When he was in first grade, Chip hurried home one day and announced to his mother, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a book guy!” He clearly could see the future —from high school literary magazine editor to writing bestselling books, from speaking at writing and publishing conferences to representing renowned writers, Chip MacGregor is a book guy. Establishing MacGregor Literary was part of a natural progression.
Chip has a comprehensive knowledge of the industry—from book development to writing, acquisition to production, marketing to sales. He has secured nearly 1,000 book deals for authors with all of the major publishers, including Random House, Ballantine, Crown, Doubleday, Broadway, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Hachette, HarperCollins, Avon, Viking, Penguin, Berkley, Jossey-Bass, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Baker, Tyndale, Broadman & Holman, Worthy, Multnomah, Revell, Harvest House, Waterbrook, NavPress, Cook, and Howard, among others. As an editor, he discovered Phillip Gulley, worked with bestselling authors such as Kay Arthur and Joyce Meier, and helped craft books for some of the best names in publishing, including CBA luminaries Chuck Swindoll, Bruce Wilkinson, 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 books with such authors as Howard Hendricks, Joe Stowell, Andre Kole, and Bruce Waltke. During his tenure as a publisher at Time Warner, he Continue reading…
Agent Sandra Bishop joined MacGregor Literary in 2008, after which, in spite of the cries of publishing doom, she placed 30 books for publication in her first full year as an agent. In 2010, Sandra enjoyed the honor of being named “Agent of the Year” by ACFW, and in 2012, was proud to receive a RITA Award on behalf of one of the first clients she represented.
Prior to agenting, Sandra served six years in the US Marine Corps, worked in the marketing department of a publishing company, and made a living as a freelance writer for nearly a decade.
Sandra represents a strong list of award-winning novelists, highly regarded memoirists, and high profile non-fiction authors. She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR), and is currently only open to new clients by referral, or via personal meeting at conferences or industry events.
She lives and works in the center of the creative universe, Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their teenage son who all share a love for their native city, food trucks, travel, live music, and Digby their Golden Doodle.
Agent Amanda Luedeke (LEE-duh-key) wrote her first book – a picture book entitled A Cat – when she was 5 years old. Though the scintillating masterpiece never made it to bookstore shelves, it solidified her dream to one day work in the book industry.
Amanda was a 2006 graduate of the acclaimed Professional Writing program at Taylor University Fort Wayne. Since college, she’s made her living as a writer, working as a freelancer for local newspapers and marketing companies, while operating her own writing business.
Her love for writing and ability to think strategically landed her a full time job in marketing at an agency in Fort Wayne, Indiana. While there, Amanda wrote web and print copy for Vera Bradley, Baekgaard, Brecks and Peg Perego. She also assisted in marketing strategy for these companies, conducting research, launching social media sites and proposing and working on major projects targeted at the online consumer.
Yes, she knows … she’s one of those people.
She met Chip at an author signing in Barnes and Noble in 2008. After realizing they had a commonality in Taylor University, one thing led to another, and before she knew it, she was helping him with projects, research, and all the little stuff she now assumes he just didn’t feel like doing. Shortly after, Amanda was hired on as Chip’s Assistant.
Promoted to the role of Agent in 2010, Amanda brings unique interests to the MacGregor Literary team. She represents general market and CBA projects, and her areas of interest include nonfiction, literary fiction, women’s fiction, speculative fiction, YA, and twenty-something/post college-aged hip lit (think Joe Meno, Brett McCracken, Brad Land, JD Salinger).
Utilizing her marketing background, Amanda blogs every Thursday on ChipMacGregor.com, and she also released a marketing book, The Extroverted Writer.
Amanda loves big cities, great music, snuggly dogs, and taking online quizzes. Though she considers the Chicagoland area to be home, she currently lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her husband and Great Dane. Continue reading…
Agent Erin Buterbaugh was the kind of child parents wanted their kids to be friends with, in hopes that her extensive vocabulary and love of books would be a good influence. Consequently, she was also the kind of child whose friends called her a nerd and ridiculed her for reading at slumber parties.
Despite her less-than-literary-minded peer group, Erin grew up to embrace the “word nerd” persona, graduating from the renowned Professional Writing program at Taylor University. Upon graduation, she completed an internship under the great agents at Alive Communications and entertained the idea of a career in literary representation.
Erin spent several years working as a freelance writer and editor (as well as dance teacher, choreographer, actress, director, and bluegrass band member) before becoming the in-house writer and editor for an up-and-coming curriculum publisher in her home state of Colorado.
In 2012, Erin was invited to join the MacGregor Literary team as an agent, which pretty much amounts to her dream job, minus an office in Disneyland. Her areas of interest include children’s, middle-grade, and YA fiction, as well as women’s fiction, suspense, and non-fiction.
Agent Holly Lorincz spent her youth mainlining salmon, venison and books while sitting, shivering, on a dock on the Columbia River. She’s never recovered from her book addiction, moving instead to making and distributing her literary drug of choice.
Holly has a degree in Journalism as well as a MAT focused in writing and literature. She was the editor of the literary magazine Perceptions, and then became a high school and college instructor. During that fifteen year run, she was named Teacher of the Year in Oregon, won two national awards from the National Federation of Schools, coached her high school speech team to two State Championships and nine individual Champions, began an editing service, and published various short works.
After an extended illness, Holly has redefined herself, now living the dream of every college graduate with an English degree: she’s published a novel, her editing service is thriving, and she is a full time MacGregor Literary agent, mentored by the well-known Chip MacGregor.
Residing on the Oregon coast with her son, Holly works out of the MacGregor Literary office one block from the Pacific, huddled next to the heater and coffee pot. She is well aware of the shifting role of a literary agent. While seeking traditional publishers for her authors, she also closely works with clients on alternative publishing options, career development, marketing plans, and media training. She is currently open to submissions from general market authors focused on historical romance, literary or classic westerns, political or conspiracy thrillers, women’s fiction, or literary fiction.
Contract Manager Marie Prys loves books and all that goes into their making. Formerly an editor at Harvest House Publishers, Marie also served as assistant director of the University of Idaho Press for a year before beginning a successful freelance editing business. In her twelve years of freelancing, she provided editorial assistance to a wide range of individual authors and publishing houses. Between 2001-2006, Marie co-authored five books.
In 2010, with her husband and four children cheering, she opted to join MacGregor Literary and leave tight deadlines and those three-hundred page novels in need of editing to someone else. Marie offers critical support to MacGregor Literary’s agents as well as overseeing contracts.