Category : Author News, Deals

  • June 7, 2010

    We have big news …

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    Amanda Luedeke is joining MacGregor Literary as an agent. This is a big step for us, and we're very excited.

    Amanda is a 2006 graduate of Taylor University’s Professional Writing program, headed by Dennis E. Hensley. She's got a long background in books and words, and this is a step she's been moving toward for the past year.

    Since her college graduation, Amanda has made her living as a full-time writer, freelancing for newspapers and marketing agencies as well as operating her own writing business. Her current full-time job is with a marketing group in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she writes and assists in the marketing strategy for clients such as Vera Bradley, Peg Perego and Baekgaard. Like both Chip and Sandra, Amanda understands what it takes to make a living as a writer.

    Amanda came on board with us a year ago as Chip’s assistant, and she's been going through the slush pile, helping out with research, and taking care of other odds and ends. We’ve really enjoyed her help here, but now that she’s gotten the hang of things, we’re excited to move her on to the next step – so she's becoming a literary agent.

    Amanda will be working with childrens, YA, speculative, and post-college-aged fiction and nonfiction. This is great for us, because we currently don’t have "specialists" in these areas. Bringing Amanda on will help expand our knowledge of the industry and allow us to take on more authors with differing interests. She's just getting started, and will focus her time on a handful of clients as she gets her feet wet. Amanda will also be helping us with our foreign deals — an area we've been wanting to expand in order to help authors maximize their income potential.

    She's going to be attending the ACFW conference with us in Indianapolis this summer, so if you write children's books (for either CBA or the general

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  • June 7, 2010

    We have big news …

    by

    Amanda Luedeke is joining MacGregor Literary as an agent. This is a big step for us, and we're very excited.

    Amanda is a 2006 graduate of Taylor University’s Professional Writing program, headed by Dennis E. Hensley. She's got a long background in books and words, and this is a step she's been moving toward for the past year.

    Since her college graduation, Amanda has made her living as a full-time writer, freelancing for newspapers and marketing agencies as well as operating her own writing business. Her current full-time job is with a marketing group in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she writes and assists in the marketing strategy for clients such as Vera Bradley, Peg Perego and Baekgaard. Like both Chip and Sandra, Amanda understands what it takes to make a living as a writer.

    Amanda came on board with us a year ago as Chip’s assistant, and she's been going through the slush pile, helping out with research, and taking care of other odds and ends. We’ve really enjoyed her help here, but now that she’s gotten the hang of things, we’re excited to move her on to the next step – so she's becoming a literary agent.

    Amanda will be working with childrens, YA, speculative, and post-college-aged fiction and nonfiction. This is great for us, because we currently don’t have "specialists" in these areas. Bringing Amanda on will help expand our knowledge of the industry and allow us to take on more authors with differing interests. She's just getting started, and will focus her time on a handful of clients as she gets her feet wet. Amanda will also be helping us with our foreign deals — an area we've been wanting to expand in order to help authors maximize their income potential.

    She's going to be attending the ACFW conference with us in Indianapolis this summer, so if you write children's books (for either CBA or the general

    Continue Reading "We have big news …"
  • May 25, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY …

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    Winter 2010 headshot

    Maelie

    Even with me wasting brain cells trying to figure out who from Oceanic 815 might come back to life after "moving on" into into the great white light, and Chip and Patti welcoming their beautiful new granddaughter to the MacGregor clan, we've still got a bit of news to share this week…

    NEW DEALS

    Poppy Smith will be doing a book with Harvest House, which at this point is tentatively titled WHY CAN'T HE BE MORE LIKE ME.

    Elizabeth Musser, author of THE SWAN HOUSE, has just signed to have three books release with Cook: TWO DESTINIES, TWO CROSSES, and TWO TESTAMENTS have already released in Europe, but now they're going to be available in the US.

    Jim Rubart, whose novel ROOMS is getting a lot of attention, has just signed to do BOOK OF DAYS with B&H. It's the story of a professor who has lost his wife and is in search of the Book of Days referred to in Scripture — a book he hopes will reveal the secrets of life and death. 

    Janet Lee Barton has signed with Heartsong Presents to do I'D SOONER HAVE LOVE, the story of an Oklahoma couple, and Darlene Franklin has signed to do LOVE'S RAID with the same company. 

    Continuing her series of books with Guideposts, Leslie Gould has agreed to do another in the STORIES OF HOPE HAVEN series, and Susan Page Davis is adding LOVE FINDS YOU IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND to Summerside's romance series. 

    NEW RELEASES

    Irene Hannon's IN HARM'S WAY is not only a new release, it's on the CBA Bestseller list, having made the ECPA's  "Top Fifty"list of Christian books. Congratulations Irene!

    Shane Stanford's A POSITIVE LIFE released with Zondervan and has been getting endorsements from the likes of John Ortberg and Leonard Sweet. Shane, a United Methodist pastor, shares his story of being HIV positive.

    Charles Foster's THE SACRED JOURNEY released with Thomas Nelson. A

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  • May 25, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY …

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    Winter 2010 headshot

    Maelie

    Even with me wasting brain cells trying to figure out who from Oceanic 815 might come back to life after "moving on" into into the great white light, and Chip and Patti welcoming their beautiful new granddaughter to the MacGregor clan, we've still got a bit of news to share this week…

    NEW DEALS

    Poppy Smith will be doing a book with Harvest House, which at this point is tentatively titled WHY CAN'T HE BE MORE LIKE ME.

    Elizabeth Musser, author of THE SWAN HOUSE, has just signed to have three books release with Cook: TWO DESTINIES, TWO CROSSES, and TWO TESTAMENTS have already released in Europe, but now they're going to be available in the US.

    Jim Rubart, whose novel ROOMS is getting a lot of attention, has just signed to do BOOK OF DAYS with B&H. It's the story of a professor who has lost his wife and is in search of the Book of Days referred to in Scripture — a book he hopes will reveal the secrets of life and death. 

    Janet Lee Barton has signed with Heartsong Presents to do I'D SOONER HAVE LOVE, the story of an Oklahoma couple, and Darlene Franklin has signed to do LOVE'S RAID with the same company. 

    Continuing her series of books with Guideposts, Leslie Gould has agreed to do another in the STORIES OF HOPE HAVEN series, and Susan Page Davis is adding LOVE FINDS YOU IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND to Summerside's romance series. 

    NEW RELEASES

    Irene Hannon's IN HARM'S WAY is not only a new release, it's on the CBA Bestseller list, having made the ECPA's  "Top Fifty"list of Christian books. Congratulations Irene!

    Shane Stanford's A POSITIVE LIFE released with Zondervan and has been getting endorsements from the likes of John Ortberg and Leonard Sweet. Shane, a United Methodist pastor, shares his story of being HIV positive.

    Charles Foster's THE SACRED JOURNEY released with Thomas Nelson. A

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  • May 18, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY …

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    Winter 2010 headshot Been on the road a lot this month, and as much as I love going to conferences, I'm glad to be back at my desk. I had a dream in the wee hours
    this morning that I was in the shower, shouting packing instructions to
    my husband, wondering if I'd still make my flight (to where, I wonder?)
    which was due to leave in twenty minutes.

    I was so relieved to wake up in my own bed, I can't even tell you!

    Hey, lots of stuff going on around here…

    HOT STUFF:

    ~ Irene Hannon's Romantic Suspense, IN HARM'S WAY is now #11 on the CBA
    June bestseller list.Second month in a row it's made the list, and it's currently also on ECPA Top Fifty list. Way to go, Irene!

    ~ Lisa Samson has been invited to be the speaker at the Christy Awards
    this year. It's the first time they've actually asked a CBA novelist to be
    the speaker (though earlier Christy speakers include noted authors Brett Lott and Walter Wangerin). We're thrilled, of course.

    RADIO/TV/AND A LITTLE SHAMELESS PROMO:

    ~ Jenny B. Jones is going to be featured on Teen Talk Radio next week
    — May 20th, hosted by Nicole O'Dell. Here's where to find it:
    www.choicesradio.com It's a fun, interactive show with Nicole giving
    guests a "scenario" with optional endings to discuss and vote on during
    the following week.

    ~ Theresa Flores just signed a deal with an actress who read her
    book THE SLAVE ACROSS THE STREET and who is seeking a backer to co-produce
    the television feature of her story. We often receive questions about
    dramatic rights, and do our best to exploit opportunities on behalf of
    our authors. But, it's extra exciting when an actress approaches us with
    this level of enthusiasm. Pray with us, if you will, about this coming
    together. Theresa's is an important message. If you'd like to take a
    moment

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  • May 18, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY …

    by


    Winter 2010 headshot Been on the road a lot this month, and as much as I love going to conferences, I'm glad to be back at my desk. I had a dream in the wee hours
    this morning that I was in the shower, shouting packing instructions to
    my husband, wondering if I'd still make my flight (to where, I wonder?)
    which was due to leave in twenty minutes.

    I was so relieved to wake up in my own bed, I can't even tell you!

    Hey, lots of stuff going on around here…

    HOT STUFF:

    ~ Irene Hannon's Romantic Suspense, IN HARM'S WAY is now #11 on the CBA
    June bestseller list.Second month in a row it's made the list, and it's currently also on ECPA Top Fifty list. Way to go, Irene!

    ~ Lisa Samson has been invited to be the speaker at the Christy Awards
    this year. It's the first time they've actually asked a CBA novelist to be
    the speaker (though earlier Christy speakers include noted authors Brett Lott and Walter Wangerin). We're thrilled, of course.

    RADIO/TV/AND A LITTLE SHAMELESS PROMO:

    ~ Jenny B. Jones is going to be featured on Teen Talk Radio next week
    — May 20th, hosted by Nicole O'Dell. Here's where to find it:
    www.choicesradio.com It's a fun, interactive show with Nicole giving
    guests a "scenario" with optional endings to discuss and vote on during
    the following week.

    ~ Theresa Flores just signed a deal with an actress who read her
    book THE SLAVE ACROSS THE STREET and who is seeking a backer to co-produce
    the television feature of her story. We often receive questions about
    dramatic rights, and do our best to exploit opportunities on behalf of
    our authors. But, it's extra exciting when an actress approaches us with
    this level of enthusiasm. Pray with us, if you will, about this coming
    together. Theresa's is an important message. If you'd like to take a
    moment

    Continue Reading "NEWSDAY TUESDAY …"
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