Saturday, October 18, 2008

Well, it was a long time coming, but after several years of query letters, proposals, and pitching, I've finally signed with an agent.

Chip MacGregor, of MacGregor Literary has agreed to represent my work. His reputation and business savvy are well known in CBA, and his knack for reading the market is almost uncanny. Add to that a comprehensive knowledge of the industry—from book development to writing, acquisition to production, marketing to sales, and you'll understand why I'm so thrilled to be working with him!
Here's a little info on my new agent:
Chip has secured more than 1,000 book deals for authors with all of the major publishers in both CBA and ABA, including Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Integrity, Baker, Tyndale, Broadman & Holman, Crossway, Multnomah, Revell, Harvest House, Waterbrook, NavPress, Cook, Howard, Random House, Ballantine, Crown, Doubleday, Broadway, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Fireside, Warner Book Group, HarperCollins, Avon, Viking, Penguin, Berkley, and Jossey-Bass, among others.

As an editor, he discovered Phillip Gulley, worked with bestselling authors such as Kay Arthur and Neil Anderson, and helped craft books for some of the best names in Christian publishing, including Chuck Swindoll, Bruce Wilkinson, and David Jeremiah.

Chip has written more than two-dozen titles, including two books that hit #1 on the bestseller lists in their category. He has also been the collaborative writer on books with people like Howard Hendricks, Joe Stowell, Andre Kole, and Bruce Waltke.
During his tenure as a publisher at Time-Warner, he helped the company grow into one of the world’s biggest providers of Christian books to the general market, acquiring some of the best known Christian fiction and nonfiction authors on the planet: Greg Laurie, Robin Jones Gunn, Sigmund Brouwer, Tim Clinton . . . the list goes on and on.

This longtime agent has represented such luminaries as Brennan Manning, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Jill and Stuart Briscoe, Alistair McGrath, Neta Jackson, Donna Partow, the MOPS organization, and Hearts at Home. His work with Lisa Beamer and Ken Abraham led to Let’s Roll hitting #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, eventually becoming the bestselling nonfiction book that year.

A popular writer’s conference speaker, Chip has presented workshops at more than 100 locations, spoken at colleges and universities, and is frequently invited to speak to writers groups around the country on the topics of writing and publishing. Chip earned his BS with High Honors at Portland State University, earned an MA with Honors from Talbot Theological Seminary at Biola University, and did his doctoral work at the University of Oregon in Policy and Management, focusing on organizational development. He has been written up in numerous writing and publishing related magazines and newsletters.

Chip says his greatest desire is to help authors create great books that make a difference in the world. My greatest desire is to write those books! I look forward to seeing what our collaborative effort can produce.


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