Chip MacGregor

Latest posts from Chip MacGregor

  • December 25, 2013

    A Christmas Emptying (a guest blog)


    I’m sitting on the deck in shorts and a sleeveless blouse on an uncharacteristically warm late- autumn day, while Chevy, poodle-king of the mountain, surveys our three sloping terraces, content to sit quietly until a squirrel skitters by, tempting him …

  • December 20, 2013

    On the loss of a mentor and friend


    Yesterday one of my friends and mentors passed away. Jim Reimann was well known in the publishing community, having started a great bookstore in Atlanta, served as President of Family Christian Bookstores during their big growth phase, and having created …

  • December 18, 2013



    In lieu of client gifts this season, MacGregor Literary has elected to sponsor a student through a full year of high school in Uganda, Africa, and encourage him or her toward their goal of continuing their education.

    Agent Sandra Bishop, …

  • December 5, 2013


    Big news: Mindy Starns Clark will be the featured guest on the talk show Lifestyle Magazine this Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2013 (tomorrow!). The episode will feature a lively and humorous discussion between Mindy and hosts Mike and Gayle …

  • December 3, 2013

    The Pareto Principle


    Vilfredo Pareto was a Paris-born Italian, from a prominent exiled Genoese family, famous in his own day as a social economist. He is often referred to as the first modern economics professor, and he more or less developed microeconomics as …

  • November 26, 2013

    Writers: Learn to Think Quarterly


    We’ve been talking about making a living at writing, and I’ve talked about the importance of having a place, a time, a project, a writing goal, and a calendar (among other things). Let me suggest there’s one other thing you’re …

  • November 25, 2013

    Why you need a Writing Calendar


    If you’re going to make a living at writing, you’re going to need to consider creating a writing calendar. This is, you need to have a document that details what you’re going to write each day. Think about buying a …

  • November 22, 2013




    President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane Mulligan writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea. While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, she’s worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative

  • November 18, 2013

    Treating your writing as a business


    I’ve been exploring the notion of making a living in the new publishing economy, and I want to make sure writers understand the big picture… You’ve got to treat your writing as a business. 

    Oh, sure, some writers will insist …

  • November 16, 2013

    On Snippet, PW, and a good friend


    SNIPPET: I had several people email me to ask why we had the blog post about Snippet. The fact is, I simply love the tool. It’s easy to use (an author simply drops in short chapters or essays), it’s interactive …

  • November 15, 2013

    What does it mean to "make a living" at writing?


    I’ve been talking about authors trying to make a living at writing recently, and a couple people have written to ask me, “When can I know I’m actually making a living with my words?”

    To me, the answer is personal. …