of words.

    With that resolve, I didn’t shock anyone when it came time to pick a college. I chose Taylor University’s acclaimed Professional Writing program. I graduated after earning the Jerry B. Jenkins Annual Writing Scholarship, having my byline published in a variety of magazines and newspapers, and completing an editorial internship with Focus's book publishing department.

    I’ve continued to pursue a career as a writer since graduation. My projects have included ghostwriting, writing marketing and donor relations copy, and freelancing articles for online and print publications.

    For the past several months, I’ve also been serving as Chip’s assistant—going through the slush pile, helping out with research, and handling other small projects. It’s been a pleasure to work with the MacGregor Literary agents, and (now that I’ve gotten the hang of things) they’ve asked me to join the team as their new International Rights Specialist.

    In this new role, I’ll handle MacGregor Literary’s international deals and enable our authors to maximize their income potential. The agency has wanted to expand its involvement in the international market for awhile, and I’m excited to be giving leadership to this endeavor. As I get things going, I’ll continue to serve as Chip’s assistant and pursue my own writing

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  • 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 lifestyle book titled THE BEAUTY
    BLUEPRINT

     Cheryl Moeller is creating CREATIVE AND COMPLETE COOKING WITH DUAL CROCKPOTS for Harvest House

    Jay Payleitner is writing three more books for Harvest House, including 52 THINGS WIVES NEED FROM THEIR HUSBANDS

    Pat Rushford is writing another title for Guidepost's HOPE HAVEN series

    Wesleyan has contracted Arloa Sutter to create two follow up Bible studies for her upcoming social justice title, THE INVISIBLE

    Releasing in 2011, Melanie Dobson's next title with Summerside; LOVE FINDS YOU IN AMANA, IOWA 

    Susy Flory and Mike Hingson are collaborating on a book for Thomas
    Nelson about a blind man who, working high in the World Trade Center on
    Sept 11th, was led down 70 flights of stairs to safety by his guide
    dog.

    Mel Lawrenz, the longtime pastor at Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin, is doing a book on "spiritual leadership" with Zondervan.

    Vicki Hinze's LOST INC, a suspense series about a government department
    looking into unsolved cases, has been sold to Harlequin.

    Nicole O'Dell's THE WISHING PEARL, the first in a new YA series about
    teens facing difficult life dilemmas, has been contracted with Barbour.

    Rachel Hauck's THE WEDDING DRESS, chroncling the history of a beautiful
    wedding gown that serves a major role i the lives of four women over
    100 years, has been  contracted with Thomas Nelson.

    Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark are teaming up to write THE WOMEN OF LANCASTER COUNTY with Harvest House.

    Shane Stanford, author of A POSITIVE LIFE, is going to write MAKING
    LIFE MATTER, which explains how the steps to leading an extraordinary
    life are found in the ordinary decisions and attitudes of our
    day-to-day lives. It was contracted with Abingdon,

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  • 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 lifestyle book titled THE BEAUTY
    BLUEPRINT

     Cheryl Moeller is creating CREATIVE AND COMPLETE COOKING WITH DUAL CROCKPOTS for Harvest House

    Jay Payleitner is writing three more books for Harvest House, including 52 THINGS WIVES NEED FROM THEIR HUSBANDS

    Pat Rushford is writing another title for Guidepost's HOPE HAVEN series

    Wesleyan has contracted Arloa Sutter to create two follow up Bible studies for her upcoming social justice title, THE INVISIBLE

    Releasing in 2011, Melanie Dobson's next title with Summerside; LOVE FINDS YOU IN AMANA, IOWA 

    Susy Flory and Mike Hingson are collaborating on a book for Thomas
    Nelson about a blind man who, working high in the World Trade Center on
    Sept 11th, was led down 70 flights of stairs to safety by his guide
    dog.

    Mel Lawrenz, the longtime pastor at Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin, is doing a book on "spiritual leadership" with Zondervan.

    Vicki Hinze's LOST INC, a suspense series about a government department
    looking into unsolved cases, has been sold to Harlequin.

    Nicole O'Dell's THE WISHING PEARL, the first in a new YA series about
    teens facing difficult life dilemmas, has been contracted with Barbour.

    Rachel Hauck's THE WEDDING DRESS, chroncling the history of a beautiful
    wedding gown that serves a major role i the lives of four women over
    100 years, has been  contracted with Thomas Nelson.

    Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark are teaming up to write THE WOMEN OF LANCASTER COUNTY with Harvest House.

    Shane Stanford, author of A POSITIVE LIFE, is going to write MAKING
    LIFE MATTER, which explains how the steps to leading an extraordinary
    life are found in the ordinary decisions and attitudes of our
    day-to-day lives. It was contracted with Abingdon,

    Continue Reading "NEWSDAY TUESDAY …"
  • 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 parties when Digby succeeds doing his business. 

    (Digby's the cute one on the far left.)

    IN OTHER (far more relevant) NEWS:

    In case you haven't heard, we've added a new agent to our rolls here at MacGregor Literary. Amanda Luedeke made her conference debut this past week with us here at the Oregon Christian Writers Conference. All signs are pointing to her potentially having signed her first author already! 

    Our fabulous friend and local author Hillary Manton Lodge simply couldn't take it anymore. While at the conference last week she took professional quality photos and headshots for all of us – keep your eye out soon for new photos of us all — even if I am doing "that funny thing with my head" I'm sure our new pics will help us all appear far more professional.

     LIST AND REVIEW NEWS:

    Gina Holmes' CROSSING OCEANS, her novel published by Tyndale, is on the August CBA bestseller list.
    John Wilson, the editor of Books & Culture magazine (an online
    publication of Christianity Today) gave J. Mark Bertrand's BACK ON
    MURDER high marks.
    http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2010/august/wilson081010.html

    UPCOMING RELEASES:

    Susan Meissner's next novel, LADY IN WAITING, is releasing this week
    with Waterbrook. It weaves the story of a contemporary couple with that
    of Lady Jane Grey, and has been very much anticipated by those who
    enjoyed THE SHAPE OF MERCY and WHITE PICKET FENCES.

    Chad Gibbs' GOD AND FOOTBALL is releasing this week from Zondervan.
    It's his look at the both faith and fanaticism with people who follow
    SEC football.

    Keep an eye out for Serena Miller's historical Amish tale, LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK, OHIO.

    Julie Cannon is busy
    at work on her next

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  • August 10, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY …

    by

    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 parties when Digby succeeds doing his business. 

    (Digby's the cute one on the far left.)

    IN OTHER (far more relevant) NEWS:

    In case you haven't heard, we've added a new agent to our rolls here at MacGregor Literary. Amanda Luedeke made her conference debut this past week with us here at the Oregon Christian Writers Conference. All signs are pointing to her potentially having signed her first author already! 

    Our fabulous friend and local author Hillary Manton Lodge simply couldn't take it anymore. While at the conference last week she took professional quality photos and headshots for all of us – keep your eye out soon for new photos of us all — even if I am doing "that funny thing with my head" I'm sure our new pics will help us all appear far more professional.

     LIST AND REVIEW NEWS:

    Gina Holmes' CROSSING OCEANS, her novel published by Tyndale, is on the August CBA bestseller list.
    John Wilson, the editor of Books & Culture magazine (an online
    publication of Christianity Today) gave J. Mark Bertrand's BACK ON
    MURDER high marks.
    http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2010/august/wilson081010.html

    UPCOMING RELEASES:

    Susan Meissner's next novel, LADY IN WAITING, is releasing this week
    with Waterbrook. It weaves the story of a contemporary couple with that
    of Lady Jane Grey, and has been very much anticipated by those who
    enjoyed THE SHAPE OF MERCY and WHITE PICKET FENCES.

    Chad Gibbs' GOD AND FOOTBALL is releasing this week from Zondervan.
    It's his look at the both faith and fanaticism with people who follow
    SEC football.

    Keep an eye out for Serena Miller's historical Amish tale, LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK, OHIO.

    Julie Cannon is busy
    at work on her next

    Continue Reading "NEWSDAY TUESDAY …"
  • July 20, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY …

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    Winter 2010 headshot Recently a friend said to me "it must be so cool to get paid to read
    manuscripts for a living." I knew then that he really had no idea what
    my job entailed. Reading manuscripts and reviewing proposals is an
    important part of what I do, of course. But, honestly, it's just the
    beginning of what can be a long process.

    For me, sometimes reading manuscripts is soothing. It reminds me that
    there is always the possibility of finding something fresh, or a
    potential perfect fit for an editor, or simply a gem I want to
    seriously consider. Other times it's stressful because I wonder how
    I'll ever find time to help with another project. But, it ebbs and
    flows, and all works out in the process. Publishing is a lot of things,
    but one thing it most certainly is is a process.

    Sometimes I think writers forget this.

    For example, right now I'm working on submitting a project I've been helping an
    author shape since January 2009. Yep, you read that right. 18 months of
    work. Admittedly the author is a busy mom and works full-time, so it's
    been a bit of an off and on process for her. But, I believe in her work
    and her message, and I know when the time is right, we'll be ready. For
    some authors I represent, patience (on both our parts) is the primary
    speed. For others, sometimes, we have to hasten things a bit.

    I'd love to hear from some of you who are willing to share how long it
    took you to get published. I mean from first submission to book on the
    shelf. Just to give some perspective. Anyone willing?

    While we wait for your responses, here's a smattering of NEWS for you:

    A COUPLE NEWISH BLOGS by a couple editor friends of ours we thought you'd like to check out:

    Nick Harrison – Harvest House Publishers Nick

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  • July 20, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY …

    by

    Winter 2010 headshot Recently a friend said to me "it must be so cool to get paid to read
    manuscripts for a living." I knew then that he really had no idea what
    my job entailed. Reading manuscripts and reviewing proposals is an
    important part of what I do, of course. But, honestly, it's just the
    beginning of what can be a long process.

    For me, sometimes reading manuscripts is soothing. It reminds me that
    there is always the possibility of finding something fresh, or a
    potential perfect fit for an editor, or simply a gem I want to
    seriously consider. Other times it's stressful because I wonder how
    I'll ever find time to help with another project. But, it ebbs and
    flows, and all works out in the process. Publishing is a lot of things,
    but one thing it most certainly is is a process.

    Sometimes I think writers forget this.

    For example, right now I'm working on submitting a project I've been helping an
    author shape since January 2009. Yep, you read that right. 18 months of
    work. Admittedly the author is a busy mom and works full-time, so it's
    been a bit of an off and on process for her. But, I believe in her work
    and her message, and I know when the time is right, we'll be ready. For
    some authors I represent, patience (on both our parts) is the primary
    speed. For others, sometimes, we have to hasten things a bit.

    I'd love to hear from some of you who are willing to share how long it
    took you to get published. I mean from first submission to book on the
    shelf. Just to give some perspective. Anyone willing?

    While we wait for your responses, here's a smattering of NEWS for you:

    A COUPLE NEWISH BLOGS by a couple editor friends of ours we thought you'd like to check out:

    Nick Harrison – Harvest House Publishers Nick

    Continue Reading "NEWSDAY TUESDAY …"
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