For most writers, finding an agent and being published remains the ultimate, yet elusive goal. In an upcoming Willamette Writers workshop, attendees will learn the inside scoop on literary agents from Chip MacGregor, owner of MacGregor Literary. Chip will discuss finding and working with agents, how to find an agent, what to expect from the author/agent relationship, and the do’s and don’ts of getting your work accepted by an agent. The event kicks off on Sunday, March 15th, 2-4 pm at the Newport Public Library.
Chip has comprehensive knowledge of the industry from book development to writing, acquisition to production, marketing to sales. A former Associate Publisher with the Time-Warner Book Group, he has secured nearly 1,000 book deals for authors with all of the major publishers, including numerous imprints at Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, HarperCollins, Thomas & Mercer, Jossey-Bass, Llewellyn, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Baker, Tyndale, Waterbrook, Howard, B&H, Worthy, Revell, Harvest House, and dozens of others.
As an editor, he discovered Phillip Gulley, worked with bestselling authors like Andy Andrews and Karen Kingsbury, and helped craft books for some of the best names in publishing, including Vince Zandri Chuck Swindoll, Mindy Clark, and David Jeremiah. He has also written more than two-dozen titles, including two books that hit #1 on the bestseller lists in their category, and he has been the collaborative writer on nearly three-dozen other titles. During his tenure as a publisher at Time Warner, he helped start Center Street, the “heartland publishing” initiative at what is now Hachette, and did books with the likes of Mike Huckabee and John Ashcroft.
A popular writer’s conference speaker, Chip has presented workshops at more than 200 publishing conferences, spoken at colleges and universities, and is frequently invited to speak to writers groups around the country on the topics of writing and publishing. He earned his BS with High Honors at Portland State University, earned an MA with Honors from Biola University, and did his doctoral work at the University of Oregon in Policy and Management, focusing on organizational development. He later did a post-doctoral semester at Oxford University. Chip has been written up in numerous writing and publishing related magazines and newsletters, is frequently asked for his opinions on trends in the publishing industry, and his blog is regularly on the list of Writers Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers.”